New Holden Commodore not quite the same as Insignia…
Despite being revealed this week, the next-generation Holden Commodore will launch in Australia in far-off 2018… and it won’t be quite the same as the Opel Insignia.
IT’S BEEN WELL reported that the next-generation Holden Commodore is just a re-badged Opel Insignia, however, looking at the releases from both Holden and Opel there was a key difference. The transmission…
And the reason for that is because the Opel Insignia will be launched next year (2017) and the Holden Commodore in 2018. Why the lag? Holden hasn’t said. But it did say the year’s difference in launch timing was the reason why one would get an eight-speeder and the other a nine.
When the flagship Opel Insignia hits the market next year it will hit the street with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, when the Commodore comes it will run a nine-speed automatic transmission, but everything else will be identical to its Opel badged sibling.
While Holden has been talking about a nine-speed automatic transmission appearing in the Commodore/Insignia for a few months now, General Motors in the US has only just announced the roll-out of the nine-speed automatic. And it won’t say whether the Buick Regal (the Holden Commodore, Opel Insignia) will get the eight, or nine-speed transmission.
Back in 2013, GM and Ford announced they would work together to produce both nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions. And both companies last week announced that they would roll out the nine-speed automatics in a number of refreshed models; GM said it would offer the nine-speed automatic in front-drive vehicles, including Malibu, Cruze and Equinox. A 10-speed automatic will be used in rear-drive vehicles and larger SUVs.
Question: GM has said the nine-speed automatic transmission will only save a few per-cent in fuel consumption… should Holden have launched the new ‘Commodore’ earlier with an eight-speed transmission instead of waiting for the nine-speeder?