You can mark this date on your calendar as VF Day: February 21, 2013. That's the date of the Daytona 500, and depending on which side of the equator you call home it will also mark the introduction of the Chevrolet SS Performance or Holden VF Commodore. Melbourne, Australia newspaper The Age said that when General Motors decided to launch the 'production' version of its 2013 NASCAR challenger at Daytona, Holden's managing director took a quick survey and then decided to launch the Commodore in Oz on the same day so as not to slight the home team.

We only hope the SS can live up to the expectations being heaped on it, and it is already burdened with the failure of the last Aussie import experiment. The rear-drive, V8 sedan's status as "limited production" should help Chevrolet manage its reception – import numbers have been pegged in the thousands and Holden's managing director said demand would exceed supply – and if it's a typical Holden production we won't have to worry about it being good. Still, seven more months of build-up won't make things easier on it.


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      Duncan1800
      • 2 Years Ago
      In fairness, calling GM's last Aussie import a "failure" is a bit harsh - the Pontiac G8 had its legs cut out from under it, really. Wasn't exactly a failure of the car itself, which most agreed at the time was more than a match for its intended competition.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Duncan1800
        Was just getting ready to reply with basically the same thing. The Pontiac G8 was in no way a "failure". Not only was it just about the best car ever to wear the Pontiac arrowhead badge, but it was likely one of the best GM cars in the States. It was a helluva sedan in GXP form, but because Pontiac was axed, the G8 never got a chance to shine and prove itself over the competition. Though already 4 years old (here in the States), the G8 still stands out and looks fresh among all the larger sedans on the road today. Where GM failed was not immediately swapping grilles and badges on the car (which is all it really would have needed) and selling it from 2009 and on as the Chevy Impala (the current Impala shoulda been axed, or changed to the Caprice, as "Impala" should belong on a car with presence and strength, which the G8 had in spades).
        Locky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Duncan1800
        Thanks Duncan for getting in the trenches with us Aussies and watching our back on this here forum, we did all right with the tiny team of engineers we have down here and not to forget the tiny budget they worked with. At least we where able to send something over to American cousins when Chev had bugger all to offer you locally, I think you owe us a pallet of beer so chuck it on Air Force 1 next time Obama is heading over this way.
        transam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Duncan1800
        I feel the same way. This is just another example of AB showing their biases and blasting GM for no good reason. Maybe the Pontiac GTO of a few years back was less than sucessfull, but the G8 was no GTO.
          mrmopr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @transam
          I live in Saudi... The Chevy CSV-8 AKA G-8 is very popular as is is base model the Chevy Caprice... These cars run circles around the competition and would be a sure hit back in the US. Wait until the cops get the new Caprice model and word will spread quick
      magus47
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ha Ha Ha Ha They are going to introduce it at the Daytona 500. What a joke. As all the bodys are the same you could paint one up as a Mack truck. As for UNDER the body there is not ONE piece, not one rivet, screw or fastener that can be found on any Chevy, Ford, Dogde, or Toyota that can be bought in a show room. NASCAR should have the NAME taken away from them. They have simply become so LAZY and GREEDY that there is NOTHING stock about these cars at ALL, except maybe the name.
        bkoster2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @magus47
        I'm sure you're right on all counts....which makes it perfectly sensible to change the name ........to NAZcar. They're doing their best to run it like a Nazi operation....might as well go along with it in name too.
        Brandon S
        • 2 Years Ago
        @magus47
        While you might be correct with the current look and construction of NASCAR Sprint Cup Cars, you fail to realize that this introduction, as well as Dodge's already introduced Charger, Ford's Fusion, and Toyota's entry are all being changed to fit the safety and aerodynamic needs of NASCAR, but go back to the actual look and somewhat similar production of the showroom models. They are not perfect, but given what its come to, and what they need to be able to produce on track. I would say NASCAR is listening to you and headed in the right direction. See Links Below... Dodge: http://www.jayski.com/teams/dodge.htm Toyota: http://www.jayski.com/teams/toyota.htm Ford: http://www.jayski.com/teams/ford.htm
          Brandon S
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brandon S
          And btw...it's the motors that matter and it's the motors that are true to manufacturer. Who the hell cares if it looks exactly like the street car? Kyle Busch (Mr. Toyota) has blow motors three weeks in a row. Has Chevy or Ford had the same level of misfortune? No....Manufacturers have an effect on the sport and people who actually watch and care can see that. Those that don't try and justify their criticism and not being fans by speaking without knowing.
      deankelly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring back the El Camino!
        HAT1701D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @deankelly
        They almost did. It was based on the new GTO a few years ago. If the GTO sales would have gone better the introduction MIGHT have happened. It didn't. http://www.blog.automotiveaddicts.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/holden-ve-ute.jpg
      mrmopr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own a 2006 Pontiac GTO ( Holden) 2 door 6speed manual, LS2 and rear wheel drive. This a blast to drive and the Aussies did it right regardless of the poor marketing and failure of GM to make it successful in the US
      arenadood
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASCAR offers worldwide advertising for auto makers with their sponsorships for the teams. I understand the cars they actually race are cookie cutters, but there are many other divisions of NASCAR that race actual stock cars with safety modifications only.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a G8 as a daily driver and it was a great car .I'd be willing to bet that this SS sedan is going to be a whole lot better car than the G8 since it has been several years since the G8 was discontinued and this is the next generation of that car .
      Robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASCAR should change its name to National Association of Same Car Auto Racing
      Wayne Halladey
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a pile of crap. What does GM think they are doing? Being taken over by China and importing Aussie junk? What a joke. Bring back the late 60's muscle cars. At least they had personality.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        stangfivel
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hey, ignoramus, Chevy SS is Super Sport. This had been a well known fact for more than half a century.
          switzarch
          • 2 Years Ago
          @stangfivel
          You are right, these kids, don't know what they're missing. In the pre WWII days, Jaguar had the SS 100, which was their performance car.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      fd138
      • 2 Years Ago
      Government Motors............Give me a Pony Car anytime
      bak5332
      • 2 Years Ago
      When are the college graduates that run GM or any of these other companies going to learn...not everyone wants a 4 door? Does it look sporty? NO WTF....come on people, give us a choice. Maybe that will bring the people back to your overpriced showrooms. Colors....boring. Style....yawn....looks like everyone else. Engines....peddle Barney, peddle. GM....what do you people do all day.
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