Holden Commodore Top Car in Australia for 15 Years

An astute observer once said that Australians are the people Americans wish they were, which makes sense when one considers the fact that the Holden Commodore has been Australia’s top-selling car for 15 years and Americans wanted but were denied a long love affair like Australia’s when it came to our shores.

GM Australia announced recently that the Holden Commodore has become Australia’s highest-selling vehicle for the 15th consecutive year, according to sales figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) in Australia. That’s right. Kind of like the Ford F-150 was the number one selling vehicle in the United States for a couple decades, the Holden Commodore has ruled the highways in the land down under.

The Holden Commodore came to the United States as the 2009 Pontiac G8 – about the only Pontiac “G” vehicle worthy of the Pontiac name. It was a stylish vehicle with a base V-6 that was nothing to write home about but the GT trim level came with a 361-horsepower, 6.0-liter V8 that was a hoot to drive. The GXP version packed a 6.2-liter V8 from Corvette that created 402 horsepower.

But the Pontiac brand was pretty phased out just as the G8 hit our shores and it received no marketing support. Plus, it just came here at an overall bad time in our economy, which further sealed its fate because people just weren’t buying cars, let along large performance sedans.

Yet, the Commodore continues to do well in England’s former penal colony. The figures show 45,956 Commodores were sold throughout 2010, cementing the vehicle’s status as the number one car in the country, a record unbroken since 1996.



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