• Oct 29th 2008 at 9:01AM
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Recent news that the G8 may never see a design cycle had us worried that the sport truck version of the RWD Pontiac may never see the light of day. GM has shot down any rumors concerning the demise of the G8, and Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson told our friend Mike Levine at PickupTrucks.com that the ST model is running on schedule, too. That's certainly good news, but unfortunately it'll be another full year before we see the ute-tastic pickup at your local dealer.

Hopson also provided a reasonable expectation of the G8 ST's pricing. The 6.0L V8 model will hit your pocket book in the "low $30,000 range," which is right in line with what you'll pay for a G8 GT today. Hopson also touched on the rumored V6 version of the ST, saying that the odds were in favor of the more efficient powerplant going under-hood. It seems like it has already been too long since we first laid eyes on the G8 ST, and waiting another full year will be tough. At least we know Pontiac's incognito Holden will be reasonably priced when if finally gets here.

[Source: Pickuptrucks]

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      • 6 Years Ago

      This should have been the Chevy El Camino.

      No wonder GM is in such a mess.

      GM needs to focus on each division and its own identity.

      G8 sedan and coupe are good ideas. A two and four Chevy El Camino would have been a better idea.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with Steve, this should have been a Chevy and it should have been named El Camino. Ford learned its lesson with the Five Hundred debacle (eventually going back to a brand most Americans were familiar with: Taurus). C'mon GM!
      • 6 Years Ago
      thats about $30K more than anyone will be willing to pay for one....This is what your $10Billion in taxpayer funds will be going towards folks!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why do facilities continuously keep serving stupid for breakfast...WHY?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll bet they don't sell 5,000 of those things. Maybe it doesn't even outsell the Lincoln Blackwood, which sold a grand total of 4,872.

      I remember when Pontiac had a contest on their Web site to name the thing. I submitted "Fiasco". A giant steaming bowl of Not Good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      God help GM. The mullet crowd that loves this crap certainly can't afford the 30k+ sticker, except for the few who successfully manufacture meth. Not calling it an El Camino hurts it even more, kicking the poor POS when it's down. The few thousand they sell will each sport a sticker of Calvin pissing on the Ford logo. Go GM!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually know a few people who want one of these just to use for a motorcycle/dirt bike mover or parts mover. I have a friend who rides/rebuilds motorcycles and another friend who owns a NAPA auto parts store, and when they talk cars together this is the one they both want, in 6cyl/auto no less.

      They both feel it would be the perfect work vehicle for them, as it will have the same utility as their pickup trucks while getting better mileage and handling better.

      So there are people who want it, that of course, doesn't always mean they'll buy it though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm actually looking forward to a test drive in the G8 ST, with intentions of buying if the driving experience, equipment roster, and price are right. This vehicle appears to have all the on-road utility I'm looking for in something that seats 2 and has a decent sized bed.

      Sure... others will bitch and moan about how they "don't get it" and what a waste of time and resources this vehicle is given the current condition of GM, but introducing an existing global model to the US into a market segment that is currently vacant (unless you count the Ridgeline) seems to make reasonable sense, even if others can't seem to wrap their minds around how this makes sense for many folks looking for a small pickup that drives like a car.

      Good luck GM.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually there is no need for anyone to bitch and moan about these cars. Holden has been developing, building and selling Commodore (G8) sedans and utes (pickups) succesfully not just for years but for decades.

        Even if GM didn't decide to bring them to the US they'd still be sold in Australia (and exported to South Africa, the Middle East, etc), so in a way the development is free for you guys.
        Even with the exchange rate and the costs of shipping you're still getting them cheaper than Aussie's pay for theirs.

        If the sedan or ST version suits your needs - great, buy one. If not, buy something that does. Easy.

        Whinging here about the decisions made by GM, Ford or Chrysler won't change anything.

        Have fun on your test drive Max. I reckon you're going to like it!
          • 6 Years Ago
          Every minute spent on converting cars like this to the US is a minute not spent getting the Cruze, the Beat, the Volt, etc onto dealer lots. And even as insignificant as this may be, when you're in GM's shoes every engineering dollar is precious. Every engineering dollar spent on guaranteed failures like this just brings you one step closer to bankruptcy or yet another gov't bailout. It's not simply a question of "buy one if like it, don't if you don't" but rather a question of how bringing yet another wrong car to market at the wrong time is going to cripple GM even further.
      • 6 Years Ago
      F$#k you pontiac! You did this whole name the this thing and you didn't even use it? That was a TOTAL ABVIOUS sales ploy and now now you want us to buy your cars after that stunt?!?! FREAK YOU!! mumbles......jackasses
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's ABVIOUS guys!
          • 6 Years Ago
          Awww wittle Michael likes to play Engwish teacher.
          Thanks Michael for pointing that out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think if GM ever plans to revive the El Camino nameplate, they should use a cut-down version of this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How is low 30's "reasonably priced" for that thing?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. This type of vehicle needs to be available stripped down and around $20k to move.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "which is right in line with what you'll pay for a G8 GT today"

        It's a V8 RWD vehicle with good options and a great interior. I think the price is right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So GM is tanking, spilling billion dollars more a month than it takes in, and they want to sell an El Camino? I cant imagine why they are doing so poorly and getting spanked by Honda and Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just plain ugly. I "expect" it to stay on dealer lots for a long time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks ok and all. I wonder if anyone will buy one... ??
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