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General Motors Australia Developing Cars With China

Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Holden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on General Motors Australia Developing Cars With China

GENERAL MOTORS AUSTRALIA - HOLDENGeneral Motors Austalian Subsidiary – Holden – has struck a deal with two Chinese companies to design and engineer two cars at its Port Melbourne site. The deal with Shanghai General Motors and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Centre PATAC – doesn’t include the manufacturing of the vehicles. The agreement will involve a team of Melbourne-based engineers and designers tailoring vehicles for the Chinese market based on GM global platforms.

Holden says it cannot provide details of the cars for commercial reasons. In striking this latest deal, GM Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux said Holden was a valued source of expertise within GM’s international operations and was one of only seven fully integrated design, engineering and manufacturing operations in the GM group. Read the full article »»»»


AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto Maker, Auto News, Ford, General Motors, Grilled, Holden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local

Sales of the Australian made large cars – Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon – have dropped alarmingly in recent years. The Commodore’s 15-year run as Australia’s best-selling vehicle was ended abruptly in 2011 by the Japanese manufactured Mazda3, while Ford Falcon sales plummeted to fewer than 19,000 units in 2011.

AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local - Cruze Hatch Production

So Exactly How Much Does it Cost to Keep Auto Makers in Australia? Between $100 and $200 Million!?

Holden says it is getting closer to announcing co-investment from the Federal Government and parent company General Motors as it looks to secure the local manufacturing of the Cruze and Commodore beyond 2018. Ford has announced a fresh $103 million investment for it’s Falcon range of large car and Territory SUV, though the future of the Australian-built vehicles is still guaranteed only until the end of 2016. Read the full article »»»»