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HOLDEN. HOLDEN in AUSTRALIA

GM Holden Ltd., 191 Salmon St, G. P. O. Box 1714, Port Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia

tel. +613/96471111, fax +613/96472550, http://www.holden.com.au, http://www.hsv.com.au

Program: VZ Commodore / Chevrolet Lumina / Chevrolet Omega (sedan, estate body version), VZ Berlina (sedan, station wagon), VZ Calais, HSV ClubSport / HSV ClubSport R8 / HSV SV6000, VZ Monaro CV8 / Vauxhall Monaro / Chevrolet Lumina Coupe / Pontiac GTO, HSV Coupe 4 / HSV GTO / HSV GTS / R, WL Caprice, WL Statesman, HSV Grange / HSV Senator, VZ Adventra, HSV Avalanche, VZ Crewman / Crewman Cross pick-up, HSV Avalanche XUV pick-up, VZ Ute / HSV Maloo / HSV Maloo R8 pick-up, VZ One Tonner / One Tonner Cross; models produced in Spain: Barina; models produced in Great Britain: Astra, Vectra (sedan, hatchback); models produced in Italy: Astra Coupe, Astra Convertible; mo­dels produced in France: Tigra; models produced in Japan: Cruze; models produced in Thailand: Zafira, Rodeo (Single Cab, Space Cab, Crew Cab).

HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE ACCLAIM WAGON

HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE EXECUTIVE

HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE SV8

HOLDEN VZ BERLINA WAGON

HOLDEN VZ CALAIS

HOLDEN HSV CLUBSPORT

HOLDEN VZ ADVENTRA

HOLDEN VZ MONARO CV8

HOLDEN HSV COUPE

HOLDEN WL CAPRICE

HOLDEN WL STATESMAN

HOLDEN HSV AVALANCHE

Production volume in Australia in 2003 - 132,849 passenger vehicles and 20,472 pick-ups. Established in 1856, the Holden company started production in 1914 of the body for the Lancia and other cars, and in 1923 - also for vehicles by General Motors which, in 1926 and at its own GM (Australia) Pty Ltd., started the assembly of the chassis and engines. In 1931, GM bought Holden, and the new company took its present name. After World War II, since 1948, Holden was manufacturing Che­vrolet cars, and until 1952 - Vauxhall vehicles. In November 1948, the firm launched its own 48/215 model, for the first ti me under the Holden brand. The Holden Vectra was produced in Australia in the years 1998-2003. The Commodore, Berlina and Calais of the VT generation, produced since 1997, were re­placed in 2000 with modernized models of the VX generation, and in 2002 - with the VY generation, in 2003 - with the VY Series II, and in August 2004 - with the VZ. The design of these vehicles is based on the latest Opel Omega. The Commodore comes in 5 versions differing in equipment and body styling: the Executive (sedan and estate body version with a 3.6-liter 238 hp engine), the Acclaim (sedan and station wagon with a 3.6-liter 238 hp power plant), the SV6 (with a 3.6-liter 258 hp unit), the SS (with a 5.7-liter 340 hp plant), and the SV8 (with a 5.7-liter 340 hp engine). The Berlina sedan and estate body versions are furnished with 3.6-liter 238 hp or 5.7-liter 320 hp engines, and the Calais sedan - with 3.6-liter 258 hp or 5.7-liter 320 hp plants. The HSV manufactures the tuned VZ vehicles: the ClubSport (with a 6.0-liter 404 hp unit), the ClubSport R8 (with a 6.0-liter 404 hp unit), and since 2005 - the HSV SV6000 (with a 6.0-liter 404 hp unit). The luxurious, extended sedan versions - the Caprice and the Statesman of the WH series of 1999 were replaced in 2003 with the WK series vehicles, and in August 2004 - with the WL series. The Caprice is equipped with a 3.6-liter 258 hp or a 5.7-liter 340 hp plant, and the Statesman - with a 3.6-liter 258 hp or a 5.7-liter 333 hp engine. The HSV offers tuned sedan cars of the WL series: the Senator and the Grange - all with a 6.0-liter 404 hp power plant. Since 2001, the Monaro coupe has been produced, and since August 2004 - the modernized Monaro CV8 of the VZ series with a 5.7-liter 354 hp engine. The HSV branch also offers the tuned Monaro in the following versions: since 2003 - the Coupe 4 with 4x4 drive and a 5.7-liter 367 hp engine, and since 2004 - the GTO with a 6.0-liter 404 hp unit and the GTS/R with a 6.0-liter 456 hp plant. Since 2003, the Monaro has been exported to the USA as the Pontiac GTO, to Great Britain - as the Vauxhall Monaro, and to the Middle East - as the Chevrolet Lumina Coupe. In 2003 the 4x4 VY II series SUVs debuted, replaced in February 2005 with the restyled VZ series SUVs: the Adventra with a 3.6-liter 259 hp or a 5.7-liter 340 hp engine, and the tuned HSV Avalanche version with a 5.7-liter 367 hp power plant. The 5-seat Cross 8 pick-up, presented in 2002, has been produced since 2003 (since 2004 – the VZ series) in 2 versions: the Crewman (with a 3.6-liter 238 hp or a 5.7-liter 320 hp plant) or the Crewman Cross with 4x4 drive and a 3.6-liter 238 hp or a 5.7-liter 320 hp unit. In February 2004, the tuned version of the Crewman mo­del was introduced, called the HSV Avalanche XUV 4x4, with a 5.7-liter 367 hp plant. Produced since the end of 2002, the Ute VY pick-up was in 2003 replaced with the modernized Ute VY Series II, and in 2004 - with the Ute of the VZ series (with 3.6-liter 238 hp or 5.7-liter 340 hp engines). In 2003 the fol­lowing versions were released: the tuned HSV Maloo / Maloo R8 (with a 6.0-liter 404 hp plant) and the tray-platform One Tonner (with a 3.6-liter 238 hp or a 5.7-liter 320 hp unit), and in February 2005 - the One Tonner Cross with a 4x4 drive and a 3.6-liter 238 hp engine. All the other Holden models are impor­ted. At the 2004 Melbourne Motor Show, the prototype of the SST Stepside Pickup debuted, and at the 2004 Sydney Motor Show - the Torana TT36 coupe and the Monaro Marilyn cabrio concept cars. In 2006, a completely new VE Commodore / Berlina / Calais will be presented.

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