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I'm in the middle of organising importing the G8 ST/Holden Ute to USA.

I have a few questions.

It will be hard to keep to Manufacturer prices and I need to see if it's feasable.
1) The G8 ST would be more than likely be imported as a Holden SS Ute. Still with the holden front clip, would this be a problem?

2)What price would you be willing to pay for one of these?

I will post on various forums to get feed back and do a feasablilty on this.

Let me know your thoughts.

Lindsey
 

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Make sure you post on Ls1tech...bunch of guys were really into these from what I gathered.
 

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It does not meet federal crash requirements.
It is RHD.
 

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You can drive RHD vehicles in the US can't you? What about all the R34 skylines and **** runnin around
 

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I guess it can be done, but its going to cost a fortune.
 

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This is funny because I had a dream last night that I seen three of them on a dealer lot. I dont understand why eithe,r because although I think there awesome, it was'nt something that I would have purchased anytime soon.
 

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It does not meet federal crash requirements.
It is RHD.
there are plenty of RHD vehicles that meet DOT import standards. I was stationed in England before coming to Baltimore and this was an issue that we were always looking into.

I don't have it anymore, but there's actually a big list that the DoT puts out listing what vehicle models and years are legal for import to the US.
 

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this would be great i been tryint to figure out a way and if it was possible to import a ute from aus.. i like the holden badging myself .....id pay up to 35,000 since thats just about what my g8 cost but heck that doesnt mean if the price was a lil higher i probably wouldnt mind ...just pls let us know ill trade my girlfriends g6 convertable in and gets her n i a ute .
 

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We will not send over a Right Hand Drive Vehicle, that would make the vehicle too marginalised (although cheaper).

Trust me you wouldn't want to be hoping into the wrong side of a vehicle everyday.
 

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We will not send over a Right Hand Drive Vehicle, that would make the vehicle too marginalised (although cheaper).

Trust me you wouldn't want to be hoping into the wrong side of a vehicle everyday.
Speak for yourself, the majority of the ST lovers here wouldnt care! :wink2:
 

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there are plenty of RHD vehicles that meet DOT import standards. I was stationed in England before coming to Baltimore and this was an issue that we were always looking into.

I don't have it anymore, but there's actually a big list that the DoT puts out listing what vehicle models and years are legal for import to the US.
RHD has nothing to do with DOT... hell there were some Jeeps for sale at my local dealership 18 months ago that were brand new and RHD... just included it as it was an inconvenience.

The main problem i see with DOT is that the front bumper on the holden doesd not meet crash test standards (I belive the same reason that the GTO was not sold in Canada)...

Maybe you can find a way around that rule... maybe there is a way to get a license to import them with a limited run... or you can do like superperformance and sell them with no engine and tranny as a kit car...

I would love a Ute with either nose... but I am not paying more than 35K for one, and without Big Daddy GM to create ecomomies of scale I do not see that price happening.
 

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"The main problem i see with DOT is that the front bumper on the holden doesd not meet crash test standards (I belive the same reason that the GTO was not sold in Canada)..."

That is correct, the GTO was not available in Canada and you could not import them from the US due to the bumper rules up here. Also the 2008 G8 was not sold in Canada for the same reason. I heard the reason they could sell the 2009 G8 in Canada was because they relaxed the Canadian bumper law to be more like the US. I cannot confirm that though.

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Biggest issue IMHO is Warranty Work
As part of the laws for bringing in such a vehicle the Importer has to provide a warranty, there are "Insurance type" companies that specialise in this for Registered Importers.
I haven't got all the details on the cover as yet but from what I understand it is as per factory warranty but doesn't have to be done at a dealership.
Some companies have workshops that are registered with them to do the work other companies have policies that any workshop can do the work.
This is one area that has to be finalised but rest assured it will have warranty.
 

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I'm in the middle of organising importing the G8 ST/Holden Ute to USA.

I have a few questions.

It will be hard to keep to Manufacturer prices and I need to see if it's feasable.
1) The G8 ST would be more than likely be imported as a Holden SS Ute. Still with the holden front clip, would this be a problem?

