While Australians bemoan the loss of native automobile manufacturing, that doesn’t mean General Motors will not be offering fine cars in Oz. In fact, the first batch of Holden-badged Opels are scheduled to hit the nation sometime in the middle of 2015.
“We are really excited about the Holden’s product news for next year,” said Holden’s executive director of corporate affairs, George Svigo. “So far we can confirm that we plan to introduce the Astra, Cascada, and Insignia, which have been sourced from Europe specifically for the Australian market. All three cars represent progressive styling and exceptional build quality.”
The current Commodore will be the last rear-wheel-drive V8 model to be offered in Australia, although Holden also confirmed today that the VF-series will receive at least one more update before production is discontinued in three years. The Opel Insignia, the eventual replacement for the Commodore, will initially be sold alongside the Commodore when it appears by the third quarter of 2015.
However, Holden’s keeping mum on any other offerings at the moment. “Unfortunately we’re not in a position to confirm any other future product plans for next year, but suffice to say that we are determined to bring the right products from across GM’s global portfolio to Australia,” added Svigos. “We will also continue to ensure that our current products remain competitive and meet the demands of our customers.”