Future GM Thunder to be Engineered Down Under

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  1. TriShield

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    More from Down Under: Holden to play a larger role in GM's future product plans

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    JASON STEIN | Automotive News
    Posted Date: 12/2/04

    DETROIT -- Holden Ltd., the force behind the reintroduction of the Pontiac GTO, will play a large role in General Motors' future product plans.

    GM has assigned its Australian subsidiary the design and engineering for a new generation of rear-wheel-drive cars on the Zeta architecture. Some, including a Buick sedan and the redesigned GTO, will be assembled in the United States. The Buick will be first in 2006.

    "Holden will take the lead for a lot of work, including most of the core engineering work," says Marty Hogan, program engineering manager for the current GTO. "The U.S. will still be responsible for regional needs and for meeting U.S. requirements, but Holden is serving a large need. "Because Holden has worked on the architecture before Zeta," Hogan says, it "will continue to integrate it."

    Holden's lean, profitable operation has become a role model for GM's global engineering, computer and design network.

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    In America, Holden helped rework the right-hand-drive Monaro into the 2004 GTO. Hogan says 35 Holden engineers worked on the GTO, including 15 who oversaw the program from the GM Technical Center in Warren, Mich.

    But "ultimately, it's Holden's own architecture," Hogan says. "We're picking up work they've done and trying to apply their applications to the core engineering."

    This year, GM CEO Rick Wagoner reaffirmed Holden's importance.

    "Holden continues to play a critical role, both as a key local player and as a source of engineering and design expertise, with special focus on its large, rear-drive car capabilities," Wagoner told journalists in September at GM's global seminar in France.

    Holden's expertise is crucial to American development.

    Says Hogan: "There are not too many questions asked on this side that they don't have an answer for over there."

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    The next generation of VE Holdens (Adventra, Caprice, Commodore, Crewman, Monaro, and Ute) will likely be sold by GM brands here North America as well as be assembled here.

    Caprice, Commodore, Crewman and Ute = Chevrolet

    Caprice = Buick

    Adventra and Monaro = Pontiac

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    Looks like the Torana and SS Commodore to me? What are they renaming the 2 cars above (in the first post, pink and silver car) in America?
     
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    I'm not sure what they're going to do with the Torana if anything, it might just stay an Australian treat. The twin turbo V6 from that concept is going to be used by Buick and Saab though.
     
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    Cool, other than Corvette, GM is failing miserably....
     
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    I wish GM kept the Holden VX-R (i think) front end for the GTO, 10x better than the tupperware shit they have now
     
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    Ah sounds cool, the torrie is going to be one sexy car...TTv6 engine in a light car...can't go wrong :p
     
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    Can't wait for the El Camino SS
     
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    Ford America needs to do the same thing
     
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    no shit! :eek3: :noes:
     
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    Bad news though, the Holden Monaro is going to be assembled in the US and shipped to Australia in 2007. :hs:
     
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    so itll be even more expensive than it is now... :mad:
     
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    No idea how they will handle the price and suppliers for it.
     
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    theyll use the fact that its assembled & shipped from the US as an excuse to jack the price up... i'd put money on it. :hs:
     
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    how much is a monaro down unda, anyways?
     
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    $47,000 US.
     
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    wTF? how can we get one for a tick over 30?



    whose getting ripped off here?
     
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    They get more features, we get better performance. New cars are expensive in Australia compared to here though.
     
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    :rofl: is the monaro a popular "to have" car, down thurr?


    whats the price of a beater car, economy cruizer car?
     
  25. DefBringer

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    What is that maroon car??

    that is HOT!!

    GM = HOT HOT HOT...they are fucking DESTROYING Ford/Chrysler lately
     

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