Rather than being brought into Australia from China as initial reports suggested, it seems that the replacement for the beloved Holden Commodore may be coming from Opel Group, and built in Europe, according to News.com.au. To that end, we wouldn’t be surprised if a Buick model is consolidated into the program. The Commodore’s replacement is due to launch around 2018, and with it brings a host of changes from what Australia may be used to.
For the first time in the history of the Commodore, it is almost sure that the new car will be front-wheel-drive-based, as opposed to the rear-wheel-drive setup that Holden has used since the Commodore’s introduction in 1978. But while that may turn off some power-sliding enthusiasts, the rumor continues for an Alpha platform-based model that may join the lineup some time after the 2018 release of this suspected Opel FWD sedan.
The other big change that may come along with the new model is a suggested name change, maybe even to Insignia, to align with the recognized Opel sedan. While current Holden boss Mike Deveraux is championing the name change, senior executives aren’t so sure on the basis that it would be straying away from an already well known name. No matter what ends up happening with the Commodore’s successor, one thing is for sure: fans of RWD Commodores may want to pick up a new one before they’re all gone, because depending on Holden’s decisions, they may never have the chance again.