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Chevrolet El Camino comeback possible - report

 Chevrolet El Camino comeback possible - report
Holden VE Ute - SS V model

Would battle high gas prices

According to a recent report, Chevrolet is considering an El Camino revival.

While nothing has been approved, GM vice president Mark Reuss stated that increasing gas prices has Chevrolet looking at the possibility of offering a lighter, car-based pickup like the Holden Ute. He added, "I've lived in Australia and I've seen where fuel prices are $5 a gallon. Lots of tradesmen will use a ute with a tray on the back to do lots of different things. They don't need the bandwidth of a big pickup truck."

No time frame was given, but it seems likely that GM would wait to launch the model until the redesigned Commodore / Ute is unveiled in 2013 or 2014.

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fusion01
cars of this nature are aging dinosaurs - they're past-tense
May 4, 2011 1:43 pm
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shaahinmt
not the time for such a useless, fuel thirsty garbage. For f*** sake the people who make it call it ute! which probably stands for utter crap.
May 3, 2011 8:02 pm
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Dolomight 74-86
Can we have the FPV Falcon Please?
May 3, 2011 7:58 pm
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shaahinmt
thats a ford!!
May 3, 2011 8:02 pm
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vilivo
As a person currently living in RSA, I can confirm, these ozzies make a MEAN SS of this ute- with the Corvette engine, it outruns Aston Martins... Out-handles them 2... It will make ur toes curl at a price less than that of a Focus RS... That being said, I simply gotta add my Rant- Bokke world title holders again in 2011... watch this space...
May 3, 2011 6:37 pm
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TheSilentKnight
As an Australian, I am glad that we are possibly exporting another of our great cars. I just hope that the Americans don't call it an 'All-American icon' like they did with the Pontiac GTO, which is actually a Holden Monaro. Australia makes the best-value large rear-wheel drive cars and the world needs to know. Our cars are so brilliant that even the American police forces are placing orders for the Holden Caprice ( Australia's S-class rival ) as a replacement for the underpowered and crap-handling Ford Crown Victoria and Chevrolet Impala. If you want a great-value large rear wheel drive car, we Australians can help.
May 2, 2011 11:48 pm
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oziseb
Don't forget that all of GM's Rear-Drive sedans (Camaro, Cadillac CTS-V, Police-Spec Caprice, Pontiac etc.) over the last few years has been based on the Holden Designed VE-Commodore platform. These are now being sold in various markets badged as various GM Brands.
May 3, 2011 11:30 pm
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Dolomight 74-86
If they can sell it with a high-performance TDI, it will sell. Ppl here in NA really care bigtime about the price of gas and that is usually one of the main considerations in buying a car.
May 2, 2011 5:04 pm
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scalafragus
So euh, how did the Chevy SSR sell? Oh yeah, not that well. Looks ok, but it's still a 2 seater.
May 2, 2011 2:19 pm
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Mikeado
Well yeah, there's never been a 4-seater Ute. While the tragically awful SSR flopped, the El Camino of yesteryear did not, and Utes have been selling well (as far as I know) in Australia for years. Plus I know a few people on Jalopnik would love to see it.
May 2, 2011 4:28 pm
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oziseb
Not entirely true, Mikeado, holden did have the Crewman - Long wheelbase version of the Commodore ute - 4door/5seat.
May 2, 2011 7:48 pm
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Pangaea
$5 for a gallon, that's cheap.
May 2, 2011 1:38 pm
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