Next-Gen Holden Commodore Ute And Wagon Coming To U.S.?

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The future is starting to look very bright for GM’s Australian subsidiary Holden and its much-loved Commodore line of sedans, utes and wagons.

After development of a next-generation Commodore was confirmed recently, Holden was then picked to spearhead the development of two new cars for the Chinese market.

Those two new cars will be based on what GM describes as “global platforms” and are believed to be Chinese versions of the next-generation Holden Commodore and its long-wheelbase variant, the Caprice, both due out around 2016 and likely to be sold in China either as Buicks or Chevrolets.

And on top of all that, there’s speculation that a facelifted version of the Commodore due out next year, or at least the Caprice, will be sold in the U.S. as a Chevrolet SS (short for SuperSport) and even raced in NASCAR.

Assuming the speculation turns out to be accurate, the success of the Australian-built Chevrolet SS in the U.S. market will determine if a successor is launched. Car and Driver reports that GM bosses are already considering launching a successor for the Chevrolet SS based on the next-generation Commodore, but instead of sourcing it from Australia GM would like to build a local version.

Not only would local production avoid the shortfalls of exchange rate fluctuations and shipping costs, a locally-produced Commodore derivative would be more desirable to law enforcement agencies--a vital element for increasing sales. As GM found out with the current Australian-built Chevrolet Caprice PPV, many departments would like the vehicle but are prevented from purchasing it due to its foreign production. 

Additionally, local production would provide GM with the opportunity to launch low volume models like a wagon or ute pickup as it wouldn’t be as risky compared to a full import program as all three variants could be built from the same production line. For this reason, GM is reportedly considering launching locally-built versions of the next-generation Holden Commodore ute and wagon for the U.S. market.

A few years back GM showed off the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck, which was essentially rebadged Commodore ute. The vehicle proved extremely popular with enthusiasts who quickly branded it a modern-day El Camino. Perhaps, one day, the U.S. will have such a vehicle again.

Stay tuned for an update.

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Comments (8)
  1. thumb up

  2. Sweet...

  3. Make a Holden Firebbird. Y not? Chrysler is talking Barracuda.

  4. Really can't believe that GM HQ didn't see the huge potential which is the Commodore ute and it's sister at HSV the Maloo.. am quite certain they will sell like hotcakes over there compared to the sedan/sports wagon version.

  5. GM-H have been talking up selling the Holden Utes in the USA under the Chevrolet badge for the past 10 years. More in particular since the Monaro began its exports as a re-born Pontiac GTO. So it is nothing new as a option in the USA in that regard

  6. All this is pointing to a possible chance of such an outcome working toward an option of in the future moving production of the Holden (to be sold in Australia as Holden)being manufactured in the USA/Canada by Chevrolet. With the 2016 Commodore base moving to an upgraded platform at a facility in the USA. So don't count out that being in GM's plans in going ahead. If the market for 'Holden Commodore' type vehicles becomes a long term option in the USA (and indeed a Chevrolet based model in NASCAR)

  7. GM, what a bunch of dumb asses they were producing the Pontiac G8 which is the Holden so why couldn't they keep producing the Pontiac G8 and add the Holden Ute SS. That is why the dumb asses almost went out of business.

  8. I have seen these in Australia and are very popular, and very sweet!

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