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Holden is planning on turning out the full capacity of 147,000 Zeta-based vehicles at its Elizabeth plant in South Australia. Part of the production increase can be attributed to the Pontiac G8's impending arrival, but there have been cagey references to importing the VE Ute, which shares the VE platform with the G8. Bob Lutz made mention of a desire to bring the Ute to the US a while back, and now GM's Asia Pacific President Nick Reilly has made a couple of cagey references to GoAuto, fueling the suspicion that we'll see a VE with a bed out back here in the US.

While discussing the Elizabeth plant's ability to meet production volume without adding a third shift, Reilly referred to US exports by saying "If they start to sell much better than we anticipated, then we would have to look at doing something else and clearly a third shift would be a possibility..." They? Hmm. When the follow-up question about just what he meant by they, Reilly sort-of clarified by further stating: "We haven't necessarily announced all the programs we have at the moment." The not-quite-confirmed multiple flavors of VE headed for the US, along with Bob Lutz's wanting to bring the Ute here as something other than a Chevy could mean that those wishing for a return of the El Camino might get their wish, minus the name.

Thanks for the tip, Ben!

[Source: GoAuto]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Another Holden badged with a name thats so far forgotten and tarnished? it can only appeal to geriatrics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It could make sense as a Hummer. (With some serious styling changes, obviously)

      Hummer is the only division whose CAFE/mpg would be improved by adding this to their lineup.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does it come with 2 giant pink foam dice?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not a big fan of the Ute design, but I'm not a critic either. I think its unique design would appeal to a decent number of people. I really don't think it would be a high volume car, and I doubt it would be marketed as such.

      I'm quite excited about the things I've been hearing about the future of the Pontiac name, beyond the G8. The rumors of the next G6, and I'm already a G8 fan. :) I can't wait to see how it all comes out. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      As an FYI, one of the unnamed programs is the GTO. it is fully confirmed throughout GM that the GTO will be back, basically a G8 Coupe.
        • 7 Years Ago
        GM is going to take another hit by making this Ute a Pontiac with that horrible family grill design. It nearly killed the GTO. What makes them think it will be good on this car? Please give the people what they want, a Chevy El Camino with a well designed front fascia.

        In addition, Pontiac, FIRE the design manager that demands you use the kidney grill design on all your products. It usually makes the design look stale and uninspired. It is time for a change. Give us more variety.

        My 2 cents. - Mike
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 7 Years Ago
      I do not think Pontiac should offer any sort of pickup in America. The brand does not need a pickup.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Hicks
        But the brand does need a pickup. Get it? Needs a pick up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they do decide to bring back the car- truck based idea, they could put under something better than Pontiac. I personally picture it with a Saab front end, but something like a Chevy or GMC would be the route to travel. Perhaps, they may do badge engineering, and Pontiac will get it, but don't count on a Buick for this one. Just speculation, obviously.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All Ready GM is trying to totally destroy a great car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        How is that-? The Ute originates in Australia, ie it already exists, how does GM bringing it over here destroy a car-??
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't be dopey. It should be a Chevy. An El Camino.

      Some guy at the light next to me 3 days ago had a Ranchero GT. Sweetness. And I don't even really dig Fords much.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heinous + Atrocity = Heinocity

      • 7 Years Ago
      If GM brings insists on bringing back this genre, then Subaru HAS to bring back the Brat, complete with seat belt-less plastic seats (with hand grips no less!) in the bed. THAT would be awesome...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Give it a spanish name: CHEVROLET QUISIERA
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