A performance model is sold in limited numbers in the U.K. as the Vauxhall VXR8 but Opel managing director Hand Demant is keen to see the car sold as a new Opel flagship and is currently testing the luxury V6 Calais model. The car would essentially replace the Omega, which was dropped back in 2003.
One major sticking point is a lack of a diesel option. Though GM has an excellent 2.9L V6 diesel, Demant explained that investment and validation costs have ruled out any chance of the Commodore getting the oil-burner.
Another option would be to use Cadillac’s new CTS as a basis for a new flagship as we reported earlier. However, since that car will be sold in Europe as well, going with the Commodore would be a better solution.