• Aug 26, 2006

Well, here's a fun vid from Streetfire.net: it shows a Mideast-market (they're set up with LHD) Chevy Lumina SS rumbling around the Detroit area while sporting manufacturer's tags. The Lumina SS, in case you didn't already notice, is a rebadged VZ-body (previous gen) Holden Commodore powered by a 340-horsepower Corvette-derived V8.

As you can see, it looks great and the Bowtie looks perfectly at home on the imported Aussie bodywork.

Armed with the knowledge that RWD sedans are in the pipeline (the next Impala, the rumored Pontiac G8), the act of watching the video is far less infuriating than it would have been, say, two years ago. The new VE-series Commodores hint at what could be in store for us. There's good reason to be excited.

For now, let's sit back and enjoy this video while we wait. Sadly, we don't get any "in the wild" views of the front end. The driver made a concerted effort to get away (giving us a nice taste of the SS's exhaust rumble) when he saw he was being filmed.

No matter. The pic at right shows what the nose looks like, and we've attached a few more shots after the jump.

[Sources: Streetfire.net, GM]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sure the "SS" version is a real hit in the Middle East, for crying out loud, could that "SS" be any closer to the Third Reich unit's logo?

      FFS, drive that to Hamtramck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone know where/how to get Holden's Caprice in the USA?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember when they sold that here as the Cadillac Catera. Opel V6 and all. Not too exciting, I'd rather have a CTS V.
      Chevy could use a V8-powered rear-driver in their stable, not this tho.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks almost like a 4-door Pontiac GTO.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nothing was changed on the Commodore to make it a Middle East Lumina besides the BADGES. It is exactly the same car Australian's drive except for the badges and left-hand drive.

      More was done the Monaro to make it the Pontiac GTO than any other Holden export ever.

      The bland comments in this thread are absolutely ridiculous. GM NA couldn't design a mainstream sedan this good looking if their lives depended on it, and it is a good deal more aggressive looking than any Camry or Accord. You'd never confuse it with either car if it was on the road here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone desperately need a rotate & balance ! :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you really want to see what you could be getting check out this:

      http://www.hsv.com.au/index_eseries.asp

      Imaging if it were a impalla or the new pontiac g8
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks pretty nice, red is my fav car color, so im a little biased by that.

      http://www.carchops.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bring it here for '09 and it'll be on my short list. I loved my '92 Lumina. I had that thing for 14 years. Great car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There are already Chev badged left hand drive VE Holdens spotted in Melbourne with VIC number plates - Australia.

      http://img182.imageshack.us/my.php?image=vechevbadgenc5.jpg

      http://img175.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0808061908ym0.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man that car is sweet. I got my hands on a rare 92 lumina z34 5 spd 3.4 DOHC High Performance engine pushing close to the orignional 275 hp that the motor was intended to put out for the american market. Been a lumina z34 fan for years. Nice to see the name lives on but I miss the camaro/monte carlo look that mine has.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe that car is fast and had a dumb wing on the back for phony sportiness, but the style is otherwise bland.
      It's probably a good car, but I see nothing exciting about that thing.
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