Performax's RHD version of the 2011 Chev Silverado - that's one tough truck!

Victorian truck buyers now have local retail access to new RHD versions of the latest generation of American-built Chevy trucks, following the appointment of Melbourne’s Harrison Motoring Group as exclusive state dealer for Australian special vehicle importer, Performax International.

Melbourne Performax will offer the latest Chevrolet Silverado sports truck from its showroom in High Street, Melton. It will also operate as an agent for other Performax products such as the Chev Corvette and Camaro and Ford Mustang muscle cars, plus the company’s ISO 9001 quality-certified RHD conversion service.

All vehicles are imported and engineered for full Australian Design Rule compliance through Performax International’s factory headquarters near Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

MY2012 Silverado 3500 HD LT boasts a fifth-wheel towing capacity of 10.43 tonnes.

While Performax International has sold new cars directly to customers around Australia for more than 20 years, the appointment of Melbourne Performax as one of the first members of a new national dealer network will make it easier for Victorians to buy their dream American muscle car or sports truck.

Dealer Principal Grant Harrison is confident of solid demand for the latest Silverado, which embodies traditional American truck values while using world-class technologies.

“We are the sole agent for Performax International in Victoria and look forward to many sales as they rapidly grow in the Australian market,” Mr Harrison said. “The Chevrolet Silverado will be the main product we will be retailing, servicing and supplying accessories for.”

The MY 2012 Silverado HD (Heavy Duty) model has a class-leading towing capacity of more than 10.4 tonnes (for fifth wheel-type trailers) and more than 8.1 tonnes for conventional towing. They don’t call it Heavy Duty for nothing.

Top shelf Silverado HD won the

Its Duramax 6.6 litre V8 turbodiesel engine delivers 397hp (296kW) and a prime-mover grade 765 ft/lbs (1032Nm) of torque, yet has biodiesel tolerance up to B20 and engine efficiencies that enable more than 1000km between fill-ups.

Silverado also features a powerful exhaust brake and active towing safety controls including trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake control, hill start assist, automatic grade braking and intelligent brake assist, plus Allison six-speed automatic transmission, four wheel drive and a luxurious interior loaded with features.

It attracts buyers from the building, construction and mining industries, plus recreational users who need to tow big boats, cars, horse floats or luxury vans with a minimum of effort and in maximum comfort.

Melbourne Performax's sales team, Grant Harrison (left) and Ray Parsons

Performax International General Manager Glenn Soper said Melbourne Performax would help meet growing demand, at a time when the high value of the Australian dollar favoured American vehicle imports.

“Boosted also by our appearances at many shows and other events around the country, there is now increasing demand from potential customers to test-drive and buy vehicles closer to where they live in Victoria,” he said.

With a record of more than 20 years in importing and conversion and ISO 9001 Quality Assured certification, Performax International currently produces more than 200 RHD-converted vehicles a year, built to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) standards of finish and driveability.

All vehicles meet Australian Design Rule compliance and are backed by full warranties. TJ


2 Responses to US Chevy super trucks hit Melbourne

  • Stacey Matthews says:

    Hi. Are there any plans of anyone importing the 8 seat Yukon Denali or Acadia in the V6/V8 4X4 version? This would give Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota a run for their market share if the price is right. I’m looking for something different and have seen Chev and GMC pick-ups which look great, but I need something that would fit 8 people and don’t have the need for a tray.

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Good question Stacey. There are some specialist vehicle importers in Australia bringing in an increasing variety of vehicles from the US although you would have to do your homework on who you would choose to do the RHD conversion. This is an increasingly complex job with all sorts of performance, durability and safety implications if not completed to OEM standards. Suggest you contact a company like Performax International which is considered an industry leader in this type of import and conversion work.

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