Reuss races up ranks

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WE GOT things a lit­tle wrong last week on the Holden front. Yes, Craig Lown­des is back in racing red in 2010, but Mark Reuss is not go­ing to a top-10 job at New GM in the US.

But the Reuss news, like the sign­ing of Triple Eight and Lown­des, is good news.

In fact, the out­go­ing pres­i­dent of the red team has been pro­moted to a top-five job at GM from next month.

He be­comes the world­wide head of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, a job that ef­fec­tively makes him the re­place­ment for the heroic Bob Lutz in the GM en­gi­neer­ing world.

That’s great news for Reuss, but po­ten­tially even bet­ter news for Com­modore ex­ports.

The US sales plan for the VE Com­modore was orig­i­nally put in place by an­other for­mer Holden head, Denny Mooney.

He helped sell the Holden into Amer­ica as a Buick, partly off the back of the Monaro ex­pe­ri­ence in Amer­ica.

The lat­est G8 Pon­tiac is of­fi­cially dead at the end of the year, even if there are hopes of small-scale Com­modore ex­ports for po­lice use, but that could change with Reuss in the top prod­uct job.

He is well aware of the car’s strengths and has said pri­vately for some time that he is hope­ful of some sort of new deal, with most peo­ple as­sum­ing it would be through the Chevro­let sales chan­nel.

We’ll have to wait, but the signs are pos­i­tive.

But things are not so good for Mooney, who took early re­tire­ment last week as part of the GM cor­po­rate reshuf­fle.

He prom­ises to be back and, at 53, still has plenty of good years to con­trib­ute some­where in the motoring world.

Holden heir-ap­par­ent: Mark Reuss, now the world­wide head of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment.

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