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GM and HSV Are Bringing Great Vehicles to the Australian Market

Finally, More Than Just Holden Rebadged GM Products in Australia!

It feels like just yesterday the news came out about GM stopping Australian production. This news sees the end to all sorts of great Aussie versions of some favorite vehicles. Since then, only Holden rebadged versions of boring vehicles have been rolling out. The likes of the Astra and Trax come to mind right away. However, in a new deal, GM is working with HSV to bring some of their best products to the Australian market.

Australia’s Right Hand Drive Camaro

The most exciting among these has to be the right-hand-drive version of the sixth Camaro generation. Though it gets to keep its Chevrolet badging, the Camaro will be limited in model availability. Dealerships will, therefore, be able to receive and sell only the 2SS trim level. This means that the RWD muscle car will be represented Down Under by the 455 horsepower 6.2L V8. Sadly, this means that the great new 10-speed automatic transmission in the ZL1 isn’t available.

The Colorado Based SportsCat

Looking at the Australian SportsCat – the Aussie take on the Chevy Colorado – we feel rather jealous. It comes with a great new look that seems like it has definite curb appeal for its new home Down Under. Along with the facelift, the off-road capabilities of the truck are redesigned for a new continent. Powering this right-hand-drive beauty is a rather capable 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine. This makes 197 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque and has the choice of a six-speed auto or manual transmission.

Several Silverado Models and Special Editions

The variety of the offerings that GM and HSV are bringing with the Silverado is where this deal really shines. All in all, there are five models with different trim levels hitting Australian shores. Four of these are from GM’s middle range of consumer level Silverado pickups. These include the 2500HD WT and 2500HD LTZ, 2500HD LTZ Midnight Edition and 2500HD LTZ Custom Sport Edition. Last but not least is the 3500HD LTZ which is also part of this wave.

All of the Silverado trucks coming to Australia are powered by a 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel V8. This means that all five models will push 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. Each of the five is also equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

GM’s Big Plans Moving Forward

At the moment, there are several years worth of releases planned for GM products in Australia. The partnership with HSV and Holden marks a bright future for GM’s products in the country. Tim Jackson, the Managing Director at HSV sums up the deal better than anyone. He says, “this marks a whole new era for HSV and Holden and I hope our customers are as excited as we are. HSV is moving beyond simply ‘hotting up’ existing models, and customers will see two product streams from HSV over the next few years. This is ‘Game-On’ in a very big way.”


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James Murrell
About James Murrell

I love to research and admire all sorts of vehicles from restored classics to top shelf supercars, monstrous offroaders to weird concept vehicles. I absolutely adore any vehicle I can get behind the wheel of.

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