first_imgGeneral Motors announced Monday it would scrap struggling Australian car brand Holden, with engineering, design and sales operations to be wound down in the coming months.The more than 150-year-old company created Australia’s first local mass-produced vehicle and was a dominant brand in the country for decades, becoming a cultural touchstone Down Under.In 2017, it followed Ford and Toyota in moving production offshore, marking the end of car manufacturing in the country. GM’s senior vice president of international operations, Julian Blissett, said about 600 people would lose their jobs in the coming months as a result of ending the brand in Australia and New Zealand.”This was an agonising decision for us and one we didn’t make lightly or easily,” he said.Blissett said GM had come to the realisation that it was unable to make the “significant investment” required for Holden to be competitive and profitable in the long term.”With the global consolidation of the automotive industry, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for us to support a brand and a business that operates in just two markets,” he said.GM said it would honour all after-sales commitments such as warranties and offer servicing and spare parts to Holden owners for at least 10 years.With 1.6 million Holden cars still on the roads, about 200 people are expected to be kept on staff to carry out that work.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgZambia secured all three points against Algeria with a 3-1 victory in front of their home fans.A Brian Mwila brace helped Zambia keep their 2018 World Cup qualification dream alive with a 3-1 win over Algeria on Saturday, leaving the Desert Foxes’ hopes of reaching Russia in tatters. The result in Lusaka moves Zambia up to second in Group B after three matches, five points behind leaders Nigeria. Algeria – who were without playmaker Riyad Mahrez – are bottom of the standings on just one point.Elsewhere, Ivory Coast were 3-0 winners in Gabon to go top of Group C.Zambia’s Brian Mwila scored the first of his two goals against Algeria from a powerful header off a well-placed Augustine Mulenga cross in the sixth minute.Mwila added a second after 32 minutes, this time with a close-range shot after Algerian goalkeeper and captain, Rais Mbolhi, failed to keep hold of the ball.Algeria fought back in the second half and were rewarded with a goal from just outside the box by Yacine Brahimi in the 53rd minute.The Desert Foxes were given a further boost just three minutes later when Zambia’s Fashion Sakala was sent off for a second yellow card.However, Algeria found it difficult to get the equaliser and two minutes from time, substitute Enock Mwepu scored Zambia’s third to make it 3-1 to the hosts.The result all-but ends Algeria’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but keeps Zambia’s slim hopes alive.The two teams will meet again in Constantine on Tuesday.In Libreville, Ivory Coast were 3-0 winners over Gabon to go top of Group C, two points above Morocco who thrashed Mali 6-0 on Friday.After a barren first half, Max Gradel opened the scoring for the visitors with a goal in the 53rd minute. Seydou Doumbia – currently on loan at Sporting in Portugal from Roma – then struck twice in six minutes to give the Elephants the win.Both his goals were supplied by Gervinho, the first coming on 77 minutes when he lifted the ball over Gabon’s goalkeeper.His second, on 83 minutes, went in off the far post after a sweetly-struck strike.Gabon were without their talismanic forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was not available for this fixture.Ivory Coast have not lost in World Cup qualifying for 26 games – a run that has been going for 12 years. On Tuesday, the two teams will face each other again in Bouake.RUSSIA 2018 WCQ RESULTSZambia 3-1 AlgeriaGabon 0-3 Ivory CoastSenegal 0-0 Burkina FasoSpain 3-0 ItalyUkraine 2-0 TurkeyWales 1-0 AustriaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more