Not long ago, Holden Special Vehicles appointed Tim Jackson as its managing director, replacing Phil Harding in the position. Hiring Jackson was indication that the performance sub-brand would continue on with its operations past 2017, when Holden is expected to wind down its manufacturing operations in Australia. Now, they’ve re-hired former chief engineer Joel Stoddart following a 12-month absence from the company, resurfacing rumors about what HSV may have up its sleeve for the future.
Stoddart is no stranger to engineering fast vehicles. He oversaw development of the fastest and most powerful car to ever come from Oz, the HSV GTS, in addition to helping out with many other hot Commodores.
With the production of the Commodore expected to come to a halt in 2017, it’s still a mystery what type of vehicles Stoddart and his team plan to bring to the market. Carsguide says Holden’s performance car division has been seen testing the 2.8-liter V6 engine from the Insignia VXR in Oz, leading to speculation that a vehicle similar to this will be HSV’s next step forward.
“There is a future for us to keep making great cars, and that’s why I’m here,” Stoddart told Carsguide. “We’re looking to the future and trying to realise some of the opportunities that are out there.”
Last month Holden announced it would bring the Astra, Insignia and Cascada convertible to the Australian market. HSV could be responsible for providing performance versions of smaller turbocharged vehicles like these in the future once the V8-powered Commodore has officially departed.