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    Re: GMI Review: 3.6 SIDI Calais V Sportwagon

    +1 We've been saying this for quite some time, and I am sure that Holden would like to do it. I am sure there are other parts of the GM empire that wouldn't be so keen to let it in. Despite a desire to become more global, it is likely that many regions are not on,y keen to establish volumes, but also, to protect their own manufacturing quantities. Whilst the Commodore range could add some sales, it would most likely also result in some loss of local production volume.

    It's pretty tough environment out there at the moment. Who can blame them?
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    Re: GMI Review: 3.6 SIDI Calais V Sportwagon

    I just moved 2400K across Canada in a G8 V6 towing 3000K trailer and the car never disappointed

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    Re: GMI Review: 3.6 SIDI Calais V Sportwagon

    The Calais sportwagon should be brought to the US and/or produced here.
    I can almost hear Dynah Shore sing:

    See the USA in your new Calais
    America is asking you to call
    Drive a Chevrolet Calais through the USA
    America's the greatest land of all

    On a highway, or a road along the levy
    Performance is sweeter, nothing can beat her
    Life is completer in a Chevy

    So make a date today to see the USA
    And see it in your Chevrolet

    Traveling East, Travelling West
    Wherever you go Chevy service is best
    Southward or North, near place or far
    There's a Chevrolet dealer for your Chevrolet car

    So make a date today to see the USA
    And see it in your new Calais.

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    Re: GMI Review: 3.6 SIDI Calais V Sportwagon

    Lovely review MikMak. Shame we'll never see the nicely tailored sportwagon here in North America.
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    Thanks tbird. It is a great vehicle. Whether or not it competes with the cargo capacity of the old one (which is it's only regressive quality) is not as relevant as how redundant it makes the Sedan look.

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    I just moved 2400K across Canada in a G8 V6 towing 3000K trailer and the car never disappointed
    Yup, that's what Holdens are built for, big distance and big towing . You should see (nay feel) the difference the SIDI engine makes!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Show-Me View Post
    The Calais sportwagon should be brought to the US and/or produced here.
    I can almost hear Dynah Shore sing:

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    Um.....okay. Is there a youtube of relevance somewhere? I'm not sure what ^^^^ means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmak View Post
    It would have come in handy twice going to and from Monbulk from Wantirna. I went via Sassafras on the way there and Mount Evelyn on the way back!
    What !! You went straight past my place and didn't drop in ?

    Did you go up Mountain Highway to Sassafras ? Great road except for the pedal jockeys who think it belongs to them, especially on the weekends...
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    Re: GMI Review: 3.6 SIDI Calais V Sportwagon

    Relevance? A sportwagon would be better to travel the USA in, rather than a tiny hatchback that fits into the nooks and crannies of urban parking spaces.
    If you spent much time traveling in the USA by interstate, you would learn that the typical vehicle is huge, far larger than the smaller urban commuter cars. Americans want space, convenience, and the ability to take lots of people and lots of stuff when we travel.
    Hence, the Chevrolet Calais....

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    I was referring to the singer. I'm not familiar with the song. There is certainly no doubt in my mind in regard to the relevance of a Commodore Sportwagon devouring miles instead of kilometers.

    Some, of course, would argue against that point, but with only CUVs to choose from, you can excuse their .....preference.
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    Re: GMI Review: 3.6 SIDI Calais V Sportwagon

    I prefer, "Holdin' you in my Holden".
    Current Holdens.
    VH Commodore Vacationer 253 V8; AH Astra CDX 1.8; VF Calais 3.6V6
    plus U12 Nissan Pintara SuperHatch.
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    Dynah Shore was a singer and television personality. Wikipedia states:
    Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore; February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress, and television personality. She was most popular during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 1950s.

    After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman and both Jimmy Dorsey and his brother Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, lasting from 1940 into the late '50s, and after appearing in a handful of films went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows in the '50s and '60s and hosting two talk shows in the '70s. TV Guide magazine ranked her at #16 on their list of the top fifty television stars of all time. Stylistically, Dinah Shore was compared to two singers who followed her in the mid-to-late '40s and early '50s, Doris Day and Patti Page.

    I'm not familiar with her career, but she did sign a song "See the USA in your Chevrolet," that became part of American lore.

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    Re: GMI Review: 3.6 SIDI Calais V Sportwagon

    Here we go with the HUGE vehicles again. Basically US general traffic on Highways(freeways) is mighty similar to what we have here(except Medium Duty trucks,Asian Vans, COE Trucks, Euro trucks and Vans are not much in evidence.) Like here you get large numbers of large/medium SUV's, then our size cars, then they have large numbers of US Pickups .All of these vehicles carrying one person, the driver and possibly a packed lunch as cargo.This poster has a thing about HUGE vehicles at least it is not FWD Cadillacs.
    Its certainly true to say the traditional best-selling AU passenger cars (Commodore & Falcon) are a size larger than the corresponding US examples (Camry & Accord) and this has been so for many years.

    As for the pickups, well the area of interest is in the load capacity. And the majority of those pickups seem to be half-tonners, which is quite a bit less than your typical AU ute.

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    Heading back to Vic in June. Anyone have any tips on new tourist traps or updates to Great Ocean road?
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    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    I just moved 2400K across Canada in a G8 V6 towing 3000K trailer and the car never disappointed
    From where to where? The more I travel around the world, the more I want to go home and do a massive cross-Canada roadtrip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmak View Post
    Heading back to Vic in June. Anyone have any tips on new tourist traps or updates to Great Ocean road?
    From what I understand they have clearfelled pretty much all of the regrowth around Wye River since the bushfires because the idiot who checked the trees did not realise that eucalypts regrow on the trunk and decided that they were unsafe.

    Victoria's speed cameras are more deadly than ever. After getting maybe 3 speeding tickets between the two of us in 30 years of driving, my wife and I have had 6 fines in the last 14 months. Watch out especially for the red light speed cameras. Lots of roads that you have driven in the past at 70km/h are now 60, and there are lots of 40 zones.
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