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by Stephen Walker

31st May, 2014

They came and they went. GM's recent European offerings under the Opel brand name didn't last long in Australia. The plug was pulled and the brand withdrew from the local market after just one year. That's all it took for GM to demonstrate how easy it is for a big car company to throw away money and ditch plans which were meant to make Opel a common sight on Australian streets. It didn't work out as planned. Opel arrived in 2012 and withdrew in 2013.

But a new beginning is planned for GM's European models for 2015.

Holden will market select Opel/Vauxhall models in Australia. Three European-sourced cars will join Holden’s line-up during the first half of 2015.

The Cascada convertible, which didn't come to Australia in Opel guise, is one of the new models. The front-wheel drive Cascada comes with a 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine and a choice of manual or auto transmission.

The Astra nameplate returns once again with the GTC and VXR three-door hatches being chosen for local introduction. Astra GTC comes with a turbocharged 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine and manual or automatic transmission. Astra VXR comes with a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine and a six-speed manual gearbox. Astra hatchbacks are front-wheel drive.

A Next Car favourite, a performance inspired Insignia, will be available in the guise of the Insignia VXR sedan. This all-wheel drive model will be powered by a 2.8 litre turbocharged V6 coupled to an automatic transmission.

Gone are the mainstream Corsa, Astra and Insignia models as Holden looks only to select sporty editions such as the two Astras and a single Insignia model, together with the niche market convertible.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mr Gerry Dorizas suggested that the commitment to performance and quality evident in the three Europe-sourced models aligned with Holden’s heritage and brand.

“Astra, Cascada and Insignia will be niche vehicles in terms of volume for our company, and their performance credentials and premium execution are a perfect match for Holden and will provide yet more fantastic choice for our customers.”

Stay tuned to Next Car for further details in due course.



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