General Motors has confirmed that the Australia’s Holden Commodore sedan will be exported to the US and sold as the Pontiac G8. The announcement was made by GM’s product chief Bob Lutz at the Detroit Auto Show who stated that "we [GM] are seriously planning to import a lot of Commodore SS sedans as Pontiac G8s," Mr Lutz said, adding that up to 50,000 units could be exported annually by Holden if the pricing’s right.
Holden’s previous export program to the US, which saw 40,000 V8 GTO coupes arrive to US, indicated to GM that the Australian subsidiary was capable of a full export program. The Pontiac G8 will be based on the Commodore SS-V, a V8- powered sports sedan with a 360hp (270kW) 6.0L V8 and RWD.
Holden is also developing the new Camaro, which is based on the VE platform. Benefiting from this development, the advanced architecture of the Camaro will eventually filter down across the VE range.