As General Motors further globalizes its engineering practices and eliminates redundant engines and platforms, a few niche architectures will be up for review, one of which is the Zeta platform. This platform is the beloved Australian-developed rear-wheel-drive architecture that currently underpins the Holden VE Commodore family, the Chevrolet Camaro and soon-to-be Chevrolet SS sedan and VF Commodore. This platform is also rigid, heavy, and fairly old. And with the popular Camaro expected to convert to the more lithe, flexible and modern architecture of GM’s new Alpha rear-wheel-drive platform for its sixth-generation, a business case for the Zeta seems to be shrinking.
Enter Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux, who recently addressed members of the Australian media as to what they can expect from the brand going forward. One of them was not the Zeta.
“We’re gonna use a global architecture and the Zeta is not a global architecture,” Devereux said regarding a successor to the Commodore beyond the late 2016/early 2017 calender years. With plans being so confidential, he wouldn’t go beyond that hint, but did say that the Commodore name is and has been a household name in Australia. Whether or not that encompasses its rear-wheel-drive characteristics or not is another mystery.
The GM Authority Take
Without even outright saying anything, there are a few takeaways we can piece together here: Zeta’s days are numbered. But Alpha is indeed a global architecture and the obvious replacement, should the Commodore remain a rear-wheel-drive vehicle for the years to come. We don’t see why it shouldn’t.