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General Motors has been the perpetrator of several fortunate and unfortunate badge engineering jobs over the years, and the G8 -- based off the Holden Commodore -- is the most recent example. The Aussie sedan was partially developed with American sales in mind and because of that, it doesn't take much to give your spiffy new G8 a nose job inspired by the Land Down Under. Australian firm JHP Vehicle Enhancements will sell you an entire body kit to change your G8 into a Holden for a mere, um, $4,000 if you choose to go all out in an attempt to replicate the HSV model. That's a sizable chunk of change, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Since we're less concerned with appearances, we'd just put the extra scratch towards upgrading to the GXP.

[Source: JHP Vehicle Enhancements via Autofiends]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Grill and hood vents. Change those two tiny things and the Pontiac isn't as mutilated. The Holden is just gorgeous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm driving a Pontiac. And I'm intending buying a G8 GXP, but I must say that this one looks so much better than the G8. I keep saying that it was one of the biggest mistakes GM marketers have done - why not to bring the car as Holden Commodore? Why not for God sake? It would cost much much less to promote it as Holden rather then trying to sell it as a Pontiac. I have G8 on my work computer as the desktop wallpaper and, invariably, after the initial interest, oh what car is this?, as soon as I say this is Pontiac, the interest momentarily disappears. Something is terribly wrong with contemporary Americans’ psychology - Americans seems to have so low self-esteem that it’s impossible for majority of them to believe that their fellow citizens are able to engineer and produce anything decent. My only hope is that some of GM marketing people read this and give it a thought, otherwise, I may not have a chance on buying the car when I’m on the market in a couple of years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely pointless and a complete waste of money.

      If you hate pontiac and/or love holden this much then take your asses to australia!!! We wont miss u.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've lost count of the number of Holden's wearing a Chevy badge or two.
      Funny thing is many take of a Statesman badge, similar to Cadillac, for a down market Chev badge? weird!
      Vazdrae
      • 3 Years Ago
      But... it looks soooo much better with that split front grille and a Pontiac logo on it... thought thats my opinion... i love the Pontiac design alot...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Two questions...

      Why didn't pontiac just put their grille on that front bumper cover?

      And does the HSV set come with the LED tail lights?

      Most of that 4000$ is probably customs and shipping charges. It can be insane to ship big parts from the far east. often double the cost of the parts or more.


        • 6 Years Ago
        Opel GT conversion? You do realize that all you would do is change out the Saturn badges for Opel ones...

        Now, I think a Opel VXR8 conversion for the G8 would be pretty cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BIG improvement. I wish they just came out of the factory that way
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG, Pontiac might actually sell some of these cars now!
      • 6 Years Ago
      You may want to supply a picture of a HSV instead of the Holden SS model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rebadging your car as a make and model not sold in the U.S. should mess with the heads of the cops as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It get can you out of tickets. If you show up to contest a ticket and note that the make and model listed is not consistent with your registration then you can get it over turned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still prefer the Vauxhall VXR version better. It's the faux snorkel hood of the G8 that puts me off. Reminds me of the excess cladding Pontiac days.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Absolutely. I'm in the market for something the G8's price range, and I can't get past the hideous nostrils.

        If I bought a G8, I'd feel like I would need to beef up REO Speedwagon collection and get mullet haircut, while drinking Pabst, in my denim jacket.
          • 6 Years Ago
          You never know, the mullet may be on a come back and you would be on the cutting edge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM should have saved themselves some $$ initially, retained the Holden bodywork, and marketed the car in the US as the (real) Impala. The Pontiac name doesn't carry much value anyway, and despite the unfortunate Bangle evolution, BMW still does a better job with the split grille look.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Perhaps, but adoption of Holden's fascia would arguably be a step in the right direction, stylistically speaking. Or if they wanted to stick with the tired horizontal bar theme they have going now, they could have easily incorporated that into the Holden without completely revising the front end.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just about all car companies have a corporate nose these days. So they wouldn't be "saving" any money by leaving the Holden looking like a Holden and bringing it over as a Pontiac of Chevrolet because then they'd have to change the grilles of all other Pontiacs and Chevrolets which would cost way more money. Non car people are ignorant and need to be able to easily determine where to find a new car and without a easily recognizable grille and emblem, they are lost.
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