AnswerID: 489855 Submitted: Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 12:40
You surely didn't believe that Holden was "Australian" did you?
When Crummydoors were introduced as the the next all Australian design way back in the 70"s most Aussies just believed it, but almost exactly the same car had been in use in Germany for 10 years prior. It wasn't our design at all. We just fitted it with locally made inferior electrics, switch gear and engine. We just used a different engine.
While many car makers look around. Oldhen has always picked the cheapest option they can get away with. Cars from Spain, Taiwan, etc etc.
Why have most Oldhens gone from the road before the Japanese cars made at the same time just start blowing tail light globes?
It doesn't matter what car they have as the next model the profits have always gone off shore to Yankee Land. The car industry we have here is just enough to stagger along and designed to bleed the country dry. They don't care about us
PS. most companies do the same. Ford too.
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Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 12:59
Allan B (Member, SunCoast) posted:
, I had believed that there was some Australian influence in the design of the first Holdens but it would appear now to be not so.
Despite your cynicism, the early Holdens did a fair job. I hammered an FJ ute around the Woomera
tracks in 1954/55 until they decided that I should have a Landrover which I felt to be far inferior.
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Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 13:04
Hairy (WA) posted:
So what do all the hundreds of GMH workers actually do, nothing?
I thought Holden have been building cars in Australia
for years..... I thought vehicles like the ute were built in Australia
for Australian conditions?
"Crummydoors" How many have been made and how long have they been produced for?.........jeez there must be a hell of a lot of stupid people in Australia
And all those years Ive been following the V8 supercars.......I feel used!
Bugger......must of just imagined it all. LOL
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Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 13:08
Member - Redbakk (WA) posted:
Forgot to take his medicine today, perhaps.
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Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 14:02
Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) posted:
I think he is saying the Aussie "Red Motor" is inferior to the German "Opel" engine of the time. Bwa ha ha ha.
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Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 14:54
Hairy (WA) posted:
Yeah... those opals were a great example of German engineering excellence! LOL
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Sunday, Jul 01, 2012 at 16:21
Ross M posted:
Most vehicles of the time were used to get around OZ. Austins too.
The Opal engine wasn't much either. But is basically GMH Germany, doing the same to Germans as they do to us.
The Commodore was raced around Australia
and each car, to maintain reliability of the front end had all suspension
replaced every night. 11 days I think and every car used every spare suspension
. That is 33 sets of suspension
in 11 days for 3 cars. Friend of mine worked on the vehicles, he was very disillusioned.
Peugeot also raced at the same time and suffered one flat tyre only. Its suspension
lasted and didn't need replacing.
Ever seen the suspension
compliance and travel on a Peugeot compared to a Commodore of the time?
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Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:45
GT Campers posted:
What Holden was/is made inTaiwan, Ross
? My old HQ Holden is still cruising the streets of Sydney
, 13 years after I cosmetically restored it.. when it was already 25+ years old.. what was that about tail light globes?
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