Just as Holden sits on cloud nine, following the introduction of the most powerful iteration of Commodore ever produced, Stefan Jacoby, General Motors’ Asia-Pacific head, served up a bowl of reality at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
During an interview with Australian media, Jacoby, also credited with the decision to end local manufacturing, confirmed the 2016 Holden Commodore Series II will be the last application of a V8-powered sedan, and the concept will head to the automotive graveyard after 2017.
CarsGuide was in attendance to hear Jacoby’s statements on the matter, where he explained, “The world obviously is changing and the V8 period is coming to an end. It is just more or less a perception from the customer they need a big engine and big horsepower to have the performance.”
Explaining the decision further, Jacoby added, “I know they are charming and I like the sound of the V8 but times are changing. The technology is changing with more or less the same performance. The acceptance is changing, even in America.”
Interestingly enough, Jacoby, in his disheartening statements, now confirms Holden’s new V8-powered rear-wheel drive sports car will indeed be a coupe.