Holden has been priding itself on a newfound brand freedom following the decision to cease local manufacturing; the Australian brand may choose the best vehicles it thinks will suit its future portfolio from GM’s global catalog of products.
We had the pleasure of bumping into newly-minted General Motors Vice President of Design Michael Simcoe, who has a long history with Holden and GM Design Australia, and he briefly touched on the future of Holden.
Simcoe stated Holden indeed is choosing the best of GM’s global product portfolio for its revamped lineup, but with a catch: Cadillac is off limits.
We were unable to get into further detail on why Cadillac vehicles are barred from Holden’s consideration, but there are a number of logical factors we think could be behind the reasoning.
Cadillac has long been rumored to be planning an Australian introduction in the future, and its more premium nature may keep it from vehicle sharing with Holden.
To clarify, this is not a matter of sharing vehicle platforms, but rather sharing actual vehicles with Holden in the same way the GMC Acadia will become the Holden Acadia. That means you won’t see an ATS, CTS, CT6 or any other Cadillacs wearing a Holden lion in the future.