Since the unveiling of the new Holden VE Commodore range yesterday, Australian website Drive.com.au has uploaded a dizzying amount of content on the new car. Amongst the press releases, photo galleries and videos is a small piece about how General Motors of North America may use the Commodore in its U.S. line up.
Drive.com reports that pending a sample drive by the GM board in early August, the Holden Commodore will likely appear in the U.S. as the next Pontiac Grand Prix. And it won't be just any Commodore, the next Grand Prix will be the Commodore SS V with a 6.0L V8, six-speed auto or Tremec manual transmission, and available 19- and 20-inch wheels.
The return to rear-wheel drive would no doubt be welcomed by throngs of GM and Pontiac faithful, but the website reports converting the Commodore SS V to U.S. standards would cost around $20 million. Holden's chairman Denny Mooney will be in Detroit this week and is expected to talk up the new Commodore to GM execs.
Of course, the Commodore SS V coming to the U.S. is largely dependant on whether or not the Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia has enough capacity. We should also note this is a completely separate deal to the development of the car's rear-wheel drive platform, which is already earmarked for use in GM vehicles around the world, including the U.S. The Grand Prix would likely be more of a rebadged Commodore SS V in the same way the GTO was a rebadged Monaro.