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