• Feb 13th 2007 at 11:36AM
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It's official, Holden's Denny Mooney has confirmed that the Commodore is heading to the US to join the Excitement division. To cop a phrase from my mother in law – no kidding, Dick Tracy. Bob Lutz let slip, and then owned up to the fact that the car is coming here as the Pontiac G8 during the Detroit show. Looking at the red G8 that posed with Mooney, our knees are all jiggly – we can hardly wait to get our mitts on one. Hopefully, it'll be outfitted with the 6-liter V8, but even the 3.6-liter V6 would be fine. What we're really interested in sampling is the fit and finish, ride quality, and road manners. We suspect that even the six will have adequate power to pull the G8/Commodore around with authority, and the V8 will be ridiculous icing on the cake, and extremely delicious at that.

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[Source: drive.com.au]

Holden's Mooney has stated that the Commodore is a shoo-in for the Pontiac brand, as both Holden and Pontiac have a history of creating invigorating rides. Holden may not have to mine the past quite as deeply as Pontiac would to get to that strata of cars with soul. If the car can hold its own against the competition, and if the level of fit and finish is up to par, the G8 will be significant for GM. If, that is, the marketing isn't blown. It looks like a badass ride, and the decision to bring it to the US is a vote of confidence in the abilities of Holden to develop and manufacture world-class product.

There have been rumors of the Commodore architecture being assembled elsewhere around the globe, but those are unsubstantiated thus far. Also rumored is further collaboration with Pontiac. Word of the Commodore Ute coming here makes us wonder, though. Chevy and GMC had the El Camino and the Caballero, no such tomfoolery took place at Pontiac. We'd be curious to see how a revival of the not-a-truck, not-a-car, not-terribly-useful El Camino form-factor would do these days. Our conjecture is that it wouldn't be a sales scorcher. Nevertheless, Mooney alluded to a last-generation Ute tooling around the US already, and generating interest. In a lot of ways, a Ute kind of makes sense. It may be a hard sell, but it'd certainly be adequate for the way a lot of folks use their trucks. No need to haul around that full-frame, tough enough to pull 30-foot Airstreams, when the biggest thing you'll ever haul is an antique sideboard. Of course, if the Ute is also available with the 6.0-liter V8, the sideboard may go flying out of the bed as your inner Rat Fink emerges.

Thanks for the tip, Ben!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Well the El Camino might actually be a good idea if executed right, i just dont know how. The G8 looks just like the G6... which kinda reminds me of the G5...Wow Bob Lutz is turning Pontiac into BMW with all their models looking alike and stuff...kinda killing the feeling of buying a Pontiac for me...but yay for more sales.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry for the double post. I waited a couple minutes before clicking a second time--the new process gets hung up sometimes, making me wonder if I clicked the button.

      Some forums have software that automatically checks for a duplicate post. AB might want to add a similar feature.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wasn't this already made official in Chicago?

      My impression of the lightly disguised concept car's fit and finish when actually sitting in the car was okay, but it looks a bit ragged in photos. Interior room is excellent.

      I'm less hopeful on the Astra. The interior is somewhat dated and boring, and the engine will be among the smallest and weakest in the segment.

      Full impressions from Chicago in my blog:


      I do think #1 is spot-on about the potential for a new El Camino. Especially since the market these days wants a rear seat and four doors in anything with a bed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope that the G8 will have a coupe variant but I hope they keep the name and not call it the "GTO"... Just call it G8c or something like that, the car will speak for itself, there is no need to try to ride the GTO name, let the G8 coupe make history for itself...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The G8 looks just like the G6"

      • 8 Years Ago
      The new El Camino has the sales potential of the SSR.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The new El Camino has the sales potential of the SSR."

      Didn't the SSR cost almost $55k? Methinks a G8 Ute would retail for a bit less.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd be more excited about the UTE coming over than the commodore, hope that comes true.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This should help people forget about the Aztek and other mistakes that GM has saddled Pontiac with and bring back Pontiac's performance heritage
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good, GM is going after the enthuist hearts
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Holden Ute can tow between 1600 kg (around 3500 pounds) to 2500 kg (around 5500 pounds), and has a payload of up to 1065 kg (just under 2350 pounds). Not bad for a vehicle with IRS and a monocoque chassis.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have heard from many sources that the Impala will return to rear wheel drive and V8 powered, which will leave Ford as the only one without an updated rear wheel drive sedan with a V8, they should bring their Aussie cars here (The Crown Vic needs a new platform and look and engines).
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