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#1 Posted : Friday, 15 January 2021 1:48:54 PM(UTC)
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A question for our New Zealand buddies.

GMNZ sold the first Vectra (Vectra-A) in NZ from around 1993 to 1997. Then it was replaced with the same Vectra-B (JR series) which we had in Australia.

My question is did GMNZ assign a model series to this car ? I know your second series Camira was uniquely coded JJ, so I thought that they would've used some sort of code for this Vectra.

Can anybody help me with this one.

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#2 Posted : Saturday, 16 January 2021 6:22:36 AM(UTC)
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I have had a look and it seems Vectra A was just referred to as "Opel Vectra" . I did find a bulletin that said MY92 . Handbooks just say Opel Vectra. Vectra A went to Holden branding in August 1994 and Vectra B arrived April 1996 , which changed to Aussy assembled in July 1999. Hope this helps , Mark.
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Originally Posted by: justgm Go to Quoted Post
I have had a look and it seems Vectra A was just referred to as "Opel Vectra" . I did find a bulletin that said MY92 . Handbooks just say Opel Vectra. Vectra A went to Holden branding in August 1994 and Vectra B arrived April 1996 , which changed to Aussy assembled in July 1999. Hope this helps , Mark.


Thanks for that justgm. That's how I figured it.

It just seems strange that this is the only "Holden" to not have a series code. As I said they even invented the JJ code for your Aska / Camira.

The Vectra-B in Australia was called the JR series when it was first released. Then when they went to local assembly (1998) they give it a small refresh & called it the JS series.

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Opel/Holden Vectra NZ 1992-1996 is it Vauxhall spec, not Opel?

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Opel/Holden Vectra NZ 1992-1996 is it Vauxhall spec, not Opel?


My understanding is that the Opel Ascona-C & Vauxhall Vectra-A are essentially the same car, however the Opels are LHD & the Vauxhalls are RHD, with a