General Motors has announced Mark Bernhard will become the Chairman and Managing Director of Holden.

General Motors has announced Mark Bernhard will become the Chairman and Managing Director of Holden.

Set to replace Interim Managing Director Jeff Rolfs, Bernhard will be tasked with transitioning the brand from a manufacturer to a national sales company.

Besides announcing the appointment of Bernhard, Holden confirmed plans to stage "24 major new vehicle launches" and offer "36 new powertrain combinations" over the course of the next five years.

The company was coy on specifics but GM International President Stefan Jacoby confirmed "... Holden will debut an all-new Barina Spark in the first quarter of 2016, launch a global Captiva replacement and another all-new, world-class SUV to ensure comprehensive offerings in the crucial SUV market segment."  The company is also committed to launching a "true sports car" as well as rebadged versions of the Opel Astra, Cascada and Insignia.

 

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Holden to launch 24 new models over the next five years