• Apr 28, 2009
Naturally, the death of the Pontiac brand has put a crimp in sales plans at Holden, General Motors' Australian arm that assembles and exports the Pontiac G8, essentially a lightly reworked version of the brand's own Commodore sedan. Interestingly, according to Aussie website GoAuto, a most unlikely new player may be preparing to make up for the sales short: a consortium led by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Currently, Ford sells about 60,000 Crown Vics each year for fleet use, with the majority of those going to various police units around the United States, but production of the Jurassic rear-drive Ford isn't likely to continue past next year, and it is thought that Dodge's Charger probably won't pick up all of the slack, so alternatives will be needed. With that in mind, Port Melbourne-based National Safety Agency has created a new prototype patrol vehicle based on the Pontiac G8 that could be rebadged as a Chevrolet and sold to law enforcement units in the United States and abroad.

There's even chatter that the new model could be made available for retail sale at Chevrolet dealerships. Not surprisingly, Holden has expressed interest in the project, though it's taking a measure approach given the current state of the American automobile industry. If this vehicle does come to fruition, it will be interesting to see how it competes against the Carbon Motors E7, another new vehicle specifically designed for police use.

[Source: GoAuto]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Holden isn't American, it's foreign. So yes if there's a "Buy American" clause in local and federal government fleet use then this car shouldn't qualify.

      Also the Commodore is designed for police use and has been in service at home for decades as well as New Zealand and various countries in Arabia. It's also designed to deal with Australia's harsh outback roads and conditions. There's no question that it's very well suited for the job.

      The question is, does it make any financial sense to import boatloads of expensive cars for police use in the United States? Holden's business proposal for this will have to be pretty tempting (and cheap) if they really want to make this happen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The New Zealand doughnut-brigade police drive mostly the older Commodores...

        Though I have seen coupla of the newer Commodores with mags as highway patrol cars, usually don't try get away from those boys ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't seem to have much of a trunk.
      Cops tend to carry a lot a gear back there.
      That's another reason the Vicky is so popular with police forces.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SWEET! A dead part of me has started living again (somewhat)!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think it should be widely used but it would fit very well for a hwy patrol interceptor. I own a G8 GT and it has a very good top end for a heavy sedan.

      Also I believe that the Holden Monaro(Pontiac GTO) should have been sold as the Camaro after the demise of the F-body. And the Commodore should have been brought here in 2006 to compete with the Charger and sold it as an Impala. I honestly believe they would have easily sold more than double of those to great cars if they were a Chevy. And I like Pontiac versions better than their Chevy counterparts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It always puzzled me as to why town police need interceptor grade cars, where I can see it for rural use Sheriffs, or Highway Patrol officers.

        Even if they were to use the same car model, the town-jurisdiction cars could easily be V6s, or FWD cars with enough interior room.

        The interceptors really belong out on the highway, and they do make a difference out there, where FWD cars like Impala fall on their faces.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Boxer:

        You do realize that 'Police Interceptor' is a badge on the back of a Crown Vic that means NOTHING...right?

        You do realize that the "Police Interceptor" from Ford is no faster and handles no better than the PPV Tahoe.

        Crown Vics are not fast. The can be out run by a minivan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Holden Commodore isn't designed specifically for police use; only the Carbon Motors E7 is. But then, I put the E7 in the Chevy Volt category right now - vaporware. I'll wait until I see an actual car, and an actual factory, before I believe in it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You really still think the Volt is vaporware. Wow...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, if the Alabama State Troopers could put AMC Javelins in service back in the 1970's, then why not this? Considering the influence the LAPD (and for that matter, the LA Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol) has in determining which cars qualify as patrol vehicles, then I'm all for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think all of this should have been done prior-G8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The pigs don't need a nice car like that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't hold my breath on the Commodore showing up here by the boatload as Chevy police cars but you never know I guess.

      GM has done a fine job of screwing with and screwing over Holden ever since Lutz took a shine to them back in 2002.

      The Commodore should have never been sold here under Pontiac in the first place, it should have been a Chevrolet just like it is in nearly every other export market from the get go.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Didn't you buy a G8?
      • 5 Years Ago
      @boxer, sometimes you have to give the perception of greater power. the idea that even though the car will never leave the ctiy... it def could hit triple digit speeds with no problem.

      and maybe it would help with recruiting new cops too... shrug
        • 5 Years Ago
        some days i really hate the comment system on AB. half my replies never actually attach to the post that i reply to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be nice if GM could build the Commodore/G8 as a Chevy (insert name here... Impala?) and then actually BUILD the car here in the States.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it is actually sold somewhere as a Caprcie
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jared,

        The production line already exists in Oshawa building Camaros.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If GM were smart, they'd run that factory like Honda does with the Civic line... they build Civics, CRV's and Elements on hte same line and can adjust manufacturing on the fly due to sales volume. If they could build Camaros and G8's (i like Impala if it were rebranded) on the same line, then maybe we'd still have this Aussie ride in the good ole US of A.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Missed the point: assembly is a small portion of the effort/expense/financial reward of creating a car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There just isn't the demand to justify spending hundreds of millions of dollars setting up a second production line (one in the US in addition to the one that already exists in Australia).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its going to need a column shifter if the police are going to buy it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That isn't hard for an OEM. They could probably do electronic push button, and flappy-paddle shifting on an automatic, if they wanted. Jag's new XF is all electro-mechanical, and those systems are getting quite "every-day" robust, and autos are getting to be almost entirely electro-mechanically managed inside anyway.
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