Hopefully it will go to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and be displayed next to the first prototype 48/215 they have on display. That way it will show the very First & Last locally manufactured car and also serve as a reminder to our current Federal politicians of what their predecessors saw as a great investment/opportunity and pride in our country offering employment and prosperity to many Australians. Also a reminder to all of what we have now lost in the current economic political idealism of a Global Economy.
Due to roll off the production line in it's completed state on or about 20th October 2017.
Poor business plan, no market awareness and a host of managerial blunders. RIP Holden
Have only bought two new cars , first one was a 2003 VY One Tonner (still have it) and would probably have bought a second new Holden in 2012 but i didn't want a large car and the Cruze didn't appeal to me. Drove the 1.4 turbo SRI hatch and it was gutless , a modern Torana (six pot rear drive) would have been good.
I hear you but the obvious answer is no one wanted a Commodore or Camry they all want dual cab utes or SUV and we did not locally manufacture those
Whilst that is true it's also a characteristic of how much they cost.
How many people would choose a locally built car at $40,000 (Corolla for example) compared to a Triton 4x4 base model dual cab at $75,000 or a Ford Ranger 4x4 top of the range at $110,000?
People would be forced by the costing imposed by tariffs to choose the 'affordable' option (which then forces people to buy local).
Then the grey market imports would flourish.
Not if the grey market imports were also either banned or subject to heavy tariffs.
Well they were not and they are an active market for both bikes and cars etc. The industry has gone no use chewing the what ifs about it maybe we should be focusing on our electricity issues .....
I call Bull Shit on this Geoff.
Although you are spot on with the comment about reducing tariffs here. I reckon that's the primary cause of the downfall of car manufacturing and manufacturing in general in Australia. That and the bull shit Commercial In Confidence Free Trade Agreements.
Tariffs in Australia on imported cars were a mechanism to 'level' the playing field for Austalia. Wages are higher here because our costs of living is higher. If you look at Australian automotive history you will see that foreign car makers were able to side step our tariffs by bringing in CKD (Completely Knocked Down) kits into Australia for local assembly and using local labour and a lot of locally sourced components such as batteries, tyres, glass, interiors. This provided a lot of employment here. Employed people pay income tax. They also spend money which in turn makes the economy prosperous. They buy houses and raise families independent of govt handouts. But in this modern era the labour component of car manufacture is a lot lower due to robotics and outsourcing component manufacture by tender to small businesses. Never has a Corolla cost anywhere near $40k here. That's because they used to be made here by Australians for Australians. I read recently that Toyota Australia last year made 26,000 Camry cars for our local market and 34,000 for export. That's a small amount in our market of nearly 1m new vehicle sales but it is higher than a lot of other brands which are selling here, keen for their share of the Aussie dollar. Also it is 34,000 vehicles bringing in export dollars which will now not happen as Toyota has stopped manufacturing here recently. But I concede the costs of manufacturing here are increasing. Just look at the energy price increases recently with both electricity and gas which have increased enormously in recent years. It's the price we are expected to pay for a deregulated market and the green political idealism in renewable sources of energy. The politicians make these decisions but its the Mum & Dads and local businesses who have to pay for this idealism with losing their jobs and/or paying higher energy costs. Manufacturing businesses can off shore to places of cheaper more polluting energy countries and lower overall costs and then import back into the Aussie market.
All this seems like a giant cluster fuck of ideology over reality to me.
On another thread I showed the price of a new 2017 Softtail Slim in Bali was something like $89,000 aud. That has about the same relevance as your Malaysian example I reckon.
There are similarities to Germany but more differences, Germany has around 83 million people and so a broader tax base, it is in Europe so it has a large export market for manufactured goods that we don't enjoy. That said they also could let their manufacturing collapse and import most of what they need easily and far cheaper than we could, but they can see the value in supporting their own industries to create jobs, contribute to the country's wealth through exports which reduces dependence on the government.
Australia is a resource rich country so it would make sense to develop those resources here and export the end result which would have to create more wealth from both inside and outside the country, but for some reason successive governments, probebly driven buy their rich masters decided that selling out the Australian people would make them richer faster at the expense of everyone else. Whether colluded with or fooled the government, they created the competition equals cheaper prices myth to buy essential services to get a captive market that garunteed almost unregulated profits for years to come.
We have become so pathetic that even the government pays millions a year to hire CEO's from overseas to run places like Telstra and Aust Post because they don't believe the talent exists here, pay me just one million a year and I will go in and sack half the workforce ( because getting rid of front line staff will save money and make things work better) rather than cut executives and try and improve service to gain market share.
A very sad day for Australia. Not just the end of locally made Holden cars but the last day of motor car manufacturing in Australia. Such a shame.