Yes, he said “if”, highlighting it is not his decision as to which vehicles are sent to Australia to be sold under Holden.
After being questioned on whether the 2017 Opel Insignia would indeed become the 2018 Holden Commodore, he simply stated, “I would be proud,” following his statement up with, “I don’t want to comment on the Commodore because I don’t want to communicate any product news here, but we are very proud when an Opel product is selected to be a Holden car.”
“We don’t do that, Holden does that.”
The Opel chief was clear Holden would have quite a bit of leeway with whichever cars were chosen to be imported to Australia. When, and if, the next-generation Insignia is selected as the 2018 Commodore, it will not be a direct import, as he suggested unique styling, tuning and features would be present. Not only on a new Commodore, but with any incoming Opel-to-Holden swaps.
“We give Holden the flexibility, we are not telling them keep it [an Opel model] like it is and put a badge on it,” Neumann told Motoring.
“We are supporting them and working with them.”
Through Neumann’s kind-hearted worlds, however, we believe he has all but confirmed the 2017 Opel Insignia will be joining Holden in the near future.