Holden Special Vehicles kept it quiet, but the company officially announced it built the final Commodore-based HSV ever this past Friday, December 29. With the final HSV produced, it marks the last car an Australian company ever made and the final full-vehicle manufacturer to cease operations in the country. HSV followed Ford, Toyota and Holden.
The final car was an HSV GTSR W1 finished in “Light My Fire,” and also represented the final W1 to be made as car 275 of 275 total units. HSV produced hotter Commodore-based vehicles for nearly 30 years including the Maloo, Clubsport, W427 and many more.
The company carried on a few months longer after Holden ended production of the Australian-built VF Commodore Series II this past October. HSV does not plan to modify or build cars based on the imported ZB Commodore, itself a rebadged Opel Insignia.
With the final Commodore-based HSV completed, the performance partner officially built a total of 90,114 vehicles since 1987. Despite the somber news, HSV is confident in its future. Holden’s performance partner recently announced its 2018 vehicle lineup that will expand its offerings to include the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, Chevrolet Camaro and the HSV Colorado SportsCat.