Australian Muscle Car

Mus­cle News

- Cars · Business · General Motors Corporation · Australia · Chevrolet · Cadillac Motor Car · Chevrolet Silverado · Melbourne · Chevrolet Camaro · Kentucky · Holden Commodore · Corvette Stingray · Holden's Motor Body Builders Ltd · Chevrolet Special Vehicles · Bowling Green · Bowling Green, KY · VE Holden Commodore

Doubts over an Oz Corvette and Su­per­cars’ post-Covid dilemma

Well, we thought the new struc­ture Gen­eral Mo­tors would em­ploy in Aus­tralia in the post-Holden era might emerge be­fore the last is­sue of Aus­tralian MUS­CLE CAR was pub­lished.

And then along came COVID-19.

There is ev­ery chance ne­go­ti­a­tions over what has been re­ferred to pub­licly as Gen­eral Mo­tors Spe­cialty Ve­hi­cles be­tween GM and the Walkin­shaw Group might have dragged out any­way, but there’s no doubt a global pan­demic doesn’t help such things!

All of which is a long-winded way of say­ing that by the time you read this GMSV might have been an­nounced. Then again…

Lit­tle by lit­tle, more is leak­ing out about what GMSV is go­ing to look like.

First off, we are hear­ing that Chevro­let is very much the fo­cus of the new en­tity. So if you read about Cadil­lac, Hum­mer elec­tric SUVs and other stuff, that is spec­u­la­tive.

The Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 1500 pick-up – which Walkin­shaw has al­ready en­gi­neered and con­verted to right-hand drive in Mel­bourne and sells un­der its HSV brand – seems cer­tain to con­tinue un­der the new deal.

The Ta­hoe SUV should be headed our way too. OK, so far, so pre­dictable.

What gets you and me ex­cited is the prospect of the V8 Ca­maro re­turn­ing and the mid-en­gine C8 Corvette be­ing con rmed. The for­mer was built here by Walkin­shaw, but it’s stopped pro­duc­tion un­til the GMSV deal is nalised.

The lat­ter? Well it is pack­age pro­tected for right-hand drive as we know, but the big ques­tion is whether it will be built ex-fac­tory in Bowl­ing Green Ken­tucky, or ‘re­man­u­fac­tured’ in Mel­bourne? Your guess…

A few other lit­tle tid­bits for you. Peter ‘PK’ Ke­ley, the Holden vet­eran we pro led as part of the VE Com­modore devel­op­ment fea­ture in is­sue #113, is lead­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions from the GM­side. Ap­pro­pri­ate con­sid­er­ing he owns a HSV GTSR W1.

And the likely struc­ture is headed to­wards GM own­ing the busi­ness and Walkin­shaw be­ing con­tracted to do lo­cal en­gi­neer­ing and con­ver­sion.

And yes, that would prob­a­bly mean the end of the HSV brand as we know it.

Stay tuned for the an­nounce­ment…

 ??  ??
 ??  ??
 ??  ??
 ??  ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia