The USA will not come to Australia’s rescue when it comes to sharing a similar love for burly V8 engines, rear-wheel drive application and a manual gearbox in a performance sedan.
Currently, Holden exports the VF Commodore to American roads, where we have been graced with the car under the Chevrolet SS name. While we await an official statement on the 2016 Chevrolet SS, which had its updates revealed through the General Motors fleet ordering guide, Holden unveiled its final locally-produced Commodore in the 2016 VF Commodore Series II.
But, following news from Stefan Jacoby, GM’s Asia-Pacific boss, the Chevrolet SS is on schedule to die after Holden ceases local manufacturing, with no successor in development in the U.S. to replace the vehicle.
“That (U.S. car) phases out when we see manufacturing end in Australia,” said Jacoby, when telling media the Holden V8-powered sedan is also a goner after 2017.
“I know they are charming and I like the sound of the V8 but times are changing. The technology is changing with more or less the same performance. The acceptance is changing, even in America,” Jacoby told CarsGuide and other Australian media.
Fans and enthusiasts had hopes a shadowy, secret project would save the idea of a rear-wheel drive V8-powered sedan for the General Motors portfolio. Unfortunately, that will not be the case.
2015 Chevrolet SS sales were up drastically last month, as those in the know scoop up these automotive unicorns.
If one was looking for an incentive to pick up a future classic, here’s all the convincing you need as we approach a brave new world, indeed.