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Holden to build limited edition run to clear Pontiac parts

North America's loss is about to become Australia's gain. As Pontiac prepares to shut its doors in the USA, and with it the Commodore export program, it has emerged that the Commodore-based Pontiac G8 will be sold in Australia from late this year.

Holden exported approximately 41,000 Commodores as Pontiac G8 sedans between November 2007 and February 2009. A ute version of the Pontiac G8 was due to follow later this year but it was axed along with the rest of the Pontiac brand.

A top secret Holden dealer bulletin obtained by the Carsales Network has revealed that the Pontiac G8 will be sold locally in November and December, with production due to start on November 2.

The move has been designed to clear parts stock that was destined for the now axed Pontiac export program.

There will be sedan, ute and wagon versions in three colours -- black, red and 'voodoo' blue. This means the local Pontiac G8 will be sold in two guises not available in the US (where it was a sedan only), making the ute and wagon particularly rare.

Even though all cars will be based on the Holden Commodore SS V and wear SS V badging they are expected to become collector's items as they will mark an important milestone (and memory) in Holden history: when it last exported cars to the world's biggest car market.

Significantly, the limited edition models will not wear Pontiac badges, but they will get all the other Pontiac parts. The parts include the Pontiac G8 bonnet, front bumper and grille. On sedan models, the lower 'lip' boot spoiler will replace the SS V's high-mount spoiler.

It is unclear how many of each will be made, but dealer contacts have suggested it will be close to 1500 in total, or about 500 of each body style.

Prices of each limited edition model will be $1000 more than a regular SS V. The Holden bulletin outlined to dealers the following:

Pontiac G8 SS-V ute manual $47,490

Pontiac G8 SS-V sedan manual $55,290

Pontiac G8 SS-V wagon manual $57,290

Automatics are likely to be available although they were not mentioned on the price list.

Holden has so far refused to confirm the special model. Holden spokeswoman Kate Lonsdale said: "We are always looking to introduce exciting special edition packs but we haven't announced any special programs just yet."

http://www.carpoint.com.au/news/2009/large...australia-16339

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There will be sedan, ute and wagon versions in three colours -- black, red and 'voodoo' blue. This means the local Pontiac G8 will be sold in two guises not available in the US (where it was a sedan only), making the ute and wagon particularly rare.
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There will be sedan, ute and wagon versions in three colours -- black, red and 'voodoo' blue. This means the local Pontiac G8 will be sold in two guises not available in the US (where it was a sedan only), making the ute and wagon particularly rare.

Well that just sucks, doesn't it? The wagon was the version I most wanted, and would even have settled with a 3.6L V6 equipped model. Thanks Holden, just for sticking it to us Pontiac fans one last time <_<

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So Pontiac finally became a global brand, on its deathbed. I'll bet several members are already checing prices on qantas.com for flights to Australia.

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Excuse me while I get ethnic for a minute:

Ain't that a b*******! That is something. American GM fans get f******ed over one more time for the umpteeth time. Is there some reason GM North America could not have sold these cars here as final Pontiacs?

And This deserves a "Sue Simmons" moment for GM. This one hurts. The wound goes deep. I know you need to get rid of Pontiac parts, but I ask you.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGESbqXLPEA...feature=related

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Camaino did you see this.

Pontiac G8 SS-V ute manual $47,490

They may build it after all. Might check out how much to import one.

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Would love a wagon but they wont be Pontiacs nor 2009's therefore can't inport them for 25 yrs. laws are sooooo stupid :cussing:

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someone want to clean this up and throw it on the front page?

Should be moved to Holden as it is not Pontiac

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Well that just sucks, doesn't it? The wagon was the version I most wanted, and would even have settled with a 3.6L V6 equipped model. Thanks Holden, just for sticking it to us Pontiac fans one last time <_<

It's not Holden's fault. The car would probably be an Epsilon if not for Holden.

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So Pontiac finally became a global brand, on its deathbed. I'll bet several members are already checing prices on qantas.com for flights to Australia.

No, Pontiac isn't global. These will be sold as Holdens.

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No, Pontiac isn't global. These will be sold as Holdens.

My comment was tongue in cheek. Sorry I couldn't express that better. They'll probably be RHD anyway.

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someone want to clean this up and throw it on the front page?

It's up there now.

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Is there some reason GM North America could not have sold these cars here as final Pontiacs?

Yes, quite simply the extreme cost and distraction of resources involved in getting the additional models certified in the US just to sell a few models.

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Would love a wagon but they wont be Pontiacs nor 2009's therefore can't inport them for 25 yrs. laws are sooooo stupid :cussing:

Meh. 25 years will just fly by in a blink. I remember folks waiting for mid-70s Ford Falcons to age 25 years so they could have Mad Max cars.

GM burned me already for the final time. I can live a full, rich life without ever owning an EpII.

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Meh. 25 years will just fly by in a blink. I remember folks waiting for mid-70s Ford Falcons to age 25 years so they could have Mad Max cars.

GM burned me already for the final time. I can live a full, rich life without ever owning an EpII.

You might be able to wait but I'll be 74 at that time

Do you think we might be able to talk the Ozzies into letting Americans into the outback territories to be able buy Holden's I mean the way this country is going. But then again their Gov doesn't like guns :nono:

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