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ZETA & G8 SIBLING LIVES ON IN CHEVROLET CAPRICE DRAG-NET
GM UNVEILS NEW 2011 CHEVROLET CAPRICE POLICE CAR DESPITE FRITZ HENDERSON'S EARLIER STATEMENTS TO THE CONTRARY

The car GM said would not live on...does! The Zeta based kin to the discontinued G8 has been given a new look dressed in Chevrolet drag to become the new Caprice for the Law Enforcement Industry.​

Every time enthusiasts asked if the G8 was going to live on after Pontiac, GM answered with a firm and resounding "NO". Every time someone speculated...myself included, that the G8 would easily become the next Caprice for law enforcement use, GM said, "we don't do badge engineering anymore".

Well, it seems Fritz Henderson was lying to a certain degree...and the Zeta Platform will live on after Pontiac...as the new 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Cruiser. GM officially revealed the new fleet vehicle late Sunday, and even though it sure looks like it...it is not the G8, it is in fact the longer cousin, the Holden Caprice and Statesman that is available across Australia and in the Middle East markets. It also serves duty as a Buick in China...where it is dominating luxury sales.

This special, Fleet only Caprice, gets a specially developed E-85 capable 6.0 Liter V8 engine good for a solid 355HP and 385 Lb-Ft of torque. That is more than the Dodge Charger PPVs 340HP Hemi. Sadly, the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor comes in at a low 250HP from its 4.6 Liter V8. Everything else in the Caprice has been strengthened, re-enforced and beefed up to handle the tough rigors of Police Duty.

So this now begs the question, what is Ford's response going to be to continue its dominance of the PPV market? The next generation Ford Falcon? An AWD Ford Taurus with Eco-Boost? Or even an all new vehicle?

Let us begin the speculation here...and if you want to read Autoblog's excellent write up about the new Caprice, click here. Don't forget to check out their Gallery for some great images of the new Caprice.

Below, GM's official press release for the new 2011 Chevrolet Caprice.
Be On The Lookout: All-New Chevy Caprice Police Car Reports For Duty In 2011

DENVER – An all-new Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will join the ranks of law enforcement departments across North America in 2011. It's a modern, full-size, rear-drive sedan that will offer both V-8 and V-6 engines, as well as a host of specialized equipment and features.

Chevrolet made the announcement at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention, in Denver, Colorado. The Caprice PPV will be available for ordering next year and will hit the streets in early 2011.

"The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement," said Jim Campbell, general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. "We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas."

Vice President, Global Chevrolet Brand Brent Dewar added, "Along with Impala and Tahoe, the Caprice PPV gives agencies a greater range of choices for police and special service vehicles that are all available from Chevrolet."

Unlike other police cars on the market, the Caprice PPV is not based on existing "civilian" passenger-car model sold in North America. It has been developed in key areas specifically for police duty, containing modern equipment and features:

* Powerful 6.0L V-8 with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability delivers expected best-in-class 0-60 acceleration (sub six seconds) and top speed; a V-6 engine will also be offered, beginning in the 2012 model year
* Optional front-seat-only side curtain air bags allows a full-width rear-seat barrier for greater officer safety
* Two trunk-mounted batteries, with one of them dedicated to powering various police equipment
* Designed for five-passenger seating, meaning the upper-center section of the dashboard can be used for equipment mounting without the concern of air bag deployment interference
* Compatibility with in-dash touch-screen computer technology
* Special front seats designed for the long-term comfort of officers whose car is their effective office, including space that accommodates the bulk of a typical equipment belt

The front seats are sculpted to "pocket" the equipment belt, which greatly increases the comfort for a great range of police officer sizes. The foam density of the seatback and cushion insert surfaces are designed to conform to the shape of an equipment belt's various items, too, allowing the officer's back to rest properly on the seatback surface.

