Snap up a Holden V8

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IRE­LAND Holden in Cairns still has some V8 Com­modores avail­able de­spite big de­mand na­tion­wide.

Holden deal­ers have started panic buy­ing near-new Com­modore V8s in the lead up to the end of pro­duc­tion in Oc­to­ber be­cause the fac­tory is not build­ing enough.

But Ire­lands have 16 left with sales man­ager Jon Mau­rice urg­ing en­thu­si­asts to get in fast.

“The only un­sold V8s I have are in the HSV LSA range,” he said.

It in­cludes (pic­tured above) a 2016 HSV Club­sport R8 LSA six- speed man­ual, 400kW su­per­charged 6.2L V8, high rise rear deck spoiler, 20in Rapier al­loy wheels for $82,990 drive away, a sav­ing of $10,000.

“The new model MY17 Com­modore is fly­ing out the door and I have even had to give some cus­tomers bad news al­ready that we can­not sup­ply a par­tic­u­lar model.

“I have a to­tal of 28 V8 Com­modores for the year and so far have sold 12 in two weeks, so only 16 left for 2017 in lim­ited trans­mis­sion con­fig­u­ra­tions and colours.

“So if any lo­cals who want a piece of Aus­tralian V8 his­tory they bet­ter be quick.”

Deal­ers down south have hit the panic but­ton be­cause Holden took the un­usual step of giv­ing them their en­tire year’s V8 al­lo­ca­tion and they’re say­ing it’s not enough.

“It’s gone nuts,” said one ma­jor met­ro­pol­i­tan Holden dealer.

“Now that we’ve seen ex­actly what we’re get­ting, re­al­ity has set in, and it’s not enough.

“Why they didn’t build more so we could stock­pile into next year is any­one’s guess?

“We’re more than happy to sell the V8 into next year, but we’ll be lucky to make it to the end of this year at this rate.”

The lat­est mod­els, lim­ited edi­tion Di­rec­tor lux­ury sedan, Magnum ute and Mo­tor­sport edi­tion, are all but sold out.

Holden can­not build more V8s be­cause the Aus­tralian fac­tory placed its or­der with the V8 en­gine fac­tory in Mex­ico last year. In re­cent times V8s have ac­counted for one-third of Com­modore sales, but lately it has been half.

When Holden switches to a Com­modore im­ported from Ger­many in 2018, it will have a choice of four-cylin­der petrol and diesel power or a V6 — but no V8.

SATUR­DAY JANUARJANUARY 21 2017

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