Holden boss Mike Devereux confirmed to the media today that work has already begun on an all-new Australian-built Commodore, due in the latter half of this decade.
Speaking at a preview event for the VF Commodore, which will go on sale later this year, Mr Devereux poured cold water on reports that the VF would be the last ever model in the line.
“A lot of folks have been speculating about whether VF is the last Commodore.” Mr Devereux said. “I can categorically tell you that we have already begun working on the Commodore that comes after [VF]."
UPDATE - MAY 2013: Pricing and photos for the new VF Commodore have been released. Click here.
Mr Devereux also confirmed that it will be an all-new product and not an extensive refresh of the nearly seven year-old VE platform.
“[VF] will run until the end of 2016. After that time we will be putting two new architectures into the plant, one of them will underpin the Commodore that replaces the VF," he said.
However, it appears unlikely that the next Commodore will be an entirely in-house Holden project, with Devereux saying that General Motors, rather than Holden, has started working on the next-gen Commodore.
“General Motors has started working on it. The team here is obviously involved in that, as they are involved in all sorts of different [projects],” he said.
Devereux was also keen to allay fears that Holden’s large car would move away from the Commodore name.
“The reason why I wanted to lay this down today, to end the media speculation, is that people love this nameplate,” he said.
Asked if Holden had been considering other names for its VF replacement, Devereux said that there were “Absolutely no debates about it internally”.
However, Mr Devereux refused to be drawn on any technical details of the next-generation Commodore, and declined to comment on whether it would remain rear wheel-drive or move to a front wheel-drive platform.
Beyond the Zeta platform that underpins the VE and VF Commodore, the next-generation car could potentially make use of the new Alpha platform underpinning the Cadillac ATS.
The Alpha platform is a front engined, RWD architecture that could, at a stretch, accommodate a car the size of the Commodore.
But that’s just speculation for now, as nobody within Holden will either confirm or deny any aspect of the new Commodore’s layout.
“Right now we haven’t even started building the one that’s called VF, so we’ll leave all that speculation for now,” Mr Devereux said.
“There is another Commodore coming after this one. we’re going to build it in Adelaide on a fantastic architecture and you’re just going to have to wait about three years to find out what that is."
Holden will unveil its all-new VF Commodore this weekend. Stay tuned to TMR for all the details.