“It should be right at home on the roads and farms of the US,” writes the Herald Sun in Australia, “but tariffs and the strong Australian dollar could prevent the Commodore Ute following the sedan as an export.”
It’s more the chicken tax than exchange rates what derails hopes of U.S. success of the Holden Commodore Ute. The new VF Commodore sedan will be exported to the U.S., where it will arrive as a Chevrolet SS. The Ute will stay at home.
Holden’s SA corporate affairs manager, Sean Poppitt said the Ute was “not a serious option under the tariff regime”.
“The tariff triples when you go from Commodore to Ute. It’s under a light commercial heading, so it’s a 35 per cent tariff,” he said. TTAC commenters say Poppitt and the Herald Sun should consult the customs tables.