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Two of three concepts based on the Kappa platform are green-lit for production. This article suggests the Nomad will be as well. They also say the Solstice will be less than 3000lbs(C&Dmay have been wrong). Lastly Kappa may be used for Caddy's 1-series sized car with no mention of the 9-3 platform. Sounds like much drama is to come concerning this.
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In order to avoid sacrificing the proportions and design essence of Pontiac's Solstice concept when bringing it to production (the Aztek being a perfect example of how not to do it), GM needed a new platform. On this new small-vehicle platform, called Kappa within the company, GM unveiled several new concepts at Detroit.
Though years behind the small-roadster revolution of other Japanese and German automakers, the Pontiac Solstice will make a great image-builder for Pontiac and was revealed as a production vehicle for the 2006 model year, to go on sale in late 2005. The Solstice will have a 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine underhood, making 170 hp sent through a five-speed manual transmission. In a time when cars just keep getting heavier, the Solstice should weigh in well below 3000 pounds and offer a near-perfect weight distribution.
GM also showed a small Saturn roadster built on the same platform. Called the Curve, the curvy hardtop is Saturn's first sports car, with flared fenders and a front-end design that marks a new direction. The Curve has a different roofline and profile than the Solstice, with a glass roof and "invisible" pillars. The interior boasts more functionality than a typical sports car, Saturn says, and the interior offers wood, aluminum, and light-toned leather.
Also built on the Kappa architecture, the Chevrolet Nomad was another hit of the show. Likely to see production along with the Solstice and Curve, the Nomad instead offers a retro (recalling the original '54 Nomad concept) two-plus-two, two-door sport wagon design. Power is provided by a 250-hp, 2.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. The Nomad offers a fold-flat tailgate and loading floor and a trendy nouveau-retro silver-blue interior not resembling that of any current Chevy models.
The Solstice and its siblings have brought some new hope for U.S. fans of small, performance-oriented cars. We'll wager it's only time before GM births a new generation of predominantly rear-wheel-drive sport sedans, hatchbacks, or wagons that might take on the likes of the upcoming BMW 1-Series, perhaps from Cadillac.
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http://www.thecarconnection.co...n=156
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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (Whirling_Dervish)

Building a small Caddy off the Kappa platform sounds like a pretty good idea to me. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
Now, will it also support a return of the Camaro perhaps? http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (Whirling_Dervish)

Great step in the right direction. Along with the vette and offerings from caddy, they needed some low end affordable sport. could these offerings cash in on other hits such as the miata?


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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (Whirling_Dervish)

Produce the Nomad and I will buy it.
I don't really care how much they'd have to homogenize the styling; I just want a car that's basically my 240SX but new. RWD, balanced, not too heavy, 2+2, hatchback, inexpensive.
 

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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (SpeedRicer)

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Building a small Caddy off the Kappa platform sounds like a pretty good idea to me. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
Now, will it also support a return of the Camaro perhaps? http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

As long as they don't make the Camaro a RWD 4-banger... no offense, but a Camaro without a V8 ain't a Camaro to me
 

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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (cougar)

The Nomad's a nifty car, but this retro thing is getting old.
I do see the Saab 9X in the Nomad concept, though. I think Saab's nextgen 9-2 would be a better use of the platform than the Nomad.
 

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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (AKADriver)

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Produce the Nomad and I will buy it.
I don't really care how much they'd have to homogenize the styling; I just want a car that's basically my 240SX but new. RWD, balanced, not too heavy, 2+2, hatchback, inexpensive.


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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (AKADriver)

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Produce the Nomad and I will buy it.
I don't really care how much they'd have to homogenize the styling; I just want a car that's basically my 240SX but new. RWD, balanced, not too heavy, 2+2, hatchback, inexpensive.

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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (boybaha)

Chevy Nomad seems like the perfect vehicle for enthusiast who needs the cargo room. Helps that it looks 100 times better than Subaru Forester. I may replace my Escape with a Nomad if Chevy does make it.
 

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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (Whirling_Dervish)

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Take the C5/C6....remove the transverse leaf spring, add coil overs...and voila....Kappa.

i.e. the Solstice is riding on a Corvette suspension.
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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (Embedder)

So the Saturn is a go?

That would be an awesome kick in the pants for Saturn's image. Then maybe they'll stop building that monstrous Ion redline.
One other question, does the Nomad have back seats? I'd would love to have something Kappa-based but I would at least need some form of rear seat to transport friends. At least until I'm old and rich enough to afford a weekend car or all my friends have died.
Here's an idea for chevy, build a compact sedan on that platform. Something like a Datsun 510 for the 21st century. That would be awesome.
 

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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (Old school)

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So the Saturn is a go?

That would be an awesome kick in the pants for Saturn's image. Then maybe they'll stop building that monstrous Ion redline.

Nope. The Redline series is here to stay, unless management does a flip-flop.
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One other question, does the Nomad have back seats?

The concept does, and a stretched wheelbase too. It's likely the production version will as well, assuming one is coming.
 

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/\ /\ that is not the official front and rear end of the Saturn Curve. It was posted yesterday Saturn will reveal the design their future vehicles will have later this year.

Thats fine by me as long as they keep that curvy form! OOOOO..mamasita! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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"Then maybe they'll stop building that monstrous Ion redline."
And here I thought the Maxmia and the Ion were soul mates in design... oh wait, Nissan is a darling and Saturn is a kicking bag. Where was I?
Oh yeah, build the Nomad so these twinkies can end up hating it.
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Re: KAPPA Is An Enthusiast's Dream Come True! (Old school)

What's the problem with having Redline vehicles? They could even do a Redline Curve! This is just the thing to spice up Saturn and lead them into a better styling direction. I always thought they should capitalize of the "Saturn" theme and be daring and futuristic with their look. Kind of like Renault or Citroen, but more classic/tasteful...
"...build a compact sedan on that platform. Something like a Datsun 510 for the 21st century. That would be awesome."
Now you're talking dirty!!! That's a tremendous idea. Hmmm...they did mandate that the Kappa be able to support sedans. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

And if they can do the Nomad on this they can certainly do the Saab concept of last year.
 
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