The Pontiac G8 seems to be exactly what the American public is yearning for - a rear-drive sedan with great looks, a V8 option, and an affordable price tag. One Autoblog staff member, who shall not be named, may even border on obsessed with the total package that is the G8. The potential demand of the G8 could very easily approach that of the Charger, which sold over 114,000 vehicles in 2006. There is one problem, however. At this this time, GM is only planning on delivering between 30,000 and 50,000 G8s from Australia. Supply could potentially fall well short of demand, creating price premiums at dealerships. Between GM, the dealers, and customers, only the dealers win there.
If the G8 were the only Zeta-based RWD vehicle slated to be built, Holden would have to pick up production somehow. With the Camaro and Impala coming online in the next couple years, however, a shift to North American production seems to make a lot of sense. Luckily for customers here in the US, GM decided to start sending G8s over from the outback in 2008 instead of waiting for a North American plant to be ready at a later date. Only one year until we can finally stop saying that we wish GM would give us great products like the Commodore here in the US.
Follow the jump to check out the Autoblog video of the G8 unveiling in Chicago