2018 Holden Commodore previewed

Holden have released details this morning of the new Commodore to be released in 2018 which will be replace the locally made Commodore and be the first fully imported Commodore ever and will based on Opels midsize Insignia.
I’ve driven plenty of Commodores over the years and owned quite a few of them as well infact my current car is the only non Commodore i’ve ever owned, I also think the current VF II Commodore is the best Commodore ever made and the new Imported Commodore has massive shoes to live up to.
My personal thoughts from being a Holden fan and customer all my life I am not convinced from what i’ve read and seen so far and not the only person who thinks that Holden should of done the right thing by the Commodore name and retired it when manufacturing ends in this country next year just like Ford has done with the Falcon name.
Sure from what I’m reading and seeing so far the new car will be impressive filled with lots of technology but and from my point of view it’s a massive but the Commodore has always been a large RWD sedan, wagon and Ute available with either a 6cyl or V8, originally there was 4 cyl model as well but we wont mention that. The new one will be a mid size lift back hatch and a sport wagon, no ute model because we don’t buy utes any more we buy pick ups and they have the Colorado for that. It will either be FWD powered by a turbo 4cyl, a turbo diesel (a first for a commodore) or a range topping AWD turbo V6 and no V8 models at all.
The new model will weigh less then the current VF which means fuel economy savings but it will also be smaller then the VF so it means less hip, shoulder and head room then the current model.
Infact in will be 74mm shorter in length, 36mm narrower, 86mm shorter in the wheelbase, 13mm less head room, 58mm less in shoulder room and the Hip room 44mm less. This means 3 adults wont fit as comfortably across the back seat like the current VF.
The big problem I see for Holden is not whether people are going accept the new car being smaller, driven by the front wheels or being without a V8 model the main thing is will people accept this wearing a Commodore badge when a lot of people including myself think the name should have been respectfully retired.
Holden have decided that my blog is no longer big enough for them to supply cars to for me to review so unless they change their mind you will probably never read a review of the Commodore on this site. But this one of the most important cars in Australian motoring so will strive to bring you all the up to date news on the new Commodore when it happens.
Check out the full details from Holden below.

Next-Generation Holden Commodore is Coming

  • First details of Holden’s next-generation Commodore revealed, redefining a four decade legacy
  • First imported Commodore lives up to the legend; V6 flagship boasts 230kW and 370Nm, cutting-edge AWD system and 9-speed transmission  
  • Packed with advanced technology: Active Fuel Management, adaptive suspension, torque-vectoring AWD, matrix lighting system, Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto
  • Extensive Holden Australian engineering development ensures next-generation Commodore lives up to the legendary nameplate with outstanding driving dynamics     
  • Next-generation Holden Commodore on sale in 2018

Holden has today revealed first details of the all-new, next-generation Commodore ahead of its Australian launch in early 2018.
Australia’s first look under the bonnet of the cutting-edge new Commodore reveals a car that will set new benchmarks in its segment for technology, style, practicality and driving dynamics.
Headlined by the V6 flagship model, the first ever imported Commodore will honour the legendary nameplate by being the most technologically-advanced Holden ever. With a cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system channeling 230 kilowatts and 370 Newton metres to the road, combined with adaptive suspension technology, a company-first nine-speed automatic transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, the next-generation Commodore is set to cement the iconic nameplate’s reputation for class-leading driving dynamics and on-road refinement.
Based on General Motor’s new ‘E2’ global architecture, engineered in Germany and shared with the Opel Insignia, the new Commodore has also been co-developed under the expert and watchful eye of Holden’s Australian engineers to ensure the all-new Commodore continues a four-decade tradition of setting new benchmarks.
“Holden has been engaged in this program from the outset to ensure the next-generation Commodore lives up to its legendary nameplate,” said Jeremy Tassone, Holden’s Engineering Group Manager for Vehicle Development.
“We know the first imported Commodore will come under a lot of scrutiny and we know we have a lot to live up to – this car delivers in spades”
“Although we are remain in the early stages of the Holden development process, this is an absolutely world-class car. We’ve taken a precision-engineered German car and endowed it with Holden DNA. It drives like a Commodore should.
“We’ve had our Holden engineers engaged in this global program from the outset and we’re continuing to do extensive tuning and development, racking up thousands of kilometers, at our Lang Lang proving ground in Victoria to ensure it’s got that Holden magic.
“Of course, it helps that the underlying platform is absolutely world class! This global vehicle program, led by Opel in Germany, has produced a phenomenal base for us to work from. The genuinely cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system using active torque vectoring provides incredible traction and handling finesse. The key is what is dubbed the ‘Twinster’ rear drive module. Essentially, the traditional rear differential has been replaced with two individual clutches that not only save weight and improve packaging but provides virtually instantaneous active distribution of torque to the required wheel.
“The overall system monitors inputs from vehicle sensors 100 times per second and constantly adjusts accordingly, it’s extraordinary.”
The V6 engine with the all-wheel-drive system is a combination that the Holden team drove into the global vehicle program because we know our customers and this performance option is important to them. While it may not be built here, we’ll deliver a Commodore that our customers will love in 2018,” said Mr Tassone.
Commodore’s evolution reflects the transformation of the Holden brand and company as it moves to full-line importer of vehicles. But just like Commodore, Holden will remain a powerhouse of the industry and of the local motoring landscape.
“The next-generation Commodore will reset benchmarks in its class, as has every Commodore since 1978,” said Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley.
“What Commodore will also continue to do is carry the family in space and comfort. Commodore will also race in Supercars from 2018 and continue to be on the road as police cars.
“This next-generation vehicle is changing and bringing incredible technology and refinement with it but will continue to offer customers that quintessential Commodore experience they have loved for nearly four decades.
“With the first-ever imported Commodore, we’re delivering our customers an absolutely world-beating vehicle, with the space, practicality, technology and driving pleasure that Commodore has always provided. This is a different kind of Commodore to what has come before but lives up to the nameplate in every respect and will carry our heritage with pride.”


  • Next-generation Commodore built in Germany on all-new, global E2 architecture shared with Opel Insignia
  • Lightweight construction methods result in 200kg – 300kg weight savings compared to current Commodore
  • Flagship model offers V6 AWD drivetrain with Holden-first 9-speed transmission
  • V6 engine delivers 230kW / 370Nm while being incredibly efficient thanks to Stop-Start technology and Active Fuel Management
  • 2.0T petrol and 2.0T diesel front-wheel drive models also coming to Australia
  • Liftback and Sportwagon body-styles
  • Cutting-edge, adaptive all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and twin-clutch (‘Twinster’) rear differential system
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Next-generation matrix lighting system
  • Infotainment includes:
    • Apple Car Play and Android Auto
    • 8-inch configurable LCD instrument display,
    • next-gen head-up display

Pricing, specification, full details of driver, safety and additional infotainment technology to be confirmed closer to launch

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