Holden brand to disappear by the end of 2020

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  1. ozcopper

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    The Holden brand will disappear at the end of the year after its owner General Motors announced it will no longer make cars suitable for Australian roads.

    The move comes just three years after local manufacturing ended with the shuttering of the Holden plant at Elizabeth in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

    Late last year the company also announced it would stop selling its most iconic car, the Commodore.

    General Motors announced on Monday it would stop producing right hand drive vehicles.

    Holden has sold those in Australia with its badge since local manufacturing ended.

    The company released its first all-Australian built car in 1948

    Link: https://www.news.com.au/technology/...0/news-story/c81a5e2993f664fc62965ad349601d0e
     
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    Im a ford man, but thats a shame to hear
     
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    It was a long time coming.
     
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    GM lined up the dominos on Holden back in 2017 thus no surprise. Hello Chevy...................

    2021 will see some solid prices for Holden dealership signage and branded items once the dealers close / rebrand.
     
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    So it seems it is time to buy a holden and put in a shed for 30+ years. I dont know nothing about them so wonder which one would be a go.Not thinking getting a new model but something decent.
     
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    Oddjob Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Put it this way, a boring old 1977 HX Kingswood in good original condition now goes for mid AUD20'sk. Try and find a decent bland Torana for under AUD50k. V8's / SLR / XU1's closer to if not over AUD100k.

    Unmolested / original Commodores (especially the older ones now) are now seeing increased prices...if with 308/304 V8, add more dollars. Any model SS Commodore will be sought after as too HSV's. HDT's already have a high price given rarity.

    To use a PM term of phrase, buying a Holden car as an investment is like buying silver or gold bars....one big investment. If you like fractional sliver or gold consider splashing some cash on new spare parts for a Commodore..ie plastic roof channels and doors molds, door rubbers, seat bolsters, radio head units, inside door handles, leather steering wheels, leather door cards and trim pieces, radiator shrouds, decals and badges, windscreen rubbers, tail and headlights, internal / external plastic trim, engine covers (mostly V8's), alternators, A/C compressors, a couple / maybe 4 original SS alloy rims to name a few items....Original ABS modules too will be sought after in years to come.

    Each in themselves cost anywhere from sub AUD50 to a few hundred each, but in years to come when little Billy or Revhead Mel has grown up and inherited grandad's old Commodore from the barn and wants to restore it, hardcore car guys and girls will pay a good premium for new old stock (as opposed to remakes or average second hand parts) so they can say they built it with genuine parts when they are at the car show or out BS'ing with their mates. Soaking up Holden and Ford new old stock from dealers / car parts retailers in country NSW, Vic and Qld is how Rare Spares started back in the 1970's....there's a good quid in new old stock....in time.

    I've been been buying spare parts for my Holden V8's for years now with the view to use then when needed (thus will have genuine OEM on the shelf) or can generate some cash by selling those parts at sometime in the future.
     
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    I used to be a Holden man, then I discovered legendary Toyota reliability and that's where I stayed.
     
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    Got to admit, it's hard to kill a Toyota. Sadly my first choice for a rental 4WD / SUV when doing long outback road trips.
     
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    Would be nice to put together a consortium and buy the Holden brand and have a boutique Aussie car company. We have all the tools, tech and expertise to build a brand a la Lamborghini... just wouldnt be able to get enough sales/subsidies to turn a profit!
     
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    I would have loved to have seen same but others tried it back in 2014 (refer link) when GM announced they would stop manufacturing in Aust and it came to nought.

    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news...a/news-story/87857b0f7018c0703fb75f9533743f1a

    And because "green power" is the way to go in SA according to the former Labor State Govt who closed down their last coal fired power station in 2015/16, what do you "quietly do" when solar power can't keep the lights on....install diesel generation units at the old Holden Elizabeth site.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-13/diesel-generators-installed-in-adelaide/9145332

    You couldn't make it.................
     
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    Holden: The End Of The Road
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    Thats why it should die...they had tarriffs in their favour for many years, got several govt bailouts and still ballsed it up.
    If a business cant turn a profit off its own merits, products and or services it deserves to be dead.
     

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