GM Specialty Vehicles

When General Motors Holden withdrew from the Australian car market last year, they left a small glimmer of hope that General Motors (GM) cars may one day return to Australia. 

The decision by GM from the US to stop making right-hand drive vehicles was the death knell for GM in Australia. So, if further GM cars were to be sold in Australia, it would be a small volume niche market, where the cars would need to be converted from left-hand drive to right-hand drive.

General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) will import and convert to right-hand drive selected vehicles from the GM empire, including the Chevrolet Silverado and the Chevrolet C8 Corvette.

The Chevrolet Silverado will be popular with the cashed-up tradies who what the biggest ute they can find, with a big diesel engine. Add in the conversion to right-hand drive, and you won't get much change from $130,000. That's a lot of money for a ute.

Aussie lovers of V8's are still mourning the loss of the locally produced Holden Commodore SS in 2017. The Chevrolet Corvette is the mid-engined supercar that will be a welcome replacement for the SS. An entry-level 2LT coupe will set you back $145,000. It appears to be a lot of money for a car, but it is still cheaper than its competition, an entry-level Porsche 911.

We are yet to see if the Australian car buyer is interested in these niche cars and whether they are willing to pay the high price to own one. I won't be buying one.

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