Holden Waves Goodbye to Monaro
Holden Monaro CV8-Z
Colour-coded interior highlights are a nice touch
Holden has announced that it's celebrated coupe
- the Monaro - will cease production later this
year in order to ensure "ongoing demand for
used Monaros, keeping resale values high and protecting
its deserved reputation as a classic," according
to Alan Blazevic from Holden.
Furthermore, Holden is currently adding the finishing
touches to the all-new VE Commodore due in 2006,
and with all resources flowing to the new Commodore,
the Monaro's update will have to wait.
The chances of a new Monaro in 2007 are good,
and GM Holden's main man, Denny Mooney, was eager
to express his view of the car's importance: "Monaro
means too much to Holden to not have another Monaro
at some time in the future."
Here's some Holden V8 Monaro road test for those
interested as well:
VY Monaro CV8 (2003)
VZ Monaro CV8 (2004)
- Feann Torr, Editor
Specialised 18-inch wheels and black bonnet scoops
combine with the new Fusion colour to great effect
Powered by a 5.7-litre V8, the Monaro
CV8-Z cranks out 260kW @ 5600rpm
21/7/2005 - Australia's undisputed 21st Century sports
car hero and international ambassador, the Holden Monaro,
will be farewelled later this year.
Holden will next month release a striking special edition,
Monaro CV8-Z (click here to go straight
to the CV8-Z specs), as the final chapter in a remarkable
success story in Australian automotive history and cement
Monaros reputation as a performance car collectable
The modern Monaro, a reincarnation of the 1960s and 1970s
performance leader, has captured the Australian publics
imagination and beaten all comers as the nations best
selling sports car for the past three years.
The coupe has also become an international car, selling in
the United States, United Kingdom, Middle East and New Zealand
under various brands and appearing in movies and television
Holden will this month sell its 40,000th coupe representing
the brands of Holden, Holden Special Vehicles, Pontiac, Vauxhall,
Vauxhall VXR or Chevrolet around the globe. GM Holden chairman
and managing director, Denny Mooney, today said the Monaro
had been an iconic car for Australias icon car company.
He said Monaro could only be farewelled with a special edition
pack to ensure the nameplate left the marketplace on a suitable
"The new generation Monaro has been an absolute winner
in Australia - a hands-down winner in the sports car market.
It has been the flagship of our performance car range and
the standard for others to match," he said.
"Monaro has really strengthened Holdens position
in the global automotive business. It reinforced this companys
design, engineering and manufacturing reputation which was
reflected in our record company exports of more than 52,000
"Our coupe has worn four GM brands on four continents
and sold almost six times as many cars as were first planned.
Of the 40,000 coupes we have built, about three-quarters were
"But most of all, Monaro ignited something deep within
the Australian car culture and made people think about locally
built performance cars as capable of competing with anything
in the world from the value perspective.
"Its important that we deliver a special edition
VZ Monaro which keeps the coupe amongst the most collectable
modern Australian cars into future years."
Mr Mooney said GM Holden continued to investigate options
for a next generation coupe with other divisions of General
Motors: "Everyone at Holden is certainly committed to
delivering a new generation Monaro in the future but there
is still a lot of work to make that happen. Were looking
at a number of options to ensure Holden continues to set the
standard when it comes to performance coupes in the future.
"Monaro means too much to Holden to not have another
Monaro at some time in the future."
Holden Monaro CV8-Z
The CV8-Z declares its presence with an all-new Holden color
called Fusion, extending the palette of hero colours for which
the company has become renowned. Fusion is an orange-based
metallic delivering sharp gold highlights through to darker
Exterior features include factory fitted Holden By Design
sunroof, black bonnet scoop accents, machined 18-inch five-spoke
alloy wheels with one spoke embossed with the CV8-Z logo,
modified rear lamps and unique gun metal chrome CV8-Z badging
on the rear.
Buyers choosing Fusion or Holdens signature black Phantom
color will receive a Fusion coloured instrument cluster and
Fusion highlighted leather trim. Three other combinations
will be offered Quicksilver, the chromatic teal blue
mica Turismo and the bold Devil Yellow with anthracite leather
and colour-matched instrument cluster.
Holden marketing manager for large cars, Alan Blazevic, said
the CV8-Z would be a wake-up call to Monaro fans who had not
yet bought the new generation coupe, as well as a temptation
for existing Monaro owners considering an upgrade. He said
CV8-Z would sell for $60,490, the same recommended retail
price as VZ Monaro.
