Holden dumps Commodore from line-up


"The reason we all feel such a connection with it is that it was such a popular vehicle - it was Australia's most popular auto for 15 years straight from 1996 to 2010", Inwood said.

In a move that has shocked the automotive industry, both the ZB Commodore and BK Astra will be withdrawn from the market next year as Holden looks to narrow its portfolio exclusively to SUVs and light commercial vehicles. This year it is projected to come in at about 8,700 units.

This is a far cry from its heyday, when the Commodore was Australia's best-selling auto by far, even hitting the 94 000 mark in 1998, according to CarAdvice.

The Commodore model, which has been present since 1978, will continue to be sold until the existing stocks are depleted.

Of course, there was also a station wagon and an El Camino like single cab bakkie called the Ute, which also featured prominently in South Africa's Chevrolet-badged range.

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Holden will also stop selling the Astra hatchback in 2020 as part of a plan to transition to a mostly SUV and pickup truck lineup.

A statement from GM last week said the Commodore's overseas twin, the Buick Regal, went on sale "right around the time that General Motors sold Opel, the German automaker that developed and builds the [Buick Regal and Holden Commodore] to France's [Peugeot-Citroen] Group".

"The decision to retire the Commodore nameplate has not been taken lightly by those who understand and acknowledge its proud heritage", said Aquilina.

"The large sedan was the cornerstone of Australian and New Zealand roads for decades", he stated earlier today.

"So far this year SUVs and Utes have increased to 76 percent of Holden sales, a trend we only see continuing".

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Most enthusiasts agree the nameplate died when Australian manufacturing ceased production of the VF Commodore in October 2017.

It was replaced with a model manufactured in Germany that never proved a hit down under. But now with more choice than ever before, customers are displaying a strong preference for the high driving position, functionality and versatility of SUVs and LCVs.

A further 15 models were subsequently introduced, during which time the word "Commodore" nearly became synonymous with Holden itself.

Of course, the same can't be said of traditional passenger cars - while the large vehicle segment accounted for 10 per cent of the total new auto sales market a decade ago, it is a meagre 1.7 per cent today following buyer's shift in preference towards SUVs.

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