Cadil­lac brand canned

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GM Holden has axed plans to in­tro­duce the lux­ury Cadil­lac brand just weeks away from the cars arriving in dealers. The brand is on hold “in­def­i­nitely”. The de­ci­sion has now cast a shadow over two other mar­ginal GM prod­ucts, Saab and Hum­mer. How­ever, GM Holden re­mains com­mit­ted to the slow-sell­ing pair de­spite be­ing put un­der a “strate­gic re­view” by the par­ent Gen­eral Motors.

Cadil­lac was to be the third make, along with Saab and Hum­mer, in the GM Pre­mium Brands por­fo­lio. GM Holden boss Mark Reuss has blamed the global and lo­cal car in­dus­try down­turn for the Cadil­lac de­ci­sion.

“It’s a tough call but we only re­ally had one chance to launch the brand here in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“But in th­ese chal­leng­ing times we fig­ured we couldn’t give it the chance it de­serves as our flag­ship brand.”’

GM Holden had al­ready cer­ti­fied 89 CTS sedans (pic­tured be­low) for sale but th­ese cars will now be on-sold into other right-hand drive mar­kets.


TOY­OTA is the world’s new num­ber one.

It of­fi­cially be­came the global best seller as Gen­eral Motors’ 2008 fig­ures showed it hit the skids fol­low­ing the Amer­i­can fi­nan­cial col­lapse.

The re­sult ends 71 years at the top for GM, which had been num­ber one since it over­took Ford dur­ing the depths of the Great De­pres­sion.

The of­fi­cial GM sales to­tal last year was 8.356 mil­lion ve­hi­cles, well be­hind the Toy­ota tally of 8.972.

The re­sult was an­nounced in Detroit as GM bat­tles for sur­vival and more US gov­ern­ment fund­ing off the back of the worst sales down­turn in re­cent mem­ory.

GM’s sales fig­ure was down 10.8 per cent from its 2007 re­sult of 9.37 mil­lion and at home in the US its re­sult was down 21.1 per cent to 3.56 mil­lion.

But Toy­ota has not been im­mune to the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis and has recorded its first re­ver­sal in 10 years as it also heads to­wards the first trad­ing loss, al­though it will still post an over­all profit, in com­pany his­tory.


MEM­BERS of the re­gion’s car clubs are be­ing in­vited to meet at El­lis Beach on Wed­nes­day at 6pm.

The co-or­di­na­tor of the MG Car Club of Queens­land FNQ Chap­ter, Justin Ni­cholls, said on the first Wed­nes­day of each month the Amer­i­can Car Club of Cairns was invit­ing mem­bers of all car clubs to gather at the El­lis Beach car park at 6pm.

“This meet­ing is an ini­tia­tive of the Amer­i­can Car Club of Cairns which wants to pro­mote bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the car clubs of Cairns,’’ he said in a news­let­ter to mem­bers.

“In ad­di­tion to this I ex­pect that there will be many other events that are on an in­vi­ta­tional ba­sis. Like­wise, it is most likely that other car en­thu­si­asts may join us on a run or two. Please show your sup­port where you can.’’

The MG club’s first meet is on Fe­bru­ary 21 to Etty Bay. Mem­bers are meet­ing un­der the big mar­lin at the Stock­land Cairns shop­ping cen­tre at Ear­lville on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 21 at 9am for a 9.25am de­par­ture to In­n­is­fail and Etty Bay for lunch.

The club plans mid-week runs too with the first on Wed­nes­day, March 11 out­side the Cairns Show­grounds on Mul­grave Rd at 9.30am. Con­tact Bob In­gram, 4038 1549 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Mr Ni­cholls can be con­tacted on 4057 8273 or 0401 901 058.


TRAF­FIC in Lon­don’s Pall Mall came to a halt re­cently when the leg­endary Maserati 250F For­mula One car driven by rock leg­end Nick Ma­son from Pink Floyd called into the Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club to be awarded the ti­tle of The World’s Great­est Racing Car.

The old­est car club in the world wel­comed the car af­ter thou­sands of read­ers from Oc­tane, one of Bri­tain’s top motoring mag­a­zines, had voted for the car which had been nom­i­nated by Sir Stir­ling Moss.

“This ac­co­lade is more than well de­served,” said Nick Ma­son (pic­tured above in the car).

“The Maserati 250F is the ar­che­typal Grand Prix car and, apart from be­ing one of the most beau­ti­ful, it is one of the most pro­gres­sive and for­giv­ing of racing cars to drive. Who can for­get what must be the most iconic of mo­tor racing im­ages of Fan­gio in a full power-slide at the French Grand Prix in 1957, with bat­tle scars ev­i­dent on the nose? The car that is, not the driver.

“It was a great idea from Oc­tane to get read­ers to vote for their favourite racing car and I am de­lighted that the 250F beat its ri­vals,” said Mr Ma­son, who is one of the UK’s lead­ing clas­sic and sports car col­lec­tors.

The mag­a­zine re­ceived thou­sands of votes for the car from read­ers who had seen a se­ries of ar­ti­cles putting a to­tal of nine fa­mous cars up for the ac­co­lade in­clud­ing an Auto Union Type C, Lo­tus 49, Porsche 917, Co­bra, Mercedes-Benz W196 and Toy­ota TS010 Group C, but it was the 1950s F1 car that won.

The 250F com­peted be­tween 1954 and 1958.

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