VF HEADS FOR U.S.

The Com­modore is head­ing back to the US

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Only this time it’s not BS — the next Com­modore looks set to be­come the next Chevro­let SS

tweaked ver­sion of the Holden Caprice. For­mergm Holden pres­i­dent Mark Reuss, now the head ofgm op­er­a­tions in the US and a known fan and sup­porter of the Com­modore, is dodg­ing Cars­guide’s ques­tions on a link be­tween the SS pro­gram and the Com­modore.

Holden chair­man Mike Dev­ereux also re­fuses to com­ment or even ac­knowl­edge the strength­en­ing ru­mours in Amer­ica, which were trig­gered by the an­nounce­ment of a new Nas­car racer for 2013 and then grew stronger with con­fir­ma­tion that a Chevro­let SS is in the prod­uct plan as a 2014 model.

The high-pro­file SS Per­for­mance is ex­pected to take over from the out­go­ing Impala asgm’s Nas­car flag­ship, and the com­pany has al­ready con­firmed the bones of its plans.

‘‘ Team Chevy will be rac­ing a ve­hi­cle based on a new name­plate to the brand’s lineup,’’ says Chevro­let Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles and Mo­tor­sports vice-pres­i­dent Jim Camp­bell. ‘‘ We are keep­ing the wraps on the new car for now and will con­tinue to pre­pare for next sea­son by test­ing cam­ou­flaged ve­hi­cles.’’

Join­ing the dots has been easy for peo­ple close to the Detroit brand.

‘‘ The smart money is bet­ting on a civil­ian ver­sion of the V8-pow­ered, rear-wheel drive Chevro­let Caprice PPV, which Gmim­ports for po­lice fleets from its Holden unit in Australia,’’ says Au­to­mo­tive News re­porter Mark Co­lias.

The big­gest chal­lenge to the po­ten­tial pro­gram is the strength of the Aus­tralian dol­lar, which has al­ready culled Holden’s ex­ports to the Mid­dle East and con­tin­ues to make things tough for the Caprice PPV, which wins sup­port from po­lice of­fi­cers but not their pur­chas­ing bosses.

But the Com­modore has a proven track record in the US, win­ning friends and sales dur­ing the time the VE model was ex­ported with tweaked body­work as the Pon­tiac G8.

Last time: Holden’s pre­vi­ous gift to the US, the 2007 Pon­tiac G8

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