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holy crap, another boring oversea middle size front drive white goods,,,,,who
can save commodore?
Will the last manufacturing company leaving Victoria please turn out
Rear wheel drive V6 & V8 cars are out of favour as urban family vehicles.
Holden has no choice other than to plan to build vehicles that the market
funny... im sure i saw a story on tv over the weekend that said holden
had a contract with USA to supply some 3000 odd commodore patrol cars
to a sherriffs department and from my understanding the coppers that have
been driving them are over the moon with the AUSSIE car and its design
and capabilities so this story makes no sense!
I'll be upfront from the start here and say that I'm not a Holden
fan, and while I actually drive a Falcon XR8, this comes as sad news to
me. This car is one of Australia's icons and the production of it
keeps a lot of people here in a job. Also, what would the ford falcon
fans do if their rival goes six feet under?
I don't even care about cars, but we should be ashamed.
Sad news... but maybe that will mean less hoons on our roads.
not all of us want to drive underpowered overpriced cars, cmon holden
we thought you were better then that
Mark. I will be upfront too - I drive a Falcon XR6T. Honestly I don't
think you have alot to worry about regarding who the falcon will compete
with - the falcon isn't exactley kicking goals at the moment either!
It's a real worry that the writing seems to be on the wall for both
the Falcon & Commodore.... Camry and Aurion too if they can't get
there workers to work - I am sure they can assemble these fridge much
cheaper overseas!! Sad times ahead for the Aussie motor industry I reckon.,
Government needs to stop jobs going overseas when will this happen as
the work is gone for people as it is. We do not protect our industries
that is a big mistake.
So now v8 Supercars will be gone, the commodore was once a rival now
gone overseas! Made from crap, id rather buy a car thats made buy aussies
for aussies. So sad to see the commodore once an aussie icon gone, now
ford has the market and no rival!
Falcon will be next...it's been on the chopping board for a while
If Holden goes, so will Ford, as well as a myriad of associated supply
industries from toolmakers to injection moulders right through to the
local sandwich shops that supply to all. And it wouldn't be hundreds
of jobs, it would be 10-15,000
Mark of Geelong @ 8.17am, Mate, there is more chance of Ford shutting
its door, than Holden's. Ford volumes are less than half the volumes
out of Holden's. To be honest, all this appears to be, is a beat-up.
The Commodore sales have been dipping for years & at present are being
replaced with Cruze sales. It appears that so long as people want an Aussie
built car, the Cruze & new Cruze Hatch (about to be released) are the
cars. Don't forget people, that the Chevy Volt is coming to Australia
& is built off the same floor platform as the Cruze. Therefore Cruze derivatives
will be the nominal vehicle with Commodaore & Statesman making up boutique
numbers in future.
The end of an era - sadly GM has to step into the 21st century and the
Holden as we now know it has come to the end of the road.
Is that the death knell for Bathurst?
Wow, 350 Engineering job going. So much for building a smarter Australian
workforce. At least the factory workers in Adelaide will still have a
job. But its a dumbing down of the workforce. Engineers are not really
a greedy unionized workforce, so this sounds like very drastic news.
This is sad news indeed. With the trend of online shopping and the death
of manufacturing it will be a very different landscape in Australia in
the next 20 years. Will there be any jobs for young people???
It is definitely sad news to see another manufacturing company close
its doors in Australia and import rubbish from overseas. My prediction
is that Ford will be next. Politicians and people of Australia should
be ashamed for NOT supporting local manufactures but would rather support
the imported rubbish which has a life span half of a commodore or falcon.
with a dedicated gas commodore due in 2012, this would have to boost
sales, especially the fleet market. holden needs to push harder. not all
families want to drive around in a front wheel drive car built for midgets