With Holden’s Australian manufacturing on the wind-down, production of future models appear to be in a state of flux. Even the future of the brand itself is uncertain, despite affirmations that “Holden is here to stay.” And while previous reports have indicated that some future Holden models may come from China, such as the next-generation Commodore, Car & Driver points to the 2017 Commodore being built in North America alongside the next-generation Chevrolet SS.
It seems like less of a PR nightmare to bring Holden vehicles from the United States and Canada compared to the notion of importing cars into Australia from China. This would also mean the Commodore could stay rear wheel drive, instead of adopting GM’s upcoming front-wheel-drive E2xx platform.
However, Car & Driver bases that this could happen with GM’s next-generation Zeta architecture. But considering the capabilities of the Alpha platform, and the transition of the Chevy Camaro from Zeta to Alpha come the sixth-generation model, we’re not so sure the Zeta II platform is even in the cards. We aim to clarify the situation, so stay tuned for an update.