sedan on its way back to the States as the
, we were hoping that the El Camino-like, two-seat
wouldn't be far behind (after all, the halfbreed was supposed to be offered here as the
Pontiac G8 Sport Truck
offed the brand altogether). Unfortunately, however, the Aussies have been informed that the Ute falls under our light commercial tariff rate of 35 percent – roughly three times the rate on passenger vehicle imports.
"We were hopeful at one stage, we thought we might be able to duck in under it, but it was ruled out,"
executive director Richard Phillips tells the
. "With the dollar where it is, exports can only be pursued that are niche... and profitable in this environment."