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very sad indeed,you'de think they would at least go one more year to make 70 years of manufacture in Australia.Would be good to buy that last one,I wonder if it will be some sort of special one or be put away for safe keeping?....

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Cheers Al....
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They were manufacturing bodies etc well before 1948. One way of looking at it I guess is there wouldn't have been a Holden branded car at all if GM hadn't taken over in 1931. They could have pulled local manufacturing any time between then and now if they wanted to. It took a lot of convincing for GM to allow Australia to have it's own car and it only continued because it made them money.

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what I meant 70 years as "our" own car,Holden is closing down not GM.I know they where manufacturing way before 1948!...:)

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Cheers Al....
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The Rudd/Gillard had an agreement with the industry to keep manufacturing going in a Australia until at least 2022.
Just like he destroyed the NBN, Abbott tore up the Labour vehicle manufacturing agreement and threw thousands of Australians out of work.
As it was, our successive Governments gave our vehicle industry the lowest rate of support of any government in the manufacturing world.
Doesn't matter, they can all get jobs in the space industry.
David

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no manufacturing in Australia at all now on a large scale and foreign companies taking over, using their people in the jobs that Aussies should be entitled too. profits 100% going back to their home lands, Ikea, Adani etc etc

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Cheers, Lindsay.

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I sold my fraud ute an brought a Toyota hilux ute for work.well in seven mths l have all but rebuilt the freaken thing it's put my kingswood on the back burner quite a few times ,so l cannot see Toyota closing down soon with all the parts they sell.
Looking at a HQ one tonner for a grand ,l keep telling myself no more projects but l bet it would be more reliable then a hilux

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Life is too brief to build ya own time machine
With out old Aussie products cheers.

Beg to differ....I have a 2.7 Hilux 2000 model and have done 400,000ks, serviced every 10,000ks and only have replaced pads, filters, battery's 1 clutch and only this week replaced rear muffler. AL

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FJ Sedan, FJ Ute, all Steel.

Mines a 2.8 na 1996 l have done the steering brakes gearbox rear diff muffler centre shaft bearing lights also added scheel seats big tyres an a winch,l think the young bloke whom had it before me used to take it swimming gotta do the rear bearing an clutch soon .

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Life is too brief to build ya own time machine
With out old Aussie products cheers.

Agree.

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Holdenpaedia, they're the brakes Mate.

Is it s D4D they keep a couple of my mates broke I've spent bugger all on my petrol 90 series in 4 years of driving it

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go on yank run out on us

Apparently in America, to import items into there, hefty tariffs are applied. This in turn persuades company to open some type of their manufacturing in America to bypass the tariffs. I don't think the same could happen here as we don't have the population. I could be wrong. Yes, Labor gave the car industry money, which only meant it was going to prop them up for a while. If the incentive was given to new private car buyers of Australian built cars, I feel they could have survived longer. People might have bought Holden and Ford instead of KIA's etc.

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Cheers
Keith

Yes, America has 45% local content laws, and very restrictive import quotas.
We have always had tariffs and industry protection in this country. Successive governments have removed it all over the last 50 years.
It was because of high import duties on imported complete cars that Australian companies, including Holden, were assembling vehicle bodies on imported chassis in the early days. Holden and Frost were established and had ties to GM, building bodies for them. It was because of high import tariffs and low import quotas that Holden had 55% of the market in the 1950s - and building cars better suited to our country.
It wasn't only vehicle manufacturing that was protected, clothing and textiles actually got a lot more.
Since we did the free trade deal with Thailand in 2005, they have sent us over 2 million cars. Thailand kept their non-tariff restrictions on imported cars - we have sent them 100
cars over the same period. So much for free trade - who are the suckers?
There is a lot to read here, but it covers the long, slow death of Australian industry: https://www.aph.gov....
David

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Old is good.

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