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The streets of London aren't just for small 2 liter engine powered cars anymore! :)

http://vauxhall.com/futureModels/monaro.jhtml

Vauxhall today confirmed it will introduce a true rear-wheel drive musclecar for car enthusiasts - the Monaro.

The new Vauxhall Monaro will be available from the Spring of 2004 powered by a 5.7 litre V8 engine developing 328hp and 347lbs/ft of torque.

This stylish full-sized four-seater coupé will accelerate to 60mph in just over six seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 160mph.

The Monaro was launched in Australia in 2001 and Vauxhall has decided to bring this iconic coupé to car enthusiasts in the UK, but only in a limited number of 300 per year.

The car will be sold in the UK with a comprehensive specification including leather eight-way electric seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, full-size driver, passenger and side airbags, electronic climate control and six-disc autochanger.

There are two driver aids to handle the considerable power and torque, a traction control system - with an off switch - and the accelerator.

The Vauxhall Monaro will start from approx £28,500 and offer more power per pound than any car on the UK roads.

Kevin Wale, Vauxhall managing director, said: "The Vauxhall Monaro is a great car for the real enthusiast. The Monaro is an icon in Australia and I am sure the UK car enthusiast will thoroughly enjoy it. This also demonstrates GM's ability to bring the best of its products to fill niches in other markets."

 

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Dude, Pontiac will never become a global brand. :D Not while Opel/Vauxhall/Holden are around to serve Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

IMO, Pontiac has no real meaning over here. Chevrolet would make it here before Pontiac would. In fact, there is talk that Holden may get rid of the GM Daewoo badge in Australia and rebadge all GM Daewoo vehicles as Chevrolet's. There is even talk of it in the UK as well, due to poor sales and the fact people don't have alot of faith in the GM Daewoo badge anymore.

GM want's to make Chevrolet the global brand for GM.
 

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The image on the Vauxhall web site is an edited Holden publicity shot for the original (series 1) Monaro, so hopefully the grille won't be there for production. Unfortunately I think it will though.

The above photo shows original Monaro Series 1 18" alloys wheels, not the current Series 3 alloys, so I imagine that they will change.
 

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Why should Chevrolet be GM's Global brand???
I don't think that Chevrolets sole means of attracting customers, American chest thumping, will pull in customers to buy Malibus. Maybe it will be the bland styling??
Or the total lack of RWD vehicles costing under 50 grand??

Sign me up.
 

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Here's some info.
http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/frame.mv?fi...car.mv&num=1785

The pics along the top can be enlarged, the first one is not real, the rest are. Looks just like Australian spec, except for the obligitory vauxhall badges, and the Monaro badge is now on the rear instead of the sides. Doesn't have that aweful 'V' grille thankfully.
Also, it says "Country of origin - Great Britain" ..... Jeeez. Its Aussie Mate!

As far as Daewoo in Australia goes, Holden have been marketing them here for about 2 years now as 'GM Daewoo', and they are struggling to make any money from them. There is a new small SUV from Daewoo coming in 2006 that will be sold as a Holden here, but I haven't heard about the Chev badge being introduced here. I think Holden researched it a few years ago (when looking at the Vette for Oz) and found Australians think of Chevs as big old trucks, this is irrelevant I think, if the cars are good perceptions change quickly. I think Austalians would have much more confidence in a 'Chevrolet Lacetti', than a 'Daewoo Lacetti'. Also, did you know that Mike Simcoe (Mr Monaro, Holden design chief) is also design chief of Daewoo since the GM takeover. Apparantly he spends one week in every four in Korea these days. 2006/2007 is the first of his cars Daewoo will make, could be interesting.
 
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