Holden started to build the Pontiac G8
Holden has started to roll out the G8 model off its production line which is good news for people eagerly-waiting the car to hit the showrooms. 620 vehicles will be built everyday and about half of it will leave the Australian soil.
GM has been very precautions with the G8 saloon as it expects to sell roughly 50,000 cars per year. If there is not enough demand for it, the manufacturer will be able to shift production from the US to other markets where the Holden Commodore is sold. The saloon is labelled Chevrolet in Middle East, Vauxhall on our shores and Daewoo in Korea.
In the US, the saloon will be available with a choice of two petrol engines, a 257bhp 3.6-litre V6 unit for the entry-level and a 357bhp V8 6.0-litre engine. The small engine is associated with a five speed automatic gearbox while the bigger unit gets a six speed automatic transmission. The V8 adopts the Active Fuel Management system which “turns off“ half of the cylinders under light-load conditions to improve fuel economy.