"The Chevrolet Caprice PPV's seats represent a revolution in comfort and utility for officers who spend long hours in their car," said Bob Demick, lead seat design manager. "The shape also enhances entry and egress, making it easier for officers to exit the vehicle quickly. The seatback bolsters, for example, have been purposefully contoured to help pocket the equipment on the belt, which includes the gun, Taser and handcuffs, which rest comfortably in the sculpted lower bolsters. That also increases the longevity of the trim cover surface."

Along with comfort, the materials used in the seats were also carefully selected. High-wear materials were chosen to stand up to long hours of everyday use, while breathability, long-term durability and ease of cleaning were also important criteria.

Engineers worked on several iterations of the seat, testing a couple of versions in the field to get real-world feedback from police officers, who used prototype seats in their cruisers for a month. Their input helped determine the final design.

Class-leading space

The Caprice PPV is based on GM's global rear-drive family of vehicles that also underpins the Chevy Camaro. It uses the longest wheelbase of the architecture – 118.5 inches (3,010 mm) – along with a four-wheel independent suspension that delivers responsive high-performance driving characteristics that are crucial in some police scenarios.

Caprice PPV's long wheelbase also contributes to exceptional spaciousness. Compared to the primary competition, its advantages include:

* A larger interior volume – 112 cubic feet / 3,172 liters – than the Ford Crown Victoria, including nearly 4 inches (101 mm) more rear legroom
* The barrier between the front seat and rear seat is positioned farther rearward, allowing for full front-seat travel and greater recline for officer comfort
* At 18 cubic feet (535 liters) free space (beyond battery located in trunk), the Caprice's trunk volume is large enough to accommodate a full-size spare tire under a flat load surface in the trunk storage area.

The Caprice's 6.0-liter V-8 is rated at an estimated 355 horsepower (265 kW) with an estimated 384 lb-ft of torque. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is performance-calibrated for police duty. Additional, police car-specific powertrain and vehicle system features include:

* High-output alternator
* Engine oil, transmission and power steering coolers
* Standard 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on center caps
* Large, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads
* Heavy-duty suspension components
* Police-calibrated stability control system
* Driver information center in the instrument cluster with selectable speed tracking feature.

A host of complementary features are also offered, including special equipment packages such as spotlights; lockouts for the power windows and locks; and an "undercover" street-appearance package (9C3).

To enable more room for interior equipment, the standard radio can be relocated to the trunk, allowing for an in-dash, touch-screen computer to be used.

Caprice on patrol: A brief history

Chevrolet's history with law enforcement is almost as old as the brand itself. Police departments have used Chevy sedans as police cars for decades, ordering them with basic equipment and powerful V-8 engines – including some special engines that weren't available in regular-production models, such as the 1959 Biscayne that was offered with up to 315 horsepower.

The full-size Chevrolets joined the force in 1976. All Caprice police cars – including the new, 2011 model – have carried the 9C1 order code. Here's a quick look back at Chevys on patrol:

1959 – Chevy Biscayne police model capable of 135 mph with specially tuned, police-only version of the 348-cubic-inch V-8 engine

1965 – The new "big-block" 396 engine is offered in Biscayne and Bel Air police cars, making them among the most powerful on patrol; a 427 V-8 was added in 1966

1976 – The 9C1 order code is given for the first time to a full-size Chevy police car package. It carries the Impala name.

1977 – The full-size Chevy is downsized. The 9C1 police package is retained, as is the Impala name.

1986 – The Caprice name replaces Impala, as the car is updated for the mid- and late-1980s – including the option of a powerful, 5.7-liter small-block V-8.

1991 – A new-generation Caprice is launched, with the 9C1 police car still on the beat.

1994 – The 260-horsepower (194 Nm) LT1 V-8 engine is offered in the Caprice 9C1, making it one of the fastest full-size police cars ever offered.

1996 – Caprice police car production ends, as GM's full-size, body-on-frame car architecture is discontinued.

2011 – The Caprice PPV returns to active duty.
 

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I hope it will be available on Chevy dealer lots, and gives ford to ship over the falcon
 

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I hope it will be available on Chevy dealer lots, and gives ford to ship over the falcon
GM is insisting this is a "Fleet Only" product and will not be available to the general public off of a Chevrolet four-court.

