Good news, Aussie car fans. The Commodore lives. But the evidence keeps piling up that the next one will be a front-drive car bearing little to no resemblance to the current RWD muscle car.
The Australian, reporting on the VF Commodore launch event, says that we’ve got about three more years to enjoy the current rear-drive car.
After the speech, Devereux told the frazzled media scrum: “This [Commodore] will run through to the end of 2016. After that time we are going to be putting two global architectures into the [Adelaide] plant, one of them will underpin the next Commodore.”
To make sure he wasn’t misunderstood, Devereux repeated: “There is another Commodore coming after this one. We’re going to build it in Adelaide on a [global] architecture.”
The Australian reports that the next Commodore will be a Toyota Camry sized vehicle that will be sold as a Buick in other markets. That jibes with previous reports of a global, front-drive architecture coming to replace the rear-drive one. At best, we may see some kind of Alpha platform vehicle utilized in the future, but the front-drive Commodore is going to happen. Australia’s automotive tastes have turned upside down over the past five years, and the Commodore’s popularity with the buying public isn’t nearly what it used to be.