Holden and Opel are readying the next generation of Commodore as a 2018 model after the VF generation ceases production in 2017. Word from Stefan Jacoby, General Motors International head, is the vehicle has already begun testing in Oz.
“We are driving this car already in Lang Lang,” Jacoby told Australia’s Drive in Detroit at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.
The vehicle has been under development by both Holden and Opel and just recently was brought to Australia to begin testing on the Lang Lang proving ground just outside of Melbourne.
Jacoby confirmed the next generation Commodore will be remain a four-door sedan, but indicated it will make the switch to front-wheel drive. The styling is expected to reflect the Opel Monza concept, also expected to reflect a new generation Opel Insignia. Though, the Buick Avenir may give us more clues to upcoming Holden design language as Buick and Opel become further engaged through design.
“I’m coming from a front-wheel-drive group, the VW-Audi Group [Jacoby was previously CEO of VW America], with this company we don’t believe there is a true disadvantage between a front-wheel-drive Audi, at the time, towards a rear-wheel-drive BMW,” Jacoby explained. “You know that BMW is changing its entire C-segment vehicles to front-wheel drive?”
Despite ditching the historic rear-wheel drive V8 configuration, Jacoby is confident the newest iteration will live up to the Commodore nameplate.
“We understand what Commodore is and we understand that better than anybody else and it is very obvious that the Commodore successor needs to be stronger than today’s model – and we will do everything to do that, with modern technology,” he said.
“With today’s technology, especially with downsizing, we can over perform a traditional six- or eight-cylinder.”
There are rumors to point to a new Opel Insignia including a gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Jacoby elaborated on this saying, “We have to ensure with this modern technology, better fuel economy, better CO2, better weight ratio than today’s model, we can achieve the better performance.”
Stay tuned as we await further news on the new Commodore.