Enthusiasts with a penchant for full sized sport sedans bemoaned the day when GM pulled the plug on Pontiac. The Pontiac G8, a rebadged and Americanized Holden Commodore, was just what a power hungry public demanded to replace their Impala SS sedans, and Pontiac had worked out nearly all the bugs by the time GM killed the brand. Bankruptcy, a concern over tightening CAFE regulations and a focus away from performance cars precluded Chevy from rebadging the Commodore as a Caprice, at least for the civilian market. If you wanted to drive one on these shores, it looked like your only chance was to become a police officer in a department that was buying the new, Commodore-based, Chevy Caprice Police Interceptors.
If Motor Authority is correct, however, you may have a second chance to buy a Holden Commodore as a civilian, possibly branded as a Chevy Caprice. Apparently, high level discussions are ongoing within GM, and some sources even claim that it’s a done deal. The Commodore is already sold in certain markets, such as South Africa, branded as a Chevrolet Lumina. That brand doesn’t carry the weight of the Caprice on these shores, so if the project does move forward, I’d expect to see the Commodore branded as a Caprice (or possibly Impala) in the U.S. market. GM is looking to prove that they’re back, and a halo sedan for Chevrolet would be a step in the right direction. I say build it, brand the most powerful version as the Impala SS, and be sure to offer it in Black Cherry. I think I can line up at least two buyers for you off the top of my head.