As before, General Motors had two security guards for round-the-clock coverage in a public parking area. When the engineers left for a break, thick car covers with huge locks were placed on the camouflaged prototypes and the security folks sprung to action, intimidating even the most innocent pedestrians.
Codenamed GMX353, this second-generation LaCrosse will be riding on the new (global) front-wheel-drive Epsilon II platform. It will be the first car in the United States to use this architecture.
Production is expected to start at the Fairfax, Kansas, facility in February of 2009, with the new LaCrosse reaching dealerships shortly afterwards as a 2010 model. Annual production numbers in the 65,000-75,000 range are expected.