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Old 04-30-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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US law enforcement vehicle deal could be Holden’s best chance to replace Pontiac G8.

UP TO 40,000 Chevrolet-badged Commodore police vehicles could be exported to the US annually in a deal that would eclipse GM Holden’s current North American export program, which was axed along with the Pontiac brand by General Motors last night.

GoAuto has learned that a plan to supply hi-tech Australian-made patrol cars to US law enforcement agencies – led by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) – could be joined by lucrative police vehicle exports to Canada, the UK and the Middle East.

And while the prospects of reviving plans to sell the Holden Ute in the US as a GMC continue to exist, it is understood the now-defunct Commodore-based Pontiac G8 has a good chance of morphing into a full-time Chevrolet model for US public consumption.

In an ironic twist, if green-lighted, the police project could see Holden’s Commodore effectively replace Ford’s aged Crown Victoria as the vehicle of choice for many US police departments, which require large, V8-powered rear-drive sedans.

The Crown Victoria, which was discontinued from public sale in 2008 and will be phased out of production for US fleet customers next year, has long been touted as Ford Australia’s most obvious US export opportunity for the Falcon.

Some US police departments have already adopted Dodge’s new Charger, but the Crown Victoria still attracts 60,000 annual sales for Ford, representing a potentially massive export opportunity for Holden.

Officially, Holden remains cautious about spruiking the prospects of sending Commodores to the US as part of a police vehicle export program, but national media relations manager Scott Whiffin admitted to GoAuto this week that a Pontiac G8-based LAPD prototype produced by Port Melbourne-based National Safety Agency (NSA) has “enormous” potential.

“That’s certainly something that is being looked at very closely,” Mr Whiffin revealed. “We are looking at all opportunities.

“Holden has a really good reputation for seeking out opportunities in the marketplace and benefiting from them, and our work starts now in terms of finding new opportunities for this vehicle.

“The law enforcement opportunity is one and certainly we’re looking at that without going too far too fast.”

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Old 04-30-2009, 10:39 PM   #2
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Needs an AWD version for snow.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:55 PM   #3
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yea, cause cop cars for the last 60 years have done so poorly.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:14 AM   #4
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Aww F! I was just thinking today how cool a G8 GXP is compared to the Crown Vic, ironically in front of me at the time and then this.... *sigh* I can't have anything nice.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:19 AM   #5
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Ironically, this might also stoke consumer demand for the G8/Commodore/Impala or whatever they will call it.
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:56 AM   #6
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Needs an AWD version for snow.
why?

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Old 05-01-2009, 06:50 AM   #7
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Didn't you hear? AWD makes a car impervious to bullets!
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:28 AM   #8
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And they can hide the cars up in the trees if they had AWD
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:09 AM   #9
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Needs an AWD version for snow.
You know how I know you can't drive in the snow?
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:16 AM   #10
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Needs an AWD version for handling.
Fixed......

Wait.... what happened to that carbon motors car that had a 300hp diesel and was all aluminum?.....
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:59 AM   #11
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Fixed......
Whaaaa?

Most of the best handling cars ever made have been RWD... AWD sucks for handling, understeer FTL
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:42 AM   #12
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Fixed......

Wait.... what happened to that carbon motors car that had a 300hp diesel and was all aluminum?.....
The one that has never made it past conception?
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:21 PM   #13
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crap .... the cops finally got a decent car that can catch up to us speed-ricers
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:26 PM   #14
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they should use the new ford sho taurus
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:37 PM   #15
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they should use the new ford sho taurus
GM > Ford
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LS3 > whatever turbo v6 taurus got
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:14 PM   #16
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:27 PM   #17
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While recent rumblings suggest Pontiac’s now-orphaned G8 could return to US shores as a Chevy-badged police car, these renderings show that the G8’s two-door cousin the Chevrolet Camaro would make an even cooler cruiser.

Of course, these third-party renderings are entirely speculative and there’s no suggestion from GM that the Camaro will see service with law enforcement agencies. However, we reckon an entire generation of kids would be clamouring to become police officers if there was.

Click through the jump for more Zeta-platformed goodness.

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Old 05-01-2009, 01:30 PM   #18
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Yyyyeah. Keep the Commodore name. Sell it to us. That would kick ass.

I have a serious crush on Holden.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:41 PM   #19
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Me two. I think the Commodore name would be a success too. I think people might be tired/have a bad taste in their mouths from the classic GM names (monte carlo, malibu, impala, etc)

Also, if the police got to drive a car as cool as that Camero rendering, I'd either: A) Become a cop. B) Speed around a lot so I could get pulled over and ask a lot of questions about the car. I think it looks really cool. People would likely percieve it as a waste of tax payer's dollars though.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:50 PM   #20
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that'd jack the gas bill by an instant 20%
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:20 PM   #21
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My local PD has gotten rid of almost all the Crown Vic's in favor of Tahoe's, main reason being that can carry a lot of gear so I wonder if they'll look at bring over the Sport Wagon version.
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:31 PM   #22
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That camaro is the truth.
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so hawt looking ....
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:28 PM   #24
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absolutely loving the camaro. way to go GM.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:01 PM   #25
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My local PD has gotten rid of almost all the Crown Vic's in favor of Tahoe's, main reason being that can carry a lot of gear so I wonder if they'll look at bring over the Sport Wagon version.
I wonder how long it's going to be before exploding gas tanks give way to problems with Tahoes flipping over. As for Camaro cop car; if they make it, Indiana will buy it.
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