While Holden itself will cease manufacturing in Australia in October, its longtime performance partner, Walkinshaw-backed Holden Special Vehicles, will hold out awhile longer.
HSV plans to end its manufacturing operations in December of 2017, two months after the final Holden Commodore rolls off the assembly line. According to Motor, final details and a specific date have not been set. What the final model will be is also unknown at this time.
HSV has ended production of the Grange, GTS, and 6.2-liter LS3 V8-powered Clubsport and Maloo models thus far. The performance brand expects production to remain strong through the end of this year, however. Demand for its 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8-powered models remains strong. Those include the GTSR, GTSR Maloo, Senator, Clubsport and Maloo. Of course, the bonkers HSV GTSR W1 is part of the mix as well, which features GM’s 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8 engine.
Following the end of production, HSV’s future still remains unclear. It has been rumored the Holden Special Vehicles name will go away and it will be rebranded solely as “Walkinshaw.” Plans for a hotter Holden Colorado are also likely on the table.
Most recently, plans for HSV to convert the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro to right-hand drive have surfaced. A public confirmation of the program is supposedly on the horizon, which has the blessing of General Motors product chief, and former Holden boss, Mark Reuss.
HSV will be the final Australian auto manufacturer left following Holden’s final day of production. Ford shut its manufacturing operations down last year; Toyota will cease production this coming October as well.