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Mike Levine over at Pickuptruck.com has managed to scoop a tasty nugget of info about the Pontiac-branded ute that will soon be for sale in the U.S. The Aussie-import based on the same platform as the rear-wheel-drive G8 sedan will be called the G8 ST, as in "Sport Truck".

That pang of disappointment you feel is the missed opportunity of paying homage to GM's most well known car-based pickups and their colorful names: the Chevy El Camino and GMC Caballero. Rather than dubbing Pontiac's ute the "Tamale" or "El Camino Redux", we get a measly little two-letter suffix. Sigh.

Also of note is that the pickup will only be available with a 6.0L V8 and is likely to start around $31,000.

[Source: Pickuptruck.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope I'm not the only one that finds this thing hideously disgusting...
      • 7 Years Ago
      4 inches of ground clearance
      no 4x4
      1300 lbs capacity
      no 6 cylinder option
      incredibly ugly

      good luck with that General
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone remember the Dodge Rampage? This looks as bad as that did. Why is GM trying so hard with Pontiac?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn you GM. I've been wanting one of these for years and you finally bring them over at a point where I've sworn off new GM products.

      That's right, I disagree with the On Star system so much, I refuse to buy any vehicle that is equipped with GPS tracking. I don't trust GM enough to not install it when requested. Way too much Big Brother for me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      so what is wrong with a car having a name and not a bunch of letters and numbers?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought US cars have exceptionally bad reliability? All the ones that come here have? The new Hummer H3 being the latest.
      • 7 Years Ago
      steve, you can buy whatever fits your needs. If you want a truck look elsewhere, you won't find one in a Pontiac showroom.

      This is a muscle car that can haul all your stuff in place of a useless rear seat and tiny trunk. Or as Edmunds put it, "a Camaro that can carry two dirt bikes." Not a truck.

      If I had the need and desire to haul heavy loads, go off-road, lumber on and off the freeway, body roll around a the most gentle curve, have trouble finding large enough parking spots and stop at every gas station I would buy an actual truck.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "haul your dirtbikes on"--that is funny. Most dirtbike destinations require traversing dirt roads,small ditches, washouts--whatever. Come on people remember your childhood matchbox collection--the el camino gets the little surfboard.

        I guess it will be relatively low volume so they are not counting on traditional light truck buyers. Interesting but useless,imo. Small pickups with massive power-gmc cyclones, trd toyota tacomas etc are the ticket. OK OK it's a sports car and someone will like it and buy it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The fuel consumption is hardly a killler on GM smallblock V8s in cars.

      My LS2 averages 19mpg commuting in city traffic every day and achieves over 25mpg on the open road or freeway. That's much better than the fuel consumption you'll experience in a fullsize truck and comparable to other cars of this size and power.

      To put it in perspective a family member owns a brand new G35 sedan with a V6 and it averages 16mpg overall on premium.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're right on TriShield! The GM small block V-8 is a great engine and the fuel economy is excellent for being a V-8. My brother has a new G35 and his biggest gripe is that the fuel economy is terrible. And he doesn't put is foot all down all the way when he drives it.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Two comments. First : for all the bitching over American-based products, the articles on them always have huge reply numbers. No one wants to talk about the Saab's AWD system?

      Ok. Of course the Ute doesn't make sense over here. We're so pro-truck its disgusting. I think its great, and for the same reason I love the Dodge Magnum. It gives me all the utility I need, but I still can have fun on the weekend.

      Personally, I'd take the G8 Wagon over the Ute, and only because of family needs. It will be low volume and they'll only bring enough over to fill orders with a few here and there randomly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Okay, the name sucks, but it's better than nothing.

      Only real problem is it is priced out of reach of many poolboys.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All Holden cars look good as Holdens. Man the Monero was sweet. Stick on a Pontiac nose on it and it's like there are 15 different trim levels of the Grand Prix on the road.
        • 7 Years Ago
        2nd that, with huge emphasis.

        i want the commadore. i couldn't care less about the G8. Pontiac is too....eh....Pontiacy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      thats funny how the only pontiac u like is the new GTO. the GTO is the only current Pontiac that people seem to really Hate right now.

      I think it's ok. It's the Torrent and the G5 that are stupid IMO. Don't really care much for this "ST" either...building an unconventional "truck" seems very Pontiac Aztecy to me.
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