Soon, local Australian automobile manufacturing will be but a memory. Ford closed its local production down this year and Toyota and General Motors’ Holden follows next year.
Unlike Ford’s Falcon though, Holden is not interested in killing off the Commodore nameplate. Its solution: rebadge the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and ship it in from Europe.
This might be slightly confusing for Australians for the current generation Insignia is sold beside the current Commodore as a Holden.
What might be the most damaging feature is that the Commodore will be switching from rear-wheel-drive to front-wheel-drive. Holden is trying to offset this loss my tailoring the vehicle to Australian-driving tastes, offering all-wheel-drive, and loading it with technology. In fact, Holden calls this the most technologically advanced Holden ever produced.
The body is an exact rebadge of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and that should carry over as well for the next generation Buick Regal. The sleek almost four-door coupe profile will definitely turn some heads.
Two powertrains will be offered including an I4 Turbo and a V6.
We will get more info on the next generation Commodore as it gets closer to launch.