In some ways, the Commodore has come full circle with the arrival of the Opel Insignia. The first Holden Commodore in 1978 was a localised version of the Opel family sedan of the time. However, it quickly morphed and developed its own identity and design.
Holden insists it is not backing down from the use of the Commodore name but it has some time up its sleeve if the public backlash gets too strong. The Commodore badges don’t get “tooled up” until mid-next year.
We’ve had a brief test drive of early prototypes of the imported Commodore and the initial signs are positive. It shapes up as a good car — but we don’t think it should be called a Commodore best indicator of customer acceptance of the use of the Commodore name can be judged by “how customers are responding now and how they respond in the future”.
Meanwhile, the current Commodore will be built on the Elizabeth production line in South Australia until late next year. The exact shutdown date is yet to be confirmed.
The next Commodore, to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, is due in local showrooms in early 2018.