The Holden Commodore is a strange vehicle regarding motoring history. It has become a quintessential Australian motoring icon over decades, only to have the rug pulled from underneath it with the demise of local Australian manufacturing.
But, the Commodore doesn’t have very Australian roots. In fact, the Commodore was largely a ported over Opel Senator. When the Commodore arrived in VB guise in 1978, it carried many similarities to the German-built Senator, including its design.
However, a closed economy and rough roads gave birth to the Commodore’s legacy: a car built in Australia for Australians. Holden honed the Commodore in over time and included the mighty V8 engines locals came to love on the street and on the track.
Nonetheless, it’s worth noting the 2018 Holden Commodore won’t be the first Holden to have plenty of German influence. The 2018 Commodore’s Achilles heel may be its new country of origin. Even though the 1978 Commodore arrived with a German accent, its Australian assembly made it that much easier to swallow.