State cash keeps Holden in Australia

General Motors' Holden has announced that it will build two new models in Australia by 2020, securing the Australian brand's future for a good few years.

For a company like GM to persevere with a brand like Holden in such a small market as Australia is quite a commitment. Especially considering the limited global appeal of large, mainstream right-hand drive rear-drive saloons like the Commodore, Holden's staple car.

GM clearly feels there's mileage in Holden, however, as it has pledged $1bn AUD (£660m) of investment to its Aussie division until 2022, a move that follows a $275m AUD (£181m) cash injection from the Australian government.

Exactly what form the two new models will take is unclear, but they're likely to be next generation of the Commodore and a smaller saloon "The two new Australian-made cars will be world-class." Says Holden Chairman Mike Devereux. "They will be underpinned by global architectures from within General Motors and bring new fuel-saving, connectivity and safety technologies to Holden's portfolio."

But why should we care about the future health of an Australian market brand? Because without Holden there would be no VXR8. And don't forget, that means more than just a saloon these days; both the Maloo pick-up we drove recently and the estate version are also available as Vauxhalls. And the UK car market would definitely be the worse off for the absence of those three from price lists.

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  • 325Ti 26 Mar 2012

    didnt realise the estate was now available here

    pity the new face lift is so ugly

  • TomMc1990 26 Mar 2012

    WHATTTTT!!! GM should have put some of that money towards making the Camaro RHD and releasing them here and there... doughnuts!

    EDIT: I am aware they are releasing them here in LHD.

    Edited by TomMc1990 on Monday 26th March 14:57

  • Motorrad 26 Mar 2012

    Makes sense, the Australians actually have some money unlike the backwater Vauxhall service.

  • B10 26 Mar 2012

    Shame that the Camero is not availble in RHD since it is based upon the Holden platform. However it is built in Canada.

  • jnoiles 26 Mar 2012

    Hmm. The current commodore cost them a billion in design. And a decade and more onwards they're going to make 2 cars using only a little bit more money. Confused?

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