Holden Calais 30 VL

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Description: Although described in some quarters as a facelift, the VL series Commodore brought about more changes than many so–called all–new models. As well as major exterior and interior improvements, it

Although described in some quarters as a facelift, the VL series Commodore brought about more changes than many so–called all–new models. As well as major exterior and interior improvements, it introduced a completely new imported six–cylinder engine and an electronically controlled four–speed automatic transmission. The sheet metal changes included a new lowered front–end appearance and integral air foil at the rear. The remodelled interior had a new binnacle–style instrument panel. The top–of–the–line Holden, the Calais, had significantly different front–end styling to the rest of the range with semiconcealed headlights and a transparent grille. The use of a Japanese engine (from Nissan) made the VL a controversial model at first, but when the fuss died, the public discovered not only a more refined and much improved Commodore but a sensational drivetrain. In spite of the 1986 switch to lower octane unleaded fuel, the high–tech 3–litre engine gave the base model 33 per cent more power and 15 per cent better fuel economy than previously. Under the heading ‘Better than Ever’, ‘Motor Manual’ magazine said: ‘The new engine transforms the Commodore. [It] is smoother, quieter, more responsive and has more power at the top end. We found both automatic and manual Commodores would reach an indicated 200 km/h’. The VL was the model which enabled Holden to regain its former position as the number one choice of private buyers, although Holden was still being outsold by Falcon in the fleet market. In July 1986 the VL received an optional turbocharger which lifted output to 150 kW, making the already quick Commodore even more lively. Several months later an unleaded fuel version of Holden’s carburettored V8 was announced. Two interesting low–volume variations were a Calais wagon and a fuel–injected V8 ‘Group A’ sedan. Both were built in 1988, the latter produced by the newly–formed Holden Special Vehicles and designed to make the EFI V8 eligible for Touring Car racing.

• The original Holden Astra is replaced by the updated Astra LC hatchback with a 1.6–litre, four–cylinder engine.

• The sveltely styled Piazza sports coupe goes on sale with a 2–litre, four–cylinder turbocharged engine and ‘two–plus–two’ seating arrangements. It is fully imported from Isuzu in Japan.

• The small Barina hatchback is updated with the ML model, powered by a 1.3–litre, four cylinder engine.

• A limited edition, high–performance Group A version of the VL Commodore V8 is announced with a five–speed manual gearbox. Eagerly snapped up, it is to be the last official product of the six–year collaboration between Holden and Peter Brock’s HDT.

• Holden is restructured into two companies: Holden’s Motor Company (HMC) and Holden’s Engine Company (HEC).

• A completely new, 1.8–litre Astra hatchback joins the Holden range. It is the result of a historic joint development program with Nissan Australia, with both companies contributing to the car’s design, engineering and testing. Nissan also markets a version called Pulsar. Both are powered by the Holden Family II four–cylinder engine. Sedan versions of both cars follow.

• GM’s ‘SunRaycer’ wins the world’s first cross–continental solar race, run from Darwin to Adelaide. The event is a triumph in technological and marketing terms with Holden making a significant contribution to SunRaycer’s success. Racing champion John Harvey is the lead driver.

• Peter Brock, driving a Commodore, is third across the line in the James Hardie 1000 but is later declared the winner when the first and second competitors are disqualified. Although by default, it is Brock’s ninth Bathurst victory and Holden’s 13th in 20 years.

• The pending formation of a new joint venture company is announced by Holden’s Motor Company Ltd, AMI/Toyota Ltd and Toyota Manufacturing Australia Ltd. The new company is to coordinate the design, engineering and product–sharing strategies for locally–produced Holden and Toyota passenger cars, to ensure the most efficient use of existing production facilities.



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