On Friday May 19th, General Motors’ Australian subsidiary, Holden, produced the final unit of Chevrolet Caprice PPV, or Police Pursuit Vehicle at the Holden Port Elizabeth factory. Yet with all the attention on the final Chevrolet SS on May 25th, no one seemed to notice. Order books for the Caprice PPV were closed earlier on in the year.
A decontended Holden Caprice full-size sedan with police-specific features, the Chevy Caprice PPV was sold exclusively to law enforcement agencies. Not only did the model give GM a rear-drive police sedan to compete with the Dodge Charger, but it also revived the Caprice name in North America, which has been discontinued since 1996. The vehicle reached its sales peak in 2013, when it accounted for 3,899 deliveries.
Sales Results - USA - Caprice
Since the Caprice PPV wasn’t available to retail customers, enthusiasts have been known to scoop up decommissioned Caprice PPVs and turn them into personal cars by adding wheels, grilles, and other features from either the Chevy SS sedan or the Holden Caprice.
The end of Caprice PPV production marks the final vehicle on the GM Zeta platform to be produced for export to the United States, wrapping up Holden’s North American export program, which traces its roots to the 2004 Pontiac GTO and includes the Pontiac G8 along with the Chevy SS.