The Western Lines

October 18, 2007

The Torana is Born Again!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:59 pm

Torana TT36

Something to bring out the petrol-head within:

Born-again Torana ready to rev up Holden fans

By Stephen Ottley

October 19, 2007 01:00am

Article from: Herald Sun

A BORN-AGAIN Holden Torana could be on the way, but you will have to wait.

The new General Motors car, with its roots in the Torana and a mechanical package developed from the VE Commodore, will be rear-wheel-drive like the Commodore, but smaller and with a lot linking it to the Torana TT36 concept seen at the 2004 Sydney Motor Show.

The new car – probably to be called the Pontiac G6 and possibly on the road by 2011, was first floated by former GM Holden boss Peter Hanenberger, who believed it the right vehicle to give GM a prestige rival to the BMW 3-Series.

Development is under way and General Motors vice-president of product development Bob Lutz confirms details first leaked through America’s powerful United Automobile Workers (UAW) union.

Mr Lutz, speaking during a visit to Melbourne to check on technical work at Fisherman’s Bend, says the compact will be in production within five years.

The UAW has already revealed the car will be built at a factory at Lordstown, Ohio, and developed from the “Global Alpha” mechanical platform.

Mr Lutz says the Torana TT36 is a good pointer to the newcomer.

“That’s about the size we’re looking at, but that wasn’t completely worked out,” he says.

“That was a sort of truncated Commodore component in that.”…….

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