Holden Special Vehicles, backed by Walkinshaw Performance, has been on the hunt for new clientele following the news of the locally-produced Holden Commodore’s death.
It began with Ram and Fiat-Chrysler, which inked a deal with HSV to build Ram pickup trucks in right-hand drive guise for the country. Now, HSV is said to be in discussions with Toyota.
CarsGuide reports HSV chief, Ryan Walkinshaw, was seen leaving Toyota’s Taren Point headquarters in Sydney last week. The rumomill has immediately churned on what a Toyota-HSV meeting could mean.
One possibility is Toyota’s interest to go racing in the V8 Supercars series, which seems plausible following Toyota’s newfound calls for excitement and a motorsports guru heading the company: Akio Toyoda.
The more plausible scenario would be an HSV contract to soup up current Toyotas for the marketplace. Toyota previously launched its Toyota Racing Development performance brand in Australia with little success. Toyota could have approached HSV to contract out a sporting up certain models, although, don’t expect much go, just a lot of show.
HSV and Toyota would not disclose any details surrounding the meeting at this time.