We can now add a rendering and a litte more gossip to General Motors and its recent patenting of the of the "SS" designation. GM has used the SS designator for more than 50 years but only got around to trademarking it five years ago, and persistent rumors have suggested that a civilian version of the Chevrolet Caprice PPV will simply be called the SS.

Chevrolet previously confirmed that its next NASCAR entry will be both a new vehicle and new nameplate, which suggests that the Malibu and Impala are disqualified. But a new car called the SS would fit, and the rumormill suggests it will be a derivative of the Zeta-platform Holden Commodore. The folks at Chris Doane Automotive have opened the rendering account and taken this rather conservative stab at what a reboot of a U.S. Commodore might look like.

Yes, we've been here before, and in fact, we're still here. The now extinct but universally lauded Pontiac G8 was itself a Americanized Holden Commodore, and the current Caprice law enforcement vehicle is a long-wheelbase version of that Holden that packs either a 3.6-liter, 301-horsepower V6 or a 6.0-liter, 355-hp V8. Resurrecting the G8 would return a vehicle that many loved but was handicapped by Pontiac's zombie status, improve Holden's fortunes and give Chevy a proper rear-wheel drive sedan with teeth. To all of that, we say Yes, Yes and... Yes.


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      Dennis Baskov
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks lame. Hopefully if the G8 will be resurrected through this platform, it will look more like a G8. Not this boring prev gen Chevy Malibu look.
      Luke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks way too 'happy' and not nearly 'aggressive' enough to bear the SS moniker.
        kcroc10077
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke
        It looks boring and ho-hum. They need to add some Holden GTS aggressiveness to it.
      prez29
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own a G8, one of the best Pontiacs (or Holdens) ever marketed here. I don't care where it was made. It was the closest Pontiac would ever get to the 5 series BMW, for $30,000. less. What great performance for a great price, a wonderful drive. I change cars every 2 to 3 years. I've had my G8 for almost 3 years, and have no intention of selling it. I, and a lot of other Pontiac enthusiasts, was REALLY pissed when GM voluntarily or involuntarily deep-sixed this iconic brand. There are plenty of guys on the G8 forums and others who would be willing to shell out for the next generation G8. It makes me sick to see the G8 diminished to a generic looking freaking Chevy. If the car's coming here, GM should show some marketing smarts and bring it back as a G8, appeasing the Pontiac loyalists and others who KNOW that the G8's life was cut way too short. As far as I'm concerned, since they axed Pontiac after complaining about low sales generated by re-badged garbage models (G3, G5, Aztec) because their bean counters stifled REAL Pontiac performance-designed cars, they have some ass kissing to do. I vote with my wallet, and I won't be back until THEY show some loyalty to those Pontiac enthusiasts who gave their dollars to them for some great cars over the years.
        Rr778
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prez29
        Love the g8, but it is a generic looking general motors product.
        Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prez29
        I couldn't have agreed with what you said more. The G8 was an awesome car. I had left GM for a Ford Fusion due to some quality issues with my 2005 Pontiac Sunfire just before the G8 was released but as soon as I saw the G8, I could not wait until my newly purchased car was paid down enough to trade it in on a G8 with a manual. I could tell after first seeing it that that car was very special and I couldn't wait to own one. I believe at the time, Pontiac was the 3rd highest volume brand in the US. Buick was forgotten about except for in the Geritol aisle in the grocery story. Unfortunately, the Chinese loved Buick and apparently GM hated to sell customers in the US decent cars with lower markups as they always said that they did not make enough money on the sale of Pontiacs. I think that these two things sealed the deal. I do think that the spirit of Pontiac is still around but GM is no longer at the helm of it, Kia is. Kia did a very wise thing and took advantage of all of GM's burning of their Pontiac loyalist and began making their cars exciting and very driver enthusiast-oriented, just as Pontiacs had been. I have fallen in love with the new Optima. It really seems to have the spirit of Pontiac.
      zackwatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh Please, Oh Please, Oh Please!!! Release it, and then I can order the body panels from Australia and have my own HSV Grange! Or better yet...Keep the HSV Grange look and all I have to do is switch the badges!
      withsixappeal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously? Are you guys that dumb? You do not patent a name designation. And the trademark file was for the stylized "SS" logo on the Camaro! GM did not trademark the name "SS," it trademarked the way it is stylized! It has nothing to do with this. Stop making garbage up.
      l9t8z
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice try but no dice. The new RWD chevy sedan is on the next gen VF platform commodore sized. This is simply somebodies photoshop of the current caprice cop car based off the new impala design.
      FormerHPB
      • 2 Years Ago
      They better not have it look like this. This car will blend right in with the camry and accords on the road. Definitely not the looks I want. My 09 G8 looks WAY better than this car. I'm still getting looks and people asking what kind of car it is 3 years after I bought it. This car will only generate yawns in the looks department. Horrible. Absolutely horrible.
      Benny90
      • 2 Years Ago
      People, this is NOT, I repeat NOT what it is going to look like. This is the current generation Commodore/PPV. When the SS comes out it will use the next generation platform! The picture is really annoying in that all it is is a colored and rewheeled Commodore/PPV press photo chop and in no way gives us any idea of what the SS will actually look like.
      Dani
      • 2 Years Ago
      This came out back in 06, as a holden model and it was a very attractive car. the grill was much better looking than this.
      l9t8z
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont know why everyone is bashing GM. GM had nothing to do with this photoshopped pic. I dont even understand why autoblog would post this because its wrong .
      kmrk
      • 2 Years Ago
      "rendered speculation" enough said fortunately
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not swaggerific enough. Looks too milquetoast. I would hope Chevy would put some bang in the looks department. I still don't know why Chevy doesn't sell this is a civvy version in the US.
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