Let's Look At Some Ads For "The Worst Car Ever Made"

Let me be up front here: I don't think the Lightburn Zeta is the worst car ever made. But many people do. It's not a good car, by any standard, but it was designed to be a super-cheap, incredibly basic form of transport, and considering the context, its flaws at least make sense. That said, it is sort of delightfully… » 12/30/14 9:30pm 12/30/14 9:30pm

Chevy dealer will sell you a new Caprice police car

When Chevrolet announced last year it would import the Australian-built Chevy Caprice sedan as police-only fleet car, enthusiasts begged for a civilian version to no avail. Now one Maryland dealer says it will buck GM and sell 13 Caprices to the public. UPDATE: It's legit — but not for long. » 6/24/11 2:00pm 6/24/11 2:00pm

REPORT: Pontiac G8 To Return As RWD Chevy Sedan, Ute

The Australians are convinced Holden's sending the Zeta RWD platform, which formerly underpinned the Pontiac G8, back to the U.S. as a Chevy sedan. If this is true, we're thinking an El Camino-badged Ute is a no brainer. [Drive] » 11/22/10 9:30am 11/22/10 9:30am

Dear GM, Please Don't Make "Four-Door Corvette" An Actual Four-Door…

When "Maximum" Bob expressed interest in a "Four-door Corvette" we think he meant something like the G8 GXP. Just in case, here's some horrible examples of why they shouldn't build an actual four-door Corvette. » 1/14/10 4:00pm 1/14/10 4:00pm

Bob Lutz: Chevy Looking At "Four-Door Corvette" For U.S.

"[T]he thrill of high performance driving is unmatched by anything that doesn't have rear-wheel drive, bags of torque and a nice transmission." That's why "Maximum" Bob Lutz thinks the Holden Commodore could bring the U.S. a "four-door Corvette." » 1/14/10 8:30am 1/14/10 8:30am

GM Considering Zeta RWD Platform For Other Brands: GMC Denali ST?

We all know it's now official. Pontiac is dead and GM's CEO confirmed the Pontiac G8's death, so what's to come of the RWD Zeta platform? GoAuto says it'll carry on. GMC Denali ST anyone? » 5/01/09 4:30pm 5/01/09 4:30pm

2011 Buick Lucerne With Rear-Wheel Drive Is Not Dead Yet

Automakers are gnashing their teeth over how to deal with the second malaise era looming over us like an 800 lb gorilla with a stolen banana. The General's combatting the murky fog by playing switcheroo with some of its product plans — specifically plans for rear-wheel drive. Originally, the 2011 Buick Lucerne was to… » 6/04/08 10:40am 6/04/08 10:40am

Chicago Auto Show: Lutz Confused, GMC's Pickup Truck Concept Coming to…

Despite earlier reports the four-door Zeta-platform GMC concept pickup truck would be coming to the New York Auto Show, we've been told by people in the know it'll be hitting the floor at the Chicago Auto Show. We guess we'll be seeing it much earlier than expected. Maybe "Maximum" Bob Lutz was just having a senior… » 1/25/08 10:30am 1/25/08 10:30am

Report: Lutz Confirms Holden Ute-Based GMC Concept At NY Auto Show, Is…

It looks as though Maximum Bob Lutz has confirmed to Australian website GoAuto that a four door truck concept based on the Zeta platform will be appearing at the New York Auto Show as a GMC. While we can't be sure this is the precursor to the new El Camino we keep asking about, what we're picturing in our head is… » 1/22/08 5:45pm 1/22/08 5:45pm

No Holden VE Sportwagon For U.S.: A Nation of Big Back End-Lovin' Auto…

We can hardly believe our eyes. We all were under the impression after the last set of rumors from Automotive News that we here in the U.S. would be seeing a Zeta-platformed wagon and ute sometime before the end of the decade. We'd even done our darndest trying to track down that rumor ourselves — first with Rick… » 1/17/08 8:20am 1/17/08 8:20am

Holden Wagon Revealed?

