Holden confirmed North America as the VE Commodore’s first port of call on an export world tour that will include the Middle East, South Africa and China, first revealed by drive.com.au yesterday.
Holden boss Denny Mooney announced North American export plans for the Australian-made VE Commodore as part of a deal with General Motors’ Pontiac brand that is said to be worth as much as $1 billion annually to Australia’s largest automotive manufacturer.
The export vehicle will be built in left-hand drive at Holden’s Elizabeth manufacturing facility in South Australia and sold in the United States as a Pontiac G8 . Two versions will be exported, one with a 3.6-litre V6 engine and a second, more powerful model with a 6.0-litre V8.
"This export program confirms VE Commodore is a vehicle designed and engineered to appeal to both local and overseas markets," Denny Mooney, the chairman and managing director of GM Holden said. "It highlights [that] a car developed in Australia can be introduced in the United States, the Middle East and South Africa."