Is the word Alp_ha a swear word??? *****, *****, ***** Typical Greeks, always swearing
The GM Alp_ha
platform is the/next genration?"of the Sigma platform The Sigma would be a cheaper way to make a RWD 159 and probably cheaper and maybe lighter than using the Premium platform. The Jag platform would only be suitable , at best, for a 169
The Alp_ha project can trace its roots back to Holden's TT36 Torana project of 2004. At that stage, Holden was strongly interested in developing GM's then-idea of a small RWD style platform to go up against BMW's 3 Series range. The company took this concept and worked through GM's parts bin to come away with the end product. Holden borrowed parts and modules from various other GM platforms, the key contributor being its Kappa platform. The Kappa platform's double-A-arm front and rear suspensions provided the basis for the platform's Lower Dominate Structure (LDS). The platform's unique LDS forms its backbone, whilst at the same time providing a stronger, tighter base with which to work with, giving any car which receives the platform a better chance at achieving high-performance goals. By using an LDS, it gives both designers and engineers more flexibility in relation to the design of the upper body of the car, while also maximising space efficiency.
While the TT36 car was displayed with a twin-turbo Alloytec V6 engine, both the car and platform were developed to handle various engines, with smaller 4-cylinder petrol & diesel engines, as well as larger V8 engines, capable of being placed within a car underpinned by the Alp_ha platform. With the addition of certain components, AWD vehicles are a possibility with this platform.
Holden's TT36 concept car was showcased at the 2004 Australian International Motor Show, previewing two key ideas: both design language for the-then upcoming VE Commodore as well as showcasing the potential for a smaller, more affordable, RWD vehicle. Plans failed to move dramatically forward within the next 18 months, but sources of late have indicated that GM has given the green light to the project, with the new platform to underpin a number of new vehicles, the first of which should appear by 2010.