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GM to Discontinue Chevrolet Caprice PPV

January 16, 2017  | 

General Motors will cease production of its Chevrolet Caprice police sedan after building the front-wheel drive patrol car for six model years in Australia.

Law enforcement agencies can submit orders for 2017 Caprice PPV (Police Patrol Vehicle) sedans through the end of February, said Rita Kass-Shamoun, a GM Fleet spokesperson.

The Caprice PPV has been a top performer at Michigan and California police vehicle testing, but has seen slower adoption since its introduction as a 2011-model-year vehicle due to longer order-to-deliver times. A typical timeframe was about four months in 2012.

Law enforcement agencies also began a shift toward purchasing pursuit-rated SUV models, and the Caprice PPV lagged behind sales of the Tahoe PPV. GM only sold a fleet version of the Caprice, but sold the Chevrolet SS sister vehicle to retail buyers. The SS will also be phased out.

General Motors has been producing the Caprice PPV at its Holden manufacturing plant in Adelaide, Elizabeth, Australia. It was known as the Holden Caprice in that country. GM is ending vehicle production in Australia, and will remain in the country with sales and marketing operations, spare parts organization, design studios, and an ongoing engineering department, the company said in October.

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Comments (4)

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Bob Metzger @ 1/17/2017 8:30 AM

The Caprice is a rear wheel drive vehicle not front wheel drive. The impala, which looked very similar to this vehicle at one time, is front wheel drive. GM dropped the ball when they phased out the last Caprice model in the late 1990's, and never got back into the police vehicle business as big after that. Their SUV is proving to be popular but has stiff competition from the Ford Explorer.

otj25yrs @ 1/26/2017 2:25 PM

The mid 90s caprice was the finest patrol car in the duration of my career. It was large enough to transport prisoners in comfortable to drive. It had fair responsiveness especially given its size and the LS1 Vette motor had loads of get up and go. The Crown Vics of the day were anemic in comparison and suffered transmission problems. Chevrolets decision to delete the Caprice / Impala SS line in effect left Ford with the only real game in town. Ford capitalized on it by making improvements in the Crown Vic and no the Taurus and explorers reign supreme. Yep there are Tahoe's but Chevy really screwed the pooch back then and the next gen Impalas were junk I think Chevy is forever hurt as either a dominant or even major player in the squad car market.

Richard Wear @ 5/31/2017 10:51 AM

When Ford told the world it would stop making Crown Vic Patrol Cars, many cities and counties bought hundreds of them to have for the future. Mohave, CO, AZ as well as Las Vegas Metro bought large quantities of last production Crown Vics and have many brand new cars still in storage. Dodge has the Charger, and with out a Ford or Chevy rear wheel drive V-8 powered Sedan for patrol and pursuit, that leaves FCA the only vendor which makes spotting a PPV, much easier than when we had various makes to use for LE work. Dear GM and Ford, get a brain will you. The Crown Vic is still very easy to care for and keep alive. The Ford Taurus 4WD PPV is a total POS to service and maintain, and it breaks down all the time. The Explorer version is not much better, but a little easier to work on. There is a reason all the best performance cars in the world are Rear Wheel Drive Autos. The front wheels of any car should only be used for steering.

Steve @ 1/9/2018 6:33 AM

I agree that GM screwed the pooch when it cancelled the B body program in 1996. As far as the Crown Vic, I work for the City of Austin Tx and in 2011/12 saw a lot full of Crown Vics (over 100) that were purchased when it's cancellation was announced. Not sure if any unused vics remain in inventory, probably not. However, they did get put back into service when the explorers had the carbon monoxide leak recall. Unlike GM, Ford was not to blame for the crown Vic ending production. They could not make it compliant with safety requirement changes coming in 2012. It was also a ding against the CAFE requirements.

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