Will the next Commodore be front-wheel-drive?

Will the next Commodore be front-wheel-drive?

Holden wouldn’t dare take the Commodore front-wheel-drive would they? At one time this mere suggestion would have had Commodore fans spitting up their beer in disbelief, but in the current automotive climate it’s not so far-fetched.

Since 1978, the Commodore has been roaring around wearing body styles ranging from coupe and sedan to wagon and ute, with Holden selling over 44,000 units last year in Australia alone. While the Commie has been staunchly a rear-wheel drive vehicle, new rumours are surfacing that the front-engine/rear-drive layout may not be in the cards for much longer.

The next-generation Commodore is due to appear by 2015 and it’s possible that General Motors may switch it to just another boring front-wheel driver. Why? For increased fuel-efficiency something that is desperately needed for the Commodore to stay alive in the future and the front-wheel drive platforms are the ones set up to deliver the highest fuel efficiency.

There are unconfirmed reports that the next-gen Commodore could ride on the Super Epsilon II platform, which it will potentially share with GM’s next Chevrolet Impala and the upcoming Cadillac XTS.

A front driving Commodore is a hard pill to swallow for enthusiasts and while we can all understand the reasons behind the change, how damaging would it really be for the Comodore brand?

Holden wouldn’t dare take the Commodore front-wheel-drive would they? At one time this mere suggestion would have had Commodore fans spitting up their beer in disbelief, but in the current automotive climate it’s not so far-fetched.

Since 1978, the Commodore has been roaring around wearing body styles ranging from coupe and sedan to wagon and ute, with Holden selling over 44,000 units last year in Australia alone. While the Commie has been staunchly a rear-wheel drive vehicle, new rumours are surfacing that the front-engine/rear-drive layout may not be in the cards for much longer.

The next-generation Commodore is due to appear by 2015 and it’s possible that General Motors may switch it to just another boring front-wheel driver. Why? For increased fuel-efficiency something that is desperately needed for the Commodore to stay alive in the future and the front-wheel drive platforms are the ones set up to deliver the highest fuel efficiency.

There are unconfirmed reports that the next-gen Commodore could ride on the Super Epsilon II platform, which it will potentially share with GM’s next Chevrolet Impala and the upcoming Cadillac XTS.

A front driving Commodore is a hard pill to swallow for enthusiasts and while we can all understand the reasons behind the change, how damaging would it really be for the Comodore brand?

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