Holden has taken their Commodore sedan and applied the old utility treatment to it. They chopped out the sedan from the B-pillars back and gave it a little truck bed. Adding a perfect accent to the ute back is some aggressive fascia and side skirts. The standard VE version comes with a 241-hp 3.6 liter V6 matted with four-speed automatic transmission or a 261-hp when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. Ofcourse, Holden did not stop there as they are pairing the VE ute with the SS treatment.
The SS-V version of the Holden ute has GM’s 6.0 liter V8 engine that is putting out 362-hp. So my question is do the Australian’s really need another modified sedan with a high-powered engine? Is the TRD Aurion sedan with its supercharged V6 putting out 329-hp not enough? What is it in the Australian air that gives the Aussie designers the grit to build such aggressive sedans and car ute’s? And what is it going to take to get such style over here?
The Holden Commodore will be coming to America as the Pontiac G8. But will it arrive with the SS fascia emblazoned across the Commodore ute? Will GM give the G8 the Chevy Malibu effect or will they move forward like the new Cadillac CTS? That may seem a long string of questions but the long line of cars with bland designs and uninspired performance gives credence to much uncertainty and low expectations. While the G8 will be here in 2008 do not expect Holden’s little utility truck to arrive state-side any time soon.
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