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Commodore goes American as a Pontiac


Holden has made it big time, exporting its design technology to the United States in a new high-performance Pontiac, the four-door G8 sports sedan.

The new Pontiac will be built in the United States and will go on sale in 2008. It’s based on Holden’s new VE Commodore SS, and will be sold in V6 and V8 versions.

Holden is General Motors’ world design centre for rear-wheel drive cars, and has developed what GM calls its world rear-wheel drive architecture. The VE architecture – which in a former time was known as a platform – will be used in other non-Holden GM products, notably in the new Chevrolet Camaro which will be sold in both Coupe and Convertible forms.

US General Motors and Pontiac engineers worked with Holden’s to develop the G8. It’s not the first Holden to wear the Pontiac badge. That honour went to the recently-discontinued Monaro which was re-engineered as the Pontiac GTO. It didn’t sell as well as GM expected, hindered probably by the fact that here was a non-US developed vehicle wearing one of America’s most iconic badges, and what’s more was built in Australia and shipped to the USA. We have Pontiac G8 pictures and stories in this week’s Auto Trader magazine.

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