Holden Commodore replacement revealed

By Liz Dobson – in Melbourne

Holden New Zealand's boss has revealed that he has shown his dealers the car that will replace the Commodore.
Holden New Zealand's boss has revealed that he has shown his dealers the car that will replace the Commodore.

Holden New Zealand's boss has revealed that he has shown his dealers the large sedan that will replace the Australia-made Commodore.

The Commodore will no longer be made in Adelaide from 2017 when GM Holden closes down its factory and stop producing the large sedan.

Holden NZ's managing director Jeff Murray said he had confidentially shown his dealers the large sedan in June, and that it may even retain the Commodore badge.

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The company is taking the new product from Opel Europe or GM's US lineup but Murray wouldn't say which one but that it was one of three large sedans available overseas.

He said that a decision on whether the car keeps the iconic Commodore name will be made "in six to eight months".

"We all know the Commodore is disappearing but we will be replacing it with a Commodore-sized vehicle," said Murray.

The 'new' Commodore will be available as a sedan and wagon.

Despite production stopping, sales of the Commodore have been strong with interest in New Zealand for the top-spec SS and Redline models.

Murray was speaking to New Zealand motoring media before the Australasian launch of the 1.4-litre turbo Holden Trax compact SUV in Melbourne today.

GM Holden Australia's new boss, Gerry Dorizas, told media at the Trax press conference that his company was committed to producing the Commodore until 2017 at its Adelaide plant.

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- NZ Herald

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