HSV not threat­ened by Holden push

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

The fu­ture of Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles is not threat­ened by the new small-car push with Opel im­ports. Even though the cho­sen cars are all per­for­mance mod­els, and the As­tra VXR was once sold as part of the HSV fam­ily, the par­ent com­pany says there is no plan to cut ties to the famed hot Holden shop.

“There are dis­cus­sions with HSV,” is as far as Ste­fan Ja­coby, head of GM In­ter­na­tional Op­er­a­tions, will go as to com­ment­ing.

But HSV chief Tim Jack­son says he is not wor­ried, even though there are no pub­lic plans yet for cars be­yond the last Com­modore in 2017.

“Holden is al­ways rais­ing the bar, as it should, and we are al­ways chal­lenged with de­liv­er­ing more,” Jack­son tells

“Our job is as it has al­ways been – deliver an ex­cit­ing and dif­fer­en­ti­ated prod­uct.”

HSV CEO Ryan Walkin­shaw has been hint­ing for some time about the cars that will head­line at HSV, but with­out go­ing into de­tail.

The big chal­lenge is find­ing cars that can be im­ported, then tweaked at Clay­ton with HSV ‘fairy dust’ while still sat­is­fy­ing de­mand­ing cus­tomers and a prof­itable busi­ness model.

Holden has moved ag­gres­sively into HSV ter­ri­tory in the past with the SS-V ver­sions of its Com­modore, but the Opel-sourced ar­rivals will stretch things again and per­haps put a dif­fer­ent slant on ne­go­ti­a­tions about the com­pa­nies’ joint fu­ture.

But HSV is com­mit­ted to build­ing its cur­rent range of Club­sport sedan and wagon, Maloo ute, Grange li­mou­sine and GTS su­per-sedan un­til the very end of Com­modore pro­duc­tion in Oc­to­ber 2017 and is ex­pect­ing to stock­pile enough cars to carry it through into 2018.

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