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2009 Holden Insignia? - (Australia)

October 3rd, 2008



General Motors new medium sized model, the Insignia, has recently gone on sale in Europe (under the Opel and Vauxhall brands) resulting in the discontinuation of the Vectra brand name.  Holden, GM's Australian division, are most likely currently evaluating whether to introduce this model in Australia.

As a result, we’ve listed the key specifications of the variant we’re most excited about; the 2.0 litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.  See the table below for how it lines up against Holden's current large and medium models, the Commodore and Epica.

If the Insignia gets the go ahead, (Could a March 2009 Melbourne Motor Show unveil be on the cards?), we don’t expect it to replace the Epica, especially considering the next genertion Epica, which we’re sure will be a significantly improved car, is approximately 18 months away from production.  More likely is that the Insignia would be positioned higher to compete with the mid to upper range variants of the following medium segment cars; the Mazda 6, Honda Accord Euro, Ford Mondeo, Subaru Liberty and Volkswagen Passat.

And the one criticism of the Insignia by European journalists who have just driven the car, its lack of rear legroom, could work in its favour of going on sale in Australia.  Too much rear legroom could have Holden management nervous that it would encroach on locally built Commodore sales.

 

Commodore

Insignia

Epica

Grade

Berlina

 

CDXi

RRP

AUD$40,290

 

AUD$30,990

Engine Type

V6

L4

L4

Engine Size

3.6

2.0

2.5

Power (kW)

180

162

115

Torque (Nm)

330

349

237

Transmission

A4

 

A5

Kerb Weight (kg)

1705

1503

1499

0-100km/h

8.4

7.2

12.0

Drive

RWD

FWD

FWD


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