Just how long are the lights at General Motors' Australian subsidiary, Holden, going to remain on? According to a government report obtained by Australia's ABC and reported via the country's News.com.au website, not past 2016. The news comes mere months after Ford announced plans to end its production Down Under, killing the venerable Falcon sedan and Territory SUV.

But not everyone seems to be in agreement about word of the brand's closure – Australian government officials are denying the claim. "Consultations are continuing in good faith with Australian carmakers, the components industry and workers," a spokeswoman for Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said. "The Productivity Commission is continuing its work assessing the Australian automotive industry and will report to the government. That process is unchanged and will continue."

Shutting the doors at Holden in 2016 would line up with the end of production for the current Commodore, although Holden has denied any plans of shutting down. As news has circulated of the closure, Australian politicians, notably South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, have been fighting for government assistance for the struggling automaker. South Australia is home to all of Holden's engine manufacturing.

"It is now time for the Prime Minister to intervene because this cannot be allowed to continue. This ongoing speculation is incredibly damaging to Holden and to the workers," Weatherill said. South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon said, "This is not just about [South Australia]. This is about 50,000 jobs being lost."

If an announcement is going to be made, it's unlikely to come before December 20, which is when workers begin summer/holiday breaks. We've reached out to General Motors Australia to get an official statement, and will update this story if/when we hear more.

UPDATE: A GM Australia spokesperson told us in an email: "We do not respond to speculation. Our discussions with government are continuing."


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      mikecalabrese
      • 1 Year Ago
      A lot of neat vehicles came from Holden over the last 10 years (Pontiac GTO, G8, Chevy SS, Police Car). Unless it's purely for financial reasons, I think this is a bad decision (unlike Chevy pulling out of Europe since Opel is competing against it there.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikecalabrese
        Agreed. All GM US seems to produce are the truck triplets (Chevy, GMC, Cadillac) and the Corvette. The Cruze/Verano, Sonic and Spark are GM Daewoo, the bigger cars are rebadged Opels and Holdens. Vauxhall seems to be just rebadged Opels (much like Saturn was). Maybe GM could save money by having fewer brands/models in specific countries only (like the Orlando in Canada).
          JohnTaurus
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bootsnchaps60
          The Impala is a rebadged Holden or Opel?
      Mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what happens when those Druid girls refuse to pop enough children to drive cars.
      RZ-Civic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since virtually all Holdens are Chevys anyway except for maybe the Ute and Zeta-based wagons, they should be rebranded as Chevrolet. No sense keeping one brand for a country that has maybe half the population as Canada.
        BenEdwards
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RZ-Civic
        Not sure if you realise this, but the chassis in the Camaro is a VE Commodore (designed in Australia, not the US) and the Chevy SS is clearly just a re-badged Holden.
        Matthew Hall
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RZ-Civic
        Holdens are sold in New Zealand and the middle east as well. Most of the Holdens are either the zeta based Oz designed Commodores etc, Korean (Daewoo) or Opels. The only Chevy seems to be the Malibu. Oh and I think Oz has maybe more than 50% the population of Canada
        BenRoethig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RZ-Civic
        well, about 2/3rds the size.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would not surprise me. Ford will stop production in Oz, GM will probably do the same unless the government makes them an offer they can't refuse.
      Alasdair
      • 1 Year Ago
      To correct the article, Elizabeth in South Australia is where final assembly and the production lines are. I believe the Alloytec engines are still built at Fishermens Bend in Melbourne, VIC
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM kills Chevy in Europe http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304096104579239451920864302?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection Hopefully in USA as well very soon.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
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          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          I love America, so i only buy US made cars, made by people who LOVE this country. I own Alabama built Hyundai Sonata GLS, black, with auto tranny with manual +/-. Love that car, MPGs are a little poor. My next car will be either Mazda3 or Mazda6.
        bubba_roe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Though I wouldnt care if GM disappeared I would care about the impact it would have on our economy.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bubba_roe
          ZERO, sales would go to other companies and current GM employees would be on welfare..............exactly where they belong. Also some auto repair shops will close as there will be fewer business for car repair..............because trash is no longer made. If i had the opportunity to come face to face with a GM employee i would love nothing more than to tell him that he is fired and point to the welfare line. Ahhhh we can only dream. Oh the thing i would tell him.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
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      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      We are not being told the whole story , Japan came & went, long ago. Union greed ?, socialist government?
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @diffrunt
        Incompetent Australian governments of all political persuasions, signing and supporting unfair free trade agreements that decimate Australian manufacturing. The whole socialist government thing, is an American hang up/screw up, don't bring it into Australian politics.
          imoore
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Daniel D
          I agree with your statement about unfair trade agreements. I've always said that Thailand has fast become Australia's China. But I didn't know Australia outsourced its mail services, too. Whenever I receive correspondences, books, packages, etc. from other countries, they are generally postmarked from the country of origin. But everything I receive from Australia is postmarked in Malaysia. What happened?
      BahamaTodd
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can see manufacturing shutting down - not design and engineering.
        anon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BahamaTodd
        Yup they had some of the best platforms that sadly didn\'t get used enough in their other brands........sadly same with Ford. Esp. if they used em more in their US marques............both GM and Ford. GM would have probably not needed bailout. And Ford woulda been way ahead instead we get \'for the future the latest Mustang. When we coulda gotten their Falcon.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Prepare the funereal wreaths, dig out the black duds, practice those somber facial expressions; it may just be that the Holden is not long for this world.
      Sir Duke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I knew it, I knew it, I knew it. I made this call a couple of years ago. Nothing else makes sense, why else would they introduce Chevrolet to the Aus and GBR markets? Now that Chevy is a global brand, neither Holden or Vauxhall are necessary. Problem is, killing off Vauxhall puts pressure on Opel. I'm curious to know if Buick sells more Opels than Opel does?
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sir Duke
        How have they introduced Chev to the Australian market? Nothing official from GM has a Chev badge in Australia - nothing. They did look at Cadillac, but that sank without trace, even before the model launch.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      v6sonoma
      • 1 Year Ago
      This makes me sad. =(
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