Right now, the Opel Insignia/Buick Regal/Holden Commodore is a confusing car. It’s a sedan developed by General Motors, on sale in North America, Europe, China, and Australia, built in Germany, but now operated by a French automaker. This confusion stems from GM’s decision to unload Opel earlier this year to the PSA Groupe.
In the near future, Holden will need to make a decision surrounding the future of the Commodore, which comes from Opel. According to a Motoring report published on Sunday, the brand has two options, per Holden managing director, Mark Bernhard. The first is to renew its trading partnership with PSA Groupe to continue supplying the Commodore. PSA is working quickly to move all GM-era vehicles onto its own architectures. Conceivably, the ZB Commodore’s follow-up could be even more French.
“PSA’s really comfortable selling products to us, and we’re working closely with them,” he said.
The second is to lean on Buick in future. Previously, GM Authority reported that Holden may choose from GM’s entire catalog of vehicles, save for the Cadillac brand. That makes Buick an obvious contender for future Holdens. Buick also builds the current Regal and Holden’s Astra (Buick Verano) in China.
“At this stage, both [Opel and Buick] options are still on the table; we’re not at that point in the product lifecycle where we need to make those decisions,” Bernhard explained. A decision is about 12 to 18 months out, he added.
Right now, the current 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and 2018 Regal TourX have short lifecycles. PSA previously said it wants to move all Opel cars off of GM platforms by as early as 2021. That means a decision to work with PSA, engineer a replacement or kill the car will come sooner than once imagined.