The demise of Pontiac put an end to the short life of the big rear-drive G8. At least for a while, they were giving them away at Pon-Pon stores - probably was a great deal, but I bet they're all gone now.
This was bad news for General Motors' Holden division in Australia, because that's where they were built.
A correspondent in New Zealand - yep, do have 'em - sent along this link, which suggests that Holden may get a lifeline.
In case you cannot connect, in sum the story says that the "Holden Caprice" as they call the big long-wheelbase sedan down there has been outfitted as a police car, and presented to North American police forces as an alternative to the soon-to-die Ford Crown Victoria.
Apparently, this represents something like a 70,000 unit per year market, and while fleet discounts do apply, it might mean the difference between keeping a plant open and forcing it to close.
Chevrolet unveiled the Caprice to the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Denver, Colorado last week. It now goes through an evaluation process by various agencies to see if North American cops will find it suitable.
Our (wo)men in blue have always preferred huge rear-drive sedans for their work; they'd love Tahoes even better like the cops on TV get to use, but they're just too expensive for most cash-strapped public jurisdictions.
I've often wondered how police in other countries get by with the smaller cars they all use. Maybe our perps are bigger?
And if the police like it, how far behind will the taxi companies be? You'd have to think that New York City alone would keep a small factory busy.