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THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT from General Motors that its
European arm, Opel and Vauxhall, are to be sold to PSA Group
(manufacturers of Peugeot and Citroën) has set the tongues
wagging and clouded Holden’s future model line-up plans. Many
of their current models, such as the Astra and new Commodore,
are Opel sourced. However, they remain committed to our
market and their target of introducing 24 new models by 2020.
By the end of the year, we will see the launch of the new
Equinox SUV, followed in early 2018 by the new Commodore
(pictured above), which includes the flagship all-wheel-drive VXR.
Later in 2018, the Acadia SUV will go on sale. Both the Equinox
and Acadia will be sourced from North America.
The all-new Commodore, based on the German Opel Insignia,
will be front-wheel-drive and, of course, imported, which are two
big hurdles to overcome for a car that has traded on patriotism
and being rear-wheel-drive. Nor will there be a V8 option; the
soon-to-be-released flagship VXR with a 230kW/381Nm V6 will
be all-wheel-drive and have a nine-speed automatic. Continuous
damping control, three driver settings and 20-inch alloys are
sure to reflect the previous generation’s sporty on-road heritage.
Sedan, hatch and wagon body styles will also be available, and
the new models will be full of innovation and technology. As one
Holden insider put it: “The new model will we be under a lot of
scrutiny and we know we have a lot to live up to.” As a result, you
can expect to see adaptive LED matrix headlamps, large
configurable LCD instrument displays and a head-up display.
Driver assistance technology will include autonomous emergency
braking, adaptive cruise control, speed limit cruise control, lane
depar ture warning, lane keeping assistance, forward collision
alert, side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert.
It will also likely be the most comfortable Commodore ever,
with massage seats, rear one-touch folding seats, heated front
and rear seats, ventilated front seats, express up/down on all
windows, a power-lift gate for the wagon, and active noise
cancellation. It’s hoped this will all be enough to win over Aussie
buyers, lamenting the loss of their local icon.
What’s next for Holden in Australia?
It’s sure to reflect the previous
generation’s sporty on-road heritage
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