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Is the Holden Ute back on for North America?

Posted Dec 7th 2012 7:59PM


When not salivating over the prospect of the forthcoming C7 Corvette, GM Performance enthusiasts are busy speculating over the Chevrolet SS. The Holden Commodore-based performance sedan recently made its debut in NASCAR form, with the production model slated to launch on the weekend of the 2013 Daytona 500. Part of the rumour-mongering for this rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan was talks of North American bound translation of the Holden Ute – also the artist formerly know as the Pontiac G8 ST (pictured).

Australian outlet cites GMAuthorty's findings that General Motors filed to renew its trademark the "El Camino" name. GMAuthority also points to the recent filing of the "Nomad" name, connecting it to speculation that both ute and wagon variants of the SS would follow the sedan.

Holden spokesman Sean Poppitt was rather ambiguous about about the potential for a North American Ute: "We haven't made a decision on the next generation Ute to its presence in export markets outside Australia," said Poppitt, "However there is the free trade agreement between North America and Australia which means we are not precluded from selling Australian-made light commercial vehicles in the North American market."

So, while it is no confirmation of future product, one need only connect the dots, from the groundwork laid by the G8 ST, to the new SS, to this patent filing, and the possibility becomes very real that could see this odd-ball ute on our shores.
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Unfortunately it will also die as did the G8 due to poor sales. I really wanted to buy a G8 especially the GTS spec car, but reality at $1.30 per litre took over and I got an Altima 3.5SE 6 sp. It doesn't have 400+ hp, but I still have my license and it's clean.

December 08 2012 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin McNutt

Yes PLEASE! These things are all over Australia, and they're awesome.

December 08 2012 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply