Saying goodbye to Holden, but what now?

With news of Holden pulling out of Australia circulating on social media we were naturally brought back to a recent time when General Motors pulled the Opel brand out of South Africa.

At first, there was panic and confusion with tons of questions arising from fans and owners. worry and concern then took over as people thought their vehicles would no longer be supported but a few years down the line and everything is still running as it smoothly as it was.

Isuzu took over a few of the dealerships and service centres allowing a smooth exit for Opel.

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Now in no means are the situations identical but there are some similarities between the two, I think this move gives further insight into General Motors larger plan for their brand, especially with the global hybrid and electric vehicle regulations coming into effect.

General Motors has pulled the pin on Holden in Australia, but that doesn’t mean they instantly cease to exist.
After informing Holden staff around midday yesterday, GM said it will undergo a winding down period of roughly two years with the brand to be completely removed by the end of 2021.

General Motors will also close its Melbourne design studio and test track at Lang Lang on the south-east outskirts of Melbourne. Approximately 600 of the 800 jobs will be lost, with all being awarded redundancies. The remaining workforce of 200 people will take care of Holden’s ongoing service and warranty commitments for up to 10 years.

Can I still buy a Holden?

Yes you can. There are 185 Holden dealerships in Australia and 31 in New Zealand, and the doors will remain open in the foreseeable future. All of those dealerships have yards full of stock which can still be purchased.

What if I already own a Holden? Can I still get parts for my car, or have it serviced?

You can still get parts for your Holden, and you can still have it serviced. As part of their market exit, GM has said approximately 600 of 800 Holden staff will be given redundancies.The remaining 200 staff will form the backbone of Holden’s servicing, warranty and spare parts commitment operating primarily out of their Port Melbourne base.

Where does that leave the Holden Supercar fans?

A confidential proposal put to General Motors will see the Chevrolet Camaro go up against the Ford Mustang in V8 Supercars

The Chevrolet Camaro muscle car could replace the Holden Commodore on the racetrack and go head-to-head with the Ford Mustang as early as next year’s V8 Supercar championship according to a secret proposal seen by CarAdvice.

The rollout of the local racing program for the American Camaro is part of a confidential plan to establish a new niche brand called General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV).

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Holden Special Vehicles, which had been modifying Australian-made Commodores for 30 years before the end of local manufacturing in 2017, has since shifted its business to convert certain left-hand drive models to right-hand drive but to factory quality standards.

Through its network of 65 Holden Special Vehicles dealers, the company has distributed the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car and Chevrolet Silverado pickup since 2018.

Holden Special Vehicles has had modest success so far with its conversion business, CarAdvice understands it is about to ramp up production with the imminent arrival of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which undercuts its current pickup range by $30,000.

Representatives for Holden, General Motors, and Holden Special Vehicles have declined to comment on the speculation about the Camaro’s track debut next year, however, CarAdvice understands the plan is being reviewed at the highest levels of management in Detroit.

In the meantime, Holden has committed to supporting all current Commodore race teams through to the end of 2020.

The GMSV brand would also distribute the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette due in Australian showrooms early next year. However, unlike the Chevrolet models sold locally, the Corvette will be factory-made in right-hand drive.