Before Holden’s new Managing Director and Chairman, Mark Bernhard, unveiled the 2016 VF Holden Commodore Series II, he took a few minutes to address media on the future of the Australian automotive brand.
As the brand transitions to an import-only brand, there will be an onslaught of 24 new models to overhaul Holden’s current lineup, with product coming from European, Korean and U.S. factories. Recently, we’ve heard more about the product inbound from U.S. factories, with the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox and a new, unspecified midsize crossover, poised to replace the aged Captiva 5 and Captiva 7.
During the reveal, The Motor Report picked up an interesting quote from an unnamed source. Speaking about the possibility of inbound U.S.-product, and a right-hand drive 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, the source was quoted to have said the new Camaro sits on the same chassis as “what will be found under the new Commodore.”
This, is news to us.
All signs have pointed to the 2018 Holden Commodore being a close-knit platform mate with the upcoming Opel Insigna-Buick Regal, riding on General Motors E2XX platform. The publication goes on to speculate the images of the “2018 Commodore” may not be the next Commodore at all, rather, the Commodore would move upscale in a sort of Buick Avenir like fashion.
That all sounds wonderfully ideal, but it doesn’t add up with the fact Holden has confirmed a “new V8-powered, rear-wheel drive performance car” is on the way. We’ve gotten a nearly certain “no” on the 2016 Camaro going right-hand drive, and intel from Bowling Green suggests it’s not feasible to export the 2016 Corvette Stingray to Oz.
That means there is something lurking for Holden. A move to the Omega platform seems unlikely, but anything can happen.
The upcoming V8 sports car for Holden will firmly remain as an unknown-known for quite some time most likely. Whatever it is, or whenever it arrives, it certainly has some large, Zeta-sized shoes to fill.