2)What price would you be willing to pay for one of these?

I will post on various forums to get feed back and do a feasablilty on this.

Let me know your thoughts.

Lindsey
1) The Holden front clip wouldn't bother me one bit. If necessary, I'm sure that there is a way to swap the bumpers & Styrofoam pieces over to G8 specs. The painted part that we see is a bumper cover.
2) The maximum that I could justify for one would be $35K USD. That's in the ballpark as what Pontiac would have sold them for. If you could import them for less, I'd be even happier.
3) If it is deemed as feasible, how long do you think it may take to start importing them?
4) Is there a website for you/your company to show that you are a legitimate business & not a con artist.
5) You state that you are in Australia. Wouldn't that be "exporting" for you? :gr_jest:

It does not meet federal crash requirements.
It is RHD.
The vehicle will be converted to Left Hand Drive and will meet all federal requirements.
Same as the G8 Sedan already does.
Took the words right out of my mouth. Plus, see #1 posted in my previous reply.

Speak for yourself, the majority of the ST lovers here wouldnt care! :wink2:
Honestly, I wouldn't. I couldn't go through the drive-thrus anymore, but who cares. Plus, it'd be funny to see the looks on people's faces when they see someone driving on the wrong side of the car/truck. :huh::err::sneaky::eyetwitch:

The main problem i see with DOT is that the front bumper on the holden doesd not meet crash test standards (I belive the same reason that the GTO was not sold in Canada).
Maybe you can find a way around that rule.
Let's see what info he can find out.
 

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The lack of 08 G8's for Canada was not due to not meeting the bumper standard wit hthe design as there is no difference between a 08 and 09 up front - it has to do wit ha cutoff date for submission for the testing up north. Miss it and you have to wait.

The vehicle must meet all applicable DOT rules, it cannot be brought in as Australian-spec. That's the issue where Euro-spec Mercedes were coming in that exceeded US standards but still were considered gray market and Daimler basically by themselves exerted enough weight to halt the process. GM could say, no Holdens, so what we really have is a custom operation buying off the floor Holden Utes, performing conversions and certifications, slapping a warranty on it as well as a name nobody else is using. Hmmm, Firebird :wink2:

$35-40k has to be the max to consider competing with the similar vehicle in Chrysler's profitability plan (reading between the lines)

I like the idea of a kit ute. Rolling chassis less engine/transmission and a few other tidbits, qualifies as low volume.

Ship it with Holden front end and I bet half of them end up as G8 front while that many G8s get transformed back into Holdens
 

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Maybe I could become a rural mail carrier and the RHD would come in handy. :D

I'm afraid this would be too cost prohibitive for me. Now if I win that Lotto.........
 

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1) The Holden front clip wouldn't bother me one bit. If necessary, I'm sure that there is a way to swap the bumpers & Styrofoam pieces over to G8 specs. The painted part that we see is a bumper cover.
2) The maximum that I could justify for one would be $35K USD. That's in the ballpark as what Pontiac would have sold them for. If you could import them for less, I'd be even happier.
3) If it is deemed as feasible, how long do you think it may take to start importing them?
4) Is there a website for you/your company to show that you are a legitimate business & not a con artist.
5) You state that you are in Australia. Wouldn't that be "exporting" for you? :gr_jest:
1) If we keep the front treatment as per Holden, it keeps the price down.
2) Lots to workout yet as far as selling price, just wanted to know where the comfort margin sits at, to help workout once we have a price if we still have a market.
3)If it's a goer we will have them over there as soon as possible, hopefully this year.
4) You can do a company search http://www.search.asic.gov.au/gns001.html Our Australian company is called, Genetically Modified Conversions, we currently Import to Australia, Chev Trucks (C1500,C2500,C3500), comply & convert to Right Hand Drive. We haven't established a USA company yet, waiting to find out if it's worth doing yet.
Also there wont be any "con artist" stuff, you don't pay for anything untill the vehicle is landed and plated.
5) Yeh, that would be exporting but it made more sense to title the thread that way.
 
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