VF HEADS FOR U.S.
The Commodore is heading back to the US
Only this time it’s not BS — the next Commodore looks set to become the next Chevrolet SS
tweaked version of the Holden Caprice. Formergm Holden president Mark Reuss, now the head ofgm operations in the US and a known fan and supporter of the Commodore, is dodging Carsguide’s questions on a link between the SS program and the Commodore.
Holden chairman Mike Devereux also refuses to comment or even acknowledge the strengthening rumours in America, which were triggered by the announcement of a new Nascar racer for 2013 and then grew stronger with confirmation that a Chevrolet SS is in the product plan as a 2014 model.
The high-profile SS Performance is expected to take over from the outgoing Impala asgm’s Nascar flagship, and the company has already confirmed the bones of its plans.
‘‘ Team Chevy will be racing a vehicle based on a new nameplate to the brand’s lineup,’’ says Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports vice-president Jim Campbell. ‘‘ We are keeping the wraps on the new car for now and will continue to prepare for next season by testing camouflaged vehicles.’’
Joining the dots has been easy for people close to the Detroit brand.
‘‘ The smart money is betting on a civilian version of the V8-powered, rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Caprice PPV, which Gmimports for police fleets from its Holden unit in Australia,’’ says Automotive News reporter Mark Colias.
The biggest challenge to the potential program is the strength of the Australian dollar, which has already culled Holden’s exports to the Middle East and continues to make things tough for the Caprice PPV, which wins support from police officers but not their purchasing bosses.
But the Commodore has a proven track record in the US, winning friends and sales during the time the VE model was exported with tweaked bodywork as the Pontiac G8.
Last time: Holden’s previous gift to the US, the 2007 Pontiac G8