Here in the United States, the hottest of Holdens are forbidden fruit. While North America has been graced with the Pontiac GTO (Holden Monaro), Pontiac G8 (Holden VE Commodore) and the Chevrolet SS (VF Commodore, U.S. only), the really cool toys are a local affair. We’re talking about cars like the HSV GTS R W1.
They come from Holden Special Vehicles, backed by Walkinshaw. However, with the end of the rear-wheel drive, V8-powered Commodore, HSV will begin to reinvent itself. In the process, its eying up global markets in the future.
Car Advice reports HSV has an eye for exports, though it’s a long-term goal.
“I think the best way to describe it is we’re very focused on what will be a transition into something new, and we see it as important in the short-term sticking close to home, making sure we have great product and business cases,” HSV managing director Tim Jackson said.
New ventures include a hot Holden Colorado pickup and potentially a performance-oriented Holden Astra hatchback. No word if HSV has any plans to undertake the 2018 NG Commodore, based on the Opel Insignia Grand Sport.
“Five years maybe, or ten. We’d like to think we can find ways and means to tap into a bigger market again… even though we are confident in our ability to make this transition, we don’t want to underestimate it.”
HSV has come close in the past. The Maloo high-performance ute was almost spun off into its own brand, and General Motors brass nearly built a case to bring HSV’s talents to the U.S. at one point. Alas, it was close, but not cigar.