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by George Skentzos

A spokesperson from Holden has issued a passionate response to recent comments made by Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide, in regards to speculation that the Australian car industry is poised to collapse.

This genuinely sincere statement is far more profound than we have come to expect from a media release, which is why we have decided to reproduce it here verbatim.

STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO AUTO INDUSTRY SPECULATION

What gives one person the right to call ‘time’ on an entire industry with more than 60,000 jobs at stake? What data is he basing his views on when happily sounding the death knell for Australian car makers and employees?

We’ve never had a request from this individual to speak with our executives, to discuss our company business plans or review the business case for our new fuel efficient 4 cylinder small car.

This is shameless self-promotion at the expense of our industry, our organisation and our employees.

For the record, Holden has had the best selling car in the country for 13 consecutive years and we’re not going anywhere. We’re in there fighting in a pretty tough global environment and we won’t be discouraged by bystanders.

Background

Automotive manufacturing is the largest manufacturing sector in Australia. It supports about 64,000 families and puts $5 billion in wages back into the economy each year. Holden contributed $500 million in wages last year and invested $420 million in research and development.

Holden recently announced that it will produce a second car line based on General Motors’ global Delta small car platform. GM’s own viability plan highlighted that the introduction of the second car line puts Holden in a long term viable position.

We believe that the Australian Government’s recently announced $6.2 billion industry support package will be a driver for innovation at Holden and other Australian manufacturers across the next decade.

Holden and the Australian automotive industry have a lot to be proud of. It’s worth fighting for.

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