General Motors executives say Australians are “delighted” with the range of Chevrolet vehicles sold locally in the wake of the sudden departure of Holden two years ago.
The boss of General Motors Specialty Vehicles in Australia says there has been no backlash to the brand since the sudden shutdown of Holden two years ago.
General Motors this week invited a small group of media from Australia and New Zealand to sample some of the auto giant’s new models, and hinted the Cadillac luxury badge could return to Australia in the next few years as an electric-car specialist.
Some Holden enthusiasts have expressed their frustration about the sudden departure of the brand – and Drive regularly receives feedback from customers who are frustrated about parts delays and the slow processing – or denial – of warranty claims since Holden showrooms shut.
When asked about a possible backlash to General Motors in the wake of the Holden closure, the boss of General Motors Speciality Vehicles Australia (GMSV), Marc Ebolo, told media in a roundtable meeting in Detroit: “That’s a very difficult one to answer.
“If I have a look at where we are in the market in Australia and New Zealand, I get a lot of positive feedback.
“Our customers are delighted with the current product (Corvette sports car and Chevrolet Silverado pick-up).
“Fans at events are positive, Chevrolet racing, how passionate they are, how excited they are. Do I have confidence that they will come along on the journey? Yes, we see a lot of passion out there.
“GMSV has shown fantastic growth since its launch in November 2020, with demand for the Silverado range showing no signs of slowing down.
“We have also had the first of our very happy and excited C8 Corvette Stingray customers getting their hands on one of the most sought after vehicles in the automotive market today.”
GMSV declined to comment further on dealer delivery charges on Corvette in Australia – which have ranged from $25,000 to $39,500 in extreme cases, even though some dealers are charging the normal rate of about $2000.
In other cases, GMSV dealers charge $5000 to $10,000 in Corvette delivery fees, even though the preparation and handover of the vehicle takes only a few hours – and is the same process at each outlet.
Trent Nikolic has been road testing and writing about cars for almost 20 years. He’s been at CarAdvice/Drive since 2014 and has been a motoring editor at the NRMA, Overlander 4WD Magazine, Hot4s and Auto Salon Magazine.