Home' Sunraysia Daily : motors25032017 Contents Sunraysia Daily Saturday, March 25, 2017
THE world around us is changing at a
bewildering rate. Back in the 1970s Peugeots
and Citroens were built in Australia and Holden
was king of the Australian car market.
Soon Holdens will be built by Peugeot and
Citroen in Europe and imported to Australia -
You’re no doubt aware that GM in the USA
has sold its European operations, Vauxhall in
the UK and Opel in the rest of the continent,
to French giant PSA which manufactures both
Peugeot and Citroen models.
The change has me doing meandering
What is Holden’s future after the Australian
factory gates are dragged shut for the last
time on October 20th? Will the iconic marque
quietly fade away? Certainly not, but it
may become less iconic as it can hardly be
described as Australia’s Own when it’s simply
The timing of the Peugeot-Citroen takeover
has worked well from GM-Holdens point of
view. The new Holden Astra was only launched
a few months back and the NG Commodore
(Opel Insignia) doesn’t arrive for almost 12
months. So Holden won’t be struggling with
ageing models as the ownership transition
Peugeot is the world’s oldest automotive
nameplate and has a long history of making
cars that are tough and comfortable. Peugeots
really grabbed the Australians attention during
the incredibly harsh REDeX, and subsequent
round Australia trials. Peugeot 203 was on
everyones’ lips day after day and sales leapt as
the tough little French car beat much bigger
competitors. But that was long time ago and it
has to be said that reliability hasn’t been the
strongest feature of late model Peugeots. It
does, finally, seem to be improving.
Will Peugeot pinch some of the Australian
engineers who are currently working with Opel in
Europe and get them to make cars, “Built tough
for Australia” to revive that old catch phrase?
Citroen is a much more recent company than
its onetime French rival Peugeot. Andre Citroen
didn’t start to make cars until 1919. Citroen is
all about style and its Goddess is one of the
most beautiful cars of all time.
Citroen lost its lead in style for quite a while,
but is back with a bang in the current models
like the Cactus and Picasso (yes, that really are
their names)? Will Citroen stylists give Opel a
shakeup and come up with stunning shapes?
It would be fascinating if one of the facelifts
of the Commodore gave it some cutting edge
A tough Peugeot with the flair of Picasso? I’d
like to see that...
GM in the USA will continue to be Holden’s
parent body. There’s ongoing speculation about
Australia importing Cadillacs, Camaros and
Corvettes, though it seems unlikely we will get
all of them. The biggest problem being that the
US makers tend to make most of their cars with
the steering wheel on the wrong side. However,
now that GM’s head office has unloaded the
loss-making Opels there might be some money
to spare to let engineers work them over for
Fingers crossed that all three of the iconic
GM models get the importation tick. They
would certainly make a nice contrast to the
Are French Holden’s coming downunder?
The Holden NG Commodore . . .
will French stylists do a facelift?
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