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Epica hits Oz as Holden's mid-sized answer to Toyota's all-conquering Camry sedan
30 Apr 2007
By CHRIS HARRIS
GM Holden is heading down a different path with the new Epica sedan. The new South Korean-sourced mid-sized model replaces the European premium Vectra. Holden is confident the Epica will prove to be more successful than the slow-selling Vectra with a sales pitch based largely on value and comfort rather than style and driving pleasure. An upgraded version of the Daewoo Magnus, the Epica is a six-cylinder-only model that is aimed at competent rivals including the Toyota Camry, Mazda6 and Subaru Liberty.
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Holden VectraReleased: March 2003
Ended: December 2006
Family Tree: Epica
Europe's Opel-built Vectra was the last mid-sized vehicle sold in Australia by Holden. The latest ZC-series model was launched here in March 2003 in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback bodystyles. As with Epica, the range comprised base CD, mid-spec (hatch-only) CDX and flagship CDXi variants. The CD was powered by GM's 108kW/203Nm 2.2-litre DOHC four-cylinder, while CDX and CDXi variants scored a 155kW/300Nm 3.2-litre DOHC V6 - also mated to five-speed manual and automatic transmissions. High pricing between $34,000 and $50,000 saw sales slow to a trickle by 2006.
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