Friday, January 20, 2006
GM and RWD
GM has announced that, once again, they are considering a bunch of new models based on a RWD platform.
I guess they had to do something besides watching the 300C and Mustang sell like hot cakes.
The platform is being developped by Holden in Australia. So a whole team of Americans are now over there to work on these new US cars.
The prime candidates are the Buick Velite convertible, based on the 2004 Concept car. And of course the new Camaro. Which is said to be coming out first.
They are hoping in less than 3 years at a price similar to the Mustang.
They also claim the design will be pretty much what you see in the concept. (they 've done it before with the Solstice)
But they also say the interior will have to be doned down in order to keep the V6 version price comparable to the Mustang V6.
The more surpising news are the other models they are considering:
-The next Chevrolet Impala. (They have actually designed 2 cars for this one. A FWD and a RWD version. So the final decision hasn't happened yet.)
-The next Pontiac Grand Prix. (So they are really trying to appeal to the BMW crowd...)
-The next Pontiac GTO. (They are still trying...)
-A Buick flagship sedan. (Which would have to be ofer $40 000. Kind of a gamble. Unless the Anclave is a success. And people, by then, will be more accepting paying that much for a Buick.)
What do you think?
Besides muscle cars, do they realy need RWD? I guess that means all these cars will have V8s. A smart move?
(Gas prices are going up, again.)
By the way, Opel won't use a version of this. It is too big for Europe.
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 9:05 AM