Sales would commence in early August with planned production
of 1200 units.
"There is no question that the more aggressive, more
powerful VZ Monaro has struck a new chord with coupe buyers
as sales are running in line with last year," Mr Blazevic
"The CV8-Z treatment takes a great coupe and makes it
even better. Its a fitting way to celebrate Monaros
success and we expect it to be an extremely popular end to
the current generation. Managing the life cycle ensures strong
ongoing demand for used Monaros, keeping resale values high
and protecting its deserved reputation as a classic,"
Introduced in October 2001, the new generation Monaro was
coded V2 at launch. Holden delivered model upgrades as the
V2 Series II (2002) and Series III (2003) before the more
aggressive VZ Monaro was launched last year.
The current series has the distinction of being the most
powerful production Holden ever released at 260 kilowatts
of peak power and 500 Newton metres of peak torque. Mr Blazevic
said the decision to complete the latest Monaro chapter applied
only to the Australian and New Zealand markets. HSV and the
various export markets would make announcements in due course
regarding their programs.
Holden Monaro A Muscle Car By Any Other Name...
Australia: Holden Monaro
Launched: October 2001
The new millennium Monaro was sensationally unveiled as an
un-named concept at the Sydney International Motor Show in
1998, created as a skunkworks project by Holden
designers led by then Design Director Mike Simcoe. The coupe
made the transition from concept to Monaro reality in just
22 months and was shown as a production vehicle at Sydney
in October 2001 before being sent to showrooms.
Embracing advanced design, engineering and flexible manufacturing
processes, it showcased Holden's commitment to technological
and creative leadership. The Monaro was fully designed and
validated 'virtually', using Simultaneous Math Based Process
(SMBP) technology, considerably reducing turn-around time
and expense. Monaro was released with V8 and Supercharged
V6 performance, with the V6 model discontinued in 2003.
New Zealand: Holden Monaro
Launched: February 2002
New Zealand followed the Australian lead and introduced Monaro
as part of a full-range Holden offering, included as part
of GM Holdens export program to that country. Similar
interest around the vehicle followed. Despite not having the
same heritage around the marque as Australia, demand exceeded
supply for Monaro for the first eighteen months it was available.
With a strong V8 Supercar following in New Zealand, the Monaro
symbolised everything that a performance orientated buyer
was looking for and was unmatched in the local market.
Middle East: Chevrolet SS Lumina Coupe (LHD)
Launched: February 2003
The Chevrolet SS Lumina Coupe injected even more excitement
in the Chevrolet brand across the Middle East. The coupe was
positioned as an extension of the Holden-sourced Lumina range,
already including several Commodore variants. It particularly
appealed to young locals and expatriates in the United Arab
Emirates and added to Chevrolets performance credibility
in the Middle East alongside an American performance car legend,
the Corvette. The vehicle was offered with a 5.7L V8 (SS Coupe)
or 3.8L V6 (S Coupe). The V8 was the overwhelming favourite
and the V6 was withdrawn from market in mid-2004.
United States: Pontiac GTO (LHD)
Launched: December 2003
Holdens performance car icon also became the reincarnation
of an American legend, the Pontiac GTO. GMs Chairman
for North America and Vice-Chairman for product development,
Bob Lutz, requested during a February 2002 visit for Holden
to deliver the car as a Pontiac. The new generation Goat
was unveiled as the hero of the Los Angeles Auto Show in January
2003 and released in late 2003 as a 2004 model.
The GTO was offered with a 5.7L V8 engine shared with Chevrolet
Corvette. Modifications were required to meet or exceed mandatory
US legal requirements, environmental conditions and design
cues for Pontiac. A 6.0L, 298kW engine and more aggressive
styling were introduced for the 2005 model.
United Kingdom: Vauxhall Monaro (RHD)
Launched: March 2004
Vauxhall chief Kevin Wale, a former Holden executive, secured
an agreement to import the Monaro under the Vauxhall badge
along with a smaller program to introduce the Vauxhall VXR
performance brand using HSV GTO coupes. The British embraced
the concept of an affordable, high output Aussie coupe along
with all the Australian jokes they could find. Notably, UK
title Top Gear named Monaro Best Muscle Car for
2005 with high profile TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson declaring
his love for the car.