Holden “We’re Here” Ad Shows Just How Much GM Doesn’t Get It Sometimes.

[dropcap]So[/dropcap] you’ve just announced that you’re going to bring an Australian institution to an end. You are THE Australian motoring icon and you’re going to stop manufacturing here and become an importer like (almost) everyone else. What do you do next? a) Lay low for Christmas and let the next few years take their course, promoting your range of vehicles as normal as you wind down to being a full importer in 4 years from now? Or…. b)

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GM vs No GM?

Here’s a genuine question for friends in the US. I remember back in 2009 there were a lot of people – and I mean a LOT – crying foul about the US government’s bailout of General Motors. This week, the US government sold its final shareholding in the restructured GM, booking a total loss of $10billion on the bailout. For that $10billion, you basically got to keep your national car industry. You got to keep the jobs (not just GM’s jobs, but most likely Chrysler’s and Ford’s, too), you’ve got the products, the investment and innovation that comes with the […]

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Holden Are Barely Holden On (Actually, They’re Not)

Why let the facts get in the way of a good headline? Holden are not holding on at all. The company has slipped down the sales table again and the slow downward spiral has the automotive community in Australia transfixed. Holden used to fight with Ford for the top of the sales table in Australia until Ford left the fight for good. A decade or so ago, Holden was overtaken by Toyota for the #1 sales position, which Toyota has never relinquished since. Last year, Holden was overtaken by Mazda as the #2 seller in Australia. We were stunned. In […]

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VF Holden Commodore SSV – That’s More Like It!

A few days ago I showed the new VF Holden Commodore in Calais V for – the luxury spec model. I thought it looked both bloated and derivative. I wasn’t impressed, though the poll from the same post shows that readers didn’t mind its gastronomous looks as much as I did – you voted for the new one almost 3-to-1. Overnight, images of the VF Holden Commodore SSV version, the sportier model in the Commodore range – and it looks a hell of a lot better. I still have problems with that ducktail on the rear end but over all, […]

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