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 |  Aug 13 2014, 7:09 AM

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Holden shut down its Australian manufacturing operation in 2017, but not before going out with a bang.

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 |  May 01 2014, 10:02 AM

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Despite its decision to shutter Australian auto manufacturing in 2017, General Motors’ Holden subsidiary will continue to engineer, test and develop vehicles in the country.

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 |  Mar 18 2014, 9:02 AM

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General Motors’ choice to stop manufacturing Holden vehicles in Australia could have some entertaining consequences for driving enthusiasts in the U.S.

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 |  Feb 10 2014, 10:32 AM

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Toyota said today that it plans to shutter its Australian auto manufacturing operation by 2017.

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 |  Dec 16 2013, 1:23 PM

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General Motors will keep its Australian marque alive after production stops in 2017.

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 |  Dec 12 2013, 9:31 AM

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GM and Holden’s announcement yesterday that they’ll cease their Australian operations in 2017 could put the Australian automotive industry in jeopardy.

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 |  Dec 11 2013, 7:15 AM

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General Motors’ Holden unit has confirmed that it will cease its Australian manufacturing operations in 2017.

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 |  Dec 05 2013, 12:15 PM

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General Motors might have already come to a final decision about the future of its vehicle manufacturing operation in Australia.

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 |  Sep 20 2013, 4:02 PM

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Production of the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS began last month, but the production run could be interrupted soon.

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 |  Jun 04 2013, 12:31 PM

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Chevrolet just announced pricing for the U.S.-exclusive SS  sport sedan.

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 |  May 16 2013, 2:01 PM

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Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has revealed its Gen-F model lineup, based on the VF Commodore but packing plenty more power under the hood.

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 |  Apr 26 2013, 9:01 AM

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Take a look at Australia’s most powerful car: a 575-hp Holden HSV GTS powered by the same supercharged V8 from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

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 |  Mar 20 2013, 3:29 PM

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28 of Australia’s V8 Supercars will be competing in the first-ever U.S. V8 Supercars race on May 17-19 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and they have just begun arriving in the States.

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 |  Mar 19 2013, 10:31 AM

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Formula 1 race car compete against a V8 Supercar race car and a street car, but to make things more fair this time around, each vehicle was given a handicap.

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 |  Feb 14 2013, 2:50 PM

Holden, General Motors’ Australian subsidiary, unveiled another version of its new Commodore sedan that previews the upcoming Chevrolet SS performance sedan more than ever.

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 |  Feb 09 2013, 11:34 PM

Holden has revealed its all-new VF Commodore, giving Americans a preview of the Chevrolet SS Sports Sedan that will be imported from Australia.

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 |  Oct 19 2012, 3:33 PM

Chevrolet will show its SS wearing racing trim in Las Vegas on November 29.

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 |  Jul 11 2012, 12:28 PM

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We might have some fancy cars over here in the USA, but there are quite a few vehicles overseas that we can’t help but think are desperately missing from our shores. More than a few are niche market models perfect for auto-enthusiasts, while others are more stylish or practical than what’s currently available in the US. And some are both.

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 |  Jun 13 2012, 8:41 AM

Next year’s Daytona 500 will mark the return of the Chevy SS sedan, powered by a V8 engine and sending plenty of torque to the rear wheels.

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 |  May 17 2012, 11:07 AM

Straight from the other side of the world, Chevrolet announced its SS Performance sedan today: a rebadged next-generation Holden VF Commodore, as expected.

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 |  May 16 2012, 5:22 PM

The latest rumblings from Down Under are suggesting that GM subsidiary Holden will soon announce its plan to export the V8 Commodore to the American market as the Chevrolet SS Performance sedan.

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 |  May 08 2012, 1:32 PM

A Holden-sourced hotrod for the U.S. has all but been confirmed by GM after an OnStar slipup and the resulting media storm, but official details are still just out of reach. Even without that information, there’s a reasonable argument to be made that the rear-drive Chevrolet SS will be less than prolific. 

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 |  Apr 25 2012, 1:17 PM

Nobody we’ve talked to knows what a 2014 Chevrolet “SS Performance” is, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t (or won’t) exist in the near future.

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 |  Mar 22 2012, 8:31 PM

Not long ago, we reported that General Motors was possibly looking to move Commodore production out of Australia, which would have resulted in the loss of some 12,000 jobs at Holden and affected numerous other positions in directly.

In order to provide GM with an incentive, Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, recently announced that the country’s government will grant the auto giant a government subsidy of $275 million Australian dollars ($288 million) to engineer and manufacture cars in the country for at least another decade.

A strong Australian dollar driven by high demand for minerals and energy, particularly in China, is rendering Australian manufactured goods increasingly uncompetitive in export markets. For GM this presents an issue because the full-size Holden VE Commodore and it’s  long wheelbase variant, the WM  Caprice, are in relatively high demand in certain export markets, notably the Middle East (where they’re sold as the Chevy Lumina and Caprice) and in North America, where the WM is sold as the 9C1 Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle.

With the strong dollar eating into profit margins and GM already engaged in a global consolidation and cutting exercise, it must be sorely tempting to seriously consider relocating production of these vehicles elsewhere if not dropping them entirely.

Although the Australian Government subsidy will go a substantial way to easing fears regarding Holden’s future, at least in the short term, Gillard is making it quite clear this isn’t a handout. “It is a strategic investment that will boost our economy, foster innovation, build new business opportunities and promote adoption of new fuel-saving and safety technologies,” she said during a press conference to reporters in the Australian capital, Canberra.

The money, which will come from federal coffers as well as the Victoria and South Australia state governments, is designed to ensure that GM will continue to commit to vehicle production at its Melbourne and Adelaide plants for the foreseeable future. As part of the deal, GM announced that it will be investing more than $1 billion at both these facilities between now and 2022.

With a refreshed Commodore due out soon, that has already been announced to run entirely on a GM platform, it raises the question: will more Holden products make it to the U.S. in the coming years? GM already tried, albeit with little success, to port the Commodore as the Pontiac G8, but a refreshed model might do the trick.

[Source: Detroit News]