• Nov 19, 2007


Automotive News is reporting what's been suspected all along: GM will bring a both a wagon and a Ute to the U.S. after the launch of the G8 next year. Citing three sources intimate with the project, the report goes on to say that the two models will be built in Australia and will be similar to the Commodore wagon, on which the Pontiac G8 is based, and the Holden VE Ute.

The move comes in an attempt to bring back the sporting credentials sorely lacking in GM's excitement division, so there are no plans to offer the Ute in GMC-guise. The sports truck will use the same platform as its G8 sibling and will be powered by the drivetrain from the Camaro.

The only issue that could affect the importation of both models is the weakening dollar. If it continues to slide, pricing will either be increased or both models won't make the trek across the Pacific.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This woluld be the quickest way to turn around the Pontiac division. Saturn did the same thing with the help of Opel. The G8 sedan, wagon and Ute. All Pontiac needs now is a GTO to round out the lineup. With the weak dollar, it would make more sense to build these RWD vehicles at the 28 year old idled OKC GM plant. Centrally located and nearby Route 66 would be great for car enthusiasts. Factory tours and car meets on the grounds would boost Pontiac's sagging popularity. Bowling Green, KY has been very successful with this concept for the Corvette.
      • 7 Years Ago
      More clueless ideas from GM.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Enliten us and tell us what would be a good idea.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All I can say is Yooohooo!!! While I was VERY disappointed Pontiac didn't have a G8 that you could actually sit in at tha LA Auto show (and don't get me started on the clueless reps at the display that seemed to be totally uninformed), THIS is definitely worth the wait!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd love to see a wagon variant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OMG UTE!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's not going to happen anytime soon, and it's not only because of the currency problem.

      The other problem is a complete lack of available side and/or curtain airbags in the ute.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "The other problem is a complete lack of available side and/or curtain airbags in the ute."

        what makes you say that?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care for the way modern wagons have that stepped on look. I really would like a new wagon but I prefer a traditional roofline.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM - you give me a G8 AWD wagon and I will give you large amounts of my money.

      If that sounds fair to you that is...
      • 7 Years Ago
      okay, why was the Magnum a flop and a wagon G8 a great idea.

      Maybe I'm missing something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looking forward to the wagon. I would still prefer the new Mazda6 wagon as I think it strikes a nice balance between sophisticated and sporty, but I'll make my choice based on what is available for purchase in the U.S. This G8 wagon is an easy alternative.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why is it that the first reaction of a person to having read a CAR comment is: Ridicule and insult the writer? "retard" ??? I know some people with mental disabilities, and they have more character than to insult others.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, because you asked... "Your" as the opening word to the sentence of yours I quoted implies the possessive (i.e. ownership or possession of something) as in "Your Mazadodo" - which to me, indicates your belief that I actually own/possess a "Mazadodo" which is either an attempt at a derogatory version of "Mazda" or a pretty serious nonsensical typo. Either way, I question the intent of your remark as, 1) personally derogatory, or 2) idiotic.

        Let me know which you meant and I'll respond appropriately next time.

        BTW, I have nothing against the developmentally impaired or the mentally handicapped. If you happen to fall into either of those categories, which would certainly explain your comment, you're forgiven.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, a 400hp V8 may attract some folks but I'm drawn by the near-SUV cargo capacity with car handling/fuel-economy. I'm not ashamed to admit that I don't need the V8 and wouldn't mind the gas savings from the V6. I've owned enough quick cars with terrible mileage to get that out of my system.

        "Your Mazadodo won't be sporty enough if this hits the street." WTF? Retard much?

        I don't currently own a Mazda, matter-of-fact, I've never owned a Mazda - but when I saw their redesigned Mazda6 wagon, http://www.autoblog.com/photos/mazda-atenza-hatchback-and-sport-wagon/454379/full/ , I was fairly impressed.

        Glad there are so many makes/models on the market - a little something for everyone.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It will be a LOT easier with an LS2 and 400 horsepower. Your Mazadodo won't be sporty enough if this hits the street. I love the Hemi powered Dodge Magnum, even as they kill it. Too bad, it's cool, and an eye turner in badass black.
      • 7 Years Ago
      After driving a volvo wagon I don't think I could go back to a sedan (love the extra room). I've said many times the US makers could get my interest if they would build a cool wagon (especially GM). I liked the Magnum, and the awd was the right idea, but I think this pontiac/holden is much more attractive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      With the Magnum gone, this can't fail!
        • 7 Years Ago
        With the Magnum having failed, I'm sure another vehicle with the same basic formula will do wonderful. Sure, it may well be a better car, but there are only so many people who want a big wagon anymore. Many of them already have a Magnum.
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