When not salivating over the prospect of the forthcoming C7 Corvette, GM Performance enthusiasts are busy speculating over the Chevrolet SS. The Holden Commodore-based performance sedan recently made its debut in NASCAR form, with the production model slated to launch on the weekend of the 2013 Daytona 500. Part of the rumor-mongering for this rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan was talks of US-bound translation of the Holden Ute – also the artist formerly know as the Pontiac G8 ST (pictured).

Australian outlet Adelaidenow.com cites GM Authority's findings that General Motors filed to renew its trademark the "El Camino" name. GM Authority also points to the recent filing of the "Nomad" name, connecting it to speculation that both ute and wagon variants of the SS would follow the sedan.

Holden spokesman Sean Poppitt was rather ambiguous about about the potential for a US Ute: "We haven't made a decision on the next generation Ute to its presence in export markets outside Australia," said Poppitt, "However there is the free trade agreement between the US and Australia which means we are not precluded from selling Australian-made light commercial vehicles in the US market."

So, while it is no confirmation of future product, one need only connect the dots, from the groundwork laid by the G8 ST, to the new SS, to this patent filing, and the possibility becomes very real that we could finally get the ute for which we've been pining on our shores.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      How is this idea worse than anything else you've done... just do it!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      a wagon version, "nomad" would be so sick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring over the Nomad (with a manual)!
        • 2 Years Ago
        A Commodore based Chevy SS wagon branded as a Nomad would be completely fantastic. I would be willing to save my pennies up to potentially buy such a vehicle.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they sell it in the states so the internet can actually witness the difference between: OMG!!! I would totally want that!!! T'would be awesome!!! --AND-- What your punk-ass buys in reality.
        • 2 Years Ago
        True on so many levels. I've seen that time and time again. People bitch about something that isn't available, until it is, then they take themselves and their money into hiding. I've even seen it on much cheaper products such as aftermarket car parts. Part X isn't available for a certain car. People constantly complain they can't get this part for their vehicle. Finally, aftermarket parts company comes and offers to make said aftermarket performance part if they get say 10 people to commit. Cue cricket noises.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a bloody good vehicle, versatile, looks sweet, Sheila's love it and your mates will be envious. You know you want it and here in Oz it is iconic, the 'ol Aussie ute...it's a ripper
      Marty Owings
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, It was ALMOST here and they killed off Pontiac. This just needs to happen! I would love a V6 version to replace my 96 S-10 ZQ8, if it ever dies, which it won't.
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should hammer for this thing. With little pickups falling by the wayside fast, a car based ute is making more sense here than ever for a full-size pickup alternative. The Commodore based G8 was a very nice car, a Maloo based El Camino (?) would certainly be a riot. There are people who like having a bed but don't need to tow the space shuttle or blast through a mud pit in slow motion as all the proper pickups are advertised to do. Utes are wildly succesful in Australia and for good reason, they're a great marriage of small pickup practicality with the driving dynamics of a car. The big V8 version that can moonlight as a drift machine ain't half bad either...
      • 2 Years Ago
      *pulls sunglasses down* holy mother of god.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog, you told us in August that the Ute falls under the chicken tax. "Unfortunately, however, the Aussies have been informed that the Ute falls under our light commercial tariff rate of 35 percent" http://www.autoblog.com/2012/08/21/high-tarriffs-curb-resurgent-u-s-hopes-for-holden-ute/ There is no way they're going to sell the Ute in the US if they have to pay the chicken tax on it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the idea of a modern Elky and wagon version. I like the Holden platforms but when they get here they seem to be expensive and manual transmissions are held out of the more basic models. I am looking at you G8. When the G8 came out, I would have had one until I learned a manual could not be had on the GT V8 version. Nope, have to pony up for the GXP to get the manual. Even when they were giving away the auto V8s I was not even tempted.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Elky? I've heard a lot of car jargon, but not that one!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Americans complaining that this ute isn't big enough for their needs, while Australians get everything done just fine. Perhaps you yanks need to drop your obsession with size.
        Eddy A
        • 2 Years Ago
        I read your comment in an Australian accent.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do it. Doitdoitdoit. I want a Maloo so very badly. I'd even take a Maloo over a Falcon Ute, and I'm a big Ford fanboy. If you bring over an LS3 manual Ute, I will almost certainly buy one. the only reason I wouldn't is because I was buying an SS wagon (or a Falcon wagon if Ford wises up).
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