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Holden Commodore = Pontiac G8 CONFIRMED

Old 01-09-2007, 01:46 AM
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Holden Commodore = Pontiac G8 CONFIRMED

Amidst all the auto goodness today, I can see why this might have fallen through the cracks:

"We are seriously planning to import a lot of Commodore SS sedans as Pontiac G8s," product development chief Bob Lutz told Australia's Drive today at the Detroit auto show, adding that the company could sell 50,000 G8s per year. "We are yet to officially announce it," he said.
http://www.leftlanenews.com/2007/01/...wd-pontiac-g8/
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Old 01-09-2007, 02:29 AM
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Oh please oh please oh please do not ruin the looks of this car! Just leave it how it is.. Don't force the Pontiac nose on it. Don't make the hood scoops manditory. Don't put those nasty thin multispoke rims on it.. Just take what they have and make it left hand drive, okay?

Maybe I'm just overreacting a bit.. I did just finish looking at that g6 gxp right beforehand..
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THAT is excellent news! HMMM, might have to buy a "practical car" before the Camaro and this would certainly fit the bill!
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Damn GM and their alpha numeric name bading. That **** has to stop.
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Damn GM and their alpha numeric name bading. That **** has to stop.
Not if it sells!!

And just think, doesn't Z/28 have a nice "alpha-numeric" ring to it??

I'm looking forward to seeing this "new" Pontiac!! It should (hopefully) become quite a contender against the currently successful Charger / Magnum / 300C line-up .
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Old 01-09-2007, 05:23 AM
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I hope it gets here soon. And I hope it doesn't cost C$50,000.
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When do you all think we'll see a concept? Chicago?
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:12 AM
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When do you all think we'll see a concept? Chicago?
That is my guess. BTW didn't everyone here catch that a few spy photos were taken in AUS of a possible Commodore mule? It was basically a Commodore with a different rear C panel, it was more Statesman like.
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I hope it gets here soon. And I hope it doesn't cost C$50,000.
Amen to that - both points.

I agree about the G6 GXP nose point - that's just too much split grille to look at. I think Pontiac erred on that one. The standard G6 grille looks so much better.
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According to this article......

Australia's favourite car will be exported across the Pacific from 2008 to join the Pontiac line-up with General Motors in a $1.5 billion deal.

As many as 50,000 cars a year will be shipped.

The SS Commodore will be called the Pontiac G8, and will be priced in the mid-$25,000 range.

It will get some minor cosmetic and safety changes for US motorists.

..... mid 25,000US hopefully isn't being overly optimistic at this point and if so hopefully won't translate into 50,000Cdn in order for us to get one. If there's a Pontiac on the horizon that has my attention (and based soley on my impressions of the Commodore), it's this one and is likely the only one to keep me from a Camaro or Zeta Impala.

As to the when we'll hear more question...

But he (Lutz) said full details would be revealed next month at the Chicago Auto Show.
The entire article is here

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Old 01-09-2007, 07:49 AM
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..... mid 25,000US hopefully isn't being overly optimistic at this point and if so hopefully won't translate into 50,000Cdn in order for us to get one. [/URL]
I honestly don't see how they can sell the V8 version for under USD 30k, especially when an Impala SS is already $29k. I would guess USD 35k, which, knowing how GM Canada loves to bend us Canucks over on any car that hints at fun, would be at least CAD 45k.

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If there's a Pontiac on the horizon that has my attention (and based soley on my impressions of the Commodore), it's this one and is likely the only one to keep me from a Camaro or Zeta Impala.
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This could be the only new GM car for the next 2-3 years, period, that appeals to me. Although I have to admit the CTS turned out better than I expected (and an aftermarket mesh grille might be what the doctor ordered to fix its ungainly mug).
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50,000 per year is alot of capacity for Holden to devote to Pontiac. Can Holden sustain that amount?
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Good news for Pontiac.
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Oh please oh please oh please do not ruin the looks of this car! Just leave it how it is.. Don't force the Pontiac nose on it. Don't make the hood scoops manditory. Don't put those nasty thin multispoke rims on it.. Just take what they have and make it left hand drive, okay?

Maybe I'm just overreacting a bit.. I did just finish looking at that g6 gxp right beforehand..
I agree.
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Put me down for one

As I still own my Trans Am and most likely will never sell it, another 2 door coupe probably doesn't make sense, especially with a little one on the way in a few months. I will definitely buy one of the G8's, four doors, manual, nice trunk, plenty of room for the car seat in the back!! Can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm with the rest of you, don't fudge up the look and make it look bland. Keep it as true to the current styling as possible. They need to keep it as close to $30k as possible. I am guessing the options will be limited as most will come pretty loaded, fine by me.
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