- Oct 12, 2015
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Dallas Cowboys
From what I've been told, from the 90's onwards Holden was fairly committed to making something work in Australia right up until the GFC, and the plans they had were of tasking the Holden operation with the design of the large, rear wheel drive platforms for the Commodore, Camaro, potentially some US-built sedans and some Cadillac models also with the vision that the Commodore would be exported to the US and Mid East. When they went bankrupt they threw all of that out the window and Holden was left with nothingHolden (I'm not read up about recently but definitely in the 60s - 70s) had aspirations at the forefront of automotive development that were either roadblocked directly or indirectly by having some Yank reassigned out to Australia to head Holden up.
Ford was looking for an excuse to exit Australia for a while. They tried it on in the mid-90's when they sold the Taurus alongside the Falcon (LOL) and the rumour is they made the decision to phase out the Falcon when the AU tanked. Ford Australia basically received nothing from Detroit when they were designing the FG and they stopped advertising the Falcon on TV entirely, soon after the FG was released.
I think if one of Holden or Ford had have stayed then Toyota probably would have kept trucking along as well, assembling Hybrid Camry's for government fleets and making a tidy profit. It's a shame it all fell apart at once.