Chevrolet Dealer Selling Caprice Cop Cars

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Chevrolet Dealer Selling Caprice Cop Cars

Miss the Pontiac G8? Hate getting stuck in traffic? Or if you’re like me, do you have an unnecessary Blues Brothers fixation? (“Fix the cigarette lighter.”) Well, has a Maryland Chevrolet dealer got a deal for you!

You gotta get the luck of the draw, however. A Maryland dealer is eschewing GM’s rules and selling the Chevrolet Caprice to civilians—but just 13 of them. The Caprice was Chevrolet’s continuation of the Holden Commodore, the Australian-built sedan that was last seen here as the Pontiac G8. It’s sold to police departments as a squad car only, but there’s no formal regulations in place to prevent this dealer from selling them to the general public.

The 13 cars are detective’s models, which means that they feature such conveniences as chromatic paint colors and alloy wheels, and the dealer has added power windows and seats. They are listing for anywhere between $31,000 to $37,000—and for Chevrolet’s only rear-drive, V8 sedan in production, it’s not too bad.

The cars are all US-certified and meet emissions and safety standards. If other Chevrolet dealers pay attention, maybe those 13 buyers won’t be the only ones in America with cop cars—and maybe it’ll motivate GM to release the Caprice for the civilian market in general.

[Source: Jalopnik]

  • Carl

    All dealers should follow! Glad to see someone has balls. Sure there not made here but “nothing is more American than a Fullsize car!” For years Caprice was Chevrolet’s true flagship, it’s about time it returns above Impala its a no brainer! For the next generation they should move production here, possibly add e-assist.
    Chevrolet’s key model names are: Corvette,Camaro,Malibu,Impala,and Caprice! This is a old brand and it should have classic proud names!
    I speak for all cars!

  • John Williams

    “nothing is more American than a Fullsize car!” Except that both the Caprice and Camaro are designed in Australia and in the case of the Caprice also built down under. Although I’m not sure of the economics of shipping the V8 engine to Oz inserting into the Caprice and then shipping the whole package back to the US.

  • Mark LaNaive

    Could’ve sworn I heard a rumor somewhere that Pontiac wasn’t a viable concern for GM any more. Amazing how times, they are a changin’. No shock they’d forget those high end luxury items like power windows & seats. Should’ve asked the government for option assistance. As Australian as hot dogs & apple pie.

  • Bill

    Another prime example of product manager mis-management. They have the goods their dealer network can sell and people want…no development costs…and they are too stupid to make plans to sell it. GM marketing people mut be paid by a competitor to sabotage GM.

    I drove Chevrolet Caprices in Saudi Arabia in 2001 while working there. They were really Holden Commodores built for export with Chevrolet emblems. Absolutely great cars in all aspects-performance, handling, luxury, style, reliability, and economy. Those cars filled a vaccum for Saudi Arabia, left when the U.S. Caprice/Impala was discontinued after the 1996 model. The U.S. vacuum was left to be filled by Crown Victoria, a decidedly inferior, underpowered, poor handling, unreliable car (the DOHC 4.6 liter is unreliable, underpowered and a gas hog). There was a period of time where individual Saudi car dealers were vacuuming up every eighties and nineties Caprice they could from the U.S. and shipping them home. The same type situation existed for the 91-96 Caprice 9C1s. They were superior in every respect to a Crown Vic police car. After 1996, many departments had their Caprices totally rebuilt by an outfit in New York at a cost about the same as a new Crown Vic. That is how much the police officers, to include my brother-in-law, hated the Crown Vic-which became the only police car available for some time. Bottom line is GM made a huge mistake by discontinuing the rear-drive Caprice, just one in a long line of major blunders to include discontinuing Oldsmobile and Pontiac. You would think these two events would have offered clues to the clueless product planners at GM.

    Clearly, GM was far mor successful in the 70s and 80s than they are now. I remember when they were talking breaking up GM under anti-trust laws. No danger of that now. Of course they were talking going into an ice age too, and global warming was not even in the vocabulary. My GM stock traded for over $100 plus a share, at times, back then. Now it is worthless and my shareholder equity was awarded to the new GM by the government. That would be like having the government legally allow me to give your home away.

    Why should GM listen to consumers…who vote with their dollars? All they have to do is just go back to Washington in their Gulfstream V jets and lobby for another entitled bailout if they get in trouble…it is probably in the GM management guide book to do so. After all, the corporation exists for the sole pleasure of management to loot (bonuses to executives paid by selling off stock holder equity-corporate assets even when the company lost money through incompetency and mis-management). Those assets included Frigidaire, Detroit Diesel Allison, GMAC and Dietech.com, Terrex, GMC Truck and Bus Group, Electro-motive, Delphi, and others), experiment, and otherwise play around with the corporation as though it is their private property, right? Executives always stated after a sale, it was so they can concentate on their coe competency-cars. We all saw how well that worked out.

    Meanwhile, Honda sells generators, motorcycles, lawn mowers, and chainsaws, Hundai is involved in very divesified industries, and Toyota and all others who want to be, are here kicking GMs butt, with products that arguably not even as good.

    GM clearly does not exist to make money for it’s shareholders, even after being bailed out. While they expect loyalty from their customers and demand if from the workers who actually do meaningful work that adds to the bottom line, the executives were, and continue to be, disloyal, dishonest, and incompetent. That is why they get their butts kicked by new comers, and continue to do so, right in their own backyard. They have no marketable skills that would actually earn the company money. Even the new stock, backed up with assets, that were transfered from shareholders and creditors, at no cost to the new GM, the new stock is down in value from the low initial issue price. The executives say it is complicated and we don’t understand. Actually, the concepts are quite simple, and many of us do understand. The same executive culture-and the corporate jets beginning to fly in and out of Oakland-Pontiac Airport ten or more times a day with executive spouses aboard going to lunch in NYC- still exists.

    Virtually all plant closings during and post bailout were in the U.S., with a net loss of jobs and pay cut by half for U.S. workers since the bail out. Few GM jobs were lost in Canada or Mexico-they had a net gain. While you struggle, your US tax payer dollars, via GM, left the country to save jobs elsewhere. Not exactly the rationale behind the bailout.

  • Jason Haddad

    The Caprice was rated at 355 horsepower because GM doesn’t want the police to keep up with M5s and E63 AMGs, but it may actually have a little over 450 horsepower stock– maybe up to 500.

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