Holden Commodore Again Rumored to Come Here, Should it?

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The Holden Commodore-based Pontiac G8 was sadly discontinued in the United States when it General Motors shuttered the Pontiac brand in 2009. Now, just a few years later, the rear-wheel-drive Australian-made sedan is rumored to return again in the coming years as a Chevrolet.

We reported last fall that GM was in talks on bringing the Commodore back to the States, and now the saga continues: enthusiast website GM Inside News is suggesting Chevrolet is considering the U.S. return of the Commodore. However, now halfway through its lifecycle, the Commodore wouldn't make its way back to the States until the next-generation model is released -- likely in 2013 or 2014. Possibly more exciting though, is that GM is reportedly tossing around the idea of bringing three variants here. Aside from the standard sedan, wagon and pickup variations are also being considered for our market according to the site.

Since this isn't the first time the Commodore has been reported to make its Stateside comeback as a consumer model, we thought a call to GM was in order. Remaining coy surrounding the report, GM spokesman Michael Albano had this to say: "We have a very strong lineup and have no plans to expand it in the near future." He went on to remind us that Chevrolet is very satisfied with the early success of its Cruze, and is looking forward to its forthcoming Sonic launch.

Just weeks from its U.S. debut, the Chevrolet Caprice police patrol vehicle resides on a stretched version of the same Zeta platform underpinning the Commodore. The Caprice PPV marks the return of Holden-built products to the United States, but for the time being it is unavailable for civilian use.

While Chevrolet has a good handle on the small-cars segment here in the U.S., would you like to see it bring the RWD Commodore as a new offering in its larger models? Do you think wagon and truck variants of the model would sell here?

Bring it back to the states with the 3.6DI, six speed auto, and a couple of the PPV brake and suspension upgrades, and GM would have a hot ticket.
I was extremely depressed that GM killed Pontiac in '09. I've written a letter to GM about it and am on the second after a disappointing response. The G8 would've saved Pontiac if they would've had it on the market a little longer. Being only 14 and not knowing how it drives, I know a lot about it, and it was a VERY CAPABLE sport sedan. BRING THE COMMODORE HERE!!!!!!!! The Brits get a Vauxhall version which got on their market like last year (I think), so bring the Chevy version quicker!! Please!! It doesn't matter if it's half way through it's lifecycle, bring it Stateside!!! FAST!!! While you're at it, replace the aging Impala with it!!!!
Zaphod Beeblebrox
As someone who owns two 2009 G8's, a GT and a GXP, my answer is a resounding "hell yeah".
As the owner of an "08 G8, i vote a resounding YES! Looks great, drives great, ample room for five adults. What's not to love? Bring it back, but be sure to keep the V8 variants.
Sure, bring it back as an Impala sedan, sports sedan and sports wagon with REAR WHEEL DRIVE! Then there would be some healthy competition between Dodge and Chevy. Let PHORD continue on its merry front wheel drive way.

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