Holden New Zealand’s managing director Jeff McMurray said he has already shown the car that will replace the current VF Commodore to dealers in the country, The New Zealand Herald reports. General Motors announced last year it would cease its production operations in Australia from 2017, putting an end to the Australian-made Commodore sedan.
The new sedan will be an existing product from Opel Europe or GM US’ product lineup. McMurray wouldn’t say which model it will be, but added it was one of the three large sedans available overseas. The Commodore replacement will also be available in both sedan and station wagon variants. To us, the most likely candidate for replacing the Commodore is the Opel Insignia.
McMurray also said the new model may keep the Commodore name. Some Holden fans want the Commodore nameplate to stick around, while others feel it doesn’t belong on a non-rear-wheel drive car that isn’t built in Australia. Holden says a decision in regards to whether or not the Commodore name will stay be made in “in six to eight months”.