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The design of the 2013 Holden Commodore will come into focus next month when its US-bound cousin, the Chevrolet SS, debuts in NASCAR specification in Las Vegas.

US motorsports website Speed TV reports the 2013 Chevrolet SS NASCAR Sprint Cup car will be revealed for the first time in full race livery at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 29, around three months out from the road car’s official public debut at the Daytona 500 in February. Chevrolet has since confirmed the car’s planned appearance to a number of US sources.

The Chevrolet SS will be based on the upcoming Holden VF Commodore, which is scheduled to go on sale in Australia in the first half of 2013.

While NASCAR racers don’t wear production panels, the vehicles feature painted-on lights, grilles and other distinguishing design features that promise to give us a clear indication of what to expect from the 2013 production model.

As our earlier renderings revealed, the new Commodore is set to take inspiration from its production line sibling, the Cruze small car, as well as the all-new mid-sized Malibu sedan.

Although Holden’s investment in the VF Commodore will be smaller than the $1 billion development cost of the VE, the new car is set to become more fuel efficient thanks to the introduction of aluminium panels, improved aerodynamics and revised engines and transmissions. The cabin is also set to become decidedly more upmarket with higher quality materials, and new technology and infotainment systems.

The Chevrolet SS will be produced in left-hand drive at GM Holden’s assembly plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, and exported to the US in what is expected to be a low-volume program of a few thousand cars.

The SS will become the first Chevrolet-badged rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in North America in 17 years, and is almost certain to feature a V8 engine.

Holden last week confirmed the all-new Cruze would be one of the two next-generation vehicles it will produce locally during the second half of this decade, but at this stage has made no guarantee that the Commodore nameplate will continue beyond the new VF, which is likely to run until 2018.




  • Peanut

    Let the negative Holden comments begin in 3….2….1

    • Troll

      Ugly ugly ugly ugly fugly!

      • DoubleBlue

         Agree agree agree agree fugly!

      • Aussie and proud

        idiot

        • JamesB

          Holden dealer, much?

        • Aussieboyforeva

          DUUHHHH!!!!! he’s a troll!

    • $29896495

      Ok Peanut here’s one for you: You realise it will be essentially the same car. Both Ford and Holden are beating the drum on face lifts. Different headlights and tail lights grills etc. 

      We are not talking rebody here. But if it rocks your boat, happy for you.

      • DanielD

        All manufacturers do that. 

      • Joker

        So appropriate that they reveal a supposedly Australian car in the US… GO HOLDEN! /sarcasm.

        • $29896495

          Yeah, despite the propaganda from Holden, they haven’t been designing cars here since the Opel Commodore. Some people choose to believe differently though, the G6/Torana American designed was the basis for the current Commodore. Everything below that has come from the US via Korea.

          • Bigjv

            Huw, idk if u know what you are talking about, because after Opel announced it would stopped making and designing the “OPEL Omega” upon which the earlier versions of the commodore were based, Holden designed and engineered the new ‘Zeta’ Platform in Aus, so the VE is an Australian designed and engineered car.

            However you are right in saying everything else in the holden range is just a dodgy chevwoo with a holden badge on the front

          • $29896495

            Hi, I understand what’s been said, but, like the drawings of the Opel Shell on the wall, which they claim they designed, I think such platform claims are false. The smaller version of our Commodore was the G6, which was displayed  at the Sydney motor show as a Torana. That car is now gone. (Oprah gave away a whole heap of them when they first came out) It struck me then, that visually there was very little difference between them. So I drew my conclusions from that, taking into account the previous Opel link, which has been supplying designs if not panels way back in the 60s. Plus the design testing going on in US etc.I could gone on but I hope that’s enough to explain it.

  • nugsdad

    looks good to me and after years of being ripped off by Germans I think I might just go the HSV version which is tipped to go north of 400kw

    • DoubleBlue

       In your “Mark Skaife” dreams, little boy……nugsdad?

  • Goodfa

    Ford are really talking up the 2014 Falcon as well.

    Let’s hope the VF and the new Falcon can bring some life back to the large car segment.

    • Bigjv

      I agree, but its a shame because its most likely that these will be the last fully locally designed cars for the foreseeable future.

      From 2018, the fools at GMH will be trying to sell us their ‘world class’ garbage. The Commodore and its derivatives (caprice, hsv etc.), are the only decent cars that holden has had in its range for the past half-decade and its loss will be a big shot to the brand.

      While in the blue oval’s corner, it seems that the falcon will be replaced by Ford’s standard international front-wheel drive Taurus.

      So all that makes our local rwd, powerful cars unique is soon to be lost…

      • Rocket

        I dont think Ford Australia will bother with the Taurus as the new Mondeo will be big enough for most but more likely will be working on a RWD sports sedan post 2016 based on the new 2014 Mustang platform. Doubt it will come cheaply as a Falcon though and may be an import only unfortunately.

        • DanielD

          There is also the issue that Mondeo sized FWD cars have never sold well for Ford in Australia and the Mondeo itself is a poor seller in Australia and has always underperformed even Fords conversative sales estimates.

          Going Mondeo or some like it, basically translates into Ford Australia giving up on the market that was Falcon. 

