During a discussion of the next-generation Holden Commodore and the General Motors Zeta platform, the question of an Australian-built SUV came up. Dave Leone, GM's executive chief engineer for luxury and rear-wheel-drive cars, wouldn't go any further than to say "that could be very possible," but recent events at Holden only reinforce the notion that we won't have any idea what is and isn't possible at the Aussie branch until it's actually done.

If there were such an SUV in the Holden pipeline, speculation is that it could be built on the platform for the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze, and that it could send the Captiva – imported to Australia from Thailand – into retirement. That's a lot of coulds, but it's all Aussie-market watchers have as they try to figure out what Holden's going to do for the next nine years it has pledged to build cars in Oz. Alongside that Cruze, a next-generation VJ Commodore is also promised and a locally-built SUV might make sense as a third model.


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      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's beginning to look like GM's problem is too many platforms and models that aren't all that different. The Orlando is in Canada but not the US because of the HHR and the Equinox but now its the Captiva and the Equinox. Or is it the Traverse triplets? Opel struggles in Europe but flourishes in China disguised as Buicks. Opel has the acceptable looking city car in the Adam but we get the Daewoo clown cars known as Chevy Sonic and Spark. Holden struggles but stick a Chevy badge on it and it succeeds in the US as a Caprice cop car. I'd LOVE to see a graph or chart of what GM makes and what derives from what globally.
      scion_tc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait, I thought the Cruze used a Daewoo platform. So wouldn't the correct title be, Holden could get crossover based on Daewoo Lacetti.
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Orlando, maybe???? I personally think that GM should replace the Equinox in the Sates with the Orlando.
      Paul B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every Commodore has been the last Commodore since 1978.
      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not bad.. not bad at all. Actually its pretty nice. Very attractive ..
      jonwil2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      Done right, a Cruze based SUV could easily blow the pants off the Craptiva in terms of quality.
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      The global platforms will merge in time. It with each new platform the models are coming together as one. GM just can not do it all in one years and till many of the platforms are merged when they are being developed. This is a 10 year deal and we are only a couple platforms and years in.
      ICantDrive88
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why wasn't that the Buick and not the micro-sized one they came out with?