Originally Posted by Cruizin
Originally Posted by Colin
That looks like a Pontiac ute of some kind. Not sure i have seen one of those ever. Did it ever actually exist?
yes, it was a ute with the g8 front end, and gm only ever showed it as a concept-- so production-wise it never existed.. but there is a place to get them from.. the conversion is supposed to be about $30k with a salvage title donor car..
Left Hand Utes USA
i found out about it when that pontiac concept was at the chicago auto show in 2008. and i've been digging for info ever since..
since the 4th gen(2004) pontiac gto, it and the g8 were both produced by gm's austrailian division-- Holden. their version is called the commodore, and they produced identical versions of the gto and g8 for the aussie market(with different badging of course) with one exception. a ute. gm makes a ute down there under the commodore namesake(they also make it for the south america market under the chevy lumina ss name, both are rhd though, so importation is more difficult), and for the concept, converted a holden to lhd, slapped a pontiac front end on it, and shipped it up here.
the concept never took off, but many of us got hooked anyways...
ford also makes a ute down there under the falcon namesake, the falcon is body-on-frame where the commodore is unibody, so the falcon is more of a workhorse where the commodore is more of a play truck.
there's also the chevy montana/tornado(market difference) or opel corsa utility-- same truck, different names for different markets..
if the santa cruz turns out to be as big as the ridgeline, i'm off to the classifieds for an old elcamino, or lefthandutes for a more modern version..