The boss of General Motors’ European division has suggested that the next Holden Commodore is likely to be a rebadged Opel Insignia sedan.

Karl Thomas Neumann hinted at the news while talking with Australian media at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday and said that “Australians will like this car a lot”. Asked how many new vehicles would be exported from Germany and shipped to Australia, Mr Neumann answered, “as many as possible.”

Whispers that the new Insignia would be the Commodore replacement surfaced soon after Holden announced it would be closing its Elizabeth production plant in 2017. However, until now, Holden and General Motors executives had refused to confirm the rumour.

Holden is now mulling over whether or not the new sedan and wagon will bear the Commodore name or adopt the Insignia tag.

The new model will be front-wheel drive, a feature that is likely to stir controversy for Commodore fans – since its first appearance in 1978 the Commodore has always delivered power through the rear wheels. There will be no V8 option available, with the Insignia available with a four-cylinder or V6 turbo engine.