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?