KEY POINTS IN SUBMISSIONS TO THE SENATE INQUIRY INTO HOLDEN BRAND CLOSURE:
"No warning was given to Holden staff about the potential closure of the business and there was no request from Holden management for staff to make any contribution to avoid the closure. Given the recent growth of the Holden engineering team, the announcement of the closure of Holden operations was a complete shock." - Former Holden engineer.
"It is important to know when exactly GM decided to withdraw from Australia. Why were Dealers misled and required or allowed to make significant investments at a time when Holden's future had been decided?" - Australian Automotive Dealer Association
"There are an estimated 1.6 million existing Holden vehicles on the road in Australia and a few thousand cars either currently for sale or about to come out of the production line. Holden has publicly committed to meet its legal obligations and to support customers by, honouring all existing warranties, honouring all free scheduled servicing offers, providing servicing and spare parts for at least 10 years and managing recalls or safety-related issues as they arise. The government will monitor GM's commitment to facilitate a positive outcome for consumers." - Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
"This Inquiry will be essential to set the benchmark for other automotive manufacturers who may consider an exit from Australia, to rationalise their network or changes to their distribution models," - Motor Trade Association.
"The withdrawal of the Holden brand will not have a noticeable or marked effect on the owners of Holden vehicles. The Australian auto aftermarket will be able to source parts, provide regular service and repair these vehicles," - The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.
"GM has stated publicly that it will provide servicing and spare parts for at least 10 years. However, depending on the particular circumstances, this may not be enough to comply with the guarantee as to repair facilities and spare parts. Ten years may also be an insufficient timeframe in relation to product safety obligations which may arise. The ACCC will be closely monitoring any consumer reports about access to spare parts and repairs in the immediate future." - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
"Everybody at Holden is devastated by the decision by General Motors to wind down new vehicle sales, engineering and design operations. Holden has been a family and livelihood to many people for decades. GM explored numerous options to secure a future for Holden but very sadly it was not possible. We are now determined to wind down the brand with dignity." - General Motors Holden.