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Old 07-15-2009, 01:24 AM   #1
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G8 - Now Chevrolet Caprice, will be built in Oshawa, alongside Camaro

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Automotive Traveler learned through confidential sources at GM that the G8 (based on GM's Global Zeta platform, a lighter, more efficient version on the chassis that currently underpins the G8) will be built in Oshawa, Ontario, right alongside it's stable mate, the Chevy Camaro.

We have learned that the new car will most likely be called the Caprice, and that it will be launched within 18 months, most likely at the start of the 2011 model year after Pontiac gets its last rites. The major obstacles to be ironed out will be redesigning the front fascia (the Caprice marketed in the Middle East, shown above, does not conform to current US Regulations), and finding a way to increase production capacity within the designated plant.
http://www.automotivetraveler.com/in...717&Itemid=194
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:31 AM   #2
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wat will it look like? the same w/ diff badges??
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:03 AM   #3
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I just pray to God they don't jack up the front and rear ends by changing out the facias. The G8 is a STELLAR looking car and should NOT be changed. People LOVE this car and I am beginning to see more and more. You take away that style when rebadging it and you take away what the CUSTOMER WANTS!

Please, please, please....dont' screw with the looks on this one.
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:33 AM   #4
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IMO it needs the rear fixed. I never liked those tail lights.. :/
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:59 AM   #5
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Is it still going to have that pontiac front end ?
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:31 AM   #6
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Is it still going to have that pontiac front end ?
Honestly, I don't think they're be much of a diff between the two. Aside from the '09 mid east still rocking the flingy hood ornament from the 70's and 80's (and 90's?)

IMO they need to do the South Africa/Mid East Lumina fascias which are nice and close but still different from the G8's front fascia.
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:43 AM   #7
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Ill be honest, and keep in mind, im a big pontiac fan...LOVE my current car, 1999 Grand Prix GT, But i was never very partial to the front end on the G8, the grills were just TOO big

Dont get me wrong, its an f'in awesome car, and i would still buy it.

Personally, i would like to see a slightly different body from the Caprice, maybe style it more aggressively. Like a bigger more aggressive Malibu, a little more raked, and harder angles
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:58 AM   #8
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Here's a pic that I found from gminsidenews.com

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Here's a pic that I found from gminsidenews.com

Wow! I hope they don't do that. We already have a malibu. All they need to do is remove the pontiac emblem and install a chevy emblem.
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I hope they eventually learn and trash all that fwd crap. I don't know why the competition consists of toyota econoboxes. To succeed GM is gonna have to compete with the companies that still make real cars. BMW, Audi, Mercedes. The last one to a point as Mercedes has also seemed to have dropped the ball with quality lately. They need to dump that hybrid crap all together, produce a diesel that's cheaper, more economic, and WAY more durable than that shit could ever be. Volkswagen schools em on this. No more kentucky (plastic chrome) on the inside of cars...or outside for that matter either.
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Here's a pic that I found from gminsidenews.com

That's the overseas Caprice based on the Holden Statesman. The US Caprice will be based on the Commodore.

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I hope they eventually learn and trash all that fwd crap. I don't know why the competition consists of toyota econoboxes. To succeed GM is gonna have to compete with the companies that still make real cars. BMW, Audi, Mercedes. The last one to a point as Mercedes has also seemed to have dropped the ball with quality lately. They need to dump that hybrid crap all together, produce a diesel that's cheaper, more economic, and WAY more durable than that shit could ever be. Volkswagen schools em on this. No more kentucky (plastic chrome) on the inside of cars...or outside for that matter either.
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:50 AM   #12
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That's the overseas Caprice based on the Holden Statesman. The US Caprice will be based on the Commodore.
So it should look something like this one?
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"caprice" always sounds to me like it's a girls car. like a fancy perfume or something
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So it should look something like this one?
That's much better! I can live with that.
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