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Two 2010 Pontiac G8 Sport Trucks were recently spied in Australia loaded on the back of a transporter. Although seemingly dipped in camouflage decals, the profile of this not-going-to-be-named-El-Camino is easily distinguishable, even without a clear shot of the obvious Pontiac grill. Previewed at the 2008 New York Auto Show, the G8-based Sport Truck will be powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 rated at 361 horsepower. It should scoot to 60 mph in just over five seconds. Those of us in North America can expect this cargo-bedded Aussie import to arrive on our shores in late 2009.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the idea of a car based truck is a good idea. With gas prices being so high, and most likely staying there, small companies that use trucks daily would probably like a lighter, more fuel efficient truck. I think of pool cleaning companies, furniture deliveries, etc, that don't need over 1,000 pounds of payload.

      A car would most likely be lighter because it doesn't have a heavy duty frame on it like a truck does. A unibody would surely be lighter.

      However, GM instead went with a large heavy car and a large displacement V8.

      I would think building a ute that weighed 3500 lbs or less with the 2L turbo engine and good gearing would have been a better idea.

      Perhaps use the Delta platform an put a nice bed back there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are already compact/mid-sized pickups available, and the last car-based pickup, the Subaru Baja, was a bust. I hope that Pontiac has found a way to make money with a small number of the Sport Truck, as it's one of those things which everyone says, "Hey, that's cool," but doesn't buy. Not having a lid on your trunk is rather inconvenient when you're carrying something weather sensitive or theft-worthy. On the other hand, the El Camino and the Ranchero both had long runs.

        I wonder, however, if the Baja on the back of the car carrier is supposed to be some sort of decoy...
        • 6 Years Ago
        All the weight saving propaganda of uni-body is bunk. This thing weighs almost 4000#. Curb weight of my Tundra is 4000#. It still has an iron block and a frame. Sure, ride and handeling are great in these utes, but the weight argument is bogus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      CBCHASE,

      you cant be serious, the Pontiac is made in australia, dont tell me you thought otherwise, but at the end of the day it is two holdens anyway. Please let me know where you think the G8's and Designed and made, I need a good laugh!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aren't most Holden utes made by sticking a frame onto the front of the car unibody? This means that it isn't a full unibody, and they usually have a live axle and leaf springs in the rear. I really thought the utes were cool until I saw that 70s era rear leaf springs.

      Will the new G8 carry on the same formula Holden has been using for years? I think the VE model changed from live axle to IRS, but still retains the leaf springs...

      • 6 Years Ago
      I really want to see one of these in person, I cant decide on the pictures of not if I like it or not, it just seems to foreign to me, maybe because I grew up well after the time of the Ranchero and El Camino, but I think that this may be perfect for the weekend handyman. The questions is will these types go for something thats not the manly and unquestionably useful F-150, even if they never use its capabilities to its fullest. It seems like, from experience, that the mindset of these people is not "thats all that i really need" and more, "well maybe one day... " and in that case they opt for the more capable full size. And this can be demonstrated by the incredibly poor small truck market in the US (combined with the fact that until recently there hasn't been many great options). But I guess well find out! And I love to see GM continue to take risks on new and bold products. Like has been said many a time, the General spent much to long on its laurels, and we are just starting to see him get up into a crouch, if that is a proper analogy. Pontiac is defieneatly showing the lead of GM's new pioneering trend, they actully have a showroom that I want to go to now, where as before the GTO was really the only reason to stop by, and even then, there were plenty of car people who would pass on that one as well (although, I wouldn't be one)
      • 6 Years Ago
      you no nothing only USA build cars that are in the past... Mustang anyone! The Holden ute has ad IRS, with semi-trailing arms since !997 or VT! IRS with Leaf Spring... dont make me laugh! 2006 VE has multi link IRS which while good for handling not so for load carrying! That is why Ford Aus has stuck with leaf solid reaar. However with multi multi- mountings axel tramp and turn in control is greatly improved!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Warren:

        Well at least we "no" enough to write better English than you, and that IRS didn't come out on the VU Ute (no such thing as VT Ute) until 2001. And again, it is a leaf spring (like either you said it was, or said it isn't... can't understand you). Again... "most" means most, as in since they were made, which is longer than the 7 years they've had the IRS with leaf springs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just pointing out that the silver truck on the top of the loader is a Mitsubishi L200,...a perennial bestseller in Europe,..and most maekets in which it is sold
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forget those G8 Sport Trucks. I seriously am dying to have that uncamouflaged silver Mitsubishi L200/Triton compact pickup truck.

      I had one of those for 2 years when I was in Malaysia The truck I used to own was the 4X4 4-door with the 2.5L common rail diesel 4 banger and I loved driving that truck everyday. That truck truly for the size it was had spectacular handling and awesome offroad capabilities, especially when I used it to climb up some of the treacherous hills on the side of the road to a few peaceful retreats.

      If i was to compare this truck to any midsized/(supposedly compact) built in the US I'd say the only one that comes close is the Toyota Tacoma, second would be the Ford Ranger, third would be the Nissan Frontier. Sorry the Canyon/Colorado trucks just don't even come remotely close to the Mitsubishi Triton/L200. The Mitsubishi Raider here in the US is not the same truck as this. It is actually a dressed up Dodge Dakota. Trust me if you ever had the opportunity to drive one you would almost hate yourself for selling it as I did. Unfortunately I had to because I was coming back to the States.

