Lots of rumors floating around the internet – and one leak – seem to indicate that Chevrolet will bring a version of the current Holden Commodore to the North American market in the model year 2014. We previously saw this same car as the Pontiac G8. GM Inside News has the latest thoughts.
A long wheelbase version of this same car is currently sold to police agencies in the United States. But the shorter wheelbase Commodore is sold in Australia and is exported to Middle Eastern markets under Chevrolet branding.
Styling may change slightly, but the mechanicals will apparently be current (leaving us to wonder where the new 5.5 liter direct-injected V-8 is in the production schedule).
There is an in interesting opportunity here… the Australian V8 Supercars race is coming to the United States in 2013, featuring the Holden Commodore and the Ford Falcon. Neither of these cars are sold in the United States… and if the rumor of the arrival of the Commodore here in 2014 is true, then Chevrolet has a unique marketing opportunity to show the car with Chevrolet badging. And a chance to one-up Ford… where the current and aging Falcon will continue as-is until 2016 under the current plan (and thanks to Australian Government subsidies). It uses a dated platform that was never designed to meet US crash standards – making its own arrival in North America impossible.
Kudos to Chevrolet if these rumors are true!