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The Book 50 Years OF Holden : Some observations


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I decided to start this thread based on the boook 50 Years Of Holden and the recent vehicles Holden is producing to help GM globally and in North America. The first Monaro was designed by the same guy who helped design the 66 Toronado. Holdens used to copy American styling. I have a book here in the house called "50 Years Of Holden" and you would be shocked to know:

There are Holdens that did share parts with American GM cars. I saw Cadillac exterior mirrors on Holdens. I saw Pontiac wheels and steering wheels on Holdens. You see Chevrolet and Buick cues on Holdens. You see the wreath on some Holdens found on Cadillacs.

It is no mistake that the Commodore previous generation(1997) used the 1993 Opel Omega platform. People think it is the same car. Holden exstensively modified that platform. Look at the front fenders and underneath.

Holdens have used GM engines for years. The Buick 3800 V6 was used heavily by Holden. The Chevrolet 350 V8 has been used. GM did put a catch on Holden. The V8 could not out power The Corvette.

In the book I will list what I saw:

The YB Piazza is the Isuzu Impulse

The Opel Calibra was sold at Holden.

The Chevrolet Suburban was sold there in 1998. It was built here and exported there. They modified the grille. Where the Chevy emblem was, they put a Holden emblem.

The OB Drover was the Suzuki Samurai. You wonder how we got the Chevy Tracker for years and the GEO brand? Wonder no more. GM was doing the global thing for years. They just never imported them here because the car was sold in the states as in import under name.

Holden Frontera was also Opel and Vauxhall Frontera. It was the Isuzu Rodeo to the United States.

The Holden Jackaroo was the Isuzu Trooper.

The Rodeo at Holden was a small truck as it still is. That is why GM globalized it this time. Isuzu has the truck, Holden has it, we have it as the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. The Hummer H3 is on that same plaform. The truck is more Asian than it is American. They just modified them for each market.

The Barina is an Opel.

The MH Barina was a Suzuki Swift. We had it as the Geo/Chevy Metro.

The ML Barina was the Chevrolet Sprint here in the US

The LG Nova was a Toyota Corolla. We had it as Prism here. The Holden looks exactly like a Toyota Corolla.

LE Nova was a Toyota Corolla

LB,LC,and LD Astra was Nissan Sentras. It was based on what they called Pulsar.

RB Gemini was The Chevrolet Spectrum here. It was an Isuzu originally.

Holden got the T Car too. We knew them as Chevy Chevette and Pontiac T-1000 here. This was Holdens first world car. It was introduced in 1975. Opel and Vauxhall had it as the Kadett. Isuzu had one called the Gemini.

The JR Vectra is the Opel/Vauxhall Vectra.

This is one is going to upset a lot of people. The JK, JL, JM, and JP Apollo were the Toyota Camry. Yes, they were the Toyota Camry we know from 1988-1996. The JP was the last time they shared a car with Toyota there. It is no different than then NUMI plant in Fremont California. Toyota got a version of the Commodore called Toyota Lexcen.

Holden got the J Car like we had too. This was a global GM platform. Holden Called it Camira. We called it Chevrolet Cavalier,Pontiac Sunbird/Sunfire, Oldsmobile Firenza, Buick Skyhawk, Cadillac Cimmaron. Opel and Vauxhall had it too. Holden used the J car until 1989. GM North America kept using it after that.

The point with that one we had too many divisions with the same car in the United States.

GM let their platforms linger on too long here too.

You can see the same doors and wagon and sedan style we had at Holden too. It had Pontiac wheels too.

Holden used it( J car) 1982-1989.

The UC Torana used the same Sunbird emblem Pontiac used.

The LX Torana looked like a 1974 Buick Apollo.

The LJ Torana looked like early 1970's Chevrolets.

The VT Commdore looked like the 1997 Grand Prix in the front. Looking at the photos it is clear the front fenders are longer than the Opel/Vauxhall Omega. The doors are shared with Opel. The rest of the car was Holden. That car was modified. Cadillac ended up with the Opel /Vauxhall Omega as the Catera.

The VS Holden Caprice in the front looks like a 1986-1989 Buick Riviera. The rest of the body looks like a 1990-1997 Cutlass Supreme sedan.

The VS Statesman looked like a Cutlass Supreme sedan too.

The VR and VS Calais and Commodore look like Oldsmobiles.

The UTEs have always looked like El Caminos.

That one could be sold here as El Camino.

VQ Statesman and Caprice look like 1991-1996 Oldsmobile Ninety Eights with Achieva taillamps.

The WH Statesman and Caprice look like 1992-1999 Oldsmobile Eighty Eights.

The Caprice had the 1997-2005 Buick Park Avenue front end.

The VP Commodores look like 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremes and 1992-1997 Oldsmobile Achievas.

The VN Commodore looks like a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina in the front.

The VL Commodore looks like a European Ford.

The VL Calais looks like the early Saturns

The VB Commodore is very Opel.

The WB Statesman and Caprice have:

Cadillac exterior mirrors, Cadillac wreath hood ornaments

They look like a 1980-1984 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight and Ninety Eight

They had The Caprice, Statesman and Statesman " Deville" trim names.

In one photo, the car has the 1982 Pontiac 6000 wheels.

The HZ Statesman looked like a early 1970's Chevrolet Caprice in the front, Chevrolet exterior mirrors, and had a Pontiac Steering wheel.

The HZ Premier looked like a 1979 Monte Carlo in the front.

The HZ Kingswood looked like a 1970 Monte Carlo in the front

The UTE looks like the 1974 Chevelle and El Camino.

The Sandman utility had Pontiac wheels.

The HX Statesman Caprice had a 1974 Chevrolet Caprice front, 1975 Pontiac GrandVille/Bonneville wheels.

The Monaro had 1972-1977 Pontiac Honeycomb wheels and looks.

Isn't that funny how that Monaro tried to look like Pontiac and years later the GTO came off the Monaro??

The Statesman Caprices HJ and HX and HZ used the same Caprice hood ornament we used here on our Caprice.

The HQ Monaro looks like a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

The HQ Statesman Deville looks like a 1971-1973 Oldsmobile in the front. The HQ Statesman custom looks like a late 1960's Pontiac in the front.

It is apprent they were trying to make the HQ Monaro look sporty like a 1969-1972 Pontiac GTO.

The Holden HQ SS sedan looked like a Chevrolet down to the SS trim levels. The back looked like a early 1970's Chevelle.

The HT Brougham looks like a 1963-1966 Oldsmobile in the front.

The HD Holdens look like the 1961-1964 Buick Special/Oldsmobile Cutlass/Jetfire and Pontiac Tempest.

There is a long history there. Now the tables have turned. Now the United States is depending on Holden for rear wheel drive. It should be noted too:

Holden did take the American Buick Regal (1997-2004) and redesign it for the Chinese Buick. That is why it looks better than ours.

Holden continues to play a big role in the future of GM in many markets.

Holden could have just as easily been sold here as Oldsmobiles. I feel the current WM Caprice and Statesman look like our Impala with a Buick Lucerne front end.

What Holden is doing is nothing new. It is just new to North America. GM is changing the way they do business here and opening up globally. It is about change and perception.

So the new Pontiacs, Buicks, and Chevrolets are just doing "business as usual"...

Edited by NINETY EIGHT REGENCY
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