The new Holden boss acknowledged the changing market space and the long history of the Commodore model life.
The manufacturer today announced it was electing to retire the ZB Commodore and the BK Astra from its 2020 portfolio, which will exclusively feature SUVs and light commercial vehicles.
Australia's Holden Commodore in its previous guises was once an iconic rear-wheel sedan that also formed the basis of South Africa's Chevrolet Lumina SS and the United States market's Chevrolet SS, both V8-powered brutes that provided plenty of good old fashioned bang for the buck.
The VF may have been the last Aussie Commodore, but the ZB is the last over all.
More than three million Commodores have been sold since 1978.
The Commodore, which also came as station wagon and ute variants, was loved across the nation for its Australian-tuned suspension, large interior room and accessibility of parts.
The Commodore was manufactured in Australia up until 2017, when Holden closed its plant in Elizabeth, South Australia.
Watch and listen: a bit of a sound-off between the old Holden Commodore SS-V Redline V8 and the new VXR V6.
"Holden is taking this decisive action to ensure a sharp focus on the largest and most buoyant market segments", said Holden interim chairman and managing director Kristian Aquilina.
"The decision to retire the Commodore nameplate has not been taken lightly by those who understand and acknowledge its proud heritage", he said.
Australia's vehicle market has largely fallen out of love with large sedans in recent years, with Commodore sales dwindling after massive peaks in the late 1990s.
A further 15 models were subsequently introduced, during which time the word "Commodore" nearly became synonymous with Holden itself. (Supplied) Despite not being made in Australia, the ZB Commodore received good reviews but missed the mark for Australian families keen on SUVs and dual-cab utes.
"Now, with more choice than ever before, customers are displaying a strong preference for ..."
Holden is axing the Commodore after decades as its top-selling auto and 26 wins at Bathurst.
At the peak of large auto sales in 1998, Australians bought more than 217,000 vehicles, but those figures are likely to reach only about 8700 cars this year.
Holden will continue sales and deliveries of the Commodore and Astra through 2020 with "diminishing model availability" until they run out.