Chevrolet moves in on Holden's showrooms
Lining up plans in Los Angeles? Whether you're a local, new in town, or just passing through, you'll be sure to find something on Eventbrite that piques your. Apr 25, Detroit Auto Show · New York Auto Show · Los Angeles Auto Show GM to reinstate 3rd shift in Spring Hill, plans Holden version of GMC Acadia a third shift at its assembly plant in Tennessee to meet growing U.S. demand for to keep new car and truck supplies in line with demand as overall U.S. It happens with cars, too. The Holden Monaro's much awaited nose job for the United States was to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
It's the ultimate big boy's toy — and a car that will appeal to those with other toys that need transporting think jetskis, speed boats or horses. Not that it will be cheap.
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Safely does it Then there's safety, something HSV isn't skimping on. Seatbelts, pretensioners and airbags need to be customised for Australian regulations. It wants to ensure the Camaro and Silverado are as safe with their steering wheels on the right as they are when they left the factory.
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HSV will have to crash about four Camaros to get the full production compliance it wants. And, while it won't legally have to crash test Silverados, it's planning to in order to prove the cars are safe.
Showroom pull The new Chevrolets in Holden dealerships are about expanding the repertoire. They will bring some niche appeal to a showroom lacking pizazz following the demise of V8-powered Commodores. That image boost is much needed given Holden is this year on track to record its worst ever sales result, with only about 7 market share.
And there's more to come from Chevrolet. Holden is also working on another V8-powered sports car — likely the Chevrolet Corvette — but it won't arrive until at the earliest. Haven't we been here before? Rock legend and car collector Chubby Checker prefers the Monaro, and ordered one during his recent visit to Australia.
The export program effectively secures the future of the coupe in Australia and marks a significant turning point for Holden. The firm's chairman and managing director, Peter Hanenberger, said he wanted to transform the company from a big player in a relatively small market to a niche player in the global market.
Holden sold fewer than Monaros in Australia last year but expects to export 18, as Pontiacs annually. In the US, where 16 million vehicles are sold each year, it is not economically viable for car factories to build cars in such smallnumbers.
The Monaro will also be exported to the Middle East later this year, and Holden has plans to export the Commodore and Statesman to China by The company is already testing vehicles there. Pontiac sold almostGT0s between and ; the Monaro reigned from towhen fewer than 50, were built.
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Both were axed as the energy crisis loomed and buyers craved cars with four doors. How the modern Monaro became the new GTO was almost accidental. Two years ago an American General Motors engineer on assignment in Australia suggested the company's global product chief, Bob Lutz, take a closer look at the Monaro.
When Mr Lutz saw the car in Australia 18 months ago he reportedly fell in love with it and fast-tracked the resurrection of the Pontiac GTO.