Caught in the wraps

Readers are quick with their phones

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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.’’

Paul Gover

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