What? Bob Lutz Says If Holden Ute Does Comes To US Shores, It Won't
Be An El Camino
By: Mike Levine Posted:
08-25-07 02:17 PT
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sure what could be worse? Writing a letter to Santa about why you really,
really deserve a new Magna BMX freestyle bike and never hearing back.
Or gleefully opening a response from jolly old St. Nick only to have
it read, "The
elves know you've been wanting a freestyle bike, but if they build
it for you it's not going to be a BMX!"
pretty much what happened to GM
Inside News member MonaroSS when he
dropped an e-mail to Mr. Claus himself at GM, Bob Lutz, after reading
about the new Holden
VE Ute family unveiled last week down under.
wrote to Mr. Lutz, "Hope the new Ute gets a more Chevy look if
it goes Stateside, and Mr. Lutz wrote back, "Well, that's
what we want to do, but it won't be a Chevrolet!"
pickup fans have been hoping GM might resurrect
the El Camino using the same Zeta rear-wheel-drive platform the
Holden Ute shares with the upcoming 2009 Chevy Camaro.
this note from Mr. Lutz has seemingly put coal in the stockings of
Chevy El Camino fans, speculation has turned to which other GM brands,
like Pontiac or GMC, might be rewarded with a car-based pickup.
sell a twin to the El Camino, called the Caballero,
but Pontiac also had its own very brief fling with a car-based pickup
in 1959 - the same year the El Camino debuted.
were thought to have been built, and one of those was used as parts
hauler around the factory. Jay Leno has an El Catalina in his collection,
but it was custom built from a stock four-door Catalina sedan.
new G8 sedan will be based on Holden's Commodore, another Zeta car,
it's not too far fetched to think Pontiac could have the inside track
in GM's internal race for an American ute.
is potentially disappointing news for El Camino fans, but maybe if
we're all extra good this year we'll get the ute we've been waiting
way, in researching this story, did you know that Target sells a Boys'
Escalade Bike for $299? Yikes!).
to learn more about the history of utility-class pickups? Check out
our look back at these car-based haulers.