With the Holden VF Commodore’s extinction and replacement planned for 2017, Australians had been understandably anxious regarding where their next rear-wheel-drive, V8 fix from the General would come from.
That is, right up until an anonymous, high-ranking General Motors executive spoke to automotive news site Motoring.com.au at SEMA 2014, and revealed that not only would the Commodore not have a V8-powered successor, but also that the Chevrolet Camaro will never be offered as a right-hand-drive model.
The latter piece of news only appeals to Americans’ capacity for empathy, as (obviously) the Chevrolet Camaro will continue to be sold between our shores for the foreseeable future. But the former – that the Holden Commodore has no planned V8 successor – comes as a disappointing shock, as the current, wonderful Chevrolet SS performance sedan is simply a badge engineered Holden Commodore.
The Chevrolet SS also notably serves as the face of General Motors in NASCAR.
It was previously speculated that General Motors would begin to sell the Chevrolet Camaro as a RHD model in Australia starting in 2016, with the introduction of the sixth-generation car. But, while that door has not been definitively closed, the chances of that possibility seem dismally slim.
We can’t help but wonder if General Motors is making a grievous error ceasing the sale of all rear-wheel-drive V8 models in Australia – the country who gave the motoring world the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series of touring car races. It may come to pass that many Australian motoring enthusiasts abandon Holden for Ford, which is discontinuing the Falcon in 2016, but will continue to offer an (uncontested) RHD Mustang.