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2009 Chevy Caprice SS (Middle East) - Click above for a high-res photo gallery

Bob Lutz is back, and after what seems like five minutes into his job as GM's new marketing kingpin, he's doing what he does best: making headlines. Rest assured that this is a good thing, as El Generalissimo Roberto Maximo told Automobile Magazine that yes, the Pontiac G8 will live on in the United States as the Chevy Caprice. So much for Fritz "I'm not a fan of rebadging" Henderson's statement to the contrary a couple of weeks ago.

"The last time we looked at [the G8], we decided that we would continue to import it as a Chevrolet. It is kind of too good to waste," Lutz told the mag. As for the G8 being "too good to waste": Amen to that, Bob. This also makes us wonder if law enforcement-grade models will be part of the deal with Holden to continue production. Chevy Caprice police cars? That's got a very familiar ring to it. The next question is whether a U.S. Caprice would mimic the Middle East-market Caprice, which is based on the long-wheelbase Holden Caprice/Statesman, or whether it will simply be a Chevy-badged version of the standard-wheelbase Holden Commodore/Pontiac G8/Chevrolet Lumina. Frankly, as long as there's ultimately a Caprice SS that is identical to the Pontiac G8 GXP in every critical way, we don't care.

In his conversation with Automobile, Lutz also essentially confirms that next year's Cadillac CTS coupe will be joined by a V-series variant, saying that the CTS-V coupe was the car that had most of the Presidential Task Force members' tongues wagging during the product-pipeline tour they were given by GM. Lutz even hints that a CTS-V wagon is not completely out of the question. (We'll take the wagon in brown, with the stick, Bob.)

On the bad news side, in a separate blog post, Automobile reports that Lutz kind of throws dirt on the idea of an LSA-powered Camaro Z28 (though he doesn't specifically state that the program's toast). He says that for "mainstream" sports models like the Camaro, powerful sixes (like the one in the Camaro LS and LT) and turbo fours (like the one used in the now-dead Cobalt SS, HHR SS and Solstice GXP) are more indicitive of the automaker's future direction in that regard. Hmmm. Well then, how about bolting a blower to the direct-injected V6?

Welcome back, Bob. This sounds like it could get pretty fun.

[Source: Automobile Magazine]

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      GM I am not impressed, I thought they said they will be aggressive and that they have breathing room.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does this mean I can now get a G8 GXP and have readily available parts and support?!?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You better get it while you can. It looks MUCH better than that caprice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You could get that anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just be careful to note, that the Caprice as shown above and as exists is the longer wheelbase version of the VE platform and is a slightly different car than the G8/Commodore. The Lumina shown is dead on exactly our G8/Commodore VE, however.

      That said, either way, great if it happens. Refresh the interior, update a few things, do the DI 3.6L/6-speed as a base, etc.--a refreshed version is about ready in Oz, so that could be a help. It is just too good of a car to let go, and though it would hurt Holden in one way, producing it alongside the Camaro in Canada at some point wouldn't be a bad thing. But, that said, you don't get the "it's from Australia" that I get to tell people when they ask about my G8 GT;-)

      Let's see how this one pans out come next week and beyond...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Excellent, this car deserves to live on, even if they have to call it a Yugo. Who cares, as long as it is available.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bringing back the Caprice?.. I hope they keep the classic styling...

      • 6 Years Ago
      They need to give it a Camaro-style nose instead of the generic Chevy one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is anyone really suprised that they aren't goining to make the Z28? I mean, With all the versions of the Corvette, GM doesn't need to have another bunch of diffferent verions of the Camaro

      Besides I don't think the Corvette crowd would be too happy if GM were to make a 500hp Camaro
      • 6 Years Ago
      Keep in mind folks, that the vehicle pictured is not based on the Commodore. That's a long wheel based Holden Statesman/Caprice.

      Think more along the lines of...

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      To my eyes, the Chevrolet looks better than the Pontiac, but not much. I've hated the Pontiac "look" of the last 20 years anyway (front end has so much panel gap it looks like the hood's loose).
      Chevy hit a homer with the Malibu..they should copy that car more.
      I owned a 60's Chevelle...nah, don't rename it that. Lumina? You've gotta be kidding.
      • 6 Years Ago
      CTS-V Coupe = Amazing.
      CTS-V Wagon = Incredible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know why everyone's hating on the styling. I HIGHLY doubt it's going to look like the Caprice from the Middle East. I'd bet on it looking basically the same. Refer to the gallery of the Chevy Lumina. I'd be shocked if we got the Middle East Caprice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it's actually not bad looking, headlights look like they were lifted off the current c class though.
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