After 30 years and a little more than 90,000 vehicles, it was the end of an era today when HSV completed the modification of their last Australian-made Commodore at the company's assembly facilities in Clayton, Victoria.
Fittingly, a “Light My Fire” GTSR W1 - widely regarded as HSV's best and boldest car ever - was the last Aussie machine to be completed.
The GTSR W1, build number 275/275 (Australian allocation), was officially the last Australian production-based vehicle to be built by HSV, which the company intends to retain.
Speaking of the end of an era, HSV Managing Director, Tim Jackson, said: “For all at HSV, this is a time for great reflection on what the company has been able to achieve to date. Any success we’ve enjoyed has been directly attributable to our passionate staff, our dedicated dealer-body and of course our loyal fans who have helped build this brand through its 30-year journey”.
While reflecting proudly on the past, Jackson also spoke glowingly of the future: “The last 30-years have set a wonderful foundation for future growth. With our recent launch of the Colorado SportsCat, together with our commitment to bringing to market key Chevrolet models including the iconic Chevrolet Camaro, the future is looking very bright.”
Official company records note that to the end of 2017, HSV has built 90,114 vehicles, the vast majority of which are made up of Commodore-based variants.
HSV has recently moved into a new, more modern facility in Clayton South, where production of the Colorado SportsCat, and conversion of both the Chevrolet Silverado and Camaro (see HERE), will take place.
HSV Key Production Milestones
5,000th vehicle - (June 1991)
20,000th vehicle - (April 1997)
50,000th vehicle - (July 2006)
75,000th vehicle - (February 2013)
90,000th vehicle - (December 2017)
HSV Key Model Production Volumes
VL Group A SS (aka Walkinshaw) - 750
VL SV88 - 150
VN SV3800 - 491
VN SV89 - 200
VN SV5000 - 359
VN ClubSport - 410
VG Maloo - 132
VP GTS - 130
VS GTSR - 85
GTS Coupe - 423
Coupe 4 - 132
W427 - 137
25th Anniversary GTS - 140
GTS Maloo - 255
GTSR (MY17 sedan) - 1270
GTSR Maloo - 606
GTSR W1 - 298 (Aust. & NZ)