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Terrible. Terrible. Terrible.
 

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While we are all saddened by this turn of events,,,, it should surprise no one here!!! The writing has been on the wall long before most of us acquired our beloved Holden's!!!! GM (Mary!!) never really intended to keep this brand alive! Like the information lays out,,, right hand drive markets dont make up enough of a market to support the investment to keep producing vehicles.

Parts are gonna be an even bigger bitch now!!!!

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will Ford follow, or continue to offer RHD Mustang--is the e-Mustang going RHD, too? Corvette C8 is going to be offered RHD - don't recall whether Cad CT4/5 will be offered RHD. Problem is the "GMSV" (GM Specialty Vehicles) approach won't be able to sustain much of an actual dealer network, if any - high-cost vehicles with low sales in AU/NZ. Might as well be the Rolls-Royce dealer.
 

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BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW, even PSA find the need and the way to participate in RHD markets. Just like PSA found the way to make Opel profitable...
But GM can't find the way... the Can't Do mindset.

Had a boss once who used to say "you can't shrink your way to prosperity".
 

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Perhaps a more profitable car company (not Chinese) will take over the rains?
huh ???

The compeition has already "taken over" hence the shuttering of the Holden brand. Just like LaSalle in 1940 ... and a lot of other GM "brands" over the last 100 years.
 

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BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW, even PSA find the need and the way to participate in RHD markets. Just like PSA found the way to make Opel profitable...
But GM can't find the way... the Can't Do mindset.

Had a boss once who used to say "you can't shrink your way to prosperity".
brain fart ignore.
 
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written elsewhere (Facebook PPV page) - kinda sucks to be such a GM loyalist - been dealing with this sort of "abuse" (of the customer) for as long as I've owned cars....50+ years. Management, bean counters, NOT car people. Wonder how Mark Reuss is feeling today, or has he "drank the Kool-Aid" so he doesn't fall into disfavor with Mary B. and her new path for the company?
 

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This is sad because the design studio and engineering/validation operations were GM's best:

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.

This bodes very badly for parts availability since GM US (Chevrolet) sources the SS/Caprice parts from Holden AU who holds the "end of life" parts inventory and sells them to GM US (Chevrolet) as the limited inventory held in the US needs replenishment or when a not stocked in the US part is needed:

The remaining workforce of 200 people will take care of Holden's ongoing service and warranty commitments for up to 10 years.

It is not necessary to read between the lines that there will be no restocking of Holden's parts inventory except in the most dire of legally required warranty fulfillment cases.

Time for some deep thought.
 

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CB??? All these are based in mainland Europe -- Germany and France. Let's align terminology: LHD = steering wheel on the left side of the car, like US; RHD = steering wheen on the right side of the car, like UK...
 

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written elsewhere (Facebook PPV page) - kinda sucks to be such a GM loyalist - been dealing with this sort of "abuse" (of the customer) for as long as I've owned cars....50+ years. Management, bean counters, NOT car people. Wonder how Mark Reuss is feeling today, or has he "drank the Kool-Aid" so he doesn't fall into disfavor with Mary B. and her new path for the company?
I hope Bob doesn't stroke out.

If it wasn't for him and Mark we wouldn't be driving an SS.
 

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CB??? All these are based in mainland Europe -- Germany and France. Let's align terminology: LHD = steering wheel on the left side of the car, like US; RHD = steering wheen on the right side of the car, like UK...
Brain fart ignore
 

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This is sad because the design studio and engineering/validation operations were GM's best:

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.

This bodes very badly for parts availability since GM US (Chevrolet) sources the SS/Caprice parts from Holden AU who holds the "end of life" parts inventory and sells them to GM US (Chevrolet) as the limited inventory held in the US needs replenishment or when a not stocked in the US part is needed:

The remaining workforce of 200 people will take care of Holden's ongoing service and warranty commitments for up to 10 years.

It is not necessary to read between the lines that there will be no restocking of Holden's parts inventory except in the most dire of legally required warranty fulfillment cases.

Time for some deep thought.
yep, there will be some good money to be made in the crashed car market here, harvesting good spares of some specific VE/VF & WM/WN parts. The new GMSV (GM Specialty Vehicles) in AU/NZ will likely NOT be held to comply with the 10-year rule on parts for Holden branded vehicles, and folding up shop as GM/Holden and withdrawing was probably what GM decided to do to get past that requirement.
 

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Perhaps a more profitable car company (not Chinese) will take over the rains?
Looks to me that GM wants to build and sell Escalades, Yukons and Silverados for a few more years until the automotive ice age comes, the dinosaurs get extinct and hopefully they were able in the meantime to evolve their EV/AV species, or close the factroies and proving grounds and focus on financial services to consumers and dealers...
 

