Commodore launches in NZ as GM looks to the future

Holden’s long-awaited new Commodore was unveiled in Auckland yesterday and will go on sale in a couple of months.

The importance of the car to Holden New Zealand was underlined by the presence of General Motors international president Barry Engle.

The new European-designed front- or all-wheel drive Commodores replace Holden’s iconic Australian-built rear wheel drive cars made famous by its big V8 models.

The car is a Holden in New Zealand but is sold as an Opel in Europe and a Buick in the US.

The Commodore comes with a diesel option for the first time but Engle told motoring journalists that electric cars will be a major focus for GM in the next few years.

He said GM now sells more EVs than Tesla and will launch 20 new electric vehicles by 2023.

From next year, all new Holdens will connect to the internet and drivers will be able to start their vehicles with smartphones.

In an interview with Newsroom’s Mark Jennings, Engle talked about the new technologies and how China is the key influencer in the automotive industry.

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