Chevrolet SS Wagon and SUV in the Pipeline?


  • Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon Picture

    Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon Picture

    The new Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon is an Australian sibling to the 2014 Chevrolet SS. | February 19, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The unveiling of the new Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute has touched off global speculation about whether variants of the 2014 Chevrolet SS are in the pipeline.
  • The VF Commodore is the Holden version of the 2014 Chevrolet SS.
  • Chevrolet told Edmunds that "at this point we can't confirm additional products joining the portfolio."

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Tuesday unveiling of the new Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute has touched off global speculation about whether variants of the 2014 Chevrolet SS are in the pipeline.

The VF Commodore is the Holden version of the 2014 Chevrolet SS. The Chevrolet SS, a rear-wheel-drive performance sedan, was unveiled to great fanfare on Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway. Chevrolet is selling a rear-wheel-drive sedan in the U.S. for the first time in 17 years.

The 2014 Chevrolet SS will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fourth quarter, alongside a redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Chevrolet told Edmunds that "at this point we can't confirm additional products joining the portfolio."

"The unveiling of the Chevrolet SS performance sedan this weekend has resulted in a lot of speculation that other performance variants may join the Chevrolet lineup," wrote Michael Albano, a Chevrolet spokesman, in response to an e-mailed query from Edmunds.

"At this point we can't confirm additional products joining the portfolio and I must add we are satisfied with a performance family that includes the Corvette, Camaro and now SS."

Holden said that all three Commodore body styles — sedan, Sportwagon and Ute — will go on sale at the same time in mid-2013.

"Our aim with VF was to challenge people's perceptions about our cars and get them excited about large cars again," said Brett Vivian, Holden chief engineer, in a statement.

Australia's Car Sales said Mark Reuss, GM president of North America, indicated the Commodore wagon may be under consideration for the U.S.

"It's a little bit late for Ute," he told Car Sales. "Some people think it'd be a really cool thing to do, but not at a high price. We could never sell it at the price it would need to be."

He added: "I'd love to have it (the Ute) here. We'd have it here in a second — we almost did. (But) The wagon we could charge more for, so it's not too late for the wagon."

Edmunds says: Enthusiasts fear that variants of the 2014 Chevrolet SS would dilute its impact. But the Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute do get the pulse racing.

Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Um, what enthusiasts fear utes and wagons would dilute the SS? Enthusiasts are generally known to love utes and wagons. Where did that conclusion come from? For that matter, where did this article come from? The headline mentions an SUV, but there's nothing about that at all in the article. And where is this speculation, who is speculating, and why? The Commodore has had wagon and ute versions for a long time. Nothing has changed there. And GM is saying they won't come here, just like they didn't come here when the Commodore was rebadged as the G8. There is no story here. This is all rather strange.

  • markstip markstip Posts:

    The Wagon would make a GREAT Buick "Roadmaster"!

  • poisson1 poisson1 Posts:

    >The VF Commodore is the Holden version of the 2014 Chevrolet SS< No, that's wrong. The SS is Chevrolet's version of the Holden Commodore. Designed and built in Australia, exported to the US. (Though admittedly with an American engine and some of the electronics) The strong Aussie dollar will probably make the ute and wagon too expensive for American buyers, but you're getting the sedan at a significant discount over what we will be paying here in Australia.

  • openeyes1 openeyes1 Posts:

    @stovt001; I can see enthusiasts concerns of another overweight bad handling SUV, but a wagon, it's bound to handle a hell of lot better than those elevated top-heavy shoe boxes on wheels.

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