This week, a provocative pic hit the webs, straight from upside-down land. It's a Holden VE Commodore in wagon form — part of a product presentation of undetermined origin. According to Australia's Drive.au, the wagon will launch next year, giving Holden a virtual lock on the midsize station wagon market in that… » 8/29/07 2:26pm 8/29/07 2:26pm

Vauxhall VXR8 Nears UK Launch

The Vauxhall version of Holden's VE HSV Clubsport R8 is so close as to be generating its own gravitational field around the UK (hold on to your cider). It's yet another Australian-born teaser for the Pontiac G8, which will appear in the states sometime during the 385th season of "According to Jim." If we can survive… » 8/08/07 7:43am 8/08/07 7:43am

2009 Chevrolet Impala SS, or Not: Emerging Market Muscle?

Michigan plates, rear-wheel drive, 6.2-liter LS3 V8 under the hood — one would hope — and double esses across its hind quarters. We'd be tempted to think it's Chevrolet's version of the Pontiac G8 and Holden VE Commodore. But soon-to-be car site Motive — partially constructed by one who brought you the sadly defunct … » 7/13/07 3:07pm 7/13/07 3:07pm

First Pontiac G8 Rolls Off Holden Assembly Line

Happy times for American hoons. Number minus-one from a first-year batch of 30,000 Pontiac G8s just crawled out of its shell. That is, the first Pontiac G8 — an engineering prototype not among the first production models — rolled off a Holden assembly line in the South Australian town of Elizabeth. Essentially, the… » 7/05/07 6:43am 7/05/07 6:43am

Will Pontiac Go With the Screaming Chicken or the Goat?

Will dealerships resemble flaming aviaries or well-gnawed gardens when Pontiac gets its own version of the Zeta-platform coupe? It sounds like the GM division's leaning toward another iteration of the GTO moniker, according to Car and Driver. While the last model, despite its obvious horsepower and handling charms,… » 7/02/07 6:45pm 7/02/07 6:45pm

Random Appearance Of A Red G8 In Wisconsin

Cars.com's Rabbi Dave was out at a GM something-or-the-other in picturesque Wisconsin where the General decided to whip out some hot rear-wheel action for the auto journos in attendance. So for anyone out there who's been kept up at night wondering what a red Pontiac G8 would look like, here's a Dave Thomas exclusive… » 5/07/07 1:45pm 5/07/07 1:45pm

Spy Photos: Holden VE Commodore Ute

The gossiping nellies of the car world (i.e., ours truly) have already speculated on a new ute (i.e., El Camino) based on the Holden VE Commodore (i.e., Pontiac G8) coming to the US on the back of GM's spate of rear-drive models. Oh right. Said spate, chairman Lutz said last week, has been kiboshed by pending higher… » 4/18/07 8:07am 4/18/07 8:07am

Question Of The Day: GM Forum Fans Want US Version Of Park Avenue — Do…

We showed you the new Zeta-platformed Buick Park Avenue a little earlier today and we were pretty surprised at how non-Buick the styling is, and how plush and non-General the interior looks. Apparently the fervent fans of the General over at the GMInsideNews forums are feeling the same way. They're wondering why the… » 4/12/07 12:40pm 4/12/07 12:40pm

Frankenstein Continues To Go Greek: GM's New RWD Platform To Be Named…

According to the Road which bends in a Winding manner, the General's set to debut a new small-to-medium-size vehicle platform that the automaker's calling "Alpha." They're claiming the new franken-platform's going to incorporate pieces of the Kappa architecture and the Zeta architecture to create a brand new… » 3/22/07 2:00pm 3/22/07 2:00pm

Thunder From, Well, You Know: More on the HSV GTS E-Series

Muscle-car heads from the land of Oz are getting a new HSV runner with zero-to-60 figures in the sub-five-seconds range. Remember this little number we brought you last week? It's been unveiled (see above) and the specs are in. » 8/21/06 1:00pm 8/21/06 1:00pm