Australian enthusiasts took a breath of relief when Holden Managing Director Mike Devereux disclosed that there will be another Commodore beyond 2016 on a global architecture, when the freshly revealed VF Commodore is put to pasture.
However, just because the Commodore name will live on, doesn’t necessarily mean its rear-wheel-drive character will. The problem is that as much as the die-hards flock to the car in Oz, and is envied internationally, tastes in the Australian car market have changed. And the fear is that there just isn’t enough sales to support the business case of another RWD Commodore.
Reports have indicated that the next-generation Commodore will have a four-cylinder engine, mid-sized, and front-wheel-drive. You know, like a Toyota Camry. While Holden also offers the Malibu in Australia, this mounting evidence could very well mean that the Malibu and Commodore will consolidate into one vehicle on the upcoming E2XX global mid-size and full-sized front-wheel-drive-based architecture in the future. It’s also possible that the Commodore will be an upmarket model to the future Holden Malibu, such as the way Buick is to Chevrolet in the ‘States.
Or, the Commodore will adopt the dynamic RWD Alpha platform, which is also going global, and would keep the Commodore driven by the rear wheels. Happily, Holden design chief Richard Felazzo is not ruling this out. A transition from Zeta to Alpha would definitely bring forth some smiles, but could it really be true? Let’s hope so.