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Certainly not in America, but highly probable for Austrailia and other parts of the world -- a major about face for GM!

GM Promising New Approach on Engineering its Vehicles for Right Hand Drive!

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The decision won’t affect American customers, but General Motors says it has changed its corporate philosophy to include the engineering of right-hand drive capabilities in certain vehicles from the beginning.

While that switch won’t help customers in places like Australia that might be candidates for the current Camaro and Silverado if they were RHD, it does offer hope in the future that such vehicles could show up some day in The Land Down Under.

As GM Global President Dan Ammann told motoring.com.au at the Frankfurt motor show overnight:

“For a long time it [right-hand drive business cases] has been looked at on a very individual approach, which was we would develop something and then say the cost to do right-hand drive is prohibitive.

“The philosophical change is that from the outset on most major programs we are going to build in right from the beginning the capability for right-hand drive so that then entry-by-entry the decision to do it is not as expensive

“So that is a philosophical change. We are going from a piecemeal approach to a serve all markets approach.

“I think it is realization that the only way to do this the right way is to make the philosophical decision from the beginning to put the engineering enablers into the vehicles from the beginning.”

The decision comes too late to keep Holden from having an affordable V8 once the Commodore ends production in 2017. As we reported earlier this week, rumor has it that the Corvette will become the halo car for Holden with its next generation, though estimated to cost more than $100,000.

In the meantime, the Ford Mustang will apparently be left to battle it out with high-performance versions of the Dodge Charger and Challenger in the low-cost V8 market. GM CEO Mary Barra explained her company’s lack of a lower-priced RHD V8 in the Australian market by saying that the new generations of the Camaro and Silverado were approved during the tough economic times for the company in the late 2000s.

During a press conference in Frankfort, Barra said:

“Some of those decisions on our current products now were made at a point when it was difficult from a capital and investment perspective.

“But as we look at it it’s not going to be every vehicle across the portfolio but we are looking for what are the right vehicles that are going to round out the portfolios in very important countries that require right-hand drive.

“I think you will see a much more planned and very proactive view of how we do it because when you engineer a vehicle – if you know from the beginning that’s what you are going to do – it’s much easier than trying to re-engineer it.

“That is our focus. So you will see an improvement for sure.”[/Quote]

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When we think of right hand drive, these are typically countries that drive on the left side of the road. While we normally think of the United Kingdom, Australia, India and other former British Empire nations, don't overlook the fact that Japan is also a market with right hand drive cars.
 
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And how is this for a wild supposition?

GM is going to debut the right hand drive publicly this fall at the Tokyo Auto Show and the reason for the BGA Plant public closures on the following days is test runs of the right hand drive down the assembly line.

BGA Tour Blackout Dates:

October 21 - 23, 2015
October 27 - 30, 2015

Often, when I post a future "supposition," it is based on some GM insider whispering or fact, but admit, this one is without any inside suggestion, just trying with another forum member to figure out why the public is being excluded these six days???
 

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The countries shown in blue are the "lefties". From the web, "Countries in red drive on the right; countries in blue drive on the left. 66% of the world's population (163 countries and territories) drive on the right, while the remaining 34% (76 countries and territories) drive on the left."
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As for the black-out dates, my sources tell me that some assembly mock-ups for the Zora are being evaluated. :)

And no, I won't disclose my sources.
 
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I do not disagree with your sources about ZORA mockups taking place, but with 900+ employees in the Plant, in order for GM to keep 100% of the lid on its looks (which is not like any of the renderings we have seen), those mockups are being done inside the back room of the Design Center in Detroit.

Ford totally surprised the world with its Ford GT at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, and in order for GM to do likewise, is imperative that the mock ups and initial assembly be viewed by as few as possible, and why I believe that just like the original C7 StingRay mockups which were designed/assembled at that same Design Center, those for the mid-engine will not go to Bowling Green until sometime next spring or even next summer -- after the 2016 NAIAS or New York Auto Show Reveal. The mid-engine is not a 2017, but a 2018 model year car.
 
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