HSV ClubSport R8.HSV stakeholders say the performance car market is alive and well in Australia after celebrating the release of the brand’s 75,000th vehicle locally.
A blue HSV ClubSport that rolled off the production line in Claymore last month became the 75,000th vehicle built by Holden’s performance arm.
The car is now headed for an HSV dealership in Fremantle, where the lucky buyer will receive a personalised letter from managing director, Phil Harding, authenticating the build number.
HSV marketing manager Damon Paull said the milestone reflected healthy interest in performance vehicles and bucked the trend of fewer large car sales domestically.
“It’s really significant for our company, especially in the time we’ve done it – we’re really proud of it,” Mr Paull said.
“Obviously the large car segment has been in decline in recent years but we seem to have bucked that trend somewhat, which is pretty encouraging.
“In the last few years, our run rate has stayed relatively constant and I think what it shows is that we’ve got a solid core support-cum-owner base that are pretty passionate about our products.”
The milestone caps a solid 12 months for HSV. In 2012, the ClubSport outsold Holden’s SS-V Commodorewith 735 sales, while almost 700 Maloo utes were snapped up by Aussie buyers.
HSV also celebrated its 25-year anniversary in October last year.
The HSV range is expected to see significant changes when the new Holden VF Commodore arrives later this year.
In line with the changes associated with VF Commodore, the HSV range is expected to see the addition of a new supercharged V8 engine. That 6.2-litre powerplant produces significantly more grunt than anything else currently in the HSV range, with 410kW – an increase of 26 per cent over the current performance heroes, which offer 325kW.
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