The Holden VE Commodore was previously exported to the United States as a Pontiac G8 with a V6 and V8 engine. However, that program ceased when General Motors went through bankruptcy and Pontiac was killed off as a result. Ever since, many G8 fans have asked the Detroit automaker to bring back the rear-wheel-drive sedan under another brand.
Reports now suggest that the Commodore is set to come back to life with a Chevrolet badge (something we’ve heard many times before). Senior engineer for General Motors, Al Oppenheiser, confirmed to Drive at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show that negotiations are under way to sell the Commodore in North America as a Chevrolet sports sedan.
“We are definitely looking at that, although we have made no official announcement as yet,” Oppenheiser said. “We are definitely looking at doing something with Holden for the retail market.”
A separate source said that the export deal had been improved.
“What we are looking at is bridging a gap in the performance sedan market that was vacated by the Pontiac G8,” Oppenheiser said. “With no Pontiac, the obvious performance brand is Chevrolet.
– By: Omar Rana