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The cur­rent VF Com­modore is the last of the all-Aus­tralian line, but the name­plate that hit the road in 1978 will live on into 2018 and be­yond. GM Holden is not con­firm­ing the car, but is lock­ing in the Com­modore name for the im­ported front-wheel drive full-sized re­place­ment for the cur­rent car.

The de­ci­sion comes af­ter ex­ten­sive pos­i­tive re­search into the his­tory, sup­port and po­ten­tial for the badge. It’s no sur­prise to the Holden faith­ful, although GM’s head of in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions – who also made the fi­nal de­ci­sion on the El­iz­a­beth fac­tory clo­sure – is happy to claim the credit.

“We are con­fi­dent that, from 2018, we can hon­our Com­modore’s her­itage and chart a new di­rec­tion for the next-gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle that is wor­thy of the es­teemed Com­modore name,” said Ste­fan Ja­coby. “I can­not re­veal full de­tails of the next-gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle, but I can say it will ei­ther com­pare very favourably or im­prove on the cur­rent Com­modore’s dy­namic per­for­mance, ac­cel­er­a­tion, fuel econ­omy, run­ning costs and mass.”

The an­swer to the Com­modore ques­tion also brings a wel­come com­mit­ment to the new car as Holden’s fu­ture V8 Su­per­car [although the cat­e­gory will, by that stage, be known as ‘Su­per­cars’] spear­head, ef­fec­tively end­ing spec­u­la­tion that the two-door Ca­maro coupe would go head-to-head with the Ford Mus­tang on Aus­tralian race­tracks.

“We have ev­ery in­ten­tion of rac­ing Com­modore for many years to come,” said Simon McNa­mara, Holden’s mo­tor­sport chief.

“Rac­ing is an in­te­gral part of Holden’s DNA and Com­modore is the most suc­cess­ful name­plate in Aus­tralian tour­ing car and V8 Su­per­car his­tory. We are look­ing for­ward to win­ning races and cham­pi­onships with Com­modores in the fu­ture.”

Even though the Com­modore name ques­tion is set­tled, there is still no de­ci­sion on a suc­ces­sor as com­pany pres­i­dent fol­low­ing the shock de­par­ture of Gerry Dorizas af­ter just five months in the top job at Fish­er­mans Bend. But the man in charge of sales, Peter Ke­ley, is happy to be talk­ing openly about the name plan.

“Holden and Com­modore aren’t go­ing any­where, they will re­main pil­lars of Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing for many years to comes. When it ar­rives in 2018, our new large car will hon­our Com­modore’s her­itage and sup­port a long and suc­cess­ful fu­ture for Holden in Australia and New Zealand,” he says.

Ke­ley con­firms that con­tin­u­ing with Com­modore is a no-brainer for the brand and its sup­port­ers.

“Ul­ti­mately, the over­whelm­ing re­sponse from cus­tomers was that Holden should con­tinue the Com­modore name­plate into the fu­ture with our next-gen­er­a­tion large car.”

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