Holden will soon be left without a PHEV in its lineup, as the Australian auto brand has confirmed the next-generation 2016 Volt will not be exported to the country. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be available in left-hand drive configuration only, completely ruling out the chance for a new Holden Volt.
Holden confirmed the news with TMR, speaking to Kate Lonsdale, a Holden spokesperson. Lonsdale says current Holden Volt owners will continue to receive support through Holden service, however.
“Current generation Volt production has now ceased however Holden is committed to supporting Volt customers and will ensure specialist Holden Volt Service Centres will continue to be comprehensively trained to complete the highest quality servicing,” the company said in a statement today.
“Service centres will also retain access to the complete range of Holden Volt genuine parts.”
The report cites a possible chance for export through Opel if a new Ampera program comes to light, but to our knowledge, Opel will not receive the 2016 Volt either.
This leads to new speculation the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt may be exported to Australia as a Holden. It seems unlikely, but considering the Bolt will be built alongside a new Opel model, it gives Oz a slight chance to see the model on local roads.
Holden sold just 10 Volts in 2015, with production ceasing as of this writing.