For anyone familiar with General Motors, this is stating the obvious. The Chevrolet SS sedan will cease production this year and GM has no plans to replace it with anything. That confirmation came from GM North America chief Alan Batey in speaking with Motor Trend and other reports at the Detroit Auto Show.
It’s stating the obvious because the Chevrolet SS is actually a Holden VF Commodore, imported from Australia. The rear-wheel-drive sedan is dying in Australia as GM ends all local production in the island country, and the SS subsequently has to die with it.
The SS has been imported to North America in low numbers, with just over 3,000 of them sold in 2016. It is powered exclusively by a 6.2-liter V-8 and is the spiritual successor to the Pontiac G8 GXP, which died when the brand did back in 2009.
Unlike when the G8 died, there won’t be any lengthy debates about rather or not the Holden Commodore should return to the U.S. market. The 2018 Commodore is actually based on the front-wheel-drive Opel Insignia, which will also be our Buick Regal here in the States.
The death of the Commodore and SS marks the end of the Zeta platform at General Motors, which first launched with the VE Commodore last decade.