The discontinuation of the sedan is hardly a shock. The Astra was essentially a rebadged Chevrolet Cruze. Holden sourced the sedan from a now-closed plant in South Korea, the Gunsan assembly plant. With the Lordstown, Ohio plant also idled and the end of Cruze production confirmed at GM’s Ramos Arizpe facility in Mexico, no plant could continuing supplying the Astra sedan.
A Holden spokesperson said the brand is aware the end of the sedan creates a “gap” in Holden’s lineup, but it’s unclear where a replacement may come from. The only options appear to be from the GM China lineup, but it’s unclear if any of sedans GM sells in China could be assembled in right-hand drive for Australia.
Otherwise, GM exited the compact car business with the death of the Cruze this past March.
The Sportwagon variant has been built in Europe at an Opel production facility, which France’s PSA Group now owns. Holden said the wagon variant has been a slow seller, which led to its death. The news leaves just the Astra hatchback in the compact segment for Australia. The Astra is a clone of the Opel Astra sold in Europe and built in Poland. Eventually, GM will need to source a replacement for it, too, unless it plans to end sales in the segment altogether in Australia.
GM only has a license for PSA to build GM-era cars at Opel facilities until early next decade. The Holden ZB Commodore, based on the Opel Insignia, will also need to sort its future out. Holden has already signaled it’s open to dropping the Commodore from its portfolio if the market doesn’t warrant the liftback sedan in the future.