I would make sure it's dirt cheap and you're keeping it for a long time because it will be worthless the day you take possession (even more so than a normal new car)So no more Lion badged cars imported after 2020. Will be selling all current stock might be able to pick up a cheap new Colorado .
In fairness, the other end of the market voted also. They wanted value for money and the likes of Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubishi etc are delivering that with inclusions and warranty's that Ford and Holden don't or can't seem to match.I reckon Ford Australia won't change much, they're selling lots of Rangers and small cars.
What I'm curious about is whether GM will bother to maintain a presence here or just completely abandon the Aussie market? Nothing appears to have been said about that.
Football, meatpies, kangaroos and German cars.
Australians voted with their wallets... everyone thinks they deserve an Audi/BMW/Merc. They used to be the cars you bought when you had 'made it' in life.
What about those that signed on for fixed price servicing for lifeIf someone just bought a Colorado or such from a Holden Dealer with a 5 year warranty, I wonder how far you would need to drive in say 3 years to get that 'free' servicing?
They'll get it for 10 years.What about those that signed on for fixed price servicing for life
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My experience, which is limited, says most private garages can easily match fixed price servicing.What about those that signed on for fixed price servicing for life
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That's a very politely written response, given the rivalry between these brands. Almost like a 'guard of honour' as Holden walk off the field for the last time!Ford's response, via Twitter:
1/1 - All of us here at Ford Australia are saddened to hear the news that Holden will cease operations. Holden is an iconic brand that holds a special place in the heart of many Australians, and has done so much to shape the Australian automotive industry and the country...
2/2 - Its vehicles have been worthy competitors both on road and on the racetrack. To our friends at Holden, thank you for keeping us on our toes and inspiring us to keep aiming higher. We will miss you.
They are pulling out of all RH drive markets. They have already sold off Opel and Vauxhall in UK/Europe and have abandoned all other markets except aust, NZ and Thailand, but as we know now, they are also abandoning those as well.What I'm curious about is whether GM will bother to maintain a presence here or just completely abandon the Aussie market? Nothing appears to have been said about.
Or a smartly worded ploy to try and appeal to ex Holden customers , you know humble in victory or some crap. At least that's probably what they are hoping behind the scenes as they teeter on the edge of the precipice.That's a very politely written response, given the rivalry between these brands. Almost like a 'guard of honour' as Holden walk off the field for the last time!
I see one of the news shows this evening were saying that dealers were keeping tight lipped for fear of retribution but they asked one about who he thought would still be buying the existing stocks and he fumbled and flustered dramatically and eventually said he had no idea.GM really screwed Holden, the customer, the Aussie tax payer and those here that worked for them and believed in the brand. We all knew this was eventualy coming but it still feels a bit of a shock. I'd like to know what's happening with parts availability because I was going to change the VE sedan over for a VF sedan at some point.
This is where they have said they will keep around 200 staff to manage this and warranty etc. That is the 10 year magic number they have indicated as that to my knowledge is legislated. All manufacturers have to support spare parts for 10 years from a model introduction. The question is how well will this be managed. Will the call centre be the whole environment and will it be local or subcontracted to Indiasia. How supportive will the disgruntled and screwed over local dealerships be etc. I wouldn't be buying one unless it is dirt cheap and you intend to run it into the ground as I can't see it holding any value past the day you buy it.
I dont think the product the commodore was bad. The cruze and the Daewoo stuff was/is for sure and I got some satisfaction by seeing their sales plummet after the Aussie made commodore was axed.
What's happening with luxury car tax and import tarriffs?
Are they gone? Hmmmm.
I doubt they will be axed without significant pressure and I'm not sure where that pressure will come from.
I would say you are right on the money.Or a smartly worded ploy to try and appeal to ex Holden customers , you know humble in victory or some crap. At least that's probably what they are hoping behind the scenes as they teeter on the edge of the precipice.