• Apr 27th 2009 at 7:58AM
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The G8 may be the best Pontiac in decades, but the stellar RWD sedan doesn't stand a chance if the arrow head is forever retired. The loss of the G8 is difficult for enthusiasts, but it'll be even tougher for Holden. GM's Australian arm will lose $1 billion ($716 million US) in revenue every year with the loss of the Commodore clone. Holden has been counting on 30,000 annual exports to the US and 70,000 worldwide exports. GM spent $77 million to upgrade the Port Elizabeth plant to build left-hand drive vehicles, and the plant received $6.9 million in loans from the Australian government to make the project happen

Even though the G8 has generally been considered an excellent vehicle by the press and enthusiasts alike, it hasn't sold well in the US. About half of the 25,000 G8s shipped Stateside have yet to leave the dealer lot. The collapse of auto sales in the US have a lot to do with that, but we'd add that marketing efforts of the G8 have been less than stellar as well. It's hard to buy a G8 when you don't know it exists. March was a bright spot for the G8, though, as nearly 3,000 models were sold; the vehicle's best month ever.

One possibility for the G8 that could save Holden a lot of money while saving an excellent RWD sedan from extinction would be to convert it into a Chevy. The Commodore already dons the Chevy bow-tie in some markets, and we're sure US dealers would welcome a RWD sedan into its showrooms.

[Source: News AU]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm always confused when I see things about the GTO and G8 saying they had to spend a lot of money to make the Holdens left hand drive...

      Problem is... even in the article it's mentioned... in the Middle East you could go buy a 4 door Chevrolet Lumina SS, which was a 4 door GTO... same thing with the new body style... and they're already left hand drive.

      They also sell a left hand drive Caprice there that was a rebadged Holden.

      So don't belive the BS about having to retool for the US market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any chance Chevy could also develop this to recapture some lost police car market share?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't matter............. Obumer killed the G8 with the new upcoming save the world gas mileage requirements Thank god for our leader ???
        • 6 Years Ago
        we needed the standards, europe and japan have plenty of performance with their higher standards, why not us? we're smarter after all :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Mr. Oak

        Apparently his cabinet post, jusdging from your reply, is the same one you held during the Bush administration. Pot meet Kettle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dear Comrade Oaks
        I made the biggest mistake because I voted for Mr Obama
        Who do you think made the USA as great as it is ?????????????
        I think we did very well for the last 200+yrs with the system we have
        Now is not the time to DUMB down this country which is well on it's way of going.
        GWB didn't cause these problems.... people like you caused most of the problems with liberal, socialistic, weak ideas
        • 6 Years Ago
        HJC2: You had to know that I was going to call you on this. Exactly what is your cabinet post in the "Blame Obama" movement?

        The reason the G8 is not selling, if for exactly the same reason the entire industry saw a 30+% drop in sales across the board.

        Get over it, the election is over you lost. The truth is, CAPITALISTS thieves and GOP ideological zealots are what killed the G8. They stole America's wealth, while GWB and his gang of thugs stood lookout and drove the get away car (probably a G8).
        • 6 Years Ago
        1) Obama's final mpg requirements were lower than those proposed by Bush

        2) They're still pretty low standards. It shouldn't be difficult for any automaker to meet them
      • 6 Years Ago
      why isn't the G8 used in gov't applications (eg. cop car) like the charger? that would certainly boost sales.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not for nothing, I know the G8 is suppose to be a great car, but it's ugly, sorry don't mean to offend anyone, but when all my friends and I went car shopping, we all agreed it's just plain ugly.

      At the end of the day do you want to be caught driving that car? It can out perform other cars, but most of us care about how the car looks when we are in it. We want to be remembered in our cars not oh what do you drive again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish these reporter would learn the meaning of words .Shutters means to close with wood or steel over the doors and windows. NOT CLOSE down
        • 6 Years Ago
        when you are right YOU are right . My thrid grade eud. knows I an,t going to win this.I gone to SHUT DOWN AND SHUTTER THE WINDOWS
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        what are shutters?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think most of us knew that the writer meant it figuratively and not literally.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's because you're looking at the noun's definition. Look at the transitive verb usage there bud.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Sea Urchin should be deported back to the sea. He can surface again later after he develops a bit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Change those products and make them Chevys. Period.

      If GM is getting rid of Pontiac, then get rid of it and make the rest of the line up Chevrolets.

      Stop this nonsense and get your damn act together.

      What a mess the top brass has made of this company!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh snap! That is really depressing news.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM can't use the G8 as the Impala replacement. The G8 costs significantly more than the current Impala (it IS a true import, after all). Not only that, it's smaller, it weighs more, and it gets worse gas mileage than the current Impala.

      30,000 Chevy-branded G8s exported to the U.S. a year isn't nearly enough to satisfy the demands of both retail and fleet sales (namely, law enforcement) that the current Impala does. It probably wouldn't work if Holden could expand production and export 60,000 cars.

      The current Impala likely causes enough problems for the new Malibu from a price/value standpoint for Chevy shoppers, and ya'll want to throw a third midsize-to-large sedan in the Chevy line? Rebranding the G8 isn't as easy as ya'll want it to be. It's still going to be a niche enthusiast product.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not move the G8 to Buick, give it better interiors and badge it as a Roadmaster?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Slap an Impala badge on the G8 and call it a day. 2 birds, one stone.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was just coming here to type that it would make an excellent Chevelle. I mean, the Charger is a 4-door now too.

        And for some reason it just feels like a Chevelle to me. And it's mid-size.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And the best part of that strategy...the G8 ST becomes a ready-made El Camino!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The loss of the G8 is difficult for enthusiasts,"----Is that why they lined up to buy the car?

        But obviously this car would sell in much bigger numbers if marketed as a Chevy, but doing so would leave Pontiac largly irelevant. Now that we know that Pontiac will be killed it does make sence to sell this great car as a Chevy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or Caprice. Revive Chevelle.
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