The General wants more rear-wheel drive vehicles in its lineup and has plans to bring a few more to America, including a sedan and possibly a wagon and sport utility, according to Car and Driver.

GM already sells a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet sedan in the U.S., but only sworn law enforcement officers are allowed to drive it: The Chevrolet Caprice PPV.

Now, GM will reportedly build a civilian offshoot of the the PPV and market it as the SuperSport sedan, as we reported last week. Under the hood would be GM's 6.2-liter V-8 creating more than 400 horsepower. That SuperSport badge will also go onto Chevrolet's NASCAR entry next year.

Car and Driver reports that after the V8 SuperSport launches, a milder 300-plus-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 model will follow. By 2015, when the rear-wheel-drive Zeta platform is improved, production of this vehicle (as well as the PPV) will come to America, thus opening up the market for more police car sales, as some local governments can only buy American-made cruisers.

Furthermore, GM is considering building a rear-wheel-drive wagon as well as a sport-utility (read: ute) model. The updated Zeta II platform can handle both vehicles, especially since the next-generation Camaro will be shifting to the new Alpha platform that will underpin the Cadillac ATS and next-gen CTS.

Really, all of these vehicles are derivatives of the Pontiac G8, which is still on sale as the Holden Commodore in other markets. It was, arguably, the best Pontiac ever made. Bringing cars, wagons and utes like that to America, under any name or brand, is an immigration policy we can fully endorse.


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      rem909
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would LOVE to have a modern El Camino that gets 30+ MPG like the current Camaro V6. The S-10 pickup killed the El Camino in the mid 80's because it was small and fuel efficient, but now the smallest trucks have bloated to the point that they are almost indistinguishable from full size trucks, opening up the bottom of the market for an alternative. If they don't get carried away and create another SSR that is all engine and no utility, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
      ishmaelcrowley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey! How about a Cruze wagon while your at it.
      ACURA23CL
      • 2 Years Ago
      YES PLEASE....A thousand-times YEEESSSS!
      jonwil2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      A us-market rear-wheel-drive V8 powered manual transmission sports sedan from someone OTHER than the expensive European luxury brands? Now THAT I want to see.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonwil2002
        CTS-V.........You only said European luxury brands, but CTS-V gives you all the features you seem to want.
      Jordan
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as it doesn't have that boring a$$ front fascia and ugly wheels I'd trade off my G8 on a 6spd wagon tomorrow!
      spa2nky1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ute please, give it a fuel efficient engine option (somewhere around 28-32mpg hwy) and I'll be happy!
        Julius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @spa2nky1
        And to think this is entirely possible as the V6 Camaro on the same platform gets close to that...
      Joe Ransom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slow news day = GM/Holden/USA and que the 'this-is-not-the-G8-Commodore-Monaro-etc-this-is-a-Lumina-Caprice-Statesman"
      Alex Ruiz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This rendering looks alot better: http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/1959/capricesscoupexx.jpg
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want Zeta platform family in USA. it will race games for RWD.
      omgcool
      • 2 Years Ago
      It won't work. All car guys talk about getting excited about it, but who actually buys a ute or wagon in the United States? Not many. The sedan is a must, though. The Charger has been lonely.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @omgcool
        The wagon is one thing, but how can you be so sure about the Ute? I don't know of any currently being offered in the US market, but I do remember seeing a lot of El Caminos on the road at one time. So why not give it another go?
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @omgcool
        We have been arguing about wagons here for a long time. Part of the problem is the wagon offerings in the US have not been very inspiring for a long time (with a few exceptions). So, buyers looked elsewhere. But remember the stupid pronouncement that Americans did not like hatchbacks? I see people happily driving hatchbacks all over the place. If the product is exciting and reasonable price, wagons will find customers.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          America not liking hatchbacks would sure be news to VW. I see almost as many Golfs on the roads as I see Mustangs.
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @omgcool
        Almost every enthusiast i've met at the track, owns a sportwagon of some kind as a family hauler. Usually Subaru or Audi, sometimes Volvo, and rarely BMW. Pretty funny to hear you say Americans don't buy wagons, while Subaru's wagon sales are up.
          omgcool
          • 2 Years Ago
          @breakfastburrito
          Subaru owners are a peculiar group, very loyal and open-minded. [My best friend is one of those people. Not sure I understand it as I haven't been particularly impressed with any of his Subarus, but you gotta respect a brand that earns that many repeat customers.] A better example would be the Cadillac CTS. It's offered in sedan, coupe, and wagon form, equally handsome in all iterations. By comparison, though, the sedan (and probably the coupe as well) outsells the wagon in a significant way. As seems to have been the history of most nameplates offered in sedan and wagon form, over the last couple decades at least. It's a trend that could be changing as you exemplified the hatchback resurgence. But in a vehicle that will probably be pretty slow-to-sell to begin with, I just wouldn't see much business case in spending resources on even more-limited models. I welcome the ute and wagon with open arms. I'd just be very, very skeptical if I were in charge (consumer demand would have to be very serious), and I'm not going to write online that I'd be interested in buying either when truth be told, I'd probably take the sedan first anyways, and would pass on the ute all together.
      Seph
      • 2 Years Ago
      A ute for US? really? ahaha!
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it looks anything like the picture above then you can count me out. Talk about one boring ass looking car. Dont' care if it has an LSA in it or not, there's not enough power in the world for that thing to out run it's ugliness. But hasn't GM learned yet that wagons don't sell here in the US? The Dodge Magnum sold for ****, and now GM's own wagon in the CTS/CTS-V isn't selling for crap either. It's good to see GM has learned from past mistakes. [/end_sarcasm]
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
        Which is weird, my room mate was a detailer at a Cadillac dealership and each CTS/V Wagon that came off the truck was sold within 2 weeks.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
        When looking at the old G8, or the Commodore in some of its sportier trim levels, I seriously doubt that the Chevy, wearing the SS badge, will look as sedated as the rendering above. The market is far too competitive for that in this day and age.
        4gasem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
        Agreed! I have a G8 GT and LOVE it. This front end does NOTHING for me. Please just bring the HSV version over for us! WTH!
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
        It's a cheap and dirty render, I have a suspicion that the actual model that will actually be released is going to take inspiration from the HSV line, rather than crudely slapping the corporate Chevy grille on the mid-range model.
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          It could do that, and look similar to this: http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/74318331c9.jpg That's not a render, of course, but the actual Lumina SS which you're referring to.
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          It won't be exactly that though, because the range in general is getting a refresh before the SS comes around.
          Slizzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          Or it will, I don't know, have the Chevy front clip that is already in use to Middle East market vehicles?
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