It was reported in early April that GM will be putting a hold on further development of rear-wheel-drive vehicles due to the heavier weight of the cars which take a toll on fuel economy. But now Bob Lutz is saying that GM will move forward with developing rear-wheel-drive cars but pointed out that they may need to be more fuel efficient.
Two important rear-wheel-drive vehicles in the work are the Chevrolet Camaro, that is due to go into production in late 2008, and the replacement for the Chevrolet Impala in 2009.
“The Camaro certainly is safe and after that I would say it’s pretty safe,” Lutz told Detroit news. “Frankly, I think we’ll wind up concluding that we should go ahead and do the cars, albeit possibly with some different powertrain options and so forth.”
GM will also be moving forward with a rear-wheel-drive Pontiac G8 introduce at the New York Auto Show.
Pontiac G8 at the 2007 NYIAS Gallery:
Source: Detroit News