24 new models are scheduled to arrive the year 2020, while a handful have already been introduced, including Astra VXR/GTC, Cascada and Insignia VXR. The incoming 2016 Commodore Series II update may be part of this product plan, but that remains to be seen. Finally, a new Spark will join Holden coming in January of next year.
Where does that leave the other 20 models or so? Motoring decided to speculate on such a topic.
The publication was told a new Holden Captiva is in the works, but mum has been the word from Peter Keley, Holden’s executive director, on which Opels will make their way to Oz.
The Holden Cruze will need replacing after its production locally ends for good. The Cruze wagon was already imported, leaving room for Opel to fill those spaces accordingly.
Keley remains ambiguous on where the brand stands on selling an Astra hatchback, and a Cruze sedan saying, “The thing that we always want to make sure that we do, in whatever the line-up is, is to actually be able to have confidence in the vehicles and position them in such a way as you minimise internal cannibalization, but maximize external cannibalization.”
“There’s certainly opportunities, but does that mean we’re actually doing it? No, it doesn’t mean that, but there’s certainly opportunities,” Keley said.
There’s also a chance some of Opel’s people movers could head to Australia, as the Zafira was already close to an Aussie launch before Opel was shuttered locally years ago. The return of the Corsa-based Combo may be another addition.