Since Holden first announced it would cease Australian manufacturing operations by 2017 in December, there has been talk that HSV would continue on developing and selling performance-focused General Motors products in Australia. But with access to their main vehicle, the Holden Commodore, soon to be cut off, HSV is looking to grow its relationship with GM, possibly by offering a performance sub-brand for Chevrolet.
Obviously, HSV hopes to offer V8, rear-wheel drive cars like the Commodore in Australia in the future and the only way to do this might be to offer Chevrolet’s as HSVs. If they were to do this, it would make sense to offer the vehicles in North America as “CSVs”, according to Walkinshaw Group chairman, Ryan Walkinshaw.
“We think something like that (CSV) could work,” Walkinshaw told Motoring.com.au in an interview. “It depends on what products are available. It’s going to depend on the discussions with GM going forward. There’s a lot of factors we have to take into account, but I think we are pretty confident in what we do.”
Helping Walkinshaw’s case will be the fact that three former Holden managing directors, Mark Reuss, Alan Batey and Mike Devereux, currently hold high-ranking management positions within GM and all understand and appreciate what HSV does.
“We have good relationships with all three guys, particularly Mike Devereux,” said Walkinshaw. “That’s a much bigger discussion that we need to have, but obviously that’s something we are setting our sights on going forward.”
HSV hopes to hold on to its headquarters and manufacturing base in Clayton, but Walkinshaw is open to moving the outfit overseas in order to be close to the plant where the company’s next core vehicle will be built, possibly, the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro.
“Ideally, it would be a nice simple transition to just get the cars off the ship part-finished and us to finish them off here,” said Walkinshaw. “It would also keep us as a company that genuinely makes Australian cars and makes them in Australia, which would be great. But if the opportunity arises and we have no other option then we are happy to look at manufacturing abroad and importing them as well.”