Significant changes are inbound to the Holden brand, but even more so to Holden Special Vehicles, or HSV.
The performance arm responsible for building hopped up Holden Commodore variants has yet to strike a deal beyond 2017, the same year the VF Commodore Series II will exit production. At this point, it’s unclear where HSV could, and would, move to following the departure of the rear-wheel drive, V8-powered Commodore.
Mark Bernhard, Holden chairman and managing director, told Car Advice discussions were ongoing with HSV.
“We see them as an important adjunct to the Holden business and we’re happy to work with them,” Bernhard said.
But he stated no agreement has been made, saying, “No, not at this point in time. The discussions are ongoing around a number of different products.”
However, Premoso Pty Ltd, HSV’s operating company, thinks there is definitely a space for HSV after the Zeta-based Commodore is finished. Peter Keley, Holden executive director of sales, and Premoso Pty director, said the future opportunity is significant.
“They [HSV] have been a great part of the Holden image for a long time. The opportunity… everyone thinks of HSV one-dimensionally, the list of opportunities is significant.”
HSV has no history in developing non-Commodore based performance models save for the HSV VXR, which was a souped-up, previous generation Vauxhall Astra VXR. But the potential is certainly there, especially with a confirmed V8 sports car coming to the Holden brand.
HSV and Holden have now issued a joint statement on future business together. It reads:
Holden and HSV greatly value their strong partnership. As both Holden and HSV’s businesses fundamentally change and transform for the long term, we are confident of finding a successful path in the future, together. As usual, we don’t talk about future programs or negotiations, but Holden and HSV are both working closely on expanding their vehicle portfolios for the future.
Before Holden says farewell to the current Commodore, HSV is preparing a few special edition vehicles which are rumored to include a reborn HSV GTS-R.