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The Mercury Cars Guide : January 31st 2009
10— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, January 31, 2009 Cadillac release put on hold Don’t hold your breath, but theremaybeasmall chancethat the luxury CadillacmaybeavailableDown Under. NeilMcDonaldhasalook atwhatwemayor maynotbemissing outon brand. T HERE’S a very small crack in the window of opportunity for the luxury Cadillac Although put on hold ‘‘in- definitely’’ last week, GM- Holden chairman, Mark Re- uss, has not ruled out the premium GM brand being sold here at some point in the future. Announcing the decision last week to delay the Cadillac launch, Reuss said the brand is still on the company’s books. ‘‘We’ll revisit it on a month- to-month basis,’’ he said. Mr Reuss believes that whenthe car market picks up, possibly at the end of this year or early next year, the Cadil- lac file will then be dragged out again. GM-Holden was just weeks away from launching the CTS sedan, to be followed by a wagon, coupe and possibly four-wheel drive. They would have been part of GM-Holden’s Premium Brands, which include the troubled Hummer and Saab. Mr Reuss said the Cadillac decision was taken because of the global car crisis. ‘‘It was a tough decision personally because in my pri- or life I had a lot to do with developing what is now the Cadillac portfolio as an engi- neer and development engi- neer,’’ he said. ‘‘The reaction at the Sydney Motor Show was very positive when we showed the sedan and the coupe.’’ mr Reuss said GM-Holden was not ‘‘100 per cent able’’ to do the brand or the car justice in a tough market and tough global economy. ‘‘So we’re electing not to launch Cadillac with the risk of things happening that would not be as positive as we would like for the car and the brand here,’’ he said. Mr Reuss said the company had one shot at doing Cadillac well. ‘‘We have to be able to do it from both a human and fi- nance resource standpoint that the brand and the car deserves and right now we aren’t able to do that.’’ General Motors is facing a tough road ahead and Reuss admits that this is following through to GM-Holden. ‘‘So we have to make some tough calls and good calls on where we focus the resources we have,’’ he says. ‘‘In Australia we are focus- ing everythingwehaveonour core fundamental activities.’’ GM Holden had already appointed 14 dealers national- lyandthree inNewZealand to handle the Cadillac franchise. Mr Reuss said discussions are being held with two deal- ers over compensation for some of their investment. ‘‘We’re prepared to work through those issues with the dealers,’’ he said. GM-Holden hadalready cer- tifying 89 CTS sedans for sale but these cars will now be on- sold into other right-hand drive markets. The Cadillac delay may leave the way open for a third- party grey importer to bring some cars in. But Mr Reuss said he is not keen on that idea. ‘‘This is our flagship,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s not a boutique brand.’’ DELAYED: The new Cadillac CTS may not see Australian shores. The bestdeals you’ll see in a long, long time. LX $13,990 3 doorHatch fromonly 3 Driveaway,no more to pay. Metallic paint extra. Barina >Now 4-star ANCAP safetyrated^ >Funky new styling >Dual front & side impact airbags >Front power windows & mirrors $39,990 Fromonly 1 Driveaway,no more to pay. Metallic paint extra. Petrol or Diesel Captiva LX >Sevenseat capacity >Electronic Stability Control >Dual front & curtain airbags >18" alloy wheels# $32,990 Automatic from only 2 Driveaway,no more to pay. Metallic paint extra. Hobart Motors Hobart 195 Macquarie Street 0362307300 Captiva SXDiesel >Electronic Stability Control >Dual front & curtain airbags >17" alloy wheels# >Leather wrap steering wheel $19,990 Fromonly 4 plusDealerDelivery& Gov’t charges. Metallic paint extra. For these and moregreat offers visit holden.com.au/latestoffers Massive factory bonuses on’08 plated vehicles. While stocks last. Things you need to know: Offers available on ’08 plated vehicles while stocks last. Holden reserves the right to change or extend these offers.Not available in conjunction with any other special pricing or allowance. Private or ABN buyers only. #Steel spare wheel.^ANCAP rating based on Barina 3 door hatchback. 1 Max. sale price for Captiva LX AWD V6 or Captiva LX AWD Turbo Diesel. 2 Max. sale price for Captiva SX 2WD Turbo Diesel automatic. 3 Max. sale price for Barina 3 door hatch manual. 4 Max. sale price for Astra CD hatch manual.HRE0228_HP10_A_HM Astra CDHatch >15"alloy wheels# >Frontpower windows >Electronic Stability Control >Dual front & side impact airbags
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