An Australian publication has reported that General Motors will no longer export Holden Commodores to the Middle East and Brazil as the Chevrolet Lumina sedan starting next year. However, the larger Caprice will continue to be exported to the Middle East for the time being.
While some Australian publications point towards the strengthening Australian dollar as the reason, it’s more plausible to believe that with the introduction of cars like the Camaro and next-generation Malibu into these markets, the Lumina simply got squeezed out. That, and with the seemingly immanent phasing out of The General’s rear-wheel-drive Zeta architecture for the more modern Alpha rear-wheel-drive architecture, the writing was on the wall for a while now. Though chances are it’s a combination of all those things.