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Visually the OP’s pic presents as a VE Series ll Holden SS Ute; the sportier Maloo variant belong to the different brand-name division of HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) wherein GM-Holden was a part owner, along with Walkinshaw.

HSV Maloo R8, note the extensive factory body kit including extended sail panel cap, rear brake ducts etc
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Apparently there are (were?) a few US-based companies importing various models of Holden from Oz and converting to L/H/D, including wagons, previous (GTO type) etc.

Hesitant to impose a Doug video, but if you can stand him..

The best thing about Holden Utes is they drive and perform like an actual car, because essentially they are one.

Personal opinion but I consider the Holden front clip (as in the OP photo) more attractive and design-sympathetic with the VE horizontal letterbox-type grille emphasising the low & wide, rather than that narrower and taller look of the vertically oriented Pontiac G8 beaver teeth.
 

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Blame the chicken tax for you guys not getting the ute. It made it totally uneconomic.
Remember the most publicly promoted selling point from the ‘pro FTA with the USA’ brigade was to elimination their protectionist chicken tax? Which as the headlines shouted, this would finally allow us unfettered export of our dinkum Aussie Holden Utes to the land of the free, considerably improving our balance of trade!

The timing was perfect, apparently. But we all know how it worked out for us mugs. Turns out all those Murdoch newspapers were singing the wrong tune, again! Our pre-FTA surplus quickly degenerated into another trade deficit, fancy that?
 
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