The El Camino isn't approved for production yet, which is said to depend on gas prices. If it's given the greenlight, the ute would launch in the 2013 calendar year. Documents obtained by GMI list the car-truck as "El Camino" under the program code Z2RC.
GM originally announced that it planned to bring the VE Ute to the U.S. as the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck during the 2007 New York Auto Show. U.S.-specific development work, including engineering side airbags to meet federal safety standards, was carried out but the project was cancelled before a single ST made it into showrooms.
The unibody VE Ute rides on GM's Zeta global rear-wheel-drive platform. Zeta underpins a set of new vehicles, including the Holden Commodore and Chevy Camaro.