<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by giorgio_147:
<strong>i 'm pretty sure it will be RWD people... all you need to see is notice that the car will be based on a GM platform [so, can you spell RWD??], the car maker that Alfa is, where the info is coming from and the fact it's trying the biggest market in the world, boy racer homeland [
]. So, basically, you need to offer more than a name and good setup to sell at BMW prices there. HP and RWD are my guess, yours?</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Actually GM is looking to Australia for RWD chassis development.
If I remember rightly US GM cars aremostly front wheel drive.
Hence the reason that the new Pontiac GTO is based on a Holden Monaro and is being exported to the US from Holden's, South Australian plant.
The idea for the site was hatched on a business trip to Australia. In Australia, GM's Austrialian Division Holden and Ford Australia are making midsize rear wheel drive cars. The cars are family sized cars sized similar to the Chevrolet Lumina or Ford Taurus. They are modern cars with independent rear suspensions and optional traction control systems. Driving the cars I quickly realized that the ride, comfort, and handling of the cars is far superior to the front wheel drive cars we have available in the U.S. For a complete report with pictures visit www.motorists.org/mi/aussie.html
Here is snippet from the full story :
"After managing to park the car in a very tight "car park" (parking garage) I decide to have a look. Opening the glove box I see a Holden is really GM car. Since the car is about the size of a Lumina I figure it probably has Lumina guts. I pop the hood. No hood rod, instead little pneumatic pistons hold it up. The label on the side says "Ecotec V6" so I expect to see a little 3.1 Chevy motor. Instead, I stare in disbelief. I am mildly surprised to see a 3.8 Buick motor, but I am amazed to see that the engine is mounted for and aft proper like. The CAR IS REAR WHEEL DRIVE! I poke my head under to see a drive shaft. No straight axle rear end here - instead a fully independent setup. No DRLs either. While no one is looking I peek under a bunch of cars and find most are rear drive. Wow! These are modern everyday sedans that are rear wheel drive. What have we done wrong in America? "
The cars were so much better that I decided then and there to make my next car rear wheel drive. I decided to buy a family car that is rear wheel drive. I also wanted four doors and manual transmission. These were readily available in Australia - a country with only 17 million people. Surely, I could buy one in the U.S.?
It is very difficult to find this type of car in the U.S. Until the summer of 1999 you could not buy a four door, rear drive, manual transmission car from any U.S. automaker. Now there is one. The Lincoln LS6. Unfortunately, that car is over $30,000. At least Lincoln gives us the choice.
Most rear drive cars in the U.S. are Luxery or Sports cars. One cannot find a reasonably priced four door sedan. Hopefully, we can change that."