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No more white Commodores

By johnboy - 11 December 2013 43

The Deputy Prime Minister has just informed the House that Holden will be closing Australian operations by 2017.

For the many, many Canberrans who have enjoyed the antics of white Commodore drivers over the years it is a black day.

What will take its place?

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No more white Commodores
gazket 5:13 pm 11 Dec 13

Grrrr said :

The place of the Australian-made Holden Commodore large sedan will be taken by another, not so different imported Holden Commodore.

It will be a sedan based on one of GM’s global-platform designs, and possibly even sold as the “all-new Commodore.” Maybe they’ll rebadge whatever they come up with for the 2017 Chevy Impala.

who the hell wants a front wheel drive Impala. Not Australian’s.

Holden could of exported 100,000 VE utes to the U.S. The Yanks were screaming for them. Did they do it, no. Australians designed the new Camaro, did they release it here, no.

The governments also have a part to play as well. Free trade agreements are working well for us aren’t they. Politicians are the only people in Australia that don’t have to stand on their own two feet and feel it’s fine to watch the country’s manufacturing disappear.

After the Commodore goes GM are left with very mediocre cars . Lets take the latest new Malibu , crap name, crap car. Camry size car that chews more petrol than a Commodore. Craptiva and Cruize had more recalls than any other car , The 2002 Cruze they must of sold about 20 of those. Zafaria – just plain shite people mover. Colorado – how ugly can the front of a truck get, not much uglier than this. Barina – I hope this car lasts as long as the fridge . Lemon city

Good luck to the new boss of Holden.

Martlark 4:57 pm 11 Dec 13

pierce said :

Can’t remember or find where but I’m sure I read recently that Abbott and co have already decided to change the comcar fleet to BMWs

Holden declined to tender for replacing the current fleet. (ABC radio news) And:

http://www.news.com.au/national/bombproof-bmws-will-replace-the-prime-ministers-holden-fleet-of-limousines/story-fncynjr2-1226780185117

KB1971 4:57 pm 11 Dec 13

pierce said :

Can’t remember or find where but I’m sure I read recently that Abbott and co have already decided to change the comcar fleet to BMWs

Because Holden didn’t put in a bid for tender (as reported on the radio this afternoon…..)

MERC600 4:35 pm 11 Dec 13

pierce said :

Can’t remember or find where but I’m sure I read recently that Abbott and co have already decided to change the comcar fleet to BMWs

A bloke a few years ago went for german built

” The Commonwealth car service reflected the break with the past after Whitlam chose
to dispose of the black Bentley C*1, acquired in 1963, that had
served his predecessors, and chose instead to use a white
Mercedes Benz 450 SEL, one of three acquired at the time.”

PantsMan 3:40 pm 11 Dec 13

What will take its place?

Clean energy jobs of the future.

pierce 3:23 pm 11 Dec 13

Can’t remember or find where but I’m sure I read recently that Abbott and co have already decided to change the comcar fleet to BMWs

dph 3:21 pm 11 Dec 13

PantsMan said :

Great result from the carbon tax, and FBT changes (that never even made it to the statute book, but wrecked nonetheless.)

Great work Treasury!

Lol.

howeph 3:16 pm 11 Dec 13

PantsMan said :

Great result from the carbon tax, and FBT changes (that never even made it to the statute book, but wrecked nonetheless.)

Great work Treasury!

“It’s the Carbon Tax.” Wrong:

http://www.politifact.com.au/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/may/12/tony-abbott/tony-abbott-says-carbon-tax-adds-400-cost-cars-mad/

“It’s FBT changes.” Wrong – they never happened in the end.

Meanwhile, as Johnboy points out, the Australian dollar went up 91% from 2002 to 2012. In global markets this made goods (e.g. cars) 91% more expensive to produce in Australia.

But don’t let the facts get in the way of your opinion PantsMan.

Grrrr 3:12 pm 11 Dec 13

The place of the Australian-made Holden Commodore large sedan will be taken by another, not so different imported Holden Commodore.

It will be a sedan based on one of GM’s global-platform designs, and possibly even sold as the “all-new Commodore.” Maybe they’ll rebadge whatever they come up with for the 2017 Chevy Impala.

PantsMan 2:59 pm 11 Dec 13

Great result from the carbon tax, and FBT changes (that never even made it to the statute book, but wrecked nonetheless.)

Great work Treasury!

Thumper 2:49 pm 11 Dec 13

You can’t kill a VN Commodore with a stick. They’ll be around for many ayear yet.

johnboy 2:48 pm 11 Dec 13

Well, in all seriousness.

The country has sleep walked into a knife fight on currency depreciation. Germany is torturing southern europe to depress the euro and the brit, japanese and americans are printing money to devalue their currencies.

A high dollar in a high wage economy is death to manufactured exports but it appears we prefer cheap holidays in Bali and why wouldn’t we?

The strategic reasons to have a car industry are largely gone.

Unless we also prop up (and perhaps we should) the robotics and silicon industries, to make the whole tool chain, just bashing cars together with rubber mallets and bolting the colour coded components together does not a self-sufficient nation make.

Grrrr 2:46 pm 11 Dec 13

manufacturing != operations

MERC600 2:43 pm 11 Dec 13

wow .. big repercussions. Not totally unexpected, but still. Toyata next I suppose.

howeph 2:34 pm 11 Dec 13

I’ve been struggling to work out where I stand with this issue.

I’m inclined to agree with this article: http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2013/12/the-case-for-keeping-the-car-industry/

Does anybody have a good link to the counter argument?

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