• Oct 26, 2007
You'd think after looking at it that the Holden VE Sportwagon was one of those no-brainer vehicles that was a production lock from the moment it was a twinkle in some designer's eye. According to GoAuto, that wasn't exactly the case. The outgoing VZ wagon was a fleet darling, beloved for its exceptional cargo capacity. That added space came courtesy of the same LWB architecture used for the Caprice and Statesman sedans. In a departure from tradition (the wagons had been built on long-wheelbase platforms for decades), the VE proposal was based on the shorter underpinnings used for the Commodore sedan. With that comes reduced capacity and a total package that's less attractive to fleets. After ultimately seeing a clay model of the car presented in Sydney, Holden execs greenlit the project anyway.

And that's where we, the US and Canada, come in. One of the factors that pushed the VE wagon into production was its obvious export appeal. No agreements or contracts are in place, but according to GoAuto, Holden sees exports of 10,000 per year as being the goal, and North America the biggest target market outside of Australia and new Zealand. Meanwhile, Holden feels it can mitigate the expected downturn in fleet sales at home by leveraging the VE's great looks and sporty practicality to sell more profitable examples to consumers, especially ones looking to get out of SUVs. Assuming the stars line up and the car comes over to the US as hoped, it would be after the arrival of the Ute, which appears to be next in line according to the GoAuto piece. There's a lot more to the article, which is interesting, wide-ranging, and worth a read. As for the VE Wagon, well, this Autoblogger's all for it. It's a hell of a lot cooler than the '87 Pontiac Safari my parents had, and that I learned to drive in. Let's leave the wood stickers off this one, though, okay?

[Source: GoAuto]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      That's wagony sex right there. Just box it up and ship it over. Don't Pontiac-ify it. Just ship it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It may carry the same proportions, but if they add a speck of body cladding, somebody's gotta die.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is the Malibu going to come in a wagon? Please tell me at least one Epsilon car will; my shift from wagon to sedan still bugs me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Saab 9-3 SportCombi is an Epsilon-based wagon. More cargo room than many SUV's (including the Ford Edge and Saturn VUE), and much better fuel economy with the 2.o T.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just purchased a Saab 9-3 Sport Combi but I would like to see more offerings in the future. For now I am very happy with my Saab.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the stars do line-up. And wouln't it be sweet if it came with a six-speed gearbox like to upcoming '09 G8?!(which I'm also hoping the stars line-up for)
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's beautiful... Therefore we probably won't get it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would bring the Sexy Back in Wagons.

      Come on GM. Bring it!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      len, the new Commodore was engineered for both left and right-hand drive and meant to come to the US from the beginning. Every variant of the Commodore like this wagon and the utility can be built in either configuration for export. It wasn't something they decided to add later at extra expense. The red interior lighting is coincident either.

      10,000 doesn't sound like a big number to us, but to Holden it is. Holden is a small operation and 10,000 is a fairly large chunk of their production capacity. Due to Holden's size it's extremely important to them to keep the plant running at full capacity. They are depending on US exports of the Commodore and it's variants like this wagon to keep things running smoothly and recoup costs as well as keep costs low.

      • 7 Years Ago
      V8, RWD, Done, I'll take 2!
      Bring it.
      (Can I get a tow package, say 3500lbs, pretty please?)
        • 7 Years Ago
        i dout that with its current V8, but if GM dump in a V8 diesel, then it will do wonders
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is generally thought that wagons don't sell well in the US, and yet there are several _expensive_ wagons. Is that because they are all sold in other markets, or what? Seems like there are very few cheap wagons, and when one does appear, it often dies off (Ford Focus).

      The Holden is great, bring it, but I would like to see some cheap, small wagons too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      exportation of 10 K units wouldn,t pay for
      left hand drive. nice piece, tho
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, since it's essentially the same as the Holden Commodore that's to be sold here as the Pontiac G8, the engineering work for left-hand drive is paid for and complete already.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Vehicles like this could actually save Saab.

      As opposed to rebadged Trailblazers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They want to bring this motor to the UK.
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