As much as it pains us to be losing the Holden Commodore as we know it, we hope it alleviates fellow Holden diehards’ stress levels to know Holden has gone back on the record stating they will always have a V8 sports car.
“It wouldn’t be a Holden portfolio without a V8 sports car,” said GM Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley. This reiterates comments made by Stefan Jacoby, who promised Holden would receive a rear-wheel drive vehicle within the next few years to replace the Zeta-based Holden Commodore.
GM executives are refusing to confirm the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be the car heading down under, but we’d place our bets on it being so. Especially since the Ford Mustang has been received pretty well in Australia thus far.
“We’ve already made that announcement – there’s no new announcement on that and there’s been lots conjecture as to what it will be, but Holden will always have a V8 sports car – that’s what the Holden brand has had for many decades and will have into the future. It’s part of our heritage,” Keley told Motoring as they pressed for more details.
Holden did state the reaffirmed commitment does not stand as a preemptive strike to sway consumers away from a Ford Mustang, however.
“We’re not building our strategy based on what anybody else is doing,” said GM Holden Director of Communications Sean Poppitt. “We’re taking the long-term view. Of course we’ve got to react to the market and have tactical strategies, but we’re not doing what we’re doing based on what this guy or that guy is doing.”
The upcoming Holden rear-wheel drive V8 sports car will be just one of the 24 new model introductions the brand plans by 2020. As far as a time table goes, if Holden plans to have their new Monaro (we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a Monaro) ready by the time Commodore production ceases, the vehicle would have to debut within the next three years.
What’s your say? Do you think the 2016 Camaro should head to Australia?