As part of its strategy to focus on new technology, autonomous and electric vehicles General Motors announced it would wind down sales, design and engineering operations in Australia and New Zealand and retire the iconic Holden brand by 2021.  Included in the announcement was the news it will withdraw the Chevrolet brand from Thailand, selling its Rayong vehicle manufacturing facility in the country to China’s Great Wall Motors. GM President Mark Reuss said the company explored options to continue Holden operations but could not overcome the challenges associated with the right hand drive market. The decision builds on GM’s strategy to strengthen its core business, drive cost efficiencies and take action in markets when needed. “I’ve often said that we will do the right thing, even when it’s hard, and this is one of those times,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “We are restructuring our international operations, focusing on markets where we have the right strategies to drive robust returns, and prioritizing global investments that will drive growth in the future of mobility.”

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