Direct customer feedback has driven Holden's decision to retain the esteemed Commodore nameplate for the next-generation large car.
Holden Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley, announced today that this will be imported from GM's global operations from 2018.
"The next-generation large car we have selected from GM's global portfolio is worthy of the iconic Commodore nameplate," said Mr Keley.
"When it arrives in 2018, our new large car will honour Commodore's heritage and support a long and successful future for Holden in New Zealand and Australia. Holden and Commodore aren't going anywhere and they will remain pillars of Kiwi motoring for many years to come. Customers have confirmed that retaining the Commodore nameplate is the right decision for Holden."
"Through the process of selecting the vehicle, we put to customers a number of possible criteria to better understand what they felt was important for the car to be competitive in our markets.
And, of course, whether it deserved the Commodore nameplate."
"Ultimately, the overwhelming response from customers was that Holden should continue the Commodore nameplate into the future with our next-generation large car."
Across 17 different customer research sessions, Commodore owners and non-Commodore owners offered a range of views, with a strong majority favouring retention of the Commodore nameplate.
"We know the decision to retain or retire the Commodore nameplate will stir passionate responses among Holden fans and customers. That's why we'll ensure the next-generation car drives like a Commodore should," Mr Keley said.
"The vehicle will be tuned and honed by Holden engineers and technicians at our world-class Lang Lang Proving Ground in Victoria, ensuring it performs in New Zealand conditions and to New Zealanders expectations. Right now, our Vehicle Performance team is helping shape the next-generation Commodore for Kiwi and Aussie customers."
Across all customer research sessions, almost 70 percent of unaided customer responses to the Commodore nameplate were positive, with participants citing Commodore's reliability, performance and appropriateness for families.
Customers cited a number of criteria as critical for the future of Commodore, including: ability to perform in local conditions; affordability; external styling; interior space; handling; power, acceleration; towing ability; and offering variants including luxury and sport.
GM Executive Vice President and President of GM International, Stefan Jacoby, said the decision to retain the Commodore nameplate for Holden next generation large car was not taken lightly.
"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," Mr Jacoby said.
"The current VF Commodore has set new standards for quality and driveability and continues to perform well in New Zealand and Australian markets. 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."
Very interesting - 9 speed auto and the size of a Commodore/Caprice.
It has been described as both AWD and RWD. Could end up being built by Opel and Buick.
I have found 7 reports about it, but none say if it was on the Zeta 2 platform.
ACCORDING to Joshua Dowling, the iconic Chevrolet Corvette sports car is heading for Holden showrooms to become the brand’s hero car once manufacturing comes to an end in 2017.
The boss of General Motors’ international division, Stefan Jacoby — the man who in December 2013 made the tough call to close the Elizabeth assembly line — told Australian media in Detroit that Holden will have a “halo model” after the V8 Commodore dies.
Mr Jacoby stopped short of confirming which car it will be, but there are only two V8 performance vehicles in the GM line-up that could possibly fit: the new Chevrolet Camaro or the next version of the Corvette.“We will bring a true sports car to Australia for the brand Holden,” said Mr Jacoby. “It will be something which fulfils the requirement of a true Holden sports car.”
Beyond that, Mr Jacoby was coy about giving any further details other than it will be a V8 and arrive in 2018.
This means that although V8 versions of the homegrown Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore may be reaching the end of the road forever, both will be replaced by iconic US muscle cars.
Ford is due to release the Mustang at the end of this year priced from $50,000 while the Corvette is not due in Australian showrooms until 2018, the year after the Holden factory closes in Elizabeth.
There is one catch however. The flagship version of the Corvette will likely have a price close to $100,000 — the same as a current HSV GTS sedan — by the time exchange rates and shipping costs are taken into account.
The next Commodore is a front-wheel-drive fleet sedan from Germany with a choice of four-cylinder or V6 power — just like the Toyota Camry.
At the unveiling of the current Chevrolet Corvette in Detroit in January 2013, the then boss of General Motors Dan Akerson told News Corp Australia the sports-car would be made in right-hand-drive and would be coming to Australia “soon”.
But less than 24 hours later his second-in-command Tim Lee, at the time the head of GM’s international operations, said: “I have no idea what (General Motors CEO Dan Akerson) said but we have no plan to put a right-hand-drive under that bonnet. The Corvette is a Chevrolet, it’s not a Holden, it never will be, next question.”
When Mr Lee was asked how two senior executives with intimate knowledge of the company could make such a faux-pas about the Corvette, Mr Lee said: “I recognise what my boss said, I recognise what (the chief engineer) said, I am telling you as the operating guy in charge there is no plan. I respect my boss, I love my boss. But I think he was giving you an exhortation.”
When pressed again on how such a senior colleague could get such key facts wrong during a media presentation, Mr Lee said during a roundtable interview: “We can spend the entire 20 minutes talking about this. This is a non-story from my point of view. You can write what you want to write.”
At the Corvette unveiling, when asked if the new model would be made in right-hand drive, the boss of General Motors Dan Akerson told News Corp Australia “yes”. When asked when, he replied “soon”.
The chief engineer of the new Corvette, Tadje Juechter, then said: “We want the Corvette to come to Australia. I get letters from Australia all the time. Our primary competition sells left- and right-hand-drive, so that’s what we want to do. Our plan is to make this a truly global car.”
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