RIP Holden. GM shutting down brand and RHD manufacturing

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  1. R1600Turbo

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    https://www.speedcafe.com/2020/02/1...bcBV_hnyCFQZ_F41RE_21cV49qmFp8_Zddt6SzkIF4vbI

    Edit: Confirmed.

    https://www.speedcafe.com/2020/02/1...QNPIKFLtdRO1R361V87TaxXo60hijzhv_wAvKZzZg0RwQ

     
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  2. GTV0819

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    Ouch. And to think the plant in Thailand is responsible for producing the cars they sold in the country's region and neighbors. :dunce:
     
  3. Spacegoat

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    Wonder how this decision affects HSV (if at all)? Weird to think that they might outlast Holden itself.
     
  4. FPV MIC

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    GMSV? I'd presume they'd be in the box seat for this with all of their previous experience with converting Camaros... and if this happens they might outlast them by a fair bit.
    https://www.speedcafe.com/2020/02/17/report-gm-to-close-holden-brand-cease-rhd-production/
     
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  5. GTV0819

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    Anyway, I hope this isn't a sign of history just repeating itself again from 11 years ago... Who knows.
     
  6. mustafur

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    The only thing that was going for Holden for decades was the fact they made some of their cars here, as soon as that stopped happening people ditched the brand because the quality hasn't been there for a very long time.

    Holden dealers are also known to have the worst customer service as well, they have been told countless times by the consumer commission to follow the law, but they can't help themselves screwing customers.
     
  7. YoshiMaster2

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    I'm not surprised, as Holden's sales haven't been too great lately, and they've already killed off their most iconic model (Although it should have died with the VF).

    The only thing that seemed to be selling was the Colorado, but it'll be a shame losing a make that is so iconic down here.
     
  8. 05XR8

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    Wonder what this does to the import market in other countries. Locals here could slap another $10k on whatever V8 they currently own.
     
  9. Slapped

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    Ouch, Vauxhall next for the chopping block then.
     
  10. VulcanSpirit

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    Sad to hear about this. I once had a very sweet spot for the Monaro and HSV E Series when they were imported to the UK as Vauxhalls. Have to wonder what the long-term future for (V8) Supercars will be once the company shuts down.
     
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  11. TheCracker

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    Vauxhall and Opel have been owned by Peugeot/Citroen since 2017, so this won't effect them. :tup:
     
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  12. Slapped

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    Ah, Looks like I'm way out of date then.
     
  13. SestoScudo

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    Rest in Peace :(
     
  14. Robin

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    Sad news indeed, it's sad in general to see what's happened to Opel, Vauxhall, Buick, Holden. I wish GM could have made it work out better.

    Right hand drive is really starting to take the brunt of the global auto slowdown and cost cutting. We are a dieing breed, I could actually see more countries switching to Left in the future as some have done in the past.

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  15. Overload_35

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    I'm really sad about closing Holden, it's always been my absolute favorite Australian car brand. :'(
     
  16. TheCracker

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    Even more than....?
     
  17. Overload_35

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    I have forgot to quote. I apologize.

    Ford AU.
     
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  18. Nielsen

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    Globalization = boring.

    Bye Holden.
     
  19. Jezza819

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    But are they still going to export RHD Corvette C8's to Australia? This is a move that affects local RHD production only?
     
  20. JohnBM01

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    Even an American like myself am sad about this news regarding Holden. I am surely a fan of Holden and even HSV.
     
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  21. Robin

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    Holden stopped local (in Australia) production back in 2017. Everything since then has been imported RHD models sourced from elsewhere in the GM group. This news presumably means nothing RHD carrying the Holden marque anymore.
     
  22. mustafur

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    GM is shutting down all RHD production is what it says.
     
  23. 05XR8

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    I believe the C8 is still a go. But, we'll see.
    https://www.autosport.com/sup/news/148286/holden-not-ruling-out-early-exit-after-gm-axe
     
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    :lol::tup:

    If this does go ahead. Would assume they'd probably keep the HSV name, if only for brand recognition? Know a lot of people like to criticize Ryan Walkinshaw about the race team's (lack of) performance and it's probably fair to do so but what he has done with HSV over the past three years. Think he's pretty damn shrewd businessman.
     
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    I can't see it happening anytime soon in a lot of these countries. One difference between other RHD manufacturers and Holden is that Holden catered to mostly Australia and NZ (with some small export numbers). Other manufacturers are catering to any combination of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Japan, the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and more (which is probably close to 2 billion people?)

    You've also got to take into account the monumental costs of converting infrastructure, road signage as well as converting public transport and potentially residential vehicles.
     
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    I wonder if dealerships will convert to full on service centers. Will they still operate used car sales? Maybe some will switch brands, but looks like it's going to be a messy time for business owners/groups.
     
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  27. JoeDaSnow

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    I can't believe that the Holden brand is ending in Australia and New Zealand. It's been an honor to know this via the Supercars Championship.
     
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    A while back a lot of the Holden dealers were shut down here in Adelaide, of course in Holdens wisdom they shut down the good ones and left the crap ones going :rolleyes:, so most of them kept their service departments open and changed to used car dealerships. The main issue for Holden owners is they can't do any warranty work, all that is left to the crap dealers. I've had my HSV into them 5 times so far for a faulty seat belt sensor and heard every excuse under the sun for why they can't fix it :banghead:. It's no wonder GM have pulled the pin.

    This new Holden showroom is due to open in about two weeks here so obviously the dealers had no prior knowledge. It's also possibly going to send one of the last Holden dealers here broke... and it's the only Holden dealer that's somewhat close to where I live :(
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  29. Daniel

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    As far as I'm aware, HSV is a private (though half-owned by GM). It does bring up questions of whether they'll continue to convert imported Chevrolets, change their focus to refurbishing/modifying used cars or just throw in the towel.
     
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  30. LM7325

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    RIP Holden, my GTO has now lost both it's parents it seems.