|2013 Chevrolet "Commodore" Sedan|
General Motors wants more rear-wheel drive vehicles in its lineup and has plans to bring more to America, including a new RWD Chevrolet sedan, a station wagon, and perhaps even a ute (aka a new El Camino) and the currently Chinese market only Buick Park Avenue.
GM already sells a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet sedan in the U.S., but only sells them to police departments and municipal governments. The Chevrolet Caprice "PPV" is based on the long-wheelbase version of the Australian Holden Commodore.
Now, GM will build a civilian version of the the Caprice PPV and market it as the Chevrolet "SuperSport" sedan. Under the hood is GM's 6.2-liter V-8 (with advanced "displacement on demand" cylinder deactivation) creating more than 400 horsepower. The SuperSport badge will also go onto Chevrolet's NASCAR racing entry in 2013.
Automotive press reports this week (from numerous sources) state that after the V8 SuperSport appears in Chevy dealerships, a more fuel-efficient 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 model will follow it to market. By 2015, when the SuperSport/Commodore rear-wheel-drive Zeta platform is updated, production of this vehicle (as well as the Caprice PPV) will also come to the United States, opening up the market for more police car sales, as some local and state governments will only buy American-made cruisers. Some municipalities and states are required to buy American-made vehicles by state law.
Here's even better news, motorheads: GM will likely build a rear-wheel-drive station wagon as well as a sport-utility (aka Holden Ute) model. The updated Holden-engineered Zeta platform that Chevy utilizes for the Caprice (called the Zeta 2 inside General Motors) can handle all of these vehicles, Another distinct possibility is that Buick will also get a variant of the Zeta 2 platform, possibly a replacement of the currently "Chinese market only" Buick Park Avenue luxury sedan.
Really, all of these vehicles are derivatives of the deceased Pontiac G8, which continues to be sold as the Holden Commodore in several international markets. Chevrolet is simply picking up Pontiac's gameplan for the G8, and running with it in order to compete the growing number of larger rear-wheel drive sedans offered to American buyers. The new SuperSport will compete with the Dodge Charger, Kia K9, the Hyundai Genesis, and so on.
[Edited 2012-05-03 19:27:05]