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GM kills Holden, leaves RHD Australia, New Zealand, Thailand

Hey Australia, thanks for those RWD Chevys, but now that the Commodore is dead, and noone’s interested in boring ass Equinoxes it’s time to say sayonara.

Yep, GM is leaving another set of countries. It sold Opel and Vauxhall to Peugeot in 2017, leaving the European market. It has also left South Africa, most of Africa, Russia, Indonesia, and India.

Now its last RHD countries are getting the chop too.

Holden launched Australia’s first mass production car in 1948, and at one stage owned half of the new car market. It was last number 1 in Australia in the early 2000s, and as recently as 2017, when it ended local production of the Commodore RWD range, it had around 12% market share. Last year, it struggled to just 4%.

GM is also pulling out Thailand, where it produces Colorado pickup trucks. That plant will be sold to China’s Great Wall Motors.