Update: this is the 2013 Holden VF Commodore.
Let’s face it. The Australians know how to have a better time than we do. Us Americans like to think that everyone drives a Holden Commodore with a V8. When they need to haul groceries, they take the wagon variant. When they need to go out on a Friday night, they take the sedan. And when they have to haul lumber and go drifting at the same time, the Aussies prefer the friendly ‘Ute. And for that, we are envious.
Unfortunately, this awesome concept of transportation may come to a screeching halt. We’ve been told that, due to the constant decline in sales, the Commodore is to be phased out of production at the Adelaide plant by 2016. And if other reports are correct, the line that currently assembles the Commodore will commence production of a new front-wheel-drive crossover, a vehicle for which demand is growing in Oz. Funerals for the Commodore are already being planned, and involve much petrol-burning and tire-shredding (maybe).
Before that all happens, we will at least able to see the VF Commodore in the Western Hemisphere as the upcoming Chevrolet SS, which will have a limited run, and be in limited supply.
We still hope that a successor to the current-generation Commodore and its rear-wheel-drive characteristics is in the cards, perhaps on the Alpha platform. But considering what we’re hearing, the situation appears grim.