R.I.P Holden Commodore: Iconic Aussie car to be retired

One of Australia’s most enduring cars is being axed with Holden announcing it will retire the Commodore at the end of the year.

The current ZB model will be the last ever Commodore to be produced, 41 years after the launch of the first VB model.

The Astra is also on the way out as Holden shifts its focus to SUVs and utes.


Holden’s interim chairman and managing director Kristian Aquilina says the decision was not taken lightly.

“The large sedan was the cornerstone of Australian and New Zealand roads for decades,” Mr Aquilina said in a statement.

“But now with more choice than ever before, customers are displaying a strong preference for the high driving position, functionality and versatility of SUVs and utes.”

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The Commodore was Australia’s highest-selling car for 15 years straight, hitting a peak of almost 95,000 sales in 1998 when family cars dominated the market.

More than three million Commodores have been sold since its launch in 1978.

But our love affair with the big car has been on a steady decline with only 5417 Commodores sold in the year to November.

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Holden stopped making the Commodore in Australia in 2017 when it shut down its Elizabeth production plant in Adelaide.

It was replaced with a model manufactured in Germany that never proved a hit down under.

Holden is assuring current Commodore and Astra owners or those who have already placed orders that servicing and warranties will be honoured.