LA Auto Show Mega Gallery Three- Chevrolet

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Like Ford, Chevrolet also had a small car to introduce. Also, like the Fiesta, the Chevy Cruze (yes, all the good names are taken) will have been cruzing around Europe and Asia for a couple of years prior to clogging up the freeways and mall parking lots of this fair land. IMG_7347Chevy also trotted out the Volt. . . again. Bob Lutz claimed that the company was juiced about the car’s prospects, and that we should all get really amped up that California will be the first market for the car. As it’s been in the pipeline since before the economic crisis caused a revamping of GM’s brands, I wanted to ask Lutz if it wouldn’t be better now to release the Volt as a Buick or Caddy, considering its $40K-plus pricing. Seeing that he had a raging cold or something, I decided to shelve the questions and keep a safe distance instead.

In one way, Chevy was very much unlike Ford; the bow tie display was dark, pretty quiet and lacking in excitement. Ford, on the other hand exuded optimism from their bright, engaging display, and drew show-goers in with demos, slot car racers, and a cool Raptor driving simulator. In a lot of ways, the show is an excellent exposé of each maker’s market right at the moment.

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  1. P161911 Avatar

    Any word on how hard it will be for a Caprice to end up in civilian hands? Are we talking as hard as getting a new P71 (not too hard)? Or is there some sort of lease/disposal/buyback agreement and you HAVE to be a law enforcement agency to buy one? Will letterhead from Hooniversal Security Services be sufficient to order a Caprice?

  2. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Loves me some fender-stripes. I'll take my Grand Sport in white, with black wheels and a gray/black hash-mark on one side.
    (…and a matching fat ass, bald spot and leatterman's jacket, my wife would point out).
    Seems Ford's really kicking ass these days, GM's spending as much time trying to convince us they don't suck as they're spending not trying to suck, and Chrysler's still turning in D- work (with the exception of the Ram).

  3. Maymar Avatar

    There's still one good name left – ThunderCougarFalconBird.
    GM's also still got plenty of good names left to resurrect, after anyone who could possibly remember the vehicle has died off. I, for one, look forward to the 2068 Chevrolet Vega, with its revolutionary V4-3-2.

    1. Benito Avatar

      Transamarobird?

      1. Maymar Avatar

        I like it, and already feel like I have 69% more chest hair just for reading that.

  4. rennsport964 Avatar

    So that's what marketing calls it when the aluminum block melts?

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  6. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    I really do wish they'd use the back end from the Commie instead of the Statesman/Caprice, as it bears a moderate resemblance to the previous-gen Accord rather than being a carbon copy of the dull-as-dishwater W-body Impala's. Cop cars have to be imposing, and this just plain ain't.
    Also, Volt still looks like Civic, film at eleven.

  7. rennsport964 Avatar

    Ohm, watt a revolting development. GM's discharged display booth makes me reluctant.

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