There’s a reason Holden decided to retain the “Commodore” nameplate for an upcoming, imported successor; the brand thinks the inbound car has earned the right to carry on the homegrown nameplate. A nameplate that has been traditionally affiliated with muscly, rear-wheel-drive sedans.
Mark Bernhard, chairman and managing director of the Holden brand, told Motoring that Australians will not be disappointed with the 2018 Holden Commodore, despite moving to front-wheel and presumably all-wheel drive.
“The next-generation Commodore will have the performance and the technological capability behind it to carry the Commodore name,” he responded categorically.
He cited the technology, and more importantly the performance, as attributes to carry on the iconic Commodore name, despite not being produced locally in Oz.
“That’s part of the reason why we feel so confident using the Commodore nameplate, because the car will [meet existing Commodore customer expectations].”
Holden will receive a reworked variant of the 2017 Opel Insignia as its bread-and-butter sedan. Just how reworked remains to be seen, though. Twin-turbo V6 engine power will likely be paired with all-wheel drive to fill in the rear-wheel drive, V8-powered void left by the Commodore SS. A wagon is also planned, but the ute, sadly will be retired for good.
We’re expected to catch our first glimpse of the 2018 Holden Commodore at the 2016 Paris Motor Show next month, where Opel will unveil the 2017 Insignia, previewing what to expect for those down under, as well as here at home in the expected 2018 Buick Regal.