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post #11 of 41 Old 11-03-2015, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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That looks like a Pontiac ute of some kind. Not sure i have seen one of those ever. Did it ever actually exist?



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It's a concept vehicle. We are all hoping that Hyundai HQ gives the green light to build it and sell in the US.
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It's a concept vehicle. We are all hoping that Hyundai HQ gives the green light to build it and sell in the US.
Umm, it's a Pontiac though...



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I found it! GM Pontiac G8. I think.
The Santa Cruz looks better anyways when comparing concept designs.
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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..
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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..

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The 2010 G8 Sport Truck was very much going to production - and then the bankruptcy happened in 2009 and Pontiac got the ax.

It was based on the Australian Holden Commodore Ute which is the truck version of the Commodore family which also includes a sedan and wagon. We get the sedan in the US as the Chevy SS.

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That sucks, one the plus side, there will be guys who want it bad enough to import one, which brings to mind Hennessey Performance... if there's any shop that will import and tune one... it will be them.
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Only vehicles that have been certified for use here can be registered and driven so a it can't be legally imported. (Well it could, but you have to wait until a car is 25 years old to import it). You would have to buy a Chevy SS and import the Ute body and swap the components.
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That sucks.
Going to be a lot of work to make that swap happen, sounds like something SEMA build worthy... too bad SEMA just passed, maybe next year?
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Only ute style vehicles except the el camino that I have heard of actually selling have been in australia.



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