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DESIGN: Holden VE

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This brief image gallery will bring to you a glimpse of the design work on the Holden VE range (Berlina, Omega, Calais, Commodore, Statesman, and other associated models), which began in the year 1999 and ended around 2003. The Holden VE range has become something of a word car since it's 2006 introduction; forming the basics of the Pontiac G8, which reintroduces the concept of a V8 engine and rear-drive in a mainstream Pontiac sedan, and the Buick Park Avenue, which is currently a China-only product that has quickly risen to the status of being one of the most luxurious Buicks built in the last few years. Not to mention the Chevrolet versions sold in the Middle East. Soon after its debut in Australia, it gained notoriety as being something of a poor man's BMW 5-Series, with a ride and handling that closely resembled that said car. It has also been one of Holden's largest and most costliest projects to date in its seven total years of development and prototype mules have seen over 2.1 million miles of testing and abuse.

BRIEF HISTORY: Design work for the Holden VE range started in late 1999 after Holden's exterior design manager produced a two-dimensional sketch of a car sketched earlier by Michael Simcoe, Holden's design director at that current point in time. Known amongst Holden designers as the "Bill of Design," it would be the sketch that formed the very basics of the final product. Although many assorted pieces and elements of the design changed over the period of time it was being developed (taillights, window cluster, wheelbase among others) the aggressive stance from the earlier sketch remained throughout the process. Then in 2004, Holden previewed the VE styling with the Torana TT36 concept car.

Images follow starting ... now.


DESIGN: Holden VE Range

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NOTE: (Above.) The initial design sketch for the Holden VE.

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NOTE: (Above.) Another sketch with sharper design cues that resemble early Cadillac Art & Science-type designs.

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NOTE: (Above.) This sketch shows a design very much resembling the final car, only with slight changes to hood.

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NOTE: (Above.) Those computer-generated designs preview the final Calais and Commodore, with only slight changes to the fender/brake vent and wing on the Commodore.

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More photos in just a moment. Hang in there!

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Sexxxy!

Camaro is my other Jesus...

Zeta might as well be the 2nd coming of Christ!

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That ribbed taillamp mock-up caught my eye. Way more Pontiac-y than the Pep Boys, Altezza junk they put in the car they're peddling as a G8.
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It's like the designers were locked down inside the studio in 1999, never to see the light of day or have any contact with the outside world. They lost a wide track of time. Pontiac needs more than this. Edited by ocnblu
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A boring car from the start-but it does have a good chance and I love seeing design sneak peeks! Thanks to those who brought it!

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Honestly...it sure looks like it was started in 1999...

That's because it was! Mike Simcoe 1st started work on that vehicle then. He first started his BMW benchmarks at that time.

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Yes, these are a bit bland & more boring than the 300C &

Charger but they're still RWD, have optional V8s & clean

as a whistle styling. Now if only they were working on a

full size 2-dr hardtop, A 100% AUTHENTIC Bonneville/GP.

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That's because it was! Mike Simcoe 1st started work on that vehicle then. He first started his BMW benchmarks at that time.

The BMW benchmark they set was for the driving experience, NOT the styling. There is a difference. It doesn't look like a BMW of any model or year.

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The BMW benchmark they set was for the driving experience, NOT the styling. There is a difference. It doesn't look like a BMW of any model or year.

Oh but it does, and many magazines here have made reference to the close looks to BMW too.

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Well then, Custom-S, you should love it! Employee discount and a Hofmeister kink, all in one package. :AH-HA_wink:
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Thanks so much for posting these pics!

It's great to get a glimpse of the process.

While I really like this car overall, I agree with Ocn about the ribbed tail lights. The one thing I have found to dislike about the G8 is those cheap-looking, Altezza-style tails. the clear lens, busy mish-mash behind the lens style of tails needs to die as a styling trend - they always look like crap. :puke:

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The Pep Boys taillights are meant to add spice to an otherwise sleepy design. All they really do is look cheap and "aftermarket", certainly not brand-specific.
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Impressive. I liked looking at those drawings.. I like the things going on at Holden. This was fantastic.

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Well then, Custom-S, you should love it! Employee discount and a Hofmeister kink, all in one package. :AH-HA_wink:

Hmmmm in German it's actually the : Hofmeisterknick

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Besides, if I were going to buy German, I would buy my beloved Opel! :AH-HA_wink:

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It's like the designers were locked down inside the studio in 1999, never to see the light of day or have any contact with the outside world. They lost a wide track of time. Pontiac needs more than this.

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What kills the G6 GXP for me is that STOOPID wing. It totally destroys an otherwise very nice package. I actually even like the GTP better, it's sooo clean and lithe, with the polished 18" rims.
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What kills the G6 GXP for me is that STOOPID wing. It totally destroys an otherwise very nice package. I actually even like the GTP better, it's sooo clean and lithe, with the polished 18" rims.

You know, really looking at the GX/P a few months after it's debut, it really is five steps back for Pontiac. The cladded Grand Ams were never that bad. Looking at it from that angle (and just about any other), I find that my trigger finger has a bad itch to shoot whoever designed that package for the G6. Ocn, sorry, but if that is "Pontiac character," please, by all means, bring on the Holdens.

They lost a wide track of time. Pontiac needs more than this.

Pun, much? :P

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Oh but it does, and many magazines here have made reference to the close looks to BMW too.

I suppose if you put a BMW grille on any car it'll start looking likke a BWM.... :rolleyes:

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I suppose if you put a BMW grille on any car it'll start looking likke a BWM.... :rolleyes:

That's my feeling too, why would I want a BMW copycat, when I can have a real BMW, and not a Downunder Pretender should I so desire? :spin:

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That's my feeling too, why would I want a BMW copycat, when I can have a real BMW, and not a Downunder Pretender should I so desire? :spin:

Good for you! Each to their own though... having happily owned 2 late model BMWs I can atest they make some good cars, but definitely not good value. And if money is no object there are still better drives around.

Next up my money will go to the downunder pretender - value-packed with good safety credentials, excellent dynamics and a good size to boot! Oh, and a fine looking ride, too :AH-HA_wink:

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