Holden continues to keep busy after General Motors reversed its decision to gut the powertrain development arm of the marque in 2015. Most recently, Holden has been spotted testing plenty of Cadillac vehicles, but this time, a few other vehicles were spotted along for the ride.
Motoring reports a local spotted six Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles all undergoing powertrain development in New South Wales. However, none of the vehicles were sporting right-hand drive layouts. Holden has continuously ramped up its powertrain work again since 2015, meaning the sighting isn’t much of a surprise.
Holden has continuously ramped up its powertrain work again since 2015, meaning the sighting isn’t much of a surprise.
“As part of GM’s global work share initiative, Holden is undertaking powertrain calibration work on a number of vehicles, including those spotted by your contact,” GM spokesman Mark Flintoft said.
Holden and GM also announced a $9 million investment into the brand’s emission center at the Lang Lang proving grounds to expand calibration work.
Each vehicle spotted, comprised of a Cadillac ATS-V, XTS V-Sport, CT6, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and GMC Canyon, all feature variants of the high output V6 engine. Holden has quite a bit of experience when it comes to these engines since a variant had been engineered and assembled locally since 2004. Holden manufactured its last V6 engine last year.
And if you think these sightings means Cadillac may take another crack at the Australian market, it’s not in the cards. Stefan Jacoby, head of GM International, told media last month the automaker has “no plans” for an Australian Cadillac introduction.