• Nov 20, 2010
Holden VE Series II Commodore - Click above for high-res image gallery

A fountain of tears was shed when the Pontiac G8 sedans bit the dust along with their parent brand. The Poncho-fied Holden Commodore was one of our favorite rides - particularly in its delicious, LS3-powered GXP guise with a six-speed stick. As you know, Holden is once again ready to export Zeta-based sedans to the U.S. in the form of the new long-wheelbase Chevy Caprice police cruisers, but civilian variants are not part of the program. This brings us to the latest scuttlebutt published by Drive.com.au, which reports that a new export agreement to send standard-wheelbase Holden VE Commodores back stateside as Chevrolets may be on the horizon.

Drive quotes General Motors engineer Al Oppenheiser as confirming that negotiations are indeed underway, while a second unnamed GM source told the website that it's a done deal. A Holden spokesman told Drive that in terms of exports, the focus is presently on the Caprice PPV, but added that other deals are being pursued. There's good reason to be hopeful. GM North America President Mark Reuss was the boss at Holden in 2008 and 2009, and clearly knows just how good the product is.

The G8 won widespread praise during its brief tenure, and the lack of a legit sport sedan is a glaring hole in Chevy's otherwise comprehensive lineup. It's also important to remember that thanks to the Pontiac G8, most of the development to federalize the Aussie four-door has already been done. It would likely not take much to get the current VE Series II sedan ready for a U.S. encore. Hell, if it actually happens, maybe this time GM could even go through with the ute introduction, too. Naming the Chevy version would be a snap, after all.

Fingers crossed, everybody. Thanks to TriShield for the heads-up!



[Source: Drive.com.au]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wagon+stick that's not some butt hurt bait for dealers and they have my money. I've got a G8GT. When the dealer wanted me to pay $45K for the GXP just to get a stick I laughed in his face.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here in Dubai l own the previous generation Chevy Lumina (Commodore) SS, the VZ model.
      Puts a grin on my face every time l drive it, which is not too often.
      And yes if it was called the Daewoo TURDSTORM, l would still have bought it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes do it - even BETTER than G8 - since I hope it will not have those ugly, stupid, fake hood scoops fo the G8. Save the flash for the big fat ugly tasteless white-belt stylin' SUVs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if Ford will ever do a sports sedan (and no, The Taurus SHO doesn't really count - I'm talking about RWD, V8, and a proper gearbox).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Im trying to find out what the possibilities are to bring an FPV GT-P Boss 302 into the states because seems like Ford doesnt give a cent for its fans, all they offer is Mustangs, yeah I love them.. but that's it? is that all Ford has to offer as far as Sport vehicles? Taurus is just a stupid understanding of a sport sedan, and Focus doesnt even count. Its totally upsetting the fact what GMC brought the Commodore to the US and Ford didnt do anything about it. I dont know where is Ford's workers heads at honestly. What about Corvette ?? Ford never released a Vette's competition. I wish I could slap Ford's president in the face man.
        Oh by the way this sunday we have supercars at 5pm on speed channel. The championship is about to end and Winterbottom is 2nd at just a few points from 1st. which btw is a Holden.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't J Mays say something about the 2014 Mustang being different?
        It'd be awesome to see a Mustang based sedan along with the coupe.

        A reverse Falcon-Mustang of the 1st gen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The latest FPV GT-P in Aus has the BOSS 335 engine, Supercharged Mustang 5.0. Listen to it in this video review.

        http://www.caradvice.com.au/91737/fpv-gt-p-review-video/
        • 4 Years Ago
        They better not make a 4dr Mustang, but a 4 door Falcon on a Mustang platform would be fine by me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John P: Please

        "A 4 door Falcon on a Mustang platform would be fine by me."

        Why would you replace a platform with a multi-link IRS with a sub-standard one with a live-axle?

        How about Ford base the next Mustang on the Falcon platform? It's not like they haven't done that before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear GM,

      El Camino.

      Please.

      KThx.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well Australia does have the Commodore Ute and Sportwagon, so while possible, its unlikely that either will make the jump here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SPLOOSH!
      • 4 Years Ago
      YES YES YES please by the gods YES!
      If I hear even one hushed whisper of a response from a GM exec saying "We dont do rebadging" I shall kick their arse and drag them to a GMC dealership and yell in their ear "THEN WHAT IS THIS!".
      The G8 was a great car everyone loved it but GM didnt help Pontiac market properly. Showing spots of it just on Speed Channel is not considered advertising. If this is brought back it will be a major win for all car nuts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about Bel-Air?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually would like that. It sounds better than Caprice and it create less controversy than Chevelle. I would prefer they fix Impala more than anything, but Bel-Air would be nice too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh boy, here we go again... I really do hope they bring this car here in the USA. Name it the Impala. If they do bring it here, I hope they do it right. Full power seats, nav system, no Atari 2600 digital instruments later turned into cheesey/useless cubby storage and no stupid bright "PASSENGER AIRBAG ON/OFF" light on the rearview mirror. It would be nice too if they use a little bit more high strength steel to help make the car lighter. Like I said, I really do hope they bring it here. I'll be in the market to buy a new car soon and if they do it right, I'd seriously consider buying one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They should take the current Series II VE Commodore in all its forms (including the SS with either the manual transmission or the automatic where you can move the gear lever to the side and then sequentially select gears) and do the minimum necessary to make it legal in the USA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is very cool news. I don't know why, but I always liked the Pontiac spec G8 more then the Holden version. Might be for the fact that the pontiac version looks more aggressive then the Holden. Both are great vehicles though!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pleeeeease let this be true. The G8 was such a fantastic car, it deserves another chance to be sold in the US. Maybe this time around it will be more appreciated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see the economics of importing a Holden built car to America. The Aussie dollar has firmed to around PAR with the US Dollar so the cost basis of importing this car (OK engine from the USA) just doesn't work!
      On top of that while the Holden/Pontic G8 GT was a super car is was somewhat "heavy" and didn't get that great gas mileage. MONEY needs to be thorwn at a development program which would lighten the chassis by using lighter steels etc. B4 Chevy rolls out this car that development program HAS to be undertaken.This would ONLY be economic if the chassis were to be used in another 4 door dean. Cadillac?

      Also while the G8 ONLY got the 260HP V6 that would need to become the 300+ engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, I'm glad Holden also is active in the new plan for a entry-line globalized for GM. Very unfortunately global Chevrolet is not Opel anymore, but it seems the Chevy RWD sedans will be task for Holden, at least good stuff at the sedans range under Chevrolet brand...
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