• Sep 17, 2009
Stop us if you've heard this one. GM's Australian-based arm is looking to send its Holden Commodore to the United States. Right, um, that's the Pontiac G8, right? Actually, no, it's dead. And it may not be a Chevy either, depending on how you read the report from drive.com.au, which quotes GM chief Fritz Henderson as saying, "We've been working on a package for police applications. I just think that's going to work. We're pretty optimistic about it and that product will be sourced in Australia."

We'll put in an unsolicited vote for sending the cars to the U.S. exactly as they roll off the assembly line in Oz, complete with a Holden crest on the front fascia. Why fix what isn't broken? One thing is for certain: Unless you happen to wear a badge and drive around in a black-and-white Crown Vic for your day job, you probably won't have access to one of the Australian sedans, which, as you surely know by now, is a downright shame.

We're sure that police officers in the United States and Canada will appreciate another modern V8-powered, rear-wheel drive sedan platform just as much as anyone else, but we still wish The General was able to find a way to keep this vehicle in American showrooms and available to the public.

[Source: drive.com.au]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      GM. Can't get anything right. Available, then not available,could be not sure maybe like we are working on it at some point in the future.
      Wonder why they went broke?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is just another Lutzian flight of fancy. The G8 is dead, dead, dead. It isn't coming over here as anything else.

      You really think Obama would allow Government Motors to build such a politically incorrect car? Ha!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You tied your tinfoil hat too tight.

        The only ways Obama is exercising any control over GM's product lineup are through proposed legislation: 1) CAFE, and 2) greenhouse standards. He has nothing to do with the lack of a G8.

        I shout it over and over, but none of you listen:

        THE G8 WAS UNPROFITABLE.

        It sold for much less than the Holdens do in Australia, it ended up going out at significant discounts here, and it's expensive to build and import.

        To sell the Camaro profitably at similar prices, they had to cheap out on the interior, even though the Camaro is built in North America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to believe it would be best to import it with the "Pontiac" pieces so as to maximize the availability of those parts long term, especially since when these vehicles reach the end of their service life, they will be - as they are now - sold to the civilian market stripped of their police specific equipment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those Pontiac parts have already been repurposed at HSV for their new lineup. Holden has had plans to use those extra parts ever since it's been known that Pontiac was on it's way out.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Does a cop need 300hp to go 50 in a 35, changing lanes without signaling, driving with one hand, talking to his mistress on the cell, while converging on the buffet?

      In my town they sure do.

      They'd be just fine in cheap, mid-size front-drivers, especially since every force demands one car/cop...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Er straight off the production line wouldn't quite work, you guys all drive on the wrong side of the road. Here in NZ our cops don't even get the V8, but the V6's we do get seem to do the job fine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      chevy quit playing about making the G-8 the new caprice/impala you havent had rear-drive V-8 since 1997 dont youwant to make mony,dont you want the people to have this car what are you afraid of that it might sell well and put back on top again? even hyundai has a rear-drive sedan.Chevy will you stop shooting yourselves in the foot
      • 5 Years Ago
      [piss place="pants"]
      SW...SWE...SWEET!
      [/piss]
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they were smart they would manufacture the car in North America.
      By making it in the US, they can make it cheaper than it cost when it was made in Australia and fully imported.

      They could sell a base version for the civilian market (fleets, taxis etc included), a cop spec version with the same cop spec bits the police have on their Commodores here in Australia and a HSV-esque upmarket version with extra bits on it for the enthusiasts.

      If they did it right (and marketed it right) they could capture a very large chunk of the market currently occupied by the obsolete Ford Crown Victoria including taxis and cop cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      'roo bars FTW
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahaha My favorite feature in an Aussie car
      • 5 Years Ago
      So no civilian versions anyway?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Again?? come on don't just say it will come it will come or maybe you wish it come to US. gosh must be some Pontiac hardcore fan boys wishing this car to come to US. OH PLEASE don't do NATO (No action talk only) Sick and tired looking at posting Holden G8 so good and how come Govt motor killed the whole brand? come on ppl wake up and move forward..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe while they're at it, they can import some new police decal design schemes to go with it. Anyone feel that the ones some of our locales use just look like they've given up?

      (sorry I'm a designer, I had to.)
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