Holden commits to one third Euro lineup

Holden commits to one third Euro lineup

Holden has announced plans to have over a third of its lineup sourced from General Motor’s European Opel division.

Executive vice president and president of GM Europe, Karl-Thomas Neumann, made the announcement at the opening of the Paris Auto Show.

“I’m very excited about the role our great products will play in the resurgence of the Holden brand, by being able to provide more than one-third of Holden’s future product line-up,” Neumann says.

“We are making significant investments in new models, engines, transmissions and testing facilities to ensure we deliver truly world class products to our export markets such as New Zealand and Australia.”

Holden’s chairman and managing director, Gerry Dorizas, confirmed the decision, stating the three European-sourced vehicles launching in New Zealand and Australia in 2015 would be just the start of things to come.

“We are absolutely committed to bringing the best possible products from GM’s global portfolio to New Zealand customers to support a strong and exciting future for Holden,” Dorizas says.

Earlier this year Holden announced that it will launch three European-sourced vehicles in the first half of 2015 – the Cascada convertible, the Astra GTC and VXR three-door hatches and the Insignia VXR performance sedan.

In the ’90s through early 2000’s, much of Holden’s range was Opel-developed models.

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