The latest General Motors Vice President of Global Design, Michael Simcoe, has humble roots back at Holden, but now he’s overseeing the entirety of GM Design across the globe. Nevertheless, Simcoe is always a go-to guy for the future of Holden, seeing as he’s a native Australian after all.
“The next generation Commodore will be a vehicle from overseas and I don’t think that will be a problem,” Simcoe said. “If you think, Commodore started its life as a German vehicle, that’s where the name came from. Holden customers will get their pick of [future] vehicles from the total GM portfolio, which is a pretty good thing.”
He went on to say he believes customers will warm up to the imported Holdens after seeing just how well they deliver.
“The only thing that is ubiquitous around the Commodore these days is that it is rear-wheel drive and it’s a large car and it’s fairly well appointed. You won’t miss too much of that going forward,” he added.
The only way we will truly know how Australians take to an imported Commodore will be through sales. And we have some time before that occurs. Holden will wind down production through the fall of 2017 and the 2018 Commodore will go on sale in early 2018.