AUSTRALIAN car maker Holden is preparing to rekindle its short and bitter-sweet export affair with the United States with plans to sell a highperformance version of its next Commodore model, the VF, in North America badged as a Chevrolet.
Greg Tyus, Holden's director of engineering, announced the new export program yesterday, confirming the Australian-made Chevrolet SS will not only go on sale in America late next year, but will also form the basis of Chevrolet's next-generation NASCAR oval racing sedan that will possibly debut at the famous Daytona 500 in February 2014.
Mr Tyus would not be drawn on how many Commodore/Chevrolet SSs would be sold into the US market, but did confirm that only the high-performance variant, currently fitted with a 6.2-litre V8 engine, would be sold.
Similarly, he confirmed that only the four-door sedan would be offered and there were no plans to market utility or station wagon variants.
Mr Tyus would not be drawn on the physical differences between the Holden and Chevrolet pair, confirming only that "the Chevy will get a bow tie". (The Chevrolet "bow tie" is its trademark corporate badge.)
Suggesting that the move to build the left-hand-drive Chevrolet in the same Elizabeth, South Australia, plant that already builds Cruze and Holden Ute highlighted the plant's flexibility, Mr Tyus said Holden had a "great track record" for producing cars for General Motors and the world.
"We can and will continue to pursue profitable export programs," he said.