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LHD Holden Commodore Testing In Oz, Is It The 2014 Chevy SS?

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UPDATE: The 2014 Chevrolet SS has been confirmed as the VF Holden Commodore. Click here for all the details.

A prototype for the facelifted ‘VF’ Holden Commodore has been spotted testing in Australia ahead of its local launch pegged for early next year.

While it’s normal for Holden to test vehicles on public roads in Australia, a close inspection of an image of the prototype that was posted on CarsGuide reveals that Holden engineers are testing a left-hand drive model.

With Australia being a right-hand drive market, the engineers are clearly testing a model for export.

Holden does export left-hand drive versions of the Commodore to markets such as the Middle-East, where they are sold as Chevrolet Luminas like the one pictured above, but according to one of the people that saw the prototype, Holden was testing it alongside a Dodge Charger which is only sold in North America.  

GM has confirmed that it plans to launch a new nameplate for its Chevrolet brand next year, a nameplate that it will also use as the replacement for the Impala in NASCAR. Many have suggested that the new nameplate will be for an American version of the Holden Commodore sedan, a car previously sold in the States as the Pontiac G8, and a slip on GM’s own OnStar vehicle compatibility guide in April revealed that a new model dubbed the “SS Performance” will be joining Chevy’s lineup for the 2014 model year.  

Thus, the upcoming VF Holden Commodore is expected to be sold in the U.S. as a 2014 Chevy SS, in limited numbers and positioned as the bowtie brand’s performance flagship. It will most likely debut with the same 426-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Camaro SS, a vehicle with which it shares a platform. If sales prove successful, there’s a chance that GM may even start production of the car’s successor in North America, paving the way for even more variants to be launched such as a utility and wagon.

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  1. I had a look at the Oz story and it looks like a right-hand driver.
     
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  2. There are two images on the CarsGuide website. The main shot up top clearly has the steering wheel on the left-hand side of the vehicle. You can just see the top of the wheel through the window. The person who took the shot also states that it was a left-hand drive model.
     
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  3. Awesome sports sedan. But does Chevy need another gas guzzling muscle car now?
     
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  4. If the reports turn out to be true, the Commodore will likely be offered in limited numbers. It would cater to performance fans not interested in fuel economy and would help link the car's NASCAR performance with the Chevy brand much more so than the Impala of recent years.
     
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  5. It is a step closer to Holden Commodore production coming to an end in Australia. Of beyond 2015 all Holden Commodore based vehicles are likely to be manufactured in North America and therefore imported by Australia. These US import Commodore look alikes on an updated platform exported from North America will see an end to production of cars in Australia by Holden within the next few years
     
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  6. That's not actually true Chris. The recent combined investment of $1 billion by GM and the Australian government has secured the manufacture of two separate models for Holden in Australia in the second half of the decade.
     
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  7. this will be the Commodore (and its variations) and the Cruze (and its variations)
     
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