Newly appointed Holden Special Vehicles boss, Tim Jackson, believes the Australian sub-brand has a bright future beyond 2017, when Holden will begin to wind down its manufacturing operations in the country.
Jackson was appointed new managing director of the performance brand on Wednesday. He replaced Phil Harding in the position after serving as HSV’s marketing and product planning director for four years. Jackson has spent recent months mapping out Holden’s future beyond 2017 and thinks the brand can remain successful, even after the discontinuation of the rear-wheel drive Commodore.
“There’s lots of speculation around given Holden’s closure announcement but our job’s the same – we have to deliver great performance cars to the Australian public,” Jackson told Drive.com.
HSV announced they would continue operations beyond 2017, when Holden said they would cease manufacturing operations in Australia, though the companies model-lineup is yet to be confirmed.
“We’ve got a lot of passionate customers, a great dealer group. Serving those people comes with great responsibility,” said Jackson. “Our job’s to deliver great products, that’s first and foremost, and the challenge is keeping everyone on target.”
Jackson said HSV’s new lineup would stray from its current model range, which consists of six V8-models, but was reluctant to specify which direction the company will take in the future.
HSV could be tasked with bringing in performance cars to Australia from other countries, like the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro or future Opel OPC models.
“We’re always cautious not to add to speculation. People know us for doing great value performance cars, that’s what we plan to continue doing,” he said. “It’s an exciting time for us.”
Jackson said HSV hopes to preserve its 140-strong workforce in Australia and New Zealand and to maintain its widespread dealership network in the two countries.