      If I was able to import this truck AND doing whatever it took to make it pass these retarded US EPA regulations I would go for it. Even if the total cost plus importing it stateside would cost me twice as much than it did in Malaysia I would still do it because it's that damn good of a compact truck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "If i was to compare this truck [Mitsu Triton] to any midsized/(supposedly compact) built in the US I'd say the only one that comes close is the Toyota Tacoma, second would be the Ford Ranger, third would be the Nissan Frontier."

        I would almost agree with you, except I completely disagree with you.

        Having driven all the trucks mentioned (including both the USDM Ranger, the Thai-DM Ranger, the Thai-DM Triton, and USDM Raider - 4 completely different vehicles). I would put the Tacoma and Frontier on par for the top spot with the Thai-DM Ranger and Thai-DM Triton a close second, and the rest of the trucks in a lower-tier altogether. The asian- and euro-Ranger is a stellar truck compared to the USDM Ranger and folks who have test-driven a Raider wouldn't think the Triton was even made by the same company (no surprises there really), with the Triton being a superior product. However, for all around capability and well-roundedness (however you want to take that), the Taco and Frontier rule the roost.

        Of course, that's just my opinion based on my experiences overseas and I haven't driven those trucks in Malaysia which may make a difference.

        Good to know that there are some really great products out there, unfortunately not all are offered here.

        I am, however, excited to see the Holden Ute coming stateside as the Pontiac G8 ST, although I'm still pining for the Denali XT concept truck http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/06/chicago-2008-gmc-denali-xt-concept-is-ute-ifu/

        Best wishes to all for a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That little mitsubishi thing is almost exactly what I wish Subaru would bring back, with the advent of their new boxer diesel.

        Something small, utilitarian, but not atrociously ugly, or outdated before it even starts.

        I would buy one of those things used long before I would ever consider a Pontiac Sport truck thingie.

        I am kinda wanting an occaisional use utility vehicle with a small diesel engine and AWD, and sport needs to be no part of it. I have a gasoline turbo AWD car, and a RWD sports car for sport.

        But I don't want a giant pickup truck to deal with. A unibody vehicle with a 4-cyl diesel, that can do what it does, but do it well, without thinking that it needs to be a kenworth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While this new Ute looks kinda cool, I would much rather see a sport wagon...
      • 6 Years Ago
      And we care why????
      • 6 Years Ago
      what a great time to bring a 6.0L V-8 product to market in the US!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Time for my 2 cents worth.
      1. regardless of whether we love it or hate it, the Pontiac G8 pickup (or whatever Pontiac will call it) is coming. Like I said before, it will probably sell well because it's the perfect balance that GM needs-a true mid size truck that offers decent power, fuel mileage and capacity without the full-size bulk. With fuel prices escalating even more, This truck is going on sale at the right time. Since it's an import, look for this to sell in small numbers, so don't expect a glut. And you can bet Ford will find a way to send the Falcon Ute over real soon-I understand that Bill Osborne, who just took over running Ford Australia after running the Canadian operations, is already lobbying Dearborn to take another look at the Falcon, Ute and the Territory, which makes better sense than the Frerestyle, Flex, and Edge. And if anyone feels that a Pontiac pickup is a bad idea, then look at the Caddy Escalade SUV's and EXT.
      2. I agree, we should have the Mitsubishi Triton pickup over here. Strange, radical style to be sure, but it's definitely better than the cheap-looking facelifted Dodge Dakota the company is selling now. Forget that excuse about the import tariffs--Mitsu can build it right here. If Mahindra can take the plunge over here, and Tata seems certain to sell the Xenon in the states within the next few years, then Mitsu can do the same.
      3. About Subaru, we could use another Brat. the current Outback platform would be perfect for the job.
      Baja was too much like the Chevy SSR-the wrong truck, period.
      4. About all these hybrids--what are you going to do when the electric motors develop problems, especially when the warranty runs out? These things are expensive, and unless you have a lot of money to burn-impossible when the majority of jobs are now moving to China-don't expect to pay a couple of dollars and pick up the car at the end of the day. I'm not knocking technology and the need to conserve energy, but I think a lot more planning should have went into this. It's just like diesel-I would love to have a diesel-powered vehicle, but since the cost of that fuel now costs more than premium unleaded, it makes more sense to buy a used Geo Metro. I'm not kidding- ever since that article about used Metro's hit the news, all 5 Metros on sale locally were bought almost immediately.

      Hey, it doesn't matter what we say here, the people are going to buy what they want anyway. We're just preaching to the choir here.

      I'm finished.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some of the stupidest comments EVER in this thread. "I would rather see a wagon". LOL, wagons have sucked since the 70's there is a reason very few companies sell station wagons.

      "So is it an attempt to bring pickups down to size like SUVs were with crossovers? Still I see zero advantage in this vehicle."

      Then why post in the thread? Move on if your not interested. Since you don't get it, there is nothing else to be said from you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do your parents know you're on teh interwebs?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uhh, i work on the internet for a living, so stupid people annoy me at some points in the day, your no exception.
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