The days of rear-wheel-drive Commodores are definitely over.
For years, Americans pined over the cool cars and utes built by General Motors in Australia. The Pontiac GTO and G8, as and short-lived Chevy SS came to the US, serving as reminders of what we were missing. Suddenly, the country ceased car production entirely. The final Chevy SS rolled off the assembly line in May of 2017 and the final Holden Commodore, on which the SS was based, ended production a few months later.
Now that Australia's automotive manufacturing sector has disappeared, the Holden brand has been reduced to selling boring, rebadged versions of US-built GM cars such as the Chevy Equinox SUV.
According to GoAuto, Holden chairman and managing director, Dave Buttner, has hinted at a US-based lineup in as few as five years from now. In order to make this a reality, Holden has reportedly gained access to all of GM's vehicle divisions including Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac.
Holden recently launched a rebadged version of the GMC Acadia, and at the Australian launch event, Buttner talked about other potential fits for the Holden brand. One of these included a larger pickup truck to sit above the Holden Colorado, which would likely be based on the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.
This news hints that Holden will likely lose the rights to build the Astra and Commodore, which are both now built on PSA-owned Opel platforms. These models will likely last until 2022 and 2023 when their respective contracts run out. This also puts the Buick Regal at risk because it too is based on the PSA-owned Opel Insignia.
Chances are, Australia will start to see an influx of boring GM models, most of which will be crossovers and SUVs. However, there is a chance Holden could import Cadillac models, which may potentially include some next generation V models. Don't worry Australia, there's always hope - and if Holden doesn't bring over any sporty cars, at least you can have the Camaro.