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Old 02-12-2009, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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Chevy is apparently looking to extend the Holden / Pontiac G8 platform over to the Luminas and some Buicks. The Lumina SS is already available in the middle east:



Looks kinda cool - def. better than the existing Lumina and rear wheel peel with available V8 power and SS badges.

Many are calling the G8 the best car GM has built in years, so this should be a good thing. Looks like GM wants the Holden platform to be global.
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: WA
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I had an hours drive in a Pontiac version and was very impressed. I liked it a lot.

But I don't understand why GM needs a version for each division.
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I think we're going to see lots of the Holden platform cars in the future. The 2010 Buick Lacrosse is already supposed to be a Holden.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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They should not over saturate the market by giving a version to each marque. That's why so many think the cars are rather bland. However, not as a Lumina, but as a special edition, perhaps slightly stretched platform, with higher output V8 (perhaps the Corvette engine) as a true successor to the name Impala SS. Now, that would be a way to add some interest to the Chevrolet lineup.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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The Impala SS would have the same engine as the G8 GXP - the 6.2 liter LS3 V8 from the Corvette making 402 HP.
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Southwest Missouri
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GM refuses to learn from past mistakes. There's absolutely no point in having the exact same vehicle marketed by two or three different divisions. GM needs to pare down some product lines, not bloat them up even more.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:06 AM
 
Location: the D
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Arent GM and Ford both thinking of getting rid of their RWD platforms due to falling global demand?
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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Arent GM and Ford both thinking of getting rid of their RWD platforms due to falling global demand?
No - actually they are eliminating some of their FWD platforms like the lumina and maybe even the G6. The FWD cars will remain strong in the lower priced (<30K) lineups, but more RWD cars will begin to surface in the over 30K price ranges:

GM planning more RWD cars - MotorAuthority - Car news, reviews, spy shots

GM had planned to offer even more RWD options based on the Zeta platform, but the new CAFE fuel standards will most likely restrict the RWD lineup plans somewhat.
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Arkadelphia,Arkansas
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The G8 is a great car! I've resisted test driving one because I know I will buy one if I drive it!
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:27 AM
 
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The Chevy Lumina sold in the Middle East is the Pontiac G8 here in the states, and the Vauxhaul in Europe and Holden in Australia - same car, different brands by region.

GM nixed its plans to make the Lumina rwd here in the states citing cost. The G8 GT is a great car though - better than any Accord or Camry imo.
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