General Motors is going to shut down its production activities in Australia next year and as such one would think models that were manufactured there would get the axe.
But apparently in the case of the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS high performance sedan things don’t looks so grim. That’s because a recent report calls the comments made by Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser, who declared on the sidelines of the New York International Auto Show there’s a big probability the Chevrolet SS would get an all new generation – this time around of course not based on the Holden-produced model. “It sells what it’s supposed to,” the executive commented about the Chevy SS. “And we haven’t announced an end date to it, so we’re just … we know that there are some decisions made on the Zeta [platform], that are imminent, and right now we’re just focused on the new ’17 model, which is great. It has the LS3 with the manual and the active exhausts, and it’s a great car.”
The manager of course refrained from delivering too many details – not willing to say if another global sedan platform would be good to base the new generation Chevy SS on or if it would continue to use that strong V8 engine. He also declined to say if the model – if green lit – would also get a right-hand drive version to cater for the Australian market. There are also previous rumors that Gm is going to develop a new rear-wheel drive sports sedan using the Alpha platform that currently has the Camaro and Cadillac ATS and CTS, with the vehicle to be produced in the US and even make the trip to Australia.