Holden terminates 30 dealers as sales slide bites

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    Holden terminates 30 dealers as sales slide bites

    Holden terminates 30 dealers as sales slide bites


    HOLDEN has taken the axe to its dealership network in the face of declining sales and the imminent closure of its local manufacturing operation.


    Richard Blackburn,Carsguide


    June 16, 20178:14am


    HOLDEN has culled 30 dealers from its 230-strong network as the car maker deals with declining sales ahead of its factory closure in October.

    The company has confirmed the dealers have been told their franchise agreements will not be renewed when they expire on December 31.

    It is believed that more than half the affected dealers are from metropolitan areas, although Holden will not say which outlets are affected as it is bound by confidentiality agreements.

    Melbourne has the highest concentration of dealers and is likely to be hardest hit, but it is believed high profile Sydney dealer group Suttons may lose its dealerships in Waitara and Homebush. Suttons was contacted for comment.

    Elsewhere O & H Holden in Kyogle, NSW, and McLeod’s Whyalla in South Australia have also reportedly lost their franchises.

    Whyalla Holden dealer principal Malcolm McLeod declined to comment.


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    http://www.news.com.au/technology/in...c21c61864fe38a

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    Re: Holden terminates 30 dealers as sales slide bites

    Is cutting dealers the way to react to a sales slide - or does it signal the end game of Holden as a brand ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AceRimmer View Post

    HOLDEN has culled 30 dealers from its 230-strong network as the car maker deals with declining sales ahead of its factory closure in October.
    Remember when Holden adverts used to boast of "more than 500 dealers Australia-wide."

    And Holden parts were available everywhere, not just through the Dealer body; for example I found a front uni-joint for my beloved HZ Kingswood V8 3-speed (pic) from on-shelf at a suburban Safeway (aka Woolworths) Supermarket!



    Why Holden was 'obliged' to drop this excellent model for that crappy VB Commodore (and 20 years in the wilderness), i will never understand..
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    Is cutting dealers the way to react to a sales slide - or does it signal the end game of Holden as a brand ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nota View Post
    Remember when Holden adverts used to boast of "more than 500 dealers Australia-wide."

    And Holden parts were available everywhere, not just through the Dealer body; for example I found a front uni-joint for my beloved HZ Kingswood V8 3-speed (pic) from on-shelf at a suburban Safeway (aka Woolworths) Supermarket!

    Why Holden was 'obliged' to drop this excellent model for that crappy VB Commodore (and 20 years in the wilderness), i will never understand..
    It was effectively "One GM", predating "One Ford" by about 3 decades.

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    People are abandoning the brand because its no longer seen as Australian

    GM will never understand this
    Who the hell approved this abomination? Hidden Content

    I bet it was some dumbarse in Detroit Hidden Content

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    Re: Holden terminates 30 dealers as sales slide bites

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    People are abandoning the brand because its no longer seen as Australian

    GM will never understand this
    TBH I think people are abandoning the brand because aside from the Colorado, no other product in it's line up is anything close to competitive. Even the Commodore is ancient needing an update that everybody knows will not happen. The next model Commodore is a very different product that appeals to a very different market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedHotMike View Post
    TBH I think people are abandoning the brand because aside from the Colorado, no other product in it's line up is anything close to competitive. Even the Commodore is ancient needing an update that everybody knows will not happen. The next model Commodore is a very different product that appeals to a very different market.
    I'm sure more competitive cars are coming , Astra is a start, but it doesn't matter anymore to the average Aussie Holden is already Chinese or Owned by the French or Daewoo or whatever other nonsense is being perpetuated this week

    It's damaged goods GM killed it
    Who the hell approved this abomination? Hidden Content

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    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    People are abandoning the brand because its no longer seen as Australian

    GM will never understand this
    Weren't they abandoning Holden long before the decision was made to shut down manufacturing? People have voted with their wallets that they don't want the Ute and Commodore.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Weren't they abandoning Holden long before the decision was made to shut down manufacturing? People have voted with their wallets that they don't want the Ute and Commodore.....
    the OZ sales thread pointing out HOW fragmented the segment is and COMPANIES like Mazda with a NUMBER of "good sellers" can climb the ladder and GM GLOBALLY could NOT get a FULL line up uf better then average cars + trucks + SUVS
    ONE HITS will NOT do the task anymore in ANY market outside of the US full size truck market

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    Quote Originally Posted by isszy View Post
    Who could have possibly seen this coming ?????
    http://www.caradvice.com.au/280365/h...-no-1-by-2020/

    "Holden aims to overtake Toyota as No.1 by 2020"

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    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    the OZ sales thread pointing out HOW fragmented the segment is and COMPANIES like Mazda with a NUMBER of "good sellers" can climb the ladder and GM GLOBALLY could NOT get a FULL line up uf better then average cars + trucks + SUVS
    ONE HITS will NOT do the task anymore in ANY market outside of the US full size truck market
    Exactly why Holden planned a number of variants for the VE off the one platform

    That would have softened the blow but in reality it's GM's poor portfolio outside of Commodore that's the biggest issue here
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    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    People are abandoning the brand because its no longer seen as Australian

    GM will never understand this
    Mr Trump probably would but I doubt whether GM would read his twitter if he posted about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinamonty View Post
    Mr Trump probably would but I doubt whether GM would read his twitter if he posted about it!
    Why do I have the feeling Ford will do well in Australia becuase it had already been seen as a Global rather then local brand. GM owned Holden and is now gutting it expecting Australians to buy cars build from another division GM just sold to PSA.

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