• Jan 17, 2007

Recently announced as the next Pontiac G8, Holden says that the Commodore model is in need of a diet.

According to Holden chairman and executive director Denny Mooney, the Commodore doesn't need to get any smaller and is sized appropriately for both the Australian and American markets. It could, however lose a few pounds, as the large-car segment leader in Australia has gained over 1000 lbs. since the original Commodore in 1978; nearly 220 of them added in the most recent generation alone. It has also gained in nearly every other dimension as well, adding 19cm in length, 18cm in width and 10cm in height. The current 3.6 liter V6 is also a huge increase in grunt over the 2.8 liter unit used in the first Commodore, producing a whopping 181% more power.

We hope that the current version of the Commodore comes to us here in the US as close to the current car as can be, maybe with some Lutz magic under the hood. The American car market could use an injection of some full-size fun again...how about an LS7 with a manual transmission option? Who says we can't deal with a little extra poundage?

[Source: drive.com.au]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd rather drive the Commodore then a Chevy Impala or Pontiax Grand Prix.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they don't compromise the structural integrity just to save a bit of weight. I put 1500km on a rental Commodore during a recent holiday in Tasmania and liked it a lot. I normally drive only European cars, and was very impressed by the excellent handling and immense body stiffness of the Commodore. Fit and finish was very good too; not to VW standard, but not that far off. The whole car has a German feel to it. The ambience of the design; interior, mouldings, glass finishing, etc., looks VW inspired, but it drives and handles just like a BMW. Got 10.8l/100km after a good thrashing too, so weight isn't too much of a problem.
      • 8 Years Ago
      lighter weight is needed for milage numbers as much as performance targets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How uberlame - a fat heavy gas sucking lump of metal for idling in heavy traffic - boy, these geniuses really know what people want. Not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Leave it nice and fluffy
      Charley
      • 8 Years Ago
      OK, BRING IT OVER, JUST DON'T LET LUTZ AND COMPANY PUT THAT BUTT UGLY PONTIAC NOISE ON IT AND RUIN IT LIKE THEY DID THE GTO !!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Meh. I'll pass. The G6 is okay, the G5 is nothing more than a Cobalt in Pontiac drag, and the G8 is another dull sedan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM bring it over please. We need more affordable RWD sedans in the US/Canadian market.Not everbody can afford a BMW,Benz or even Caddy CTS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Use more aluminum and composites, stupid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      TALK, TALK, TALK, GM!
      WHERE ARE SOME FINISHED CARS??
      I wonder if there will be much interest left in the Camaro and G8 by the time they are in showrooms. Are we supposed to hold off til then?
      _____Anyone remember the commercial, "Gee, I coulda had a V-8!" -- and isnt the G8 some kind of world summit meeting?-- I am not too crazy about killing the American names that might still have life, in favor of the imitation Euro/Jappo thing. I also think it takes a long time to get the consumer used to telling the difference between G4, G6, G8: there was a 3-series BMW for years before there were 5s and 7s.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "and isnt the G8 some kind of world summit meeting?"

        Yes it is, and the far-left scumbags use it as an excuse to riot. Except when it was held in Russia. Hmm... wonder why? Bunch of losers. I'd happily drive a car named after some summit they hate, although I won't leave it parked in the vicinity of said meeting!

        "there was a 3-series BMW for years before there were 5s and 7s."

        In fact the 5-series was launched in 1972, the 3 about five years later.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There are many vehicles with much worse weight problems than this one. Land Rovers weigh 6,000 lbs, Jettas weigh 3,400 lbs, and this Holden weighs 3,740 lbs (based on 2,200 lbs per metric ton).

      Atul
      http://www.realitydriven.com

      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, you guys had me scared with the comparison to VW. I was ready to ask;

      Does it fall apart as quickly as a Jetta?

      and

      Is it really that much of a girl car?

      But we dodged that bullet!
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