It’s an old saying, but an applicable one: don’t knock it until you try it. That’s Holden’s message to loyalists ahead of the 2018 ZB Commodore’s launch this month.
Motoring reported on Tuesday that Holden chairman and managing director, Mark Bernhard, urged longtime fans to get behind the wheel of the imported Commodore before crying foul over the nameplate’s transition to a front-wheel drive, four-cylinder and V6-powered car.
“The car drives much better than any other vehicle in the competitive set,” he said.
Holden said the Commodore’s “competitive set” includes the Mazda 6, Volkswagen Arteon and even the Kia Stinger. Berhnard also added the car drives so well thanks to extensive Australian development and chassis tuning by the same team that’s worked with locally-built Holden cars for years.
“Is it a true Commodore? Absolutely. We wouldn’t call it that if we didn’t think it could live up to the nameplate,” Bernhard proclaimed.
Although Holden has high hopes for the ZB Commodore, the brand also realizes the nameplate’s glory days are far behind it. The brand predicts lower sales than the retired and locally-built VF Commodore. The VF Series II Commodore sold 23,676 examples in its final year on sale.