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Next year's new Holden Commodore will have the same design touches as some European luxury cars.

The Chevrolet NASCAR unveiled in Las Vegas overnight has given Australian car buyers their biggest clue yet to the appearance of the new-look Holden Commodore due next year.

The NASCAR clearly shows the Commodore will adopt a sleeker look in its headlights and grille, and a pronounced bulge in its bonnet. The Commodore looks like it is also poised to adopt front fender vents similar to some Jaguar models -- and the Holden Special Vehicles performance car brand.

The tail-lights will be larger than those illustrated on the NASCAR (they're stickers, not functional) and the bootlid will have a similar edge to it as the BMW 7 Series. "We are not going to discuss any more details on the Holden Commodore or the Chevrolet SS today," said the former boss of Holden Mark Reuss, now the boss of General Motors in North America, who unveiled the car in Las Vegas this morning.

"We will show you the road car at Daytona speed week [in late February]. You will have to wait until then." That means Australian car buyers will get to see the new Holden Commodore four months before production at Adelaide is due to commence, giving Holden dealers the added headache of selling a car when buyers know a new model is around the corner.

But at least Australians will be first to get behind the wheel. The Holden Commodore is due to return to North America as a Chevrolet in the second half of 2013, a few months after it arrives in Australian showrooms. In North America, it will be sold as a V8-only "Performance SS" model. Holden, meanwhile, will reduce the variety of Commodore models it offers in the new line-up, giving preference to sports and luxury versions.

General Motors has not confirmed what engine will power the export version, but it is expected to have the same 6.2-litre LS3 V8 fitted to the Corvette sports car and the HSV vehicles sold in Australia. The Commodore was first sold in North America between 2007 and 2009 but the export deal collapsed after General Motors folded the Pontiac brand in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis.

GM thinks the Commodore will have a better chance at export success the second time around because Chevrolet is a more high profile brand and it has a stronger dealer network.


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  • We are looking forward to another exciting year of NASCAR competition and expect that the new SS race car, with some of the most skilled drivers on the circuit behind the wheel, will distinguish itself on the track

    joni007 Posted on 08 January 2013 4:19am
  • Next year NASCAR are changing the bodies, so each brand's car will have a "real" shape, so this is a relatively good guide to some of the real car body pressings

    Dean T of Melbourne Posted on 06 December 2012 8:47am
  • Paul. While yes that is correct for 2012 NASCAR Stockcar. The 2013 cars have new front end treatment enabling the respective Manufacturer a bit more of its DNA into their stockcars just google 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR and same for Toyota's 2013 Camry Stockcar the dodge is a very good example however it is sad to see it won't line up for 2013.

    Mark Young of Australia Posted on 05 December 2012 6:25pm
  • Does the author realise that all nascars have identical bodies

    Paul Gardner of qld Posted on 03 December 2012 4:08pm
  • um does the author know that all nascars have the same body.....

    Paul Gardner of qld Posted on 03 December 2012 4:07pm
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