With Holden beginning its transition into a sales brand and relinquishing its manufacturing arm to the great automotive junkyard in the sky, it still has a job to do for the Australian public: sell great product. General Motors is planning a plethora of new products for the Aussie brand, and Australia’s Car Advice looks into what may be on the way.
We do have a few clues as to what will make its way down under, though. Opel and Holden announced that more than a third of Holden’s future product would be sourced from its German sister brand. This also coincides with hints of more global connection through North America’s Buick brand, stemming from the stunning Australian designed Buick Avenir concept. Finally, rumblings around Detroit during the 2015 North American International Auto Show confirmed a new V8 rear-wheel drive vehicle will take the place of the beloved Holden Commodore after 2017.
We know a few models are definitely sticking around for sure. These include the Colorado, Colorado7, Trax, Captiva (for now) and Barina. The other listed below are new product to be introduced, or merely educated guesses as to why the vehicle would make sense for the Aussie market.
Without further ado, here is a look at what a Holden showroom could very look like in 2020:
Car Advice reports the Opel Corsa will make the voyage south and be offered in a high-spec trim as a posh alternative to the Volkswagen Polo and the Renault Clio. Base model duties will be left to the Barina, so expect a premium version of the Corsa loaded with tech and safety features, or a hotter VXR variant.
The Cruze will most likely live on and continue to do battle in the small car class, leaving the more expensive Astra to sway more affluent buyers.
Holden Astra GTC/5-Door
The Astra GTC has already been confirmed for Holden as the nameplate is already mighty popular with the buying public. Holden would be foolish to let go of the name and not use it on a wider scale.
This one is the iffiest of the bunch. As we previously reported, the Volt hasn’t done too hot down under in terms of sales. Holden execs realized the car wouldn’t be a volume seller, but under 100 Volts were sold in all of 2014. Not the greatest business case to send the all-new second generation down. What may save its business case is the status it has in lifting the persona of the Holden brand.
We now know Holden will indeed keep the Commodore name for its upcoming full-size sedan. Reports initially suggested dropping the name altogether in favor of the Insignia nameplate, since the replacement will not be a V8 RWD full-size. With the debut of the Buick Avenir, we may have a good look at the car to replace the Commodore, though. Even with its decidedly rear-wheel drive looks, expect the new Commodore to be front-wheel drive and a V6 to be fitted under the bonnet. It would also follow in Ford’s footsteps to cover the full and mid-size market with just one model. Time will tell on this one.
Holden RWD Sport Coupe
As mentioned above, Holden will indeed receive a new hero car after 2017. We just don’t know if it will be the Chevrolet Camaro, or the Corvette. The Camaro would make for an excellent Monaro revival, but we’re sure the Aussies wouldn’t mind seeing the Stingray reach their shores, either.
The Cascada has been confirmed to arrive in Australia as the first drop top since the Tigra. The Cascada has been on sale in Europe since 2013, but will make its way to the country this year. Meanwhile, the Buick Cascada arrives in the U.S. in early 2016.
If rumors and reports are to be believed, Holden may end up introducing a full-sized truck into the fold, with Chevrolet exporting the Silverado to Australia. We remain highly skeptical.