THE VE COMMODORE will continue to be exported to the US despite reports of its impending demise, according to former General Motors Vice President of Global Product Development, Bob Lutz.
(After announcing his retirement in February this year, Lutz is to return to the 'New GM' as a product Czar - a role described in a press statement from new GM CEO Fritz Henderson as Vice Chairman for "creative elements of products and customer relationships".)
In a conversation with Automobile Magazine, Lutz appeared to confirm that the Pontiac G8 would find its way into showrooms as a Chevrolet Caprice in the future.
It's encouraging news for Holden Australia, as the curtain was set to fall on the G8 export program, despite its relative success in the US market.
Lutz had this to say of the decision:
"The last time we looked at [the G8], we decided that we would continue to import it as a Chevrolet. It is kind of too good to waste."
The confirmation, if correct, reverses earlier statements from CEO Henderson that the G8 would be killed off in the US with the demise of the Pontiac brand. Henderson commented at the time that he was "not a fan of rebadging".
Lutz reportedly told Automobile Magazine that GM will not let "the car" die and referred to existing export agreements with Holden, noting that the Commodore already sells into export markets as a Chevrolet (predominantly in the Middle East).