Unlike North America, the Australian and Oceanic markets have their fair share of diesel cars. But one of them is not the Holden Commodore. And there are no plans for one, as the VF Series was simply not designed with diesel in mind. Having the ability to be the most powerful vehicle produced in Australia, on the other hand, is a different story.
“One of the restraints of diesel (in the Commodore) is that it has had to meet a strict set of criteria including a cost-benefit analysis, and the result of that has always been that the cost of doing diesel is always too big,” said Holden program engineering manager Andrew Holmes to GoAuto.
Keep that in mind at all times when asking yourself why there is or isn’t a diesel variant of a vehicle. But to fill the void of a diesel, Holden is offering a diesel engine in the recently-launched Malibu.