Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
December 16, 2013
We've been hearing a number of rumors concerning of the next the Commodore, most pertaining that it would switch from rear-wheel to front-wheel drive. It seems with Holden shutting down production in 2017, that rumor could become reality.
News.com.au has learned from sources and documents that next Commodore will become a large front-wheel drive sedan that will be sold in Australia as a Holden and China as a Buick.
The report says Holden won the contact to design the new model. From there, it would be built in Australia and China. But with the announcement of Holden closing up production in 2017, China will become the sole builder of the new model.
Sources say the new model will be about 16.5 feet long, as wide as the current model, and take some styling cues from the Europeans such a lower roofline.
"It's about making sedans look cool again. Audi's done it, Mercedes has done, now we're going to do it. It's the only way to bring customers back to sedans," said an insider.
Don't expect a new ute or wagon to appear alongside.
As for power, the new model will utilize a four-cylinder engine. Holden is currently trying to fight for a V6 as an option.
The new model will retain the Commodore nameplate. An insider explained the reasoning for this.
"It's easier to explain to buyers that something has changed about a car they know, than to say 'Here's the new Holden XYZ'."