Australia's once iconic Holden Commodore axed after 41 years

Australia's once iconic Holden Commodore axed after 41 years

Holden has axed the Commodore nameplate from its 2020 line-up, ending a badge that carries more than 41 years of history in Australian motoring culture.

Say goodbye to the Holden Commodore.

The Commodore was also Australia's top-selling vehicle for 15 straight years to 2010, and took the chequered flag at Bathurst - Australia's most iconic motor race - for the first time in 1980.

A statement from GM last week said the Commodore's overseas twin, the Buick Regal, went on sale "right around the time that General Motors sold Opel, the German automaker that developed and builds the [Buick Regal and Holden Commodore] to France's [Peugeot-Citroen] Group".

Holden stopped making the Commodore in Australia in 2017 when it shut down its Elizabeth production plant in Adelaide.

Watch and listen: a bit of a sound-off between the old Holden Commodore SS-V Redline V8 and the new VXR V6. (Getty) The new ZB Commodore wagon failed to find buyers.

It was replaced with a model manufactured in Germany that never proved a hit down under.

In a release today, Holden's interim boss Kristian Aquilina acknowledged the Commodore's place as a legend of the Australian automotive landscape for decades.

Australia's auto market has largely fallen out of love with large sedans in recent years, with Commodore sales dwindling after massive peaks in the late 1990s. Holden sources the vehicle from former German GM subsidiary Opel, with GM having to pay Opel to build the cars since Opel was sold to France's PSA Group in 2017. (Supplied) Despite not being made in Australia, the ZB Commodore received good reviews but missed the mark for Australian families keen on SUVs and dual-cab utes. But now with more choice than ever before, customers are displaying a strong preference for the high driving position, functionality and versatility of SUVs and LCVs.

Over its history, the Commodore has powered drivers to 16 touring vehicle and Supercar championships and 26 Bathurst victories.

At its peak in 1998, Commodores in Australia accounted for 217,882 sales.

Two years since Holden ended its Australian manufacturing operations, the company today quietly revealed the Commodore would be discontinued in 2020, along with the once-popular Astra.

Holden is assuring current Commodore and Astra owners or those who have already placed orders that servicing and warranties will be honoured.

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