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Old 09-01-2004, 19:21   #1 (permalink)
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Tongue Monaro to stay Australian

BWAhahahahah.

Despite being exported to the large and influential U.S market Aussie true
bloods were assured that future Monaro stylings would not be influenced by
the American public feedback. The new bonnet scoops, of course, reflect upon the units used on the HT Monaro, a true aussie icon.

On a completely unrelated topic U.S pontaic buyers wanted bonnet
scoops on their pontiacs, the car was too soft, not an American muscle car.
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Pigs arse they put scoops there to hail the icon Monaro. If they don't look more
like old Pontiac scoops than HT versions I'm looking at photos in bad light.
Might be better to keep the BA at home considering what American influence
could do to styles across the range.
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Old 09-01-2004, 19:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Monaro to stay Australian

If the BA went to america I wouldn't care what they did with it frm a styling pov. It would still mean ford aus would be making more $$. We have our good looking falcon. Who cares what the US does.
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Old 09-01-2004, 20:33   #3 (permalink)
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True that, they could do like they did with the Accord.... a US version and a Europe version both for Australia, even if it's made in Thailand :-)

Oh and FoMoCo, i am right behind you in your wish to bring back Kennett! He was talking about making a comeback - wonder if he still is considering.
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Old 09-01-2004, 20:47   #4 (permalink)
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I don't like the Monaro bonnet scoops i've seen in the pics. Don't think they suit the sloping bonnet profile. Maybe would look ok in the flesh. I'd rather see something like the HQ gills on the side to give it a bit of Holden heritage. Having said that, I still think the current Monaro is a great looking coupe.
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True that, they could do like they did with the Accord.... a US version and a Europe version both for Australia, even if it's made in Thailand :-)

Oh and FoMoCo, i am right behind you in your wish to bring back Kennett! He was talking about making a comeback - wonder if he still is considering.
I will be happy as larry if he comes back..nfortunatly i think its a long shot :(
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I can picture an N/A XR6 in the US...

GT wing + stripes, XR8 bulge, turbo badges, scoop ala Subaru, plus extra cupholders...

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This all sounds a bit ricey to me....but then i suffer from rice-paranoia

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Re: Monaro to stay Australian

What a load of crap
The Current monaro is far away from a true aussie icon...Its an icon by great advertising- is it a good car? one of the best holdens (now that the steering if fixed) my mate put it best it reckon, "take a modified opel platform, give it two doors instead of 4, whack a true blue Aussie Gen III V8 in it... put monaro badges on it and give it a killer advertising campaign viola! MONARO!" or in this case GTO :) funny that this so called Aussie Icon is now a so called American Icon that sums up GM and Holdens parntership i think!

Sorry, thats my opinion on the Monaro/GTO being an aussie icon
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At least the skills in Holden have given us enough credibility that the GM rear drive platform, the Global Head of Passenger Vehicle Styling and versions of HFV6 are all Australian contributions to world-wide GM product.

All the products we have in Oz (including the Territory and Falcon) owe there origins to some overseas engineering department - just measure the spring tower positions in a BA and a XY.

Doesn't stop them being among the best value performance drives in the world including German products. We should be proud of what both companies can develop with their limited resources
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Commodore chassis have *always* been based on Opel/Vauxhall platforms... the VN chassis was a streched/widened Opel Omega/Vauxhall Carlton platform.
The great HSV Toe link? stolen from the Euro parts bin. first showed up on the Lotus win turbo'd Omega/Carlton...

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