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We Hear: Could Holden Special Vehicles Expand to Chevrolet?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/22/2014 Christian Seabaugh

The team behind the wonderful Holden HSV Maloo and Commodore could possibly expand to Chevrolet and overseas, according to reports from Down Under. The Walkinshaw Group – the crew behind Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) – is reportedly looking to expand its relationship with GM to the Chevrolet brand as GM looks to end Australian production of Holdens in 2017.

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According to Australia's Motoring, HSV -- Holden's equivalent to Mercedes-Benz's autonomous AMG arm – could possibly become Chevrolet Special Vehicles (CSV) once the Holden Commodore and Ute go out of production in 2017. HSV head Ryan Walkinshaw is reportedly looking at expanding the performance group's relationship with GM by building high-performance versions of the next-gen Chevrolet Camaro and SS sedan for the Australian market and possibly North America as well.

"We think something like [CSV] could work," said Walkinshaw, "It's going to depend on the discussions with GM going forward. There's a lot of factors we have to take into account."

Ideally Walkinshaw sees HSV getting the cars shipped from the U.S. to Australia part-finished, and finishing them off at the HSV shop in Australia, though he admits "if the opportunity arises and we have no other option, then we are happy to look at manufacturing abroad and importing them as well." The next-gen Camaro will be built on the Alpha platform alongside the Cadillac ATS in Lansing, Mich. The rumored SS-replacement will also likely be built in Michigan.

If (and that's a big if) HSV moves its operations to the U.S. to build a line of CSV vehicles, its conceivable that those souped-up Camaros and SS' would be available in the U.S. as well. That said, we're not holding our breath – GM's performance operations have almost always been regional. Opel and Vauxhall's OPC/VXR range for example, don't build vehicles for markets outside of Europe, while Chevy's SS performance team, traditionally doesn't touch other brand's cars either.

We Hear: Could Holden Special Vehicles Expand to Chevrolet?

We've contacted GM for comment and will update this space with the automaker's response.

Source: Motoring.com.au

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