When someone says “Australian” cars, we usually think of something larger, V8-powered, and rear-wheel-drive. But now that Opel is leaving the Australian market after a brief 11 months, and there’s been talks of a few models returning to Australia, namely, the Astra.
The Opel Astra won’t be seen again (at least anytime soon), but there’s always the opportunity for a Holden version, right? Drive.com reports that their sources are indicating just that. And since Australians seem to like fast things, the OPC version of the Astra (276hp, 2.0T) will be the likely candidate for a return. Other than the Astra, the Zafira is another supposed returning model, which is a 7-seater MPV.
The release issued by Opel of Australia last week said: “Opel will now begin analysis together with Holden regarding the potential for future Holden-badged niche product, in order to ascertain if opportunities for individual carlines exist.”
Opel Australia’s head of marketing/PR Michelle Lang, says that Opel is willing to consider any partnerships with Holden.
“Opel in Germany doesn’t want to be walking away if there’s any opportunity,” Lang says. However, when asked about the likelihood of such model returns actually occurring, everything is “speculation” at this point.