The latest news we are hearing regarding the vehicles that will make the Holden team selection will be from the Opel stable. They are the Cascada, Astra and the larger Insignia VXR sedan and all of these three we think will soon carry the Holden badge.
Clearly the big change for General Motors Holden is that it’s now released from having to protect the local Australian based vehicle manufacturing so Holden is free to pick and choose what will best suit the Australian and New Zealand consumers. Whether the Opel range will satisfy the market is yet to be seen, it’s certainly big enough. If the past New Zealand market is any indication the older Holden Vectra’s & Astra’s sold quite well.
The Opel Insignia we still think will become the Commodore replacement soon after 2017, so it might be time to have a closer look at what happens when you turn an Opel into a Holden.
Commodore verses Insignia; (reports show these cars look similar but are different)
Insignia VXR stats for the technical minded:
- Insignia Wheelbase 180mm shorter
- Insignia Length 117mm shorter
- Insignia Width 42mm narrower
- Insignia Height 26mm taller
The Engine is a 2.8L V6
6 Speed, Auto Transmission
Powerful 239kW at 5250rpm
435Nm of torque at 5250rpm
Fuel Consumption rated at 11.4L/100km
Factory Brembo disc brakes on all wheels
Electronic limited slip diff
Suspension is a modified MacPherson strut
AWD split control system
0-100km in 6-seconds
Before it arrives here there is supposed to be some minor changes or updates that Holden will do to make the Insignia suitable for our road conditions. The Insignia VXR certainly looks great, but we are reading that it lacks the refinement normally associated with Holden vehicles.
By the way, the Astra looks set return to the Holden line up with a three-door hatch in two versions, a GTC with a 1.6L turbo-charged petrol engine, producing around 147kW@5500rpm and 280 Nm of torque from 1,650 to 3,500 rpm. The VXR will include a powerful 200kW 2.0L turbocharged engine. These versions of Astra will compete against the Ford Focus.