By on June 3, 2014

Opel_Insignia_Sports_Tourer_OPC_–_Frontansicht,_13._März_2011,_Wuppertal

Come 2017, Holden will cease producing cars in Australia, ending a decades long lineage of big, rear-drive, V8 powered sedans. But their high-performance HSV division is expected to survive the transition, albeit in a very different form.

The re-hiring of HSV Chief Engineer John Stoddart is seen as a positive move by the Australian Motor Press, who took his departure to be a sign of a bleak future for Holden’s performance shop. But as Carsguide rightly points out, there is no V8 slated for the post-Commodore world, and Holden’s next sedans are said to be front-drive models with four and six cylinder engines.

What could be in the cards? Apparently, an Opel Insignia mule with a twin-turbo V6 has been spotted, which would mean something like an Aussie Rules version of the Insginia OPC. I’m still holding out hope for something on the Alpha platform…even if it does come with two fewer cylinders than I’m hoping for.

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

21 Comments on “Hot Holdens In The Post-2017 Era: Get Ready For The HSV Insignia...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    The front of that looks like a previous gen C-Class. And in black, it looks odd with the greyed out wings flanking the valances.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    I’m sure every commodore fan out there would appreciate killing the name versus putting it on an economy sedan.

    Honestly your not going to trick anyone. You’ll reuse the name, it cannot compete with its predecessors and will end up failing. The commodore name will be soured and hurt people’s idea of Holden forever. Name it a different name so it doesn’t have to live up to the commodore and can succeed and keeps the brand from being a mess.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Hey man, you want a Commodore? We’ll sell you an Opel.
      You want a Buick? We’ll sell you an Opel.
      Are you Chinese? We’ll sell you a Commodore, or a Buick.
      Are you American? We’ll sell you a Daewoo.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        I want an Oldsmobile.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        Pretty damn spot on.
        If the market wants the vehicles, offer them, but for goodness sake don’t try to sell vehicles using the shadows of their predecessors to do it.
        Its like manufacturers think they can cheap out a vehicle as long as they are able to use its predecessor to sell it.

        No one that dreams of or makes reality of a dream for a 6.2 commodore is going to have any positive feelings for a twin turbo FWD wreck, it simply cannot carry on the legacy it built.

    • 0 avatar
      Ion

      It worked for the Malibu, impala, maxima, I’m sure there’s others. An established nameplate is better than a new nameplate.

  • avatar
    Pebble

    Long live the RWD V8 Holden. Shame on GM.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      The only RWD V8 Holden I ever did see was in South Korea, as a Daewoo Statesman.

      Big car!

      http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/gallery/DAEWOOStatesman-2196_7.jpg

      The earlier one actually looked like a Catera at the front.

  • avatar
    carguy

    There should be plenty of opportunity for HSV to put their hot sauce on a range of GM vehicles. Once the Commodore is gone the Camaro will most likely be sold in Australia and there is a good chance that Cadillac will also enter that market.

  • avatar
    Scout_Number_4

    What a shame–I guess now we’ve truly seen the “last of the V8 interceptors.”

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Gosh, I bet that wagon comes with a six speed manual and a diesel…

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I still think GMH could of have been retained, but not in it’s current form.

    GMH and HSV could have produced prestige performance vehicles for the global market to compete with the Euro marques.

    Holden has designed some great handling cars in the recent past.

    But, economic realities are just that. Why produce a car if the taxpayer needs to subsidise the industry? It’s wasting money that could better used.

  • avatar
    ajla

    So Australia can have a V6 Insignia, but we still can’t?

    Take the LT1, knock off two cylinders off, add forced induction, call it the 3800 Series IV, embroider the Buick-6 logo on the seats and under the hood, sell it in NA and AUS, and make a few people on TTAC happy.

  • avatar
    Jethrow

    I have owned a few Commodores and HSV’s, all bought because of the V6 or V8, and all rear wheel drive. Before them I owned Kingswoods and Sandmans, again 6′s or 8′s, and rear wheel drive.

    But now it seems I will never buy another (new) Holden post 2017. And a double never for a faux commodore with FWD. My heart is saddened.

  • avatar
    OzSRV

    Come 2017, Australians will be holding onto their older home built cars longer than they would have before. I’ll be keeping mine for life. At least the Insignia isn’t chinese made, not yet anyway.


Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Subscribe without commenting

Recent Comments

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributing Writers

  • Jack Baruth, United States
  • Brendan McAleer, Canada
  • Marcelo De Vasconcellos, Brazil
  • Vojta Dobes, Czech Republic
  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Cameron Aubernon, United States
  • J Emerson, United States