2013 will be tough year for auto industry: Holden boss

HOLDEN boss Mike Devereux has warned voters they will face an election choice between keeping an Australian automotive industry or allowing it to fold at the cost of thousands of jobs.

In a shot across the bow of the Coalition ahead of next year's federal election, Mr Devereux said that lower levels of industry assistance and less certainty threatened the survival of Australian manufacturers.

"I believe 2013 will be a year that Australia decides whether it wants to have an auto industry or not," he said.

The comments suggest the 2013 federal poll could resemble the recent US presidential elections where Barack Obama's successful protection of auto workers in key states Ohio and Michigan helped secure his re-election.

"It became an election issue, it was front and centre," he said.


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