Vauxhall: Holden & Daewoo to the Rescue?
Motoring Channel Staff - 4/May/2009
The Vauxhall VXR8 sold in the UK
The Opel Insignia
The Holden Captiva is built by Daewoo in Korea
– As General Motors continues to
deconstruct its sprawling global operations, the complications of
this large undertaking are beginning to come to light.
It's not always a simple of case of shutting down factories or selling off brands, as General Motors is discovering.
that General Motors will sell Opel, it's German brand that builds
the Astra small car (sold here with a Holden badge) have not
been officially confirmed but are widely viewed as signed and sealed.
most of Opel's cars have stopped being imported into Australia (the
Vectra is one example), replaced by Daewoo models, the same structure
is being mooted for the U.K. brand Vauxhall.
sells rebadged Opel models in the U.K., but if Opel was bought out by
Fiat or any other company, Vauxhall would be without any cars to sell.
part of its restructure, GM is expected to turn to Daewoo, as it did in
Australia, to offer a new line-up of vehicles, but Holden could also
stand to benefit from Opel's departure.
Daewoo already sells many cars in Europe under Chevrolet badge, which could convolute planning.
However Vauxhall already sells HSV models in the U.K. (including the ClubSport, rebadged as a Vauxhall VXR8)
and with a growing range of Australian-made vehicles Holden could stand
to benefit with new exports of large (Commodore) and small (Cruze) cars.
Holden's new ethanol-powered Commodore could be a possible candidate for U.K. consumption.
General Motors continues to divest itself of assets and reorganise its
once-massive operations, Daewoo and Holden could become even more
Whatever happens, it's clear that General Motors has a long way to go before the dust settles.
- Holden Cruze
Ethanol E85 Commodore (2010)
- Holden Epica
VXR8 Supercharged (2007)