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UPDATE: Aussie Mark Bernhard To Head GM Holden, 24 New-Model Onslaught Coming. Read here.

Stefan Jacoby, Executive Vice President and President, General Motors International - the man who directly oversees GM Holden - will brief media in Sydney today at 4:30pm.

Details of the announcement have not been revealed, but for Jacoby to front local media suggests news of some significance.

He will be joined in Sydney by GM Holden’s Chief Financial Officer and now interim Chairman and Managing Director, Jeffrey Rolfs.

Holden is still without an appointed boss since former Chairman and MD, Gerry Dorizas, departed for personal reasons five months ago.

General Motors President, Dan Ammann, has previously confirmed the company will announce a new boss for Holden by the end of March, although today’s briefing could mean that the decision has been brought forward.

Mr Jacoby could also be here to present new details of Holden’s line-up for 2015 and beyond.

One of Jacoby’s more significant visits to Australia in the past year, back in May 2014, brought the news that Holden will again import Opel-sourced models. Jacoby also proudly announced on the same day that Holden will retain its Lang Lang proving grounds.

Today’s briefing could offer new details on Holden’s wider new-model plans for the coming year.

The event could also build on the positive reaction to Holden’s involvement with last month’s Buick Avenir and Chevrolet Bolt concepts, potentially bringing news of a greater investment in Holden as a design and development centre for GM.

But, as Holden watchers have already begun to suspect on social media, Jacoby’s presence today could also mean that GM will bring a different event forward: the closure of its Australian manufacturing operations.

Holden has for now confirmed only that it will close its local factories by 2017, and while an earlier exit cannot be ruled out, steady sales of the Commodore and Cruze ranges should see the company stick to its schedule.

TMR will be reporting from today’s briefing. Stay tuned for more, and look to our Twitter feed for live updates: http://twitter.com/tmrnews.

UPDATE: Aussie Mark Bernhard To Head GM Holden, 24 New-Model Onslaught Coming. Read here.

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