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Drive reports that the Holden VE Commodore SS is set to embark on a new mission overseas. The SS Commodore is set to become the next Pontiac Grand Prix. Converting the Commodore to left hand drive and setting it up to run in the US will cost around GM around $20 Million AUD.

Holden has developed a secret plan to pitch the new VE Commodore SS to its parent General Motors as a Pontiac sports sedan model in the USA.

The future of the plan, which estimates a $20 million cost to legalise the car for North America, could rest on a sample drive by the General Motors board of directors in Detroit early in August.

Offcourse this isn’t the first time Holden has sent over a Local hero for sale in the US. The Monaro was rebadged and sold in the US as the legendary Pontiac GTO. Holden appears rather keen to send the SS Commodore the states even at the.

“If we had available (production) capacity I’d love to take the SS because it would make a great Pontiac. Pontiac is already talking about the fact they want to go rear-wheel-drive. A brand like Pontiac, in my opinion, could take this car and sell it. I think if you talk to anyone at Pontiac they’ll tell you they’d love a rear-wheel-drive performance Grand Prix. But I am not going to over-sell this thing. We are going to send these cars over there and let them speak for themselves.” Holden chairman and managing director Denny Mooney

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  • joshua

    i think it be nice if they took the old Grand prix like a 1997 to 2003 and just make them rear wheel drive and make it with 6 speed standard transmission.
    that would be fine people still love the looks of the old.
    i own a 2000 gtp 4 door its still gets looks ever were i go i have people ask me were i can get won all the time.
    The girls reely like the torque but rear wheel would be better.
    Well if they change the grand prix to this other car i still would buy won.I think that the old grand prix still has some years left in the design .

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/539/holden-commodore-ss-the-pontiac-grand-prix/ Beaulieu James

    I Agree,
    I believe that if gm would just make a rear wheel drive grand prix and keep the look of the 1997 through 2002 model than it would sale. I have own a 79 a 93 a 96 and now a 2002 gtp four door and i have been looked at all and even more in my now gtx 2002 grand prix. I love the grand prix and its heritage and would like nothing more than if gm would convert the grand prix back into a rear wheel drive car again.

  • Tyler

    I also agree. They need to remake the body styles of the 1997-2003. Everyone i know loves them. They are also great cars. They need them back!

  • ben

    i think it is great that holden is selling there cars all around the world

  • RICARDO TAPIA

    I THINK THAT THE NEW LOOK IS THE BEST ONE YET, I ALSO WOULD LOVE FOR IT TO BE REAR WHEEL DRIVE. I HAVE A 2000 GT AND A 2004 GT2 AND THEY BOTH TURN HEADS. I WOULD LOVE IT FOR GM TO CONBINE BOTH CARS AND MAKE ONE OUT OF IT.

  • Elon

    Isn’t the Pontiac line gone.