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Holden-powered all-wheel-drive Insignia VXR turbo could wear HSV badges

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Holden-powered all-wheel-drive Insignia VXR turbo could wear HSV badges

By MARTON PETTENDY 16 April 2009

Revealed simultaneously yesterday in Germany as the Opel Insignia OPC and in Britain as the Vauxhall Insignia VXR ahead of the latter’s global debut at the Barcelona motor show on May 7, the hottest version of General Motors’ new mid-sized European model packs all-wheel drive and a Holden-built turbocharged V6.

HSV managing director Phil Harding told GoAuto last December it was negotiating with GM in Europe to import the hottest versions of both the Insignia and Corsa, the previous generation of which was sold here as the Holden Barina.

HSV spokesman Simon Frost today said that situation had not changed, meaning the company still hoped to slot the Insignia VXR into its range below the ClubSport at about $55,000. It would be the second non-V8 model to grace the Holden hot-shop’s current line-up, alongside the turbocharged Astra VXR.

“We’re very interested in both the Corsa and Insignia (VXRs), but the business case and the price point for the Australian market needs to stack up,” said Mr Frost.

It’s understood the unavailability of base versions of both the Corsa and Insignia in Australia is a key hurdle for the prospect of the Corsa VXR or Insignia VXR being sold here. However, Holden is now understood to have plans to import the Vectra-replacing Insignia, which would be sold alongside the GM Daewoo-built Epica in its medium car stable.

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http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf...A25759A00098E0C

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Holden-powered all-wheel-drive Insignia VXR turbo could wear HSV badges

By MARTON PETTENDY 16 April 2009

Revealed simultaneously yesterday in Germany as the Opel Insignia OPC and in Britain as the Vauxhall Insignia VXR ahead of the latter’s global debut at the Barcelona motor show on May 7, the hottest version of General Motors’ new mid-sized European model packs all-wheel drive and a Holden-built turbocharged V6.

HSV managing director Phil Harding told GoAuto last December it was negotiating with GM in Europe to import the hottest versions of both the Insignia and Corsa, the previous generation of which was sold here as the Holden Barina.

HSV spokesman Simon Frost today said that situation had not changed, meaning the company still hoped to slot the Insignia VXR into its range below the ClubSport at about $55,000. It would be the second non-V8 model to grace the Holden hot-shop’s current line-up, alongside the turbocharged Astra VXR.

“We’re very interested in both the Corsa and Insignia (VXRs), but the business case and the price point for the Australian market needs to stack up,” said Mr Frost.

It’s understood the unavailability of base versions of both the Corsa and Insignia in Australia is a key hurdle for the prospect of the Corsa VXR or Insignia VXR being sold here. However, Holden is now understood to have plans to import the Vectra-replacing Insignia, which would be sold alongside the GM Daewoo-built Epica in its medium car stable.

Full Story:

http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf...A25759A00098E0C

Of course they're interested, who wouldn't be ???

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I might be interested if coupe, sedan and wagon versions were sold here as Pontiacs.

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