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Flip-Flopping Goes Our Way: Pontiac G8 to Live (Again) as Chevy Caprice

Posted in Car Branding, Chevrolet, Detroit, Foreign Cars, Holden, Pontiac by Alex Kierstein | July 11th, 2009 | 2 Responses |

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You can always count on “Colonel” Bob Lutz, fighter jet pilot and GM demagogue, to keep us on our toes. Today’s bombshell? The on again, off again Pontiac G8 shall have another day in the sun … as a Chevy Caprice! GM head honcho Fritz had nixed the idea of rebadging the burly sedan, but good old Lutz realized he couldn’t just let the sedan totter off into the woods to die alone. Said Lutz to Automobile Magazine, “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.” We agree heartily.

The G8 is sold in Middle East markets as the Chevrolet Caprice, a nameplate last used in North America in 1996 on a bloated full-size behemoth. Now, the Middle East version has a longer wheelbase than the North American G8, but we can’t image it’s too hard to graft a Chevy bowtie in place of the Pontiac arrow, so we doubt GM is going to import the longer version. This is good news for fans of the hot LS3-powered sedan, and hoons who need backseats everywhere.

[Source: Autoblog]

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2 Responses

  1. vito says:

    now that is some good news from detroit

  2. WizardsLore says:

    the Chevy caprice in the middle east is a holden Statesman, which is a long wheelbase version of the G8/Commodore.
    seriously. go onto the Holden website and you will find a plethora of information to use. HSV is the sports division that shoudl also be scoured.
    while you are at it, have a look at Ford Australia and FPV to get a taste of what the US is missing. From Oz :)