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General Motors shifts gear to produce 10,000 ventilators per month

General Motors will mass-produce more than 10,000 ventilators per month as it ramps up efforts to help health authorities combat the deadly coronavirus in the US.  The US car giant has formed a partnership with medical supplier Ventec Life Systems to manufacture “critical care” ventilators...

Holden dealers offer showrooms, logistics support to battle COVID-19

Holden dealers have offered their empty showrooms and workshops to authorities across Australia to help them battle the COVID-19 outbreak before they close their doors. A letter from the Holden Dealer Council to all states and territories, a copy of which has been obtained by CarAdvice, says its network of 185 dealerships which operate 203 showrooms and service facilities are ready to assist...

Supercars will continue despite COVID-19, but it won’t be with real cars

Following Supercars Championship’s decision to postpone events this year due to combat COVID-19, the season will continue in the form of the ‘Supercars All Stars Eseries’ – a competition between its real-life racers held online using racing simulators. The professional drivers will compete from their homes using ‘iRacing’, a simulator that is largely considered the most realistic offering available...

Exclusive: Holden dealers take on Detroit, allege “deceptive” conduct

EXCLUSIVE Holden dealers have written to the global boss of General Motors, Mary Barra, threatening legal action for what they claim was “deceptive” and “unconscionable” conduct in the lead-up to the shutdown of the iconic brand...

Exclusive: Holden offering five years car servicing back-up, not 10 years as promised to the public

EXCLUSIVE US car giant General Motors is offering Holden dealers car servicing contracts for only five years following the shutdown of the iconic brand – even though the company told the public it will provide customers with technical support for “at least 10 years”. A confidential proposal sent to dealers, a copy of which was obtained by CarAdvice, guarantees parts and servicing backup for Australia’s 1...

Exclusive: Holden letter to Federal Government outlines job losses in the dealer network

EXCLUSIVE US car giant General Motors has written to the Federal Government outlining what it claims is the true number of job losses in Holden showrooms across Australia – just days after all 185 dealers united to appoint a high powered law firm to represent them in negotiations over compensation...

Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020

Although we're only a few months into the year, 2020 has already seen the exit of Holden, the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show and Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales. In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers are reducing their ranges, discontinuing under-performers and replacing older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

ACDelco here to stay, Holden’s Project Monaro still up for grabs

For ACDelco – General Motors' in-house parts division – it’s business as usual for the foreseeable future, with the brand reaffirming it’s here to stay and assist with keeping Holden’s existing car park running in the wake of the brand's announcement that it will withdraw from the Australian market...

Holden dealers unite against General Motors to negotiate better compensation deal

EXCLUSIVE Holden’s national network of 185 dealers – operating 203 showrooms – have appointed law firm HWL Ebsworth and forensic accountants KPMG to negotiate with US car giant General Motors over compensation offers they claim are “grossly inadequate” and not a fair reflection of the financial impact on their businesses and staff...

The real reason Holden sales hit the brakes last month

Holden sales hit the brakes last month as the brand announced its shock exit from Australia, but its lowest tally since 1948 was not due to a lack of interest from buyers. Holden reported just 1367 cars as sold in February 2020 as the brand slipped to 15th outright for the first time ever, but the number of people negotiating to buy a new Holden was in fact much higher than this...

General Motors executive who shut thousands of dealerships around the world arrives in Australia to close Holden

EXCLUSIVE US car giant General Motors has flown in a man who has closed more dealerships globally than anyone else in the company, as Holden showroom owners prepare to negotiate the terms of their compensation packages in the wake of the iconic brand's shock shutdown announcement...