General Motors has so far confirmed that the all-electric GMC Hummer EV pickup will be sold in the U.S., Canada and the Middle East. However, new rumors suggest that it could also be sold in Australia.
The Hummer EV pickup is mentioned in a report by Australia’s whichcar. The article suggests that the truck may be converted locally to right-hand-drive by General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) – GM’s new operating arm in the market. The report cites un-named local sources who think the idea has “great potential”.
This follows on from a previous hint that the Hummer EV pickup might be sold in New Zealand, based on a trademark application for “GMC” with that country’s Intellectual Property Office, as first discovered by GM Authority. The basis for that suggestion is that, although GM could sell the Hummer EV pickup – built at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant, now called GM Factory Zero – in New Zealand, it will undoubtedly also do so in Australia.
It would once have been reasonable to expect that an imported and converted Hummer EV pickup would be sold in Oceania wearing a Holden badge, but that is no longer plausible. The General bought Holden, a former saddlery business that transitioned to building car bodies for other manufacturers, in 1926, and the first Holden-designed vehicle was launched in 1948. Local production continued until 2017, when GM transformed the division into a sales company and parts distribution operation for imported GM vehicles. In 2020, GM announced that it would mothball the Holden marque entirely.
The whichcar article also mentions several other GM vehicles due to go on sale in Australia with right-hand-drive, including the Chevrolet Corvette C8, the only GM car due to arrive in Australia (as well as Japan and the U.K.) directly from the GM Bowling Green factory in Kentucky in RHD form without the need for conversion. Only 200 units are expected to be brought in each year, and the price is believed to have risen from the originally planned AUS$129,990 (US$98,600) to AUS$149,990 (US$113,700).
Other models referred to in the article include the Chevy Camaro, Silverado and Tahoe, and the fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade, all of which require conversion to RHD by GMSV. Cadillac crossovers were also mentioned, but sedans are excluded, due to a sharp decline in demand for high-performance sedans in Australia, where they were once extremely popular.