It was a foregone conclusion that when native manufacturing left Australia, that promoting an imported product was going to face an uphill battle. Each Ford and Holden loyalists weren’t going to be too thrilled about shedding their native identities. Holden, particularly, hasn’t had a good time because the final of the V8, rear-drive Commodores had been produced. Because the VF collection ended manufacturing, the model has discovered itself in a single hell of a rut. Holden’s complete lineup is a mix-mash of GM merchandise rebadged, akin to Acadia and Equinox, Daewoo-sourced automobiles just like the Barina and Spark, and Opel merchandise, which at the moment are sourced from the Peugeot catalog. So, to an Australian who has fond reminiscences of Holden previous, what do you select: an American crossover, a Korean metropolis automobile, or what’s now a previously GM, now French, sedan that’s proudly sporting the nameplate of your former hero?
We’ve pushed one of many new Opel Insignia-based vehicles that the ZB Commodore shares the platform with, the Buick Regal TourX. We discovered it completely competent and an exquisite various to a sport-utility automobile, however we additionally discovered it to be…properly…boring. It’s not a foul automobile, however there isn’t a damned factor to get excited over about it. And being blunt, I’m fairly certain that even in Regal GS trim, it’s not going to lift my pulse any. However the final time we had a Buick price mentioning in any respect was the 1997-2004 Buick Regal GS, that got here with a minimum of 240 horsepower and sufficient front-tire melting functionality that it made for a enjoyable day by day driver. Or, attain again to the Grand Nationwide or GSX for historical past’s sake. Now take a look at Holden’s historical past with the Commodore…4 generations, six and eight cylinders, together with a flirtation with Nissan’s RB six cylinder, and each home-grown and American-sourced V8, plus the racing historical past. All gone, now on a rebadged Opel.
In accordance with a narrative in whichcar.com.au, Holden has barely moved greater than a pair thousand Commodores and Equinoxes and has requested that factories give up manufacturing them to allow them to knock down a glut of automobiles within the gross sales banks. However with very sturdy emotions in opposition to the Commodore and the Equinox tanking about as badly, it leaves us questioning if GM would possibly contemplate revisiting the thought of an Australia-based undertaking rapidly, as an alternative of simply slapping an Australian nameplate onto a random in-house product.
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