Holden Commodore axed after 40 years

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  1. ozcopper

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    The iconic Holden Commodore is no more after the carmaker announced it would axe the car from its line-up to focus solely on utes and big SUVs.

    The Commodore was once the most popular vehicle in the country, with Holden selling almost 95,000 cars bearing the name in 1998.

    This year Holden has sold just 5471.

    Today the company announced it will take “decisive action to ensure a sharp focus” on more popular models.

    The Holden Colorado ute and the Acadia, Trailblazer, Equinox, and Trax SUVs will soon comprise the full Holden lineup, which Holden interim chairman and managing director Kristian Aquilina said is “consistent with customer preferences”, according to the company.

    More: https://www.news.com.au/technology/...s/news-story/afc2d62d60eb79dd2707b0f542aeb1e5
     
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    It's been dead for a few years already
    What's badged as a Crumbledoor is actually an Opal
     
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    Mixed emotions with this.

    GM ticking off the last boxes before they kill off the Holden brand and re-badge all dealers as "Chev" in next 1-2 years I guess.....sad to see but that's life.

    On the up side, if you have a VF Commodore or earlier, the price will bottom today and only start going up over time. The older Gen I (VB to VL) and Gen II (VN to VS) and Gen III's (VT to VZ), any V8 Commodores (inc HSV / HDT) and those in unmolested original condition started creeping up in price a few years back (starting with the Gen I's). We saw it with the Torana's, then Kingswood's......same over time with the Commodore.

    spannermonkey, you are correct and the latest (now last) model Commodore brought the marque full circle.

    In 1978 GM brought the Opal (pic below) to Aust, changed the steering, suspension and badge but left much else the same then built it here.

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    Until 2005/6 (end of the Gen III's VT thru VZ), all Commodores built since 1978 were built on the Opal platform / chassis.
     
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    Yep. Europe also had a two-door variant.

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    One of my favourites and appreciate its not a commodore but the kingswood was a mighty wagon

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    Yep, the Opal Monza. Peter Brock tried to get Holden to import them he liked the coup that much.

    Brock also liked the Irmscher rims Opal had and got them shipped here / made here (not sure) for use on the VC and VH HDT's back in the day.

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    Love the HK / HT / HG's.


    Were the best period for Monaro's too in my book.
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    In 1979 I had a kingswood company car ... mighty vehicle it was. Then in 1980 I received the bucket of shit commadore as its replacement . Holden lost the plot after the kingswood
     
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    I had a HQ holden kingswood where on doing a full lock u-turn the steering mechanism locked into that turn position and I was stuck in the middle of a T intersection. Had to walk over to a church and ask to use the phone to call the NRMA and get me towed to the nearest garage. No mobile phones in those days. Happened twice in suburbs far from home, cost me a packet to get it fixed. Now I have a Toyota Camry, service it once a year and it has never ever broken down, love it.:D
     
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    The 1st car I ever drove on my L's was a HQ... Not an easy car to learn to drive on! I drive a Proton now and it has never let me down, in fact I'm on my second proton in a row. They own Lotus ;)
     
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    The Commodore are shit ... hence the ..fuck I'm not buying that crap
     
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    I always wanted a Mazda Roadpacer!

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    Wow .. splitting image of a kingswood
     
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    Another top Commodore ahead of it’s time 2ECDEC16-287E-494B-B17B-89A753DF0A35.jpeg
     
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    And that ( excellent spec) is a AUD350k car (as paid at auction last year).

    Just a reco'ed inlet manifold will set you back circa AUD15k now....crazy prices for this model.

    Long short short, Walkinsaw (pre Holden giving Brock the boot) had bought one of Brock's VL's he (Brock) raced in Europe to use a mule to build the prototype VL Walkinsaw.....Back in the early 2000's Brock and the current owner of HDT went looking for Brock's old VL (as HDT's owner was building the HDT race car collection) which Brock had sold to a local driver (not Walkinsaw) in the UK as it was cheaper than bringing it back to Aust. They tracked down the VL to a barn in Belgium and when they opened the barn, saw the old Brock race VL, they also found inside all the prototype body kit moulds that Walkinsaw had made for his first HSV.......The owner of HDT bought the VL on the spot (inc body moulds) and brought back to Aust. Now HDT own the original VL Walkinsaw body kit moulds.

    Minor poetic justice for Brock and HDT given Holden had put the wheels in motion with Walkinsaw (HSV) to be their new muscle car builder before they ended the relationship with Brock.
     
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    I worked in a panel shop where his old race car ended up when he split with GMH, it was sold to a person he didn't like, so we had to hide it for a while
     
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    Snippet from the local news here which will upset the police force


    Holden to stop manufacturing its Commodore model - causing headaches for police

    The thin blue line is facing a big problem after carmaker Holden said it would stop manufacturing a mainstay of the police fleet.

    New Zealand police have been using the large Holden Acadia SUVs in its controversial trial of readily armed officers in South Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury.

    It was revealed earlier this year that police were dumping the new model Commodore liftbacks from its patrol fleet because they didn’t have enough room in the back, and that the force would instead rely on the station wagon versions.


    COMMODORE SALES IN NZ OVER PAST 15 YEARS
    2004: 9368
    2009: 3097
    2014: 3233
    2019: 1584 YTD end of Nov

    COMMODORE SALES IN NZ OVER PAST 5 YEARS
    2015: 2881
    2016: 2656
    2017: 2368
    2018: 1860
    2019: 1584 YTD end of Nov


     
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    The Conformadore is no more.
     
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    Did you see the photos I posted here of my 1,100 horsepower HQ Monaro before all photos were accidently deleted from old forum by GP?
     
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    Nope...still got them? Would like to see.
     

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