Feb 2007 Update: Details of the Holden Epica are available here
It seems like Holden hasn't learnt much from its mistakes with the Daewoo sourced Holden Barina selling rather miserably given its 2 star safety rating and the obvious "stick a Holden badge and re-release" attitude that Holden took to selling the car. And in a truly Holden-like fashion, the old General has again turned to South Korea, this time to replace the Holden Vectra.
So what is Holden replacing the Vectra with? Well, what else but the Daewoo Tosca sedan for a currently speculated $24,990 AUD. Look at it! It looks like Holden went back in time to 2001 and stole a car design and brought it back with them. The mid-sized sedan, will be called the Holden Epica and it will become GM Holden's fourth Daewoo-sourced model to be sold as a Holden, following the Barina baby car, Viva small car and Captiva all-wheel-drive wagon.
Currenly Holden is tight-lipped about the whole deal as information regarding the Epica wasn't even meant to be released. Nonetheless the internet is a beautiful thing. Holden has never sold too many Vectra's and although the car looks outstanding (at least from a personal perspective) Holden holds better hopes for the Daewoo built vehicle.
Holden will sell the Epica with a choice of a 2.0-litre V6 (104kW) and a 2.5-litre V6 (115kw). The Current vectra's power range is from 108kW for the 4 cylinder and 158kW for the V6 variant. The Epica will be front-wheel drive (cringe) and will be mated to either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic.
Unconfirmed fuel economy figures put the Epica's 2.0 engine at 8.2 litres/100km for higihway/city. The diesel variant is set for Europe and currently Holden seems to have no plans to bring it down under. The Holden Epica might sound good to Holden but it makes me wonder how well it would do against the likes the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Magentis, Mazda6 and Honda Accord.
The standard features for the Holden Epica should include
- alloy wheels
- anti-skid brakes
- dual airbags
- traction control
- electric windows
- cruise control
Expect to see Holden's new Epica at the Australian Motor Show in Sydney in October.