Snap up a Holden V8
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.