"There is another Commodore coming after this one," said Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux while giving Australian press a preview of the 2014 VF Commodore, which is set to launch February 10th. It was a pretty effective way to de-emphasize the brand-new car, judging by the stunned expressions Australian press reports mention on the faces of his Holden deputies.

Really all this statement means is that there will be a car named Commodore even after the VF winds down in 2016. Devereux further explained that Holden's Adelaide facility will be assembling two GM global platforms, one of them we know to be the Cruze, and "one of them [that] will underpin the next Commodore."

Don't expect that next Commodore to be a rear-driver like the cars that have topped sales charts for the last 15 years. It'll more than likely be a port of a car we know here as a Buick, according to The Australian. While we wait for 2017, at least we can check out the VF Commodore that was just unveiled.


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      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't rely on our dodgy Australian media to provide you with reliable information. It's just conjecture at this point... they have no clue, they just like to spin theories to sell papers and get page hits. Because they know they topic is controversial.
      StevieJacks
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, an 'all-new' car is going to last but 3-4 years? Yeah, right. Makes no financial or practical sense whatsoever, especially for something that will underpin the SS and possibly more variants (Opel Omega?) too. Facelifts last longer than that.
        smokey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @StevieJacks
        The car is not all-new, what made you think that? This car is a facelift of the '06 VE Commodore/SS. It shares doors, roof, glass house etc with the G8 and Commy release in 2006. Holden have already said this car will be replaced end of '16...
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        Stamina
        • 1 Year Ago
        your not taking into account the extra emissions that diesels emit over hybrids. Both sides have major benefits and downsides and we need both, perhaps more diesel hybrids.
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      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      A life as a front driver is no life at all. If it becomes FWD in 2017, the Commodore will be dead in my eyes.
        speterjr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Why call it a Commodore, then? And what will happen to Australia's V8 Supercars series when there are no more "V8 Supercars" to race? Will it be like NASCAR, where the race cars are nothing like the stock cars they are based on, except in name only? The Nissan Altima has already shown the way.
          Brodz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @speterjr
          You answered your own question.
          nettsu
          • 1 Year Ago
          @speterjr
          Car of the Future http://www.clipsal500.com.au/the_race/what_is_car_of_the_future So yes - it's like NASCAR. There's even a Mercedes/AMG Supercar entry and I think Chrysler has a 300 planned. Kind of pointless but the days of race on Sunday - buy on Monday are well dead. But the Supercar series has been dreary since it became a 2 marque only race.
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      Martin Edmonds
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not RWD? That's make ZERO sense considering the SS will be made in Canada around the same time frame. I don't see GM spending that much and not making full use of it.
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Martin Edmonds
        I thought that story about Canadian production of a Commodore/Zeta sedan had been put to bed. I can't find the article now, but I did read late last year that one of the top GM brass told Australian media it would not happen on his watch. There will be no new models on Zeta made in North America or words to that effect. He was very blunt about it as there has been a lot of rumours about a shift in production to NA, from the Australian media.
      Benjamin Roethig
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other words, they'll probably be slapping the name on the Impala.
        Tone
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Benjamin Roethig
        There\'s a Buick Impala?
          speterjr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tone
          No wonder they brought the Commodore styling more in line with Buick/Opel.
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Benjamin Roethig
        Benjamin I don't think the Impala is good enough for the Australian market to sell in anywhere near enough quantities to justify production here. That and the current generation will be imported from Thailand, which has a free trade agreement with Australia, so theres little reason to bother making it in Australia too. The Cruze which is made here is known as a middling type car that is struggling now in the sales charts as its not winning over people here like Holden had hoped.. Really the Commodore is the best product Holden sell in Australia and its sales volume has been in decline for years due to e changing market that is switching to SUV's. Whatever they decide to build in Australia, it will have to be either new or a much improved vehicle. Because the Aussie market is a tough one these days for Holden. It will also have to have export opportunities as the Australians sales will be a tough ask on their own to justify production.
          nettsu
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Daniel D
          The Impala is meant to be here later this year - except I thought it was being imported from the US? The rumours have been around that Holden will build an SUV here - namely due the increase in sales of SUVs. I have the suspicion it might be the next-gen Captiva or the eventually the Trax.
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      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holding out hope that it will be based on the Alpha platform. Otherwise, **** you GM.
      Paul B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holden cars over the years have been a mixture of local design and foreign input, sometimes more of one and less of the other. Its always depended on the prevailing health of GM and Holden at any given time.
      Jackie Ashley Wolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's obvious that Holden needs to keep the Commodore alive - Ford is doing same with the Falcon, as it would apparently share its platform with the Kinetic-Designed Mustang (Yeah, wink to the past)
      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      The VG Commodore will (almost certainly) use the Alpha platform, which can be lengthened and widened, so it can stay full size.
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