WITH Holden leaving Australia by the end of 2017, local Holden fans are sad to lose the “Aussie icon”.
General Motors announced on Wednesday it would discontinue vehicle and engine manufacturing and significantly reduce its engineering operations in Australia by the end of 2017.
Balmoral’s James Parker, a Holden enthusiast, said it was sad day but did not think the decision was made overnight.
“I don’t think it is a government decision … you can’t compete with prices overseas,” Mr Parker said.
“The only way to keep Holden in Australia is to put high tariffs on cars coming from overseas.”
Mr Parker said he used to work at an independent car yard and sold everything from Magnas, to Fords, to Holdens.
“Of all the cars I sold I never got a Holden back for warranty … I think they are a slightly better built car,” he said.
Hamilton’s Jason McCallum agreed with Mr Parker in that they were a great car.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, December 14, 2013