However, as one commentator wrote, it will make the bidding absolutely furious at Police Auctions when these start to be retired!

As for the Falcon...here's hoping!

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GM is insisting this is a "Fleet Only" product and will not be available to the general public off of a Chevrolet four-court.

However, as one commentator wrote, it will make the bidding absolutely furious at Police Auctions when these start to be retired!

As for the Falcon...here's hoping!

RG
What does it matter to GM, why not sell them to private citizens, even small quantities of stripped down models with a V8 and a V6.
Yikes. Ford should show GM how its done.
 

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Just a quick update!

Autoblog has new images posted that include the new Caprice PPV in the colors of Chevrolet's most likely customer, LAPD.


Also, new details on the interior were released including GMs copy straight out of the Carbon Motors E7 concept with the large, Haptic Control panel in the center console for HVAC controls and a large, touch screen based computer. This touch screen NEC based computer is photographed inside a Pontiac G8, take notice of the Pontiac badge in the center of the steering wheel.

I'm not sure if the Haptic computer control will be available to the PPV market, or if that is a Concept only feature, but given the tech to be available on the Carbon Motors E7, GM and also Ford and Chrysler will need to begin incorporating this powerful technology.
 

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Just a quick update!

Autoblog has new images posted that include the new Caprice PPV in the colors of Chevrolet's most likely customer, LAPD.


Also, new details on the interior were released including GMs copy straight out of the Carbon Motors E7 concept with the large, Haptic Control panel in the center console for HVAC controls and a large, touch screen based computer. This touch screen NEC based computer is photographed inside a Pontiac G8, take notice of the Pontiac badge in the center of the steering wheel.

I'm not sure if the Haptic computer control will be available to the PPV market, or if that is a Concept only feature, but given the tech to be available on the Carbon Motors E7, GM and also Ford and Chrysler will need to begin incorporating this powerful technology.
Those are also CHP colors without CHP Emblem, Man, with a corvette V8, these things are going to really be bad news for speeders.
 

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Something smells like unprofitable to me.
I figure the only reason; its fleet only is because of the premium they can charge for a strip down model with police beefing. Me think. There is no way the new BOD will approve a non profitable venture at this point.
 

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...There is no way the new BOD will approve a non profitable venture at this point.
yeahbut, imho, there hasn't been any proof yet that the people who are REALLY in charge know much/anything about running a successful car company.
I can imagine several scenarios
- if the Statesman-form is coming can a ParkAvenue/Roadmaster be far behind?
- will GM change its mind again? before ever building anything?
- or (along with ausrutherford) will they actually Produce... ...an unprofitable fiasco?
 

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yeahbut, imho, there hasn't been any proof yet that the people who are REALLY in charge know much/anything about running a successful car company.
I can imagine several scenarios
- if the Statesman-form is coming can a ParkAvenue/Roadmaster be far behind?
- will GM change its mind again? before ever building anything?
- or (along with ausrutherford) will they actually Produce... ...an unprofitable fiasco?
Its actually quite simple, say no to unprofitable projects when presented to you. They may come and say, well, we will build brand image with this halo car, but there is not enough volume to break a profit. You say, No.
The Caprice was sort of a no brainer, R&D, and US spec and tooling is paid for, they need volume to keep the factory down under profitable, and there is a need in US law enforcement with crown vic going down and a Chrysler having a small alternative.

Police specs obviously will pay for the profit, and there will be no incentives since PD’s often specify needs based on their market, for example SDPD, (san Diego) cruisers are not necessarily the same LPD or CHP specs. The basics yes, but there are different specs based on PD requirements.

There is no incentives here. Its fleet sales...
 

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G8 is dead, this is the Stateman not the commodore, so much bigger than G8, and its fleet only.
Which I stated in the post...but thanks for catching it. :)
 

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I have noticed you are always on top of your game.
Why thank you for the kind words.

And I appreciate that you are always out there making sure that the information presented it correct and accurate. Thank you again very much and please keep it up! ;)
 

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