• Nov 24th 2006 at 5:57PM
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In the latest hint that the Holden Commodore SS-V is headed to the US to be the new Pontiac Grand Prix, the Australian website GoAuto reports that GM Holden is preparing for a possible future in which it sells more vehicles overseas than it does in Australia. In an interview with the website, Holden chairman and managing director Denny Mooney said of the heavily-rumored Pontiac deal, "You will see an announcement in the next three to four months. Assuming it happens, (shipments) would start a little beyond that. I am not making an official announcement (in this discussion)."

That sure sounds like a "yes" (with a little CYA thrown in at the end), which jibes perfectly with earlier reports that the Holden-sourced GP will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February. Mooney expects the Grand Prix to be more successful than the previous Holden import, the GTO because the US has a much greater demand for sedans than it does for coupes. We agree there, but also feel that the next GTO, which will borrow more from Pontiac's heritage than the rebadged Holden Monaro that previously bore the name, should connect better with consumers.

There's more. read the rest after the jump.

[Source: John Mellor/GoAuto.com]

Of course, Mooney's also rooting very hard for the Grand Prix to happen because Australian demand for large sedans is declining. The US export plan, combined with existing exports to the Middle East (around 30,000/yr), would help alleviate the effects Holden would otherwise feel from the downward turn in its home market.

There's a lot to look forward to in the coming months, as it appears more and more like our wishes for a Holden Commodore of our own will be coming true. Of course, nothing's official until it comes across on GM letterhead, but there's more than enough "wink-wink, nudge-nudge" behavior going on to convince us that the Chicago show will be very big for the General, indeed.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish Holden would be released in the US as Holden and not a crappy GM product. Pontiac does a good job of diminishing Holden's name with junk stateside.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Everything I've read on what would be a US version would be sold as a Pontiac. There is another version of it that Holden was allegedly trying to pitch as a possible Buick addition. To me its got Pontiac written all over it. The interior looks too sophisticated for Chevy.

      I say, make the forward end more aggressively styled, and refine it to perfection and GM will have something other than a Cadillac to send a Beamer running with its tail between its legs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a current Grand Prix owner, this news is stopping me from shopping around until I know what the General has planned.
      • 8 Years Ago

      From boring to ugly. It's NO WIN with a HOLDEN!!
      • 8 Years Ago

      That's not the US version (though it is LHD). The Chevy is the Middle East's car. It's sold there as the Lumina.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have seen them testing the US version of the car in AUS. So I am guessing there is a high chance it will be available in the States. It was under the Chevrolet brand though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Will take a lot of styling improvement, good car or not, to make a design so generic, last generation Japanese, look like a Pontiac needs to look.
      Somehow, it makes no sense to bring over the platform to make the Camaro and Impala in Ontario, but then to import some from Australia, too. It ought to be cheaper to make a variation on the North American Impala, counting costs to federalize, make LHD version, etc. Anybody have this figured out??
      • 8 Years Ago
      This reminds me of a Mazda 6.... but obviously is not. I'll never go back to GM for a vehicle... even the Cadillac CTS-V disappointed me. (Read my review of it). Sigh.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not just build 'em here? Well, it's going to take until fall of 2008 for GM to get a factory ready to build a new RWD chassis. Meanwhile, Holden has 20-30k per year of plant capacity just waiting. Ergo, you import the car in fall 2007 as a 2008 model and get it out there 2 years sooner (and spending a lot less $$$) than you would otherwise.

      Also, I don't think this is going to be a "Grand Prix" unless the Canadian Auto Workers union gives up the name exclusivity that the Oshawa plant has on the "Grand Prix" name (much how the St. Therese, Quebec plant had name exclusivity on the Camaro, and why GM wasted little time in nuking the plant after it was shut down)...
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the Grand Prix looks exactly like the Commodore, then I will sell my truck and buy a car for the first time in my life!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I want to like Holdens, but they all look like plain, chubby sedans. A Holden badge over a Pontiac one doesn't change boring.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i agree that it looks to bland for the american market. what it needs is an oversized spoiler, bonnet scoops, ugly body kit and it will be a success.
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