CHEV CAVALRY CAN’T SAVE THE V8
WITHIN days of Holden unveiling the last locally made Commodore comes the confirmation Aussie fans have been dreading.
There will be no V8 in the next-generation Commodore, which is now all but confirmed to come from Opel in Germany.
General Motors AsiaPacific boss Stefan Jacoby told Australian media in Frankfurt this week there would not be a V8 sedan in Holden’s future once the homegrown Commodore goes out of production in late 2017.
“The world obviously is changing and the V8 period is coming to an end,” Jacoby says unambiguously.
The 2018 Commodore model is most likely to have four-cylinder and V6 power, although Holden has still yet to confirm this.
It has also yet to confirm the Opel Insignia is our next Commodore although Opel global boss Karl-Thomas Neuman says he would be “proud” if Holden chose the Insignia to be the next Commodore.
For now, that’s as close as we get to a confirmation.
Meanwhile, there was a glimmer of hope that the Americans might save us. For the past two years we’ve been sending the Commodore V8 to the US to sell as the Chevrolet SS.
There was a chance that if it sold well enough Chevrolet might create a V8 sedan successor loosely based on a Cadillac of some description.
Jacoby scratches that idea too, not answering when asked if Australians will be able to buy a Commodore that can do 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and cost $45,000 (as the latest SS does).
My reading: the next Commodore performance flagship won’t be as quick as the current model, and it won’t be as cheap.
Suddenly a Commodore SS is starting to look like even more of a bargain.
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