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    Alpha RWD platform set to invade GM lineup

    Citing suppliers and loose-lipped employees of General Motors as its source, Inside Line has learned that the rear-wheel drive Alpha platform will be making a big splash in the automaker's product portfolio soon. The Alpha will reportedly underpin a successor to the Pontiac G6 set to arrive in late 2010. Such a vehicle would do much to enhance Pontiac's unsubstaniated claim to build excitement, and would also augment the upcoming Zeta-based, rear-wheel-drive G8 sedan nicely. After that, the Alpha will take up residence beneath the next-generation Cadillac BLS sedan that's currently sold only in Europe. Once it makes the switch, IL expects the BLS to cross the Atlantic and slot in below the CTS in Cadillac's North American lineup. Next up would be a new rear-wheel-drive Alpha-based sedan for Saturn that would be positioned below the front-wheel drive Aura and above the Astra.

    The Alpha infusion would occur in GM's lineup just as the aged front-wheel-drive W-body platform is phased out and replaced by the Epsilon II platform. The W-based Buick LaCrosse will make way for an Epsilon II successor that revives the Regal name, while the next-gen Malibu and Aura will move over to the new platform, as well. The Malibu may also be offered in a long-wheelbase version to appease current Impala customers who will still need a large, front-wheel-drive sedan once that car jumps to the rear-wheel-drive Zeta platform.

    Regardless of whether any of these plans actually happen (nothing's written in stone in this business), it's clear that GM's push to globalize its platforms is on track.

    [Source: Inside Line]

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    before our delighted eyes. May the tribes, I pray,
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    #2
    Ok. I'm all for more RWD cars, but I think GM is starting to think that RWD is the answer to all the worlds problems.

    They still have other things to fix. Saturn I don't think really needs, or has much of a use for, a RWD platform. Except for the Sky.

    But good news as far as a G6 replacement.

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      #3
      Originally posted by thedguy View Post
      Ok. I'm all for more RWD cars, but I think GM is starting to think that RWD is the answer to all the worlds problems.

      They still have other things to fix. Saturn I don't think really needs, or has much of a use for, a RWD platform. Except for the Sky.

      But good news as far as a G6 replacement.
      That is why the Epsilon II platform and its variants have and are going to be developed.
      "I saw myself founding a new religion, marching
      into Asia riding an elephant, a turban on my
      head and in my hands the new Koran I would
      have written to suit my needs." - Napoléon Bonaparte

      "More than 60,000 Germans fell, not beneath the
      Roman arms and weapons, but, grander far,
      before our delighted eyes. May the tribes, I pray,
      ever retain if not love for us, at least hatred for
      each other; for while the destinies of empire bear
      hard upon us, fortune can give no greater boon
      than discord among our foes." - Germania, Tacitus

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        #4
        The next-generation Pontiac G6 will arrive earlier than expected, according to a new report. Based on GM's Alpha rear-wheel-drive platform for midsize cars, the new G6 should show up for the 2011 model year in late 2010.


        A recent report indicated the Alpha-based G6 might not arrive until 2013, but this latest information from Edmunds indicates the G6 will be the first car to use the new architecture.

        A successor to the front-drive Cadillac BLS will arrive a few months later, in early 2011, the report claims. Priced below the Cadillac CTS, the new BLS will be sold in North America, and should start in the high $20,000s.

        For the 2012 model year, Saturn will also get a new Alpha-based car. It will be offered in addition to the front-wheel-drive Aura, rather than as a replacement.

        Of course, many of GM's midsize cars will remain front-wheel-drive. The next Malibu will transition to the Epison 2 platform in late 2010, and the next Buick LaCrosse will also make use of the architecture, albeit a year earlier. Saab's next 9-5 and 9-3 will also be Epsilon-2 based, the report says.

        GM is believed to have previewed its Alpha platform with the Holden Torana concept (pictured) in 2004. Given the close relationship between GM Australia's Holden and America's Pontiac division, the next G6 will probably have a close counterpart at Holden.

        http://www.leftlanenews.com/report-r...html#more-5132
        "I saw myself founding a new religion, marching
        into Asia riding an elephant, a turban on my
        head and in my hands the new Koran I would
        have written to suit my needs." - Napoléon Bonaparte

        "More than 60,000 Germans fell, not beneath the
        Roman arms and weapons, but, grander far,
        before our delighted eyes. May the tribes, I pray,
        ever retain if not love for us, at least hatred for
        each other; for while the destinies of empire bear
        hard upon us, fortune can give no greater boon
        than discord among our foes." - Germania, Tacitus

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          #5
          Thank god for that news for pontiac. I like most of their cars (looks wise, interiors are still crap) and they sorely need RWD to be GM's sporty brand. I would buy a G8 in a flash, and if the new G6 looks good, i could be tempted to the dark side.

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            #6
            Of course, many of GM's midsize cars will remain front-wheel-drive. The next Malibu will transition to the Epison 2 platform in late 2010, and the next Buick LaCrosse will also make use of the architecture, albeit a year earlier. Saab's next 9-5 and 9-3 will also be Epsilon-2 based, the report says.
            This actually interests me a bit more. I read before that Epsilon-2 will be able to support front wheel drive as well as a transverse mounted engine and AWD. If this is the case, maybe Buick or at least someone at GM has received my memo about making one of their brands AWD (My recommendation is Buick so they compete with Audi).

            Going AWD with Buick would give GM a Luxury brand with the safety of front wheel drive like they want, but AWD for their high performance models. The thought of resurecting a Buick GN with a turbo v6 and AWD in a Le Crosse (or whatever heap of shit is the 2 door Buick in 2010/2012) makes me go

            Originally posted by Jacobfox View Post
            Thank god for that news for pontiac. I like most of their cars (looks wise, interiors are still crap) and they sorely need RWD to be GM's sporty brand. I would buy a G8 in a flash, and if the new G6 looks good, i could be tempted to the dark side.
            I'm uncomfortable admitting this, but a G6 GXP coupe looks quite good. I know the grill is massive but I still like it. It only needs RWD, and a few minor body tweaks and it would be awesome, especially with the 250hp v6.


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              #7
              Originally posted by thedguy View Post
              I'm uncomfortable admitting this, but a G6 GXP coupe looks quite good. I know the grill is massive but I still like it. It only needs RWD, and a few minor body tweaks and it would be awesome, especially with the 250hp v6.
              I feel the same way, I only wish they could get the Alpha cars to dealerships sooner. I wish they would switch the Malibu to RWD too, but I can understand them sticking with FWD.
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