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Old 09-27-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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RWD Chevrolet Sedan, Premium Zeta in Development

Zeta Update: Chevrolet Sedan, Premium Zeta In Development
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By Nick Saporito
September 27, 2010


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In June GMI published that General Motors was looking into providing the Cadillac brand with a true luxury flagship sedan, but the program was not yet approved. Since June GM has solidified plans for more rear-wheel drive Zeta products, including a Chevrolet sedan coming in 2012 and an all-new Zeta platform called “Premium Zeta.”

Earlier this month GM Holden revealed the revised Zeta-based Commodore lineup. The refreshed Commodore is going to serve as the basis of an all-new Chevrolet product for the 2012 model-year. The sedan has been dubbed “SS Sedan” internally, though it does not have a name at this time.

The car will be imported from Australia in limited runs and will serve has a high performance sedan only. GM does not intend for the car to sell in high volumes. Sources state that the car will be “very closely related” to the former Pontiac G8 GXP, which also hailed from GM Holden.

Sources state that the unnamed Chevrolet is showing up internally as a 2012, meaning it could launch anytime between August 2011 and January 2012. Powertrains have not been confirmed, but GMI fully expects for GM’s LS3 6.2-liter V8 to be in tow.

Premium Zeta

Sources familiar with GM engineering have stated that development is taking place on a new iteration of Zeta that is being called “Premium Zeta.” Premium Zeta is likely the same platform that was being referred to as “Beta” over the summer.

The GM board of directors has blessed Premium Zeta, though vehicle programs that may reside on it are not yet approved for production. One of those programs is a Cadillac flagship sedan. According to sources familiar with GM’s executive committee, the car will have a price range of $70,000 to $140,000; slightly undercutting the Mercedes Benz S-Class.

Word has it that incoming GM CEO Dan Akerson is personally advocating for a flagship Cadillac sedan and that most of the GM board of directors is supporting such a vehicle as well. As GMI reported back in June, final approval of the program is not likely until after GM’s initial stock offering later this year.

Supplier sources have confirmed that GM has not sourced anything for Premium Zeta at this time; meaning development is still in its infancy. Once approved, the traditional time frame would mean Premium Zeta vehicles would launch during the second half of the decade unless GM fast tracks development, which is possible.
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:59 PM   #2
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Number 3, I'm sure you're chuckling to yourself right now.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:43 PM   #3
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:01 PM   #5
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The GM board of directors has blessed Premium Zeta, though vehicle programs that may reside on it are not yet approved for production. One of those programs is a Cadillac flagship sedan. According to sources familiar with GM’s executive committee, the car will have a price range of $70,000 to $140,000; slightly undercutting the Mercedes Benz S-Class.

Bet on the lower-end number, NOT the 6-figure wish...

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Old 09-27-2010, 06:07 PM   #6
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i can dream again about owning a sport sedan from GM once again! ( im not in the caddy bracket...yet) I WILL drive a Chevy V8 one day.
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:52 PM   #7
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we all knew the g8 was too good of an idea to retire. had I heard this a couple of months ago I may have waited on the Camaro purchase to compare the two - I was really interested in a G8 GXP but could not find one for the life of me.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:28 PM   #9
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Premium indeed!! A similar chassis that underpins our car could seat a $70-140k car?! Dayum!
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:54 PM   #10
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Hmmm how many times have things went back and forth about making a chevy version of the G8 GXP? Heck, it wouldn't surprise me if 2 weeks latter someone changes their minds again lol , but awesome if true though.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:11 PM   #11
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I would jump all over an L99 powered chevy sedan.
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:10 AM   #14
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The GM board of directors has blessed Premium Zeta, though vehicle programs that may reside on it are not yet approved for production. One of those programs is a Cadillac flagship sedan. According to sources familiar with GM’s executive committee, the car will have a price range of $70,000 to $140,000; slightly undercutting the Mercedes Benz S-Class.

Bet on the lower-end number, NOT the 6-figure wish...

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CTS V already runs $70k... so it's not that much of a stretch.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:08 AM   #15
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CTS V already runs $70k... so it's not that much of a stretch.
I'd put money down that they're going to bring back the STS on the Zeta LWB like the Caprice.. leading to:

Caddy STS (Statesman/Seville Touring Sedan)

It had better have a minibar in the back for the $$$$$.00 they're talkin'

STS-V would be total 'jizz in mah pants' ness that'd probably bend the Germans over.. hard.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:17 AM   #16
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:22 AM   #17
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Oh lawd.. GM just needs to reconfigure the Mid-east version for US market. Build it at Oshawa and call it Dinner/Taco Bell.
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I'm guessing it will be the Caprice, not the Impala.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:38 AM   #19
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back in april when i got my camaro, my dealer was telling me they were bringing back the caprice classic in G8 styling so they would have a RWD cop package.
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back in april when i got my camaro, my dealer was telling me they were bringing back the caprice classic in G8 styling so they would have a RWD cop package.
Caprice PPV isn't a G8/Commodore, it's a Holden Statesman/Caprice.
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Caprice PPV isn't a G8/Commodore, it's a Holden Statesman/Caprice.
just relaying what my dealer said, and we all know that this can fall into the catagory of
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I still think instead of axing the G8 the way they did, they should of made it the new Impala.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:06 PM   #23
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I love Caprice/Impala! And RWD!
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:08 AM   #24
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Number 3, I'm sure you're chuckling to yourself right now.
I laughed when I first read it and laughing now as well.
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Let me guess.. the new Chevy will look like the Holden but with a horizontal line across the top grille? Chevy needs to rethink their design DNA - it sucks.
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