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Bonza Monza

arsevee

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As you've probably worked out by now, the ZB doesn't follow the long line of Commodores of which Aussies have been rightly proud, but it does have it's own lineage.

Although it's a strangely broken one...

The current Commodore / Insignia is the second generation of the Insignia - the first generation was very popular in Europe, and was even sold as an Opel In Oz during 2012 and reintroduced as a Holden Insignia from 2015.

As a measure of how poorly Holden marketed the car, I'd never heard of it until I saw the Wikipedia page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opel_Insignia

The Commodore was a separate series of vehicles sold by Opel from 1967, but the version we're familiar with, the Commodore 'C' was released in 1978 - see if it looks in any way familiar to you:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opel_Commodore

The Monza is the coupé version of the Commodore and continued in Europe after the Commodore name was dropped.

In Oz, we kept the Commodore name going and never adopted Monza. Which is kind of a pity as you can imagine the advertising slogan... :)

If you look at the older Monza designs, you'll also see something that's very familiar:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opel_Monza


The current Commodore/Insignia/Regal, although it's direct lineage is from the first generation Insignia, takes it's design language from the Monza Concept released in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show - as you can see quite clearly from the release photos - the most obvious similarity is the 'VR-X' style of the front-end and the chrome line running along the side & rear of the RS-V wagon:









 
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The series 1 Insignia front end is very VF in looks and in the version we got here the VXR 2.8L V6 turbo AWD they were a good looking well equipped car but were expensive compared to the larger VF. I don't think people realize just how much the Commodore was not an Australian car and never was. It always relied heavily on the GM world parts bin but in itself was unique.
 

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The series 1 Insignia front end is very VF in looks and in the version we got here the VXR 2.8L V6 turbo AWD they were a good looking well equipped car but were expensive compared to the larger VF. I don't think people realize just how much the Commodore was not an Australian car and never was. It always relied heavily on the GM world parts bin but in itself was unique.
Oh, yeah... now that you mention it... :)

 
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