Well, here’s some great news for our friend to the extreme south. A new report says General Motors is looking at exporting the C7 Corvette as a new hero car for Holden after it ceases manufacturing in 2017.
General Motors’ then head Dan Akerson, was quoted in 2013 saying the Corvette would make its way to Oz as a replacement for the dearly departed rear-wheel drive Holden Commodore. A day later, GM representatives said he was completely mistaken in saying that. Now, Stefan Jacoby, the man credited with making the tough decision to close down Aussie manufacturing, has told Australian media in Detroit a “RWD halo model” is indeed on its way to Australia.
Of course, there are only two other RWD V8 powered vehicles to fit this scenario in the General Motors lineup besides the current Holden Commodore: The Corvette and the Camaro. The Camaro could very well be exported and begin life as a new Holden Monaro. Credentials lack with a Monaro case however because the Camaro has not reportedly been developed for right-hand drive. The Corvette though, falls in line with when Jacoby states a new halo car will arrive in Oz.
“We will bring a true sports car to Australia for the brand Holden,” said Mr Jacoby. “It will be something which fulfills the requirement of a true Holden sports car.”
Besides the brief quote, no further information is known at this time other than it will be a V8 engine, and it will arrive in 2018.
The all-new Ford Mustang has already been confirmed to relieve the storied Ford Falcon of duty after it also ceases manufacturing in the country. Pricing for the Mustang in the country will clip the $50,000 AUD mark. This would be a stark contrast to the Corvette halo car which would near the $100,000 AUD price point after shipping and exchange rates take hold.
In the meantime, stay tuned as we hear more about these new developments and bring them to you as they reach the internets.