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The WA Kingswood was a hatchback 5 door that sort of looked like a hybrid of Torana and VB Commodore

It was said to have IRS and other Australian industry firsts but the been counters knocked it on the head

The 1970's were the beginning of the hurt for Holden as Australians got a taste of Japanese cars that were better on fuel when the oil crisis hit.

If things had turned out differently Holden would have had some of the most interesting and diverse ranges of cars this country would ever see

GTRX

WA and WB range plus VB Commodore and Gemini

All Australian made
 

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There are some interesting cars posted there, thanks for the link!

This was interesting:

It was Brock’s ‘magic box’ Polariser that strained the relationship, though. A small box located in the car was supposed to align the molecules of the car and improve performance, but there has never been any documented proof of this working.
 
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Holden Hurricane


Supercars is where the big money is to be made Holden's design team would excel at that.

Loved the 50's old skool kool concept especially the UTE that's a Holden l could see myself wanting to buy import every few years so much better than the imposed small FWD Chevy junk imported in from South Korea that nobody buys in Australia that even the Ram with it's instant astonishing sales growth outsells now down under. Its the UTE's that sit at the top of the Aussie sales chart today.
 

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There are no Utes for sale in Australia


None
 

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Aussie 5 best UTES for towing guide



You'd have to be driving around with your eyes wide shut not to see that 4x4 dual cab utes dominate the Aussie roadscape these days. This surging popularity is largely driven by dual purpose versatility, as their dual cab configuration allows them to serve as a family car and/or work vehicle during the week and a load-lugging escape machine on the weekend.
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Kiwi Ute buyers guide

One of the most loved utes among New Zealanders is the Toyota Hilux.
This year saw the long-standing, unbreakable Hilux receive a complete redesign from the ground up. While the existing model had few flaws, Toyota was still eager to create its best model yet.

Toyotas traditionally have a good resale price, so it’s also a great ute to consider if you’re regularly upgrading.
A model that has grown to become a strong contender in the category is the Ford Ranger. Most of the development of this vehicle happened in Australia, but you wouldn’t know it with its splashes of chrome and oversized insignia indicating a somewhat Americanised styling.
The Ford brand made its mark in New Zealand with the Ranger last year. The AA and Motoring Writers’ Guild named it the best in its class at last December’s New Zealand Car of the Year Awards for the second year running, and the Ranger outsold any other new vehicle on the road in 2015, proving its popularity.

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Toyota Hilux is comfortably winning the UTE battle in Australia


Model wise Toyota Hilux sales are up +14% No1 best selling vehcle in Australia 13 months in a row, beating the Ranger in 2nd spot, new 1500 lifts Ram sales up +366% as Holdens Commodre (FWD Based Insignia car) falls a massive -62% dragging Holden the brand sales down a massive -35%.
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There are no Utes for sale in Australia


None
Ford out sells Holden for the first time in 21 years



In 2018 Ford outsold Holden for the first time in 21 years – since 1997 – which was also the last time Ford led the entire new-car market.


Strong sales of the Ford Ranger UTE – which finished 2018 second outright in the new-car sales race behind the Toyota HiLux – and Mustang sports car helped Ford overtake its long time rival.

Meanwhile, as we have reported in a separate news story, the Toyota HiLux ute shattered its previous sales record after posting the highest annual tally of any vehicle for the past decade.
Preliminary figures for 2018 show the Toyota HiLux eclipsed 50,000 sales for the first time ever – overtaking the peak of 47,093 set in 2017 and the previous high of 42,956 set in 2008.
The last vehicle to top the 50,000 mark was the Holden Commodore in 2008, with 51,093 sales.



Holden’s biggest-selling model in 2018 was the Colorado UTE

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Maybe GM should be shipping in some RHD Silverado's from the US the than South Koran Sparks?

Latest Holden sales data reading does not look good led the big drop led by the Isignia Commodore "Raw Holden sales data for December shows a whopping -60.4 per cent dip in Holden sales compared with December 2017, from 12,179 to 4822.) Holden's market share dropped to the lowest ever since Holden were brought out in the 1930's with a little bit of Opel money pit dull car knowhow in 2018.
 

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Why are foreign-built trucks being posted on this Holden Prototyes Thread?

@ Rick, on topic:

Holden WA





Note this example is not a hatchback.
 

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Why are foreign-built trucks being posted on this Holden Prototyes Thread?

On topic:



Note this example is not a hatchback.
Ask VS ute 5Ltre, my answer was to his "there are none", sorry for the thread derailment.


Let get back on topic








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Agreed let get back on topic, derailed by somebody that said there are none in post No 12.




Would love to buy an awesome classic Holden Efijy based UTE from Holden downunder would buy one new every few years, so would a lot of Aussies judging buy the UTE sales numbers at the moment it's absolutely a million times better than current generic anodyne jellymould dull garbage imported in from South Korea or Opel money pit at the moment.
 

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The Saga of the Saab 2.3L Turbo Commodore
(Or, "the Best Export program that never was!")

Fascinating read imo by Holden insiders..

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Sadly it was Opel/Vauxhall Vectra based rebadged Saab 9-3 that Saab an normally known for its innovation brand that lost all it's buyers that deserted the Saab brand in disgust at ruined thier brand by offering them an expensive Vectra done on the cheap, Opel's Saab Vectra ended up destroying the Saab brand something they still have never recovered from since. Holden's rebadged Opel Insignia is giving the Holden Commodore/Holden brand sales the same old Opel kiss of death at the moment, Holden, slumped from fourth place in 2017 to sixth in 2018 as its sales plummeted 32.7 per cent, to 60,754 units, as it struggled to get to grips with life after manufacturing.Its market share of 5.3 per cent was its worst since the Holden brand was launched in 1948. The Holden Commodore – once Australia’s best-selling car – achieved just 9040 sales, down 61.8 per cent in December LINK

Saab 9-3 prototype done on the cheap (Opel Vectra)


Opel Vectra 9-3 the Saab brand destroyer.

Holden Commodore prototype done on the cheap (Opel Insignia)

No better: the Commodore sales are down -62% pulling the Holden brand down -35.6% LINK

Opel Insignia the Holden brand destroyer

GM should have let Holden HSV assist Saab your right, they would have still been round today.
 

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GM should have let Holden HSV assist Saab your right, they would have still been round today.
Excuse me, HSV had nothing to do with this. Rather, its the story of a promising engineering & manufacturing collaberation between SAAB & Holden itself. However internal politics (including the surprising adversance of one Peter Haenberger) thwarted this co-operative independant Brand Initiative.
 
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