The gossiping nellies of the car world (i.e., ours truly) have already speculated on a new ute (i.e., El Camino) based on the Holden VE Commodore (i.e., Pontiac G8) coming to the US on the back of GM's spate of rear-drive models. Oh right. Said spate, chairman Lutz said last week, has been kiboshed by pending higher fleet-mileage standards by the EPA. That means we're probably not getting the VE-based ute — above, wearing the gingham tablecloth — caught by a spy shooter down under. Hold out hope for that Ford Ranchero.

Holden VE Ute Spyshot [Caradvice (AU)]

Holy Smokey Burnout! GM To Suspend RWD Plans, Wait For Washington To Remove Thumb; Over the Back Fence: More on the New El Camino [internal]