Posted: May 27, 2010 9:13 am
by Scot Dutchy
Paul G wrote:
amyonyango wrote:So why the Opal thing for Europe? Do you know?


It's Holden for Oz aswell.


Just historical. GM bought over both plants and at the of the '70's introduced the Vauxhall Astra which was known here as the Opal Kadett. The same car just the steering wheel difference.
This carried on up today and the same applies to Ozland where Holden were joined up to Vauxhall.
Here is the entry in Wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vauxhall_Motors

An interesting read.

BTW it was the same for Rootes. They exported the Hillman to Europe but called it a Sunbeam strangely enough.