How about a new Holden Monaro? The last coupe, penned by former design boss Mike Simcoe and based on the VT Commodore, proved wildly popular.
Could a new muscly two-door Holden, based on the VF Commodore, pull the same trick? We think so, but with Australia's automotive manufacturing future looking cloudy, a new niche model like the Monaro is unlikely.
Still, that didn't stop designers close to the VF Commodore project from imagining how such a model might look.
The 3D model shown here was conceived as a side project by Holden designers Simon Gow and Peter Hughes, with assistance from design group, Dsine International.
In fact, it was a video on Dsine’s Facebook page that first brought the concept to the motoring-world’s attention.
“If we could we would! We would all love a new Monaro,” comments accompanying the video said.
Dsine says the concept was kicked off by designer Toby Robinson as a part of his digital sculpting training at Holden Design, under the guidance of senior modeller Dave Kaylor (from Dsine International).
The company added that the project was executed “after hours” and is intended only as an idea of what a VF Commodore coupe could look like.
Holden was quick to deny rumours of a Monaro comeback, of course. It would take a strong export opportunity to make this one happen - and with the related Camaro already on the international Chevrolet roster, the Monaro is very unlikely to make a return.
At least, for now, thanks to a design team who dared to dream, we will have these images to remind us of what could have been.
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