• Mar 29, 2008
For those of you interested in picking up one of the new Pontiac G8 ST utes when they come to the US next year there's good news. In a recent round of ute/pickup crash testing in Australia, the Holden Commodore Ute beat all comers to score five stars. No competitor matched the lofty score. The Ford Ranger-based Mazda BT50 got three stars while the Indian Mahindra pickup only managed two. The Mahindra currently doesn't have airbags, which hurt its scores. Look for that to change before Mahindra launches its trucks and SUVs in the US a couple of years from now. For the time being, however, if you plan on driving into any barriers, you'll want to go for the El Camino wannabe.

UPDATE: Enough already! Yes my NyQuil hazed brain still isn't working quite right as I try to recover from this flu I've been battling all week. I did indeed mis-read the story. The Holden/Pontiac Ute only got 4 stars. On to other topics of discussion.



[Source: Drive.com.au]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      well that certainly is a bonus for an already cool truck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        One can only wonder what you were thinking when you wrote that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is it me or is this thing real ugly? What is the demand for a 2 wheel drive "truck" that seats 2?
      • 6 Years Ago
      No, YOU are an El Camino wannabe, AB!

      And seriously, it got 4 stars, not 5. You guys getting overworked? Need more staff?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it will sell well. The G8 series helps Pontiac establish itself as the performance division. (yeah the G6 needs some help)

      In an environment of high or low fuel prices the G8 ST will get better mileage than a traditional truck.

      It will be the only vehicle in this segment.

      For those that need the towing capability, or work capability it gives you a sporty option.
      Put it to work all week then take out on the weekend for your favorite hobby. Take on some twisties, load that offroad toy, pull your boat, very versatile. What else out there does that? (No, your Ridgeline will not do well on trackday!)

      They picked my name selection and the G8 ST is waiting for me in the driveway! Poof!***woke up. Oh well, that what dreams are made of!






        • 6 Years Ago
        You got it right!! That is what the Sports Utes are used for here in Australia. A "Big Ute" F250-F350, is still a light commercial vehicle here , that has none of the sporting aspect of the Holden (Pontiac), virtually no carrying capacity compared to a Cab Chassis Truck and very similar or less carrying capacity compared to a Ford Falcon Cab Chassis Ute. As well you can factor in they are expensive as well here in Australia.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I note that the Holden version has a third pedal. Come on GM, give U.S. a manual G8. After all, Australians are like, you know, AlmostAmericans.

      Graham,
      Royal Oak
        • 6 Years Ago
        The G8 GXP is a V8 version with a stick. There was an article on it on autoblog already.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Unless it has a FULL FRAME it is not a truck and should not be compared to one. Or two.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It may have truck features but its a car just like the previoius El Camino.

        SAA if you are still around, most people buy trucks and never haul anything in them other than one passenger. They are used a commuter vehicles and who needs 4-wheel drive with traction control. Not any different then another car and shares the same platform as the Pontiac G8 which base model is just 2-wheel drive. I certainly wouldn't want 4-wheel drive in anything, for what?

        The vehicle needs more economical engines from the start not big V8's.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nick: 1: Its not going to get better milage than the trucks it will compete with when equipped with a 6L V8. And it wont have any power over the competition when it has a V6. Also, ANY truck under an 18k (I think its 18) pound GVRW is considered a light truck. So technically an F550 is a light truck. But why compare it to an S10, which has not been in production for over 1.5 years?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Stuka: The V8 Ute gets an average of 17mpg, and the V6 gets 21 mpg, both of which are equal or better than the paltry 190hp '04 S10.

        As for you getting technical on the literal definition of "light truck", come on, you know exactly what I meant. Why compare it to an S10? Because it's the closest thing to an accurate comparison. You make 1.5 years sound like an eternity...What should I compare it to, a Silverado 3500HD? Hate on it all you want, but this Ute will give more than enough practicality to fill the needs of what most pick-up owners use their trucks for, while still being capable of delivering great handling, a sub-6 second 0-60mph run, and all of the other bonuses of being based on a car platform.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not a truck. It's more like a Honda Ridgeline that's not trying to be a truck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It can carry as much as an S10, tow nearly as much as well, all the while getting better fuel mileage, better handling, and better outright performance across the board. It's more than capable enough to be considered a "light truck".

        Ignorance is sad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All those stars are great. But tell me how pleased the other guy is going to be when all the crap in the bed goes flying over that low roofline and through his windshield?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The cargo is no more vulnerable than in any other open-bed truck. Besides, you can get a tonneau for the Ute (as a factory option even, I believe).
      Jon Russell
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well the cool thing is, looks like you could just order a Holden bumper and hood and you would have yourself the only Holden in the U.S.!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "HoldenÂ’s VE Commodore ute has received four stars out of five in independent crash tests, outperforming leading imported one-tonne utes." "The results show that the homegrown, car-based utes are the safest on our roads. The BF Falcon ute also scored four stars when it was tested in 2006."

      Actually, it scored the best with 4 out of 5, not 5 out of 5, and tied the Ford Falcon ute.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sam - not a problem. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from the flu - it happens to the best of us.
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