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Holden Commodore heading to North America (copyright image)

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18th May, 2012

Holden has announced a new export programme, confirming today that the next model Commodore will be sold in North America from late 2013 as the Chevrolet SS.

The limited production derivative of the yet to be launched VF Commodore will arrive in North American showrooms late next year. It will be the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for retail sale in the US.

The SS will become Chevrolet’s next NASCAR Sprint Cup race car debuting next year in its race configuration at the world renowned Daytona 500 in Florida.

Based on the Australian-built car, the Chevrolet SS will benefit from significant technology advances including innovations in weight reduction and fuel efficiency.

Mark Reuss, GM President of North America said as a passionate race fan and performance enthusiast he was thrilled with this development.

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“I am delighted to say that Chevrolet will deliver a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car in the SS that very closely links the performance sedan that will be available for sale,” Reuss said.

GM Holden’s Executive Director of Engineering Greg Tyus, said Chevrolet and its customers would benefit from Holden’s proven expertise in developing and manufacturing rear wheel drive vehicles.

“Holden has a great track record of producing performance cars for GM and the world,” Mr Tyus said.

“Today's announcement shows that we can, and will, continue to pursue targeted, profitable export programmes that add value to Holden and GM.”

“We continue to export our engineering and design capability around the GM world and we have significant vehicle export programmes to the Middle East, New Zealand and North America.”

This new export programme will take place with Australian tax payer funding.


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