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post #1 of 16 Old 12-12-2013, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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GM Giving up Holden in Australia

GM to quit making cars in Australia
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-13-2013, 12:39 PM
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Interesting. I always liked their vehicles. I wonder how that El Camino would have fared against the Magnum...maybe if they had a top for it as an option. But anyway, its a shame all those people will lose their jobs.

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GM will be shipping cars in from China soon....oh and I thought Bernake said the dollar wasn't getting weaker. did the government lie again?

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post #4 of 16 Old 12-15-2013, 07:02 AM
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GM will be shipping cars in from China soon....oh and I thought Bernake said the dollar wasn't getting weaker. did the government lie again?
Get off it... We all know you hate America's .gov and .mil... Move on already....

I think it's a mistake to close Holden. They made some nice cars. Aussie muscle.

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Feel bad for the employees that will loose jobs, Would have like to see the new El Camaro...LOL....

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post #6 of 16 Old 12-15-2013, 10:29 AM
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Check that, they're going to be shipping cars in from Korea I believe.

It happens when different economies meet up. The ones with the cheapest labor eventually get the jobs. It's how it works. Otherwise, GM trucks wouldn't be made in Mexico, or Camaros in Canada. The $ factor is always considered. The jobs/manufacturing areas that are mobile, goes to the cheapest place. Soon we'll get jobs back because we'll be the cheapest labor, unless the unions get their way with minimum 15/hr McDonald's wages. (obviously the idiots who believe this is a long-term solution don't know squat about minimum wage effects to the poverty line and inflation). But go ahead and get your way, SEIU, and soon when you go to McDonald's you might be greeted by a machine. Whichever is cheaper to operate.

The only jobs you CANNOT export is manual service jobs, like repair, construction, maid service, dry cleaners, etc. You would think restaurants would be this way too, but wait staff is already being reduced/eliminated by the "computer kiosks" at the fast food ordering counter (Austin airport's taco place comes to mind) and now some dine-in places are putting iPad dealies at your table so you can send your order direct from the menu. So if you want to get into a line of work that isn't going away any time soon- manual service is it.

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Seems dumb for as many times as GM has depended on them for imports to re-badge to American GM vehicles. example: Commodore, aka 04-06 GTO, 08-10 G8, 14-xx Chevy SS. Surprising too because Holden seems to build nice cars. Gauging from the above that have been shipped to the states here.
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GM isn't shutting down Holden completely (yet), just the manufacturing side. The brand will still exist in Australia (for now).

And the imports from Holden to the NA market have been pretty low volume niche cars. They were for Holden's benefit more than the NA market's.

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Wow, that was a mouthful!!
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-22-2013, 10:29 AM
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Sad...Holden has always had some great models.
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