Holden Commodore to live on in Australia! Iconic nameplate to survive despite American twin getting the chop

Holden’s Commodore will live on Australia, despite its parent company’s decision to axe the sedan and wagon from its lineup.

In the USA, Buick has confirmed plans to axe the struggling Buick Regal from its range, as General Motors shifts its focus to SUVs over sedans

It was initially thought that would spell the end of the Commodore in Australia, but Holden has today confirmed the iconic nameplate will live on for the foreseeable future.

A Holden spokesperson has today confirmed the once-homegrown hero will live on, with the brand promising to launch the about-to-be-facelifted Commodore next year

“Yes, Buick has confirmed that the Regal will no longer be offered in the US and Canada, but it will continue to be sold in volume by GM in China. Buick’s changes to their model lineup aren’t directly relevant to Holden,” the spokesperson said.

“We are in the process of introducing the MY20, and we are still selling Commodores. If anything changes in regard to Commodore we will tell you.”

Australia’s positioning sits in contrast to America, where GM has confirmed the Commodore – badged the Opel Insignia in Europe – is destined for the chopping block, with the USA confirming the news to local media overnight.

“Buick continues to be ahead of the consumer shift towards SUV”, a spokesperson told US press. “In fact, nearly 90 percent of Buick sales to date this year have been crossovers. Although the Regal will no longer be offered in the U.S. and Canada, it will be sold in China, where demand for sedans remains significant.”

As reported on CarsGuide, a new Opel Insignia, which will feed the 2020 Commodore, has just been teased overseas. The large sedan and wagon features redesigned headlights, a fresh grille insert and a new bumper, while its rear also gets a tweaked bar as well as dual exhaust tailpipes for certain models.

The Commodore has shifted 5417 units to the end of November 2019, a drop of 37.4 per cent year on year, but still enough to secure second position on Holden’s annual sales rankings.