More evidence has surfaced indicating the next Holden Commodore will ditch its rear wheel drive layout and V8 engine offerings in favor of a more global, front wheel drive architecture.
According to a report from News.com.au, a once-confidential report by an expert adviser to the South Australian government regarding Holden’s manufacturing future says the company will not have a rear wheel drive car beyond 2016, or 2018 at the latest. That’s not to say that a RWD vehicle could be imported from somewhere else, however.
That said, the automaker has said it will cease operations in the country if it does not receive further funding from the federal government, though is reportedly already preparing to re-tool the Elizabeth plant for future products.
If the funding is approved and Holden continues to make cars between 2016 and 2022, it will be the first time since the brand’s flagship vehicle in 1948 that it will be front-wheel-drive.