Electrified Holden Commodore Could Surface By 20257
Should Holden stick with a PSA-sourced Holden Commodore for the long term, an electrified version may surface by 2025. Plans for such a car stem from PSA Groupe’s decision to electrify all of its models by 2025.
Motoring reported on the potential for an electrified Commodore on Friday, though it’s purely speculation. An electrified Commodore from PSA rests in Holden’s future decision to continue sourcing the car from PSA. Holden will decide in the next 12 to 18 months if it will continue to tap PSA for the Commodore, or switch to a General Motors-sourced car. GM sold Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Groupe last year.
If Holden decides to stick with PSA in a new agreement, an electrified Commodore, a copy of the Opel Insignia, seems all but certain in PSA’s future plans. But, if Holden parts ways with PSA and a Commodore agreement, it’s less clear if the car’s replacement from GM would offer such a powertrain.
Holden will have to make a similar decision regarding the Astra hatchback, which hails from Vauxhall. It will either source the next car from PSA, or move to a GM vehicle to replace it. The most interesting facet is PSA’s development timeline. The French automaker is working speedily to move cars from GM platforms and technology to PSA architecture. The decision could leave the current Astra and Commodore on a very short lifecycle.
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It is highly, highly unlikely that Holden would adopt a PSA architecture for its cars. I think Holden was mostly saying that it might continue to source Commodore from PSA because it no longer has manufacturing – as long as PSA continues with GM architecture.
Really what is probably going on here is that PSA may need to continue to license GM platforms for cars like Commodore/Insignia/Regal, as they may not have new platforms ready to go yet to replace them. And if so, Holden will keep sourcing those cars.
If not, Holden will switch to GM platforms and tap Korea and Detroit lines. Holden was put in a tough spot here, and GMNA may be stuck – through no other option – but to change its plans to handle them.
I would guess that Holden gets source from Buick China for cars and U.S./Mex for mid-size to large SUVs.
I agree, especially as GM Korea is likely next up on the chopping block for production. With continued concerns about North Korea, and strong production in China… China is probably going to be a strong source for Holden in the future too.
I think the decision will be taken in Detroit, not in Melbourne
General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra had already announced last year that GM intends to introduce 20 new ZEV by 2023 and that Holden gets their products from GM; it’s a no brainer that Holden will feature a ZEV fleet by 2025 because they have little choice as well as the fact that Australia signed the Paris Climate Accord meaning all new vehicles sold needs to be ZEV. Australia needs to plan on the infrastructure upgrades of recharging stalls at public parking and a massive increase to the country’s power grid to support all the electric power vehicles.
“the fact that Australia signed the Paris Climate Accord meaning all new vehicles sold needs to be ZEV”
False. While Paris Climate Accord called on countries to attempt to eliminate gas, there is no obligation for them to do so. That’s why so many countries signed on. It’s just something for future politicians to squirm out of.
Only certain countries like France have even passed laws that would require all-EV cars, and even then, there’s no guarantee they can even pull it off.
Sure, Holden will get Bolt at some point, but Voltec SUVs are much more likely. Australia is the land of the V8, and that isn’t changing any time soon.
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