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Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

wait­ing list for the Ford Mus­tang is not get­ting any shorter. Any­one plac­ing an or­der today can­not ex­pect de­liv­ery in less than a year, and com­pany em­ploy­ees will be wait­ing even longer.

Ford ad­mits it has been blind­sided by the over­whelm­ing de­mand for the 21st cen­tury pony car and, de­spite pry­ing ex­tra cars out of the pro­duc­tion run in the USA, it is not ex­pect­ing any re­duc­tion in wait­ing times.

“We do an­tic­i­pate, with some of the re­cent in­crease in pro­duc­tion for Aus­tralia, we will im­prove de­liv­ery times for Mus­tang or­ders in­clud­ing em­ployee or­ders,” the pres­i­dent of Ford Aus­tralia, Graeme Whick­man, tells “How­ever, we still an­tic­i­pate up to a 16-month wait for de­liv­er­ies… bal­anced against our re­tail cus­tomer wait list that now ex­tends to 12 months.” Holden

De­sign, based in Fish­er­mans Bend, is con­tin­u­ing to crank out some of the best look­ing cars in the world of General Mo­tors, in­clud­ing the Opel GT that starred at the Geneva mo­tor show.

Holden has one of only two full-fab­ri­ca­tion pro­to­type shops in the GM world and is of­ten tapped for con­struc­tion of show cars, in ad­di­tion to its reg­u­lar de­sign work.

The GT – which could eas­ily join the Euro­pean new-car ros­ter at Holden if it makes pro­duc­tion in Europe – was de­signed in Ger­many un­der a team led by Mark Adams, be­fore be­ing built in Mel­bourne.

It’s a well-pro­por­tioned, front-en­gined and rear-wheel drive coupe that takes its in­spi­ra­tion from a sim­i­lar Opel in the 1970s.

The car is sim­i­lar in size to the Alfa Romeo 4C but only has a 1.0-litre tur­bocharged three­cylin­der en­gine. But, as it weighs less than 1000 kilo­grams, it is claimed to sprint to 100km/h in less than eight sec­onds, and boasts a top speed of 215km/h.

But, while Holden De­sign is do­ing well, a left­field pro­posal to buy Holden’s fac­tory in Ade­laide by a Bel­gian en­tre­pre­neur has failed.

Guido Du­marey, owner of the Punch car parts man­u­fac­tur­ing group, had been promis­ing to save jobs and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty with a takeover in El­iz­a­beth but – de­spite meet­ings with var­i­ous gov­ern­ments – he wasn’t able to agree a deal with General Mo­tors.

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