Holden has been left as a big, red, glaring question mark following the sale of General Motors entire European operations after GM officially unloaded Opel and Vauxhall onto France’s PSA Group yesterday.
Holden itself has responded following the sale, but General Motors President Dan Ammann also addressed the matter during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
“What I want to emphasize is we are 100 percent committed to the business in Australia and New Zealand and we have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline and it’s going to be a really good period of time for the business down there,” Ammann told Car Advice.
Holden has long been an important facet of GM, not only in sales and market share but as a proving ground for executives and engineering talent, too, something Ammann touched on.
“All of you know there’s a lot of people inside GM that have a lot of history and linkage to Holden and there is nothing we want to see more than to for the business be really successful and prosper down there and we are totally committed to making that happen.”
He also squashed rumors of Holden ever being for sale or that GM was looking into phasing out the roaring lion to make way for Chevrolet.
“Clearly the current models that are just launching will turn through their full life cycle and what we do beyond that is yet to be determined,” he said.
Finally, with fears that the sale of Vauxhall would curb GM’s engineering efforts for right-hand drive vehicles, Ammann said there will be more RHD vehicles than ever coming from GM.
“As we have been developing the next generation of architectures globally we have increased not decreased the flexibility for RHD and made that a much easier thing to do so we remain totally committed to that,” he added.
What a brave new world indeed.