General Motors’ Australia division Holden has built its last Chevrolet SS. The company has announced the last batch of cars to be exported to the U.S. market, marking a permanent end to the rear-wheel-drive sedan here in North America.
Holden has been producing the SS sedan since the 2014 model year. Based on the Commodore, the SS sedan served as a low volume performance sedan within the Chevrolet portfolio. Prior to the SS, the Commodore was sold in the U.S. as the Pontiac G8 sedan. Since the export program started, Holden says it shipped just under 13,000 copies of the SS to North America.
Unlike the G8, which had three engine options, the SS has been offered exclusively with GM’s 6.2-liter LS3 V-8.
In addition to ceasing SS sedan production, production of the Chevrolet Caprice PPV has also ended. The Caprice has been sold on the U.S. market exclusively to fleet customers for police and law enforcement duty. Holden has sent over 7,300 Caprices since Chevy began offering it in 2013.
The end for both sedans comes as no surprise. In 2013 GM announced plans to shutter its Australian manufacturing plant in 2017. Here it is in 2017 and the Holden Commodore is ceasing production later this year, taking the Chevrolet SS and Caprice along with it.
Subsequently, the days of a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet sedan are ending as well.