My crazy punt is a rebadged Cadillac CT5 with new front fascia....
Last edited by Downandout; 10-19-2019 at 08:03 PM.
so why not make there instead of importing from Germany..
Holden could take RHD version of that car maybe built at
one in ten or one in twelve down Chinese production line.
Lower cost centre than high cost Germany (win win.)
The sad thing is, while Holden may struggle with selling econoboxes, the Hyundais and Kias of the world would kill for its history and reputation in the performance space. Holden could sell a V8 Colorado, V8 US pickup or performance RWD sedan tomorrow and they would hit the top of the segments.
Even towards the end Holden were selling 1,200 V8s a month even in dying segments (sedans, wagons, LWB sedans and 2wd 2 door Utes). Hell if GM can sell the Low Forward Cab with a 6.0 V8, the Colorado should be no problem.
Last edited by Downandout; 10-21-2019 at 07:29 PM.
I dont know, I think GM US has been pretty good to Holden recently - Holden just needs car people to steer the ship. Trying to make a Kia Junior is not going to work. If Holden pushed a V8 program for Thai Colorado, they could probably get it approved. The V8 is cheaper to make than the diesel, and they could charge an extra few grand over the diesel whilst also selling significantly more cars. Its the segment busting or segment creating risks thats when Holden shone and was the most profitable. A V8 Colorado would suddenly make the $60k 2.8 litre Hiluxes and 2.0 litre Ranger diesels look very pedestrian.
I just dont think vehicle programs are being pushed. Just feels like Holden has a retail strategy and not a product strategy.
Last edited by Downandout; 10-22-2019 at 03:04 AM.
A V8 doesn't Fit in Colorado - not without contravening GM's Factory ft engine bay tolerance, otherwise HDT and Walkinshaw would already be doing that.
that and the whole thing would require new crash tests so there's another million bucks.
Last edited by jpd80; 10-22-2019 at 03:35 AM.