          • $29896495

            If you read the story regarding the Ford Australia manager you would see that, giving up is just what they have done. They are promoting on the internet with email campaigns  the MOST ineffective way of selling something. You can always tell when ford don’t have their heart in something, they do the least amount of promotion possible. It’s their MO. Look at their history. 

          • JooberJCW

            Is it Ford Australia or Ford Global, as in a another topic I raised the question that if local manufacturing dies here, people lose their jobs (Aka Mitsubishi), and thats what Ford Australia doesn’t want to happen, but its a shrug of the shoulders on Ford Global’s part.

          • $29896495

            When it come down to it, Global pulls the strings. The local managers as with Holden just parrot what they are told.

    • Aussie and proud

      At last some common sense, the knockers probably haven’t ever driven the Falcon or Commodore, just little 2nd hand import buzz boxes 

  • PIZZA

    Bring it on!! Go Holden!!

  • Dave W

    I have little confidence in local large cars’ longevity but at least this car seems to look better than that double nostrils design.

    • $29896495

      In looking at the Malibu, I realized that they have graphed the Malibu front on the Commodore. Wonder if that’s really the case?

  • Michael Lock

    The NASCAR body is the same as all the others, exactly!!! The only difference is the sticker/vinyl treatment for the headlights so what sort of indication or preview is that. 
    Now if V8 Supercars previewed it instead it would resemble the actual car a bit more, at least in body shape and style.

    • Goodfa

      That is currently the case but in 2013 they will not be exactly the same .

      They will look a little more like the road going version.

  • Sonic

    “The new Commodore is set to take inspiration from its production line sibling, the Cruze small car.”

    Why do I feel slightly worried about this?

    • Force-15

      I’m more worried about it taking cues from the *retch* Malibu. Hopefully the production VF Commodores don’t have the pronounced ‘ducktail’ bootlid I’ve seen on camouflaged examples in spy shots. Never mind the exterior though, the interior needs a significant improvement over the VE.

    • $29896495

      Because you probably have an ounce of intelligence and some good taste. Unlike the the guys at chev designing our new Commodore.

      • Davekees

        The guys where are designing it do you think. Try again

        • $29896495

          Pardon me, You want to try again with that question?

          • Davekees

            I dont need to. There are those that guess things and those who know

          • $29896495

            So you are one of those that guess, for example we do everything here in Australia, no matter what actually happens. 

          • Davekees

            Lets put it this way … I dont have to guess

          • $29896495

            Well, that’s quite empty and meaningless. There’s a lot of knowledge kicking around here, with various people, if you have some why not share it. If not you are just taking up space.

  • F1orce

    I’m cannot wait for the next Kommi

    • JooberJCW

      I can’t wait for both Falcon and Commodore, as this will be a make or break. I hope it will be something everyone will go wow and put their money on. For the sake of our industry, pride and market choice!

      • F1orce

        Yeah i hope so too..

        But i almost certainly know that it will not be anything special. 

        –Probably won’t happen, but it would be totally awesome if the next Falcon could have the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 

        That engine is incredible, in stock form it takes the 2 tonne Taurus from 0-100km/h in 5 seconds! 

        Gives 335i’s a run for their money  

  • Bad News

    Go the Commodore

    • Schah7

       Bad News would be more appropriate.!

      • Bad News

        Your just Jealous

        • Schah7

           I like the look of the current Commodore & the long wheelbase/wide track & engine behind the front axle line design. Also the compact/modern alloy v6 BUT “Jealous” ah NO especially with that Noah Arc-Briggs&Strattion thing your call a v8. Rather a 5 litre DOHC 4valve V8 in the FALCON thanks

          This is a reply to you also “Aussie and Ignorant”

      • Aussie and proud

        when you grow up and progress to a rear car come back and talk to us……….idiot

        • JamesB

          If you just read the Carsguide section of last Friday’s Herald Sun, the VE is already having a myriad of issues. What’s to be proud about that?

          • Schah7

             Exactly

          • Bad News

            Don’t all cars have problems, Most of my family have Holdens and we have never had problem unlike the Toyotas, Fords, Nissan and Hyundais we have owned

          • Schah7

             THAT comment was also “Bad News” lol. Actually it just showed how desperate, bias & blind you are.

        • Golfmother

          i know which is the “REAR” , do you know which is the front , cant wait for the final incarnation of this  dinosaur .

  • Ash298

    Is it just me or do those rims look really close to the Mazda RX-8 or Camaro rims……

    • $29896495

      You’re probably right it’s a composite picture. Here’s another revelation, if that’s the way it’s going to look, the front fenders don’t match the back. it’s like a cut and shut of two different cars.

  • BP

    Interesting this event is happening. I don’t think Holden will wait out till long for VF to be released. March/April release looks likely.

    • Schah7

       WHO CARES.

      • rev head

        Go get a LIFE

      • Golfmother

        I would say 1st april would be a good launch date .

        • Schah7

           Yeah Spot on “Golfmother” LOL.!

  • Unidexter Hopping

    Does anyone give a S$&t about this dinosaur?

    • Dennis

      Dinosaur???

      • $29896495

        Any thinking man or woman doesn’t I don’t believe. Well aside from the issue of jobs lost. It’s a shame they didn’t think before they built it and went done and inch or two rather than up three of four. Shrinking it  a little and putting a modern drive train it , we might not be talking about like this now.