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by George Skentzos

Following four months of Pontiac G8 sales in the United States, Holden has expanded its exports plans to Canada – the first time the company has undertaken a major export program to the country.

The Pontiac G8 and V8-powered G8 GT models are on sale now through dealers across Canada – meaning our humble Commodore is now driven on roads in the USA, Canada, the Middle East, Brazil, South Africa and the UK.

Canadians have apparently welcomed the arrival of the Pontiac G8 with open arms following US sales in March of this year.

“Initial media coverage from the recent Canadian G8 launch event has been highly positive,” said Tony LaRocca, manager of product communications at GM of Canada.

Unfortunately for them however, the US flagship LS3-powered GXP model will not be included in the Canadian model line-up.

“We expected the powerful GT model to be popular and that was definitely the case, but we’re particularly pleased with the high praise for the fun, yet fuel-efficient V6 model which will represent the majority of our volume.”

The VE Commodore derived G8 is also maintaining strong sales in the US, with the average time on a dealer’s lot standing at just 27.6 days – making it one of the top selling models in GM’s range.

“The Pontiac G8 is currently the most powerful vehicle for the dollar in the US. It is faster 0-60mph than a BMW 5 series and has greater horsepower. This makes it a fantastic proposition for drivers looking for style and substance that isn’t going to break the bank.”

Currently over $532 million has been spent upgrading the HSV plant in South Australia, while GM Holden remains the country’s largest private spender on R&D with $2bn invested over the past 7 years.