One of Australia's Most Iconic Cars No Longer Made in Australia
When I think of Australian car culture, images of old Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores come to mind, the big bodied V8 cars that dominate the V8 Supercars Championship. The Holden Ute, a V8 powered RWD modern day version of an EL Camino, has made car enthusiasts jealous of our friends down under for years. These cars scream Australian car culture with their big horsepower and RWD ready to do burnouts, but will no longer be made in their native country.
After 69 years of manufacturing in Australia, and more than 7.6 million vehicles, the last Australian made Holden rolled off the assembly line on October 20th 2017. Along with the last Holden, this was the last massed produced vehicle to be assembled in the country. Between 2013 and 2014 Ford, GM, and Toyota all pulled manufacturing out of the country. The remote location and cheaper manufacturing costs in nearby Asian markets were major factors in these factories closing their doors.
Hundreds of workers gathered at the Elizabeth factory as the last car, a SSV Commodore Redline V8 manual in Red Hot paint, rolled off the assembly line. Holden will keep around 1000 direct employees in the country beyond 2017, working on design and local and global programs.
Holden ensures this move is for the best of the brand and will continue producing great cars that are tuned and tested for the Australian conditions and customers. Holden says they will be introducing a "true V8, rear-drive sports car to Australia", and we are sure that we'll be immediately jealous if we don't get it in North America as well.