Caught in the wraps
Readers are quick with their phones
FAST-SHOOTING Carsguide readers are opening a new window on future cars for Australia.
The Commodore VF, Holden Colorado 7 and Opel Astra GTC have all been caught on camera in recent weeks during test runs.
The hottest hit was scored by Ben Williams, who shot the camouflaged Commodore with a group of current cars and – surprisingly – a full-size Dodge.
‘‘ I saw the car in country Victoria. It was with a group of Commodores. There was also an American car,’’ he says.
The Colorado 7, which plugs a giant gap in Holden’s SUV line-up later this year, was caught wearing a different style of disguise in a Melbourne car park by Jon Walker.
‘‘ I saw this car at my local shopping centre car park. I think it’s a new SUV for Holden,’’ Walker says.
Holden has already announced preliminary details on the car, which is based on the Chevrolet Trailblazer. It will be the first full-size SUV for the brand in almost a decade. ‘‘ Australians are buying more SUVS than ever before,’’ says Holden sales and marketing chief John Elsworth.
‘‘ The Colorado 7 will be a perfect fit for customers looking for the increased packaging flexibility and lifestyle benefits of clever interior storage, seven seats and rugged off-road performance.’’
But there is nothing yet on specification or pricing.
Mathieu Lewis knows what he got from just a quick glimpse at a speedy yellow coupe. ‘‘ I spotted the new Opel Astra GTC on Punt Road in Melbourne. It’s a rough photo. I managed to get it through the mirror,’’ Lewis says.
Opel has no details yet on its sales plan for the hot hatch but is surprisingly happy it has been snapped.
‘‘ Yes, it is one of our GTCS, the very first to arrive in the country,’’ says Opel Australia spokeswoman Michelle Lang. ‘‘ I’m not surprised it was spotted – it’s a head-turner.’’