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Announcement
With a heavy heart, Holden announced today that General Motors will be retiring the Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand. This announcement will be felt deeply by the entire Holden family, our customers and our fans.
We will immediately begin working with our dealer partners across Australia and New Zealand to implement an orderly transition, including support for our existing customers.
Holden will continue to support customers in the following ways:
  • Honour all existing warranties and guarantees
  • Honour all free scheduled servicing offers
  • Ongoing call centre support
  • Provide servicing and spare parts for at least 10 years, through national aftersales networks in Australia and New Zealand
  • Recalls or safety-related issues if they arise
GM has taken this difficult decision after an exhaustive analysis of the investment required for Holden to be competitive for the long term in Australia's and New Zealand's new car markets. Regrettably, this assessment determined such an investment could not meet GM's investment thresholds, including delivering an appropriate return.
Factors weighing against further investment in Holden included: the highly fragmented right-hand-drive domestic markets; the economics to support growing the brand; and delivering an appropriate return on investment.
More broadly is the issue of scale. The global consolidation of the automotive industry has made it increasingly challenging to support a brand and a business that operates in only two markets, which represent less than one percent of the global industry.
This decision has not been taken lightly, especially considering the iconic status of the Holden brand and the contribution it has made not only to GM, but to the development of the economies of Australia and New Zealand.
It impacts all aspects of the Holden business, including the wind-down of the National Sales Company, GM Holden Engineering, GM Design Australia, Holden Financial Services and Maven Australia.
We are commencing work with our dealer partners on timing to cease sales of new vehicles, as well as transitioning dealerships to authorised service outlets.
Customer Questions
Where can I get my Holden serviced?
Holden will establish a national aftersales network to support existing customers for at least the next 10 years. All current Holden dealers will be offered the opportunity to transition to Holden authorised service outlets.
Will you honour my warranty?
Yes. Holden will continue to honour all existing warranties.
For how long will Holden provide spare parts?
Holden will provide existing Holden customers aftersales support for at least 10 years, including warranty, service, spare parts and any required recall or field actions.
How far will I need to travel to get my car serviced in future?
Holden will establish a national aftersales network. All current Holden dealers will be offered the opportunity to transition to Holden authorised service outlets.
What happens if there is a vehicle recall?
As required, Holden and its aftersales network will also continue to handle any recalls or safety-related issues if they arise, working with the appropriate governmental agencies.
Can I still buy a new Holden?
Yes, Holden Dealerships still have a range of new, demonstrator and used vehicles available for sale. If you are interested, you should contact your local Dealer while stock lasts.
General Questions
When will Holden close?
We are committed to looking after existing Holden customers – and our plan is to provide aftersales support for at least 10 years. We will work closely with our dealers and customers around the appropriate timing to cease sales in Australia and New Zealand.
What parts of the Holden operation are impacted by this decision?
The National Sales Company; Design, Engineering, Maven, Holden Financial Services. We will retain a team to support our aftersales operation.
Wouldn't it have been better to close Holden when local manufacturing ended?
We believed at the time that Holden could continue as a full-line importer.
What happens to Lang Lang Proving Ground?
We will explore options around the Lang Lang Proving Ground.
What happens to HSV?
We plan to focus our growth strategies in these markets on the specialty vehicles business and plan to immediately begin work with our partner on that focus.
What happens to Holden's collection of historic vehicles, vehicles of national significance?
We will preserve key heritage vehicles and are working through plans with GM and local partners and institutions.
Is Corvette still coming to Australia and New Zealand?
We will work through this and share information in the coming months.
What is the future of Holden in Supercar racing?
We will begin discussions with the organisers of Supercars and Red Bull Holden Racing Team. We will update you on these discussions at the appropriate time.
Will Holden continue to sponsor Red Bull Holden Racing Team Racing?
We are aware of our commitment and we will work through with Red Bull Holden Racing Team the implications of this decision.
If after reading this information you still have questions, Holden Customer Care is available to answer customer inquiries. Holden customers in Australia can call 1800 46 465 336 or visit www.holden.com.au; Holden customers in New Zealand can call 0800 465 336 or visit www.holden.co.nz.
 

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With the loss of gm Thailand, Japan and Korea will own even more of the RHD market, their won’t be much on offer from GM dealers who will only sell converted (expensive) main stream cars and corvette and maybe the next model US built Colorado ?

currently only Chrysler’s and mustangs are available.

Genesis is being sold in small numbers via a sales studio from major city’s with pickup / return for servicing, their is no standard dealer network, unless the owner goes to Hyundai/Kia
Future GM sales model ?
 

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Now, just where are all those crashed SS's hiding in Texas?? Just happen to now have room for a couple of 'em.
 
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