• Dec 10, 2010
2011 Holden VE Series II Commodore – Click above for high-res image gallery

Since 1978, the Holden Commodore has been roaring across the land down under. It's worn a plethora of body styles ranging from coupe and sedan to wagon and ute, brought the Pontiac G8 to American soil and sold over 44,000 units last year in Australia. During its run, the Holden Commodore has been a rear-wheel drive vehicle, but new reports state that the front-engine/rear-drive layout may not be in the cards for much longer.

The next-generation Commodore is going to appear by 2015 and it's possible that General Motors may switch it to a front-wheel drive car. The goal is increased fuel-efficiency for GM's large cars and the front-wheel drive platforms are the ones set up to deliver the highest fuel efficiency.

The Holden Commodore could ride on the Super Epsilon II platform, which will also make its way into the next Chevrolet Impala and the upcoming Cadillac XTS. Sure, we understand why an automaker would look to make this change but it doesn't mean we have to like it. We prefer our Maltidas waltzing and our Commodores drifting.



[Source: Go Auto]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This "news" is really heresay.

      The same thing was floating around about the Ford Falcon years ago. Ford Australia managed to fight Ford off. They were planning to replace the Falcon with the Taurus, which would have had a similar result to simply closing up shop Down Under.

      With Holden, it just isn't going to happen. The next generation is already under development. The Commodore is the basis of so many models and is one the best selling sedans in the country. Holden isn't going to mess with it. Of course, GM has commited suicide before so you never know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      -> If that happens, Oz-land will end up like any Mad Max-type movie. Neutering the Commie is like burning the bible or even a mushroom cloud at Bathurst!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think you are right, but we are talking about the same company the killed the performance oriented Regals by switching that car to a fwd platform in 1988, slapped the storied Impala and Monte Carlo nameplates on fwd platforms. There was a time when most of the Cadillacs were fwd as well, so given their track record of taking exciting rwd cars and turning them into fwd "grocery getters" and renal "fleet warriors", one should never say never.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO[I'm guessing this is to compete with the possible FWD Ford Falcon, but]OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This means the death of Holden in the V8 Supercars Series? Also wouldn't this mean the whole entire Holden would then FWD other than the trucks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well Hyundai and Mercedes are more than willing to take their place so I guess it's possible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree, this report is complete horse hockey. It would make no sense whatsoever for GM and Holden to shift the Commodore to fwd when they are in the process of updating the Zeta platform. You also factor in that they are intending to bring it back as a Chevy when they already have the Malibu and Impala. It would be doing the very thing that got them in trouble in the first place.

      As for the Impala?

      I agree that most do not care where the power goes, but I think you underestimate trickle down effect of auto enthusiasts can have on a car's reputation and resale value.

      Enthusiasm creates buzz, which contributes to perceptions of quality and longevity.

      Being somewhat of a Charger competitor, I would bet you will be seeing a lot more 06 Chargers on the road than 06 Impalas on the roads in ten to twenty years. That says something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quite dubious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They can't do it. It would be a crime against humanity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All these idiots who keep suggesting the Falcon/Commodore should go FWD need to be fired.
      Making either vehicle (especially the UTE versions) FWD would be a great way to kill sales.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *breath* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'll never happen. When is GM going to learn that some people still enjoy driving.

      I think they're taking too many peeks at Toyota's MO. Well, that and smoking crack.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there something that makes the FWD cars inherently more fuel efficient compared to RWD cars, other things being equal? (same engine, etc)
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