Holden mines Opels

Aus­tralian show­rooms will have mod­els from Ger­many, Korea and US

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In­signia sedan and wagon and Cas­cada con­vert­ible are com­ing next year. Other Opel mod­els such as the Corsa city car are ex­pected to follow.

“(Opel cars) will be about one-third of the port­fo­lio of Holden. It is an im­por­tant ex­port business for us,” Neu­mann says.

To es­tab­lish a greater se­lec­tion of mod­els and price points, Holden prob­a­bly will sell Korean-built small cars and SUVs along­side the Opel im­ports.

Tipped to take on Toy­ota: Holden's US par­ent has big plans for a new range, in­clud­ing the Cas­cada con­vert­ible, As­tra VXR hot hatch and In­signia VXR per­for­mance sedan from Opel (all above); the Chevro­let Ca­maro, left, and Sil­ver­ado pick-up

The cars that will drive its growth are still about two years away but Holden is not back­ing away from its plan to top­ple mar­ket leader Toy­ota by the end of the decade. At last week’s Paris mo­tor show the Gen­eral Mo­tors pres­i­dent Dan Am­mann boldly...

has prob­a­bly taken the fo­cus off some of the other ar­eas where we could have been stronger.” Boss of Opel in Ger­many Dr Karl-Thomas Neu­mann ex­pects Holden to im­port about one-third of its cars from Europe. “The Aus­tralian mar­ket and the Holden brand...

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