Could The Next Holden Commodore Be The Last?

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New reports coming out of Australia suggest the country’s beloved Holden Commodore may be replaced by a front-wheel drive, globally engineered model after the redesigned ‘VF’ series due in 2014 has run its course.

The suggestion first arose following comments made by Chris Walton, a prominent union official representing one of the country’s biggest engineering groups, spelled doom for the locally developed sedan.

The comments, first published in The Australian Financial Review, stated: "GM Holden has canvassed not continuing to work on new model Commodores beyond [2014]."

In response, Holden has told Drive that the comments contained significant "misinformation" and that no final decision had been made on the future design, engineering and production of the Commodore beyond the VF model.

The Commodore’s closest rival, the Ford Falcon, is expected to be discontinued after the current model and be replaced by the Taurus, in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive layouts, although Ford has neither confirmed nor denied the possibility.

And it’s now likely the Commodore could suffer the same fate. GM’s announcement back in May to move production of the next-generation 2014 Chevrolet Impala to its Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant instead of importing the Commodore almost certainly puts an end to any export hopes for Holden, at least as far as the U.S. is concerned.

The next Impala is expected to ride on a stretched Epsilon II platform, the same front-wheel drive platform which in standard form resides under the Buick Regal and LaCrosse as well as the upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. A stretched Epsilon II platform is expected to underpin the Cadillac XTS, with the big Caddy sedan likely to share much in common with the new Impala, and possibly the Commodore too, now it seems.

As for the upcoming VF Commodore, Holden has confirmed that 100 percent of its engineering and design has been completed in Australia and that the first prototypes have been built and are ready for testing.

The car is expected to ride on a revised version of the current VE model’s rear-wheel drive Zeta platform. The revised platform, possibly dubbed Zeta II, will feature more lightweight aluminum, electronic power steering, and aerodynamic aids similar to what we’ve already seen on cars like the Cruze Eco and upcoming Malibu Eco.
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Comments (6)
  1. it is very disappointed about it will no more RWD layout rival to Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore by 2014. I think GM and Ford are more greedy for US Market. I believe Dodge Charger will winner profit. if you save Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon will become older will head to US next 25 year old.

  2. Sign of the times.. final decision always goes back to GM/HQ in Detroit. Think also their Korean subsidiary is making more progress, cheaper to manage, there's a lot of fresh talent in design/engineering, area is more accessible for that region.

  3. Oh god I hope not. Like I've been saying for years. Build a smaller version, with rear-wheel drive and a base four-cylinder engine. Style it right and price it around 40K. Imagine how many 3-series, IS, Accord Euro buyers they would steal. Holden's biggest mistake was never building the Torana concept.

    The Commodore could remain in a stripped down Omega for families and upmarket Calais and SS for luxury and performance buyers priced around 50-60K. The Caprice could then remain as a 70k option.

    Aussies are paying 40k for front wheel drive Accords, Nissan Maximas and Mazda6s Holden. You deserve to die actually, now that I think of it because of your own stupidity.

  4. Think GM wouldn't allow and doesn't have the finance to get Holden to bring back the Torana, main reason is Vectra/Cruze built with the combined effort of Germany, America and Korea. And we'll also soon have another mid-size American car in the name of Holden Malibu plus Opel as a private outfit will be bringing some of their popular cars to Australia.

  5. It's too late now. Holden had this concept in 2004 and I still remember it at the Sydney Motor Show, and how damn popular it was.

    Holden's biggest mistake was not developing this car alongside the VE Commodore. Built from scratch, Holden's Zeta platform should have been designed as a short wheelbase Torana and long-wheelbase Commodore. Seriously, no one needs the Caprice.

    They kept their heads in the sedan and didn't predict world oil prices were gonna shoot up.

    There is NO mid-size rear-wheel drive sedan in Australia for under $50k. This Torana concept was the car that could have saved Holden.

  6. Sorry, this is the correct link -

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