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Australia's own limo, the Holden Caprice, is all about luxury at a value price

Holden logo7 Aug 2009

By CHRIS HARRIS

THE Holden Caprice, with its close cousin the Statesman, is Australia’s last locally-built premium long-wheelbase sedan, now that Fairlane is well out of the picture. The reason the Caprice is still carting around our dignitaries and keeping hire-car fleets stocked with local metal is that the car has relatively bountiful export sales numbers to keep the factory stamping them out. If it’s not really selling in big enough numbers to justify its existence in Australia alone, does that mean this car is really redundant in this market?
Model release date: 1 January 2009 to 1 September 2010

Previous model

Holden WM Caprice

Released: July 2006
Ended: December 2008
Family Tree: Statesman

The Holden WL Caprice was launched in August 2004 as the last facelift of the dynasty that began with the 1998 WK. The WL came with the 250kW/470Nm Gen III 5.7-litre V8 linked to a four-speed auto and then in January 2006 the 260kW/510Nm Gen IV 6.0-litre V8 was introduced, together with a more refined ABS and the fitment of stability control.

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