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The Holden Statesman is an automobile which wis produced bi Holden in Australie frae 1990 tae September 2010. The similar Holden Caprice, which wis awso introduced in 1990, continues in production. Atween 1971 an 1984, Holden marketit their lang-wheelbase sedans unner the Statesman marque. The Statesman an Caprice are essentially lang-wheelbase variants o the Commodore range, an as o 2006, are the lairgest rear-wheel drive sedans affered bi GM. Internaitionally, Statesmans an Caprices are sauld as the Bitter Vero, Buick Park Avenue, the Chevrolet Caprice an the Daewoo Veritas. Previously, Statesmans hae been badged as the Buick Royaum an Daewoo Statesman.

The main difference atween the Statesman an the Caprice lies athin their equipment packages; Caprices are commonly pouered bi V8 ingines rather than V6s, an whilst they mey be thought o as fully specified versions o their Statesman siblings, the twa wur separate Holden models bi this period. Appearance wise, Caprices can be distinguisht bi their unique interior an exterior trim such as the grille. Traditionally, the Statesman alang wi the Caprice hae been direct rivals tae the Ford Fairlane an LTD correspondingly. Housomeivver, the 2008 discontinuation o the Fairlane an LTD haes ceased such traditions.

In 2010, Holden made the decision tae discontinue the Statesman nameplate, instead reducin the price o the upmarket V6 Caprice an fillin the gap ance occupied bi the Statesman.[1]

Statesman (HQ–WB; 1971–1984)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main airticle: Statesman (automobile)
1980–1983 Statesman WB Caprice

It was the right car at the wrong time. A few years later people woke up to the fact that the WB was one of the best big Holdens of all time, and the values of used examples took off with a lion’s roar.

Tony Davis and John Wright, 1994.[2]

Prior tae the introduction o the Holden Statesman a Caprice models in 1990, Holden marketit its lang-wheelbase range through a separate Statesman marque, absent o aw "Holden" brandin.[3][4] These original vehicles, wur sauld through the General Motors-Holden's dealership channel, an wur based on the mainstream Kingswood/Premier range, affering mair luxury, additional length, an stylin tae differentiate it frae the smawer donor caurs.[5] The first o such caurs wur introduced in 1971 as the HQ series Statesman, replacin the short-lived Holden Brougham.[6] Subsequent HJ, HX an HZ models wur updates tae the original HQ bodywirk,[7] as wis the final WB series which introduced a new sax-windae glasshoose.[8] WB representit the maist significant update yet, wi ae the front doors an bonnet common wi the HZ sheetmetal.[9] Notwithstandin these alterations, the WB fell short o great market success, that is, till 1984 when production cessation wis annoonced, generatin a rapid sales ascent. For Holden, the decision haed been made—the line’s discontinuance wis perpetual.[10]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Mathioudakis, Byron (2010-08-31). "Holden kills off Statesman". GoAuto.com.au. Mellor. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  2. Davis, Wright (1994), p. 9.
  3. Luck (1971), p. 62.
  4. Wright (1998), p. 336. "Back in 1971 when the HQ Statesman was launched, the name Holden was not even applied. Ridiculously, GM-H’s marketing people wanted to convince the public that somehow 'Statesman' was a marque rather than a model."
  5. Wright (1998), p. 209. "...although the ineffective Brougham luxury model was replaced by the Statesman, which used a longer wheelbase and featured styling that set it more clearly apart from the smaller models."
  6. Bebbington (1998), p. 40. "The all-new HQ series Holden was GM-H’s most important new model range to date. [...] The Brougham was replaced by the all-new Statesman...".
  7. Bebbington (1998), p. 52. "GM-H [...] released the HZ series in October 1977, this being the fourth version of the HQ/HJ/HX body style."
  8. Robinson (1980), p. 25. "...the WB has gained an extra windows in the C-pillar...".
  9. Bebbington (1998), p. 56. "[WB] Statesmans were more than minor facelift of the HZ. They had virtually all-new exterior sheetmetal, with only the front doors and bonnet carrying over from their predecessors."
  10. Davis, Wright (1994), p. 10–11. "...the days of the big Holden were short numbered. Late in 1984 GM-H announced it was vacating the big car field... Incredibly, sales of Statesman were on the rapid ascendent when production was stopped in 1984. However, GM-H was already irreversibly locked into the decision to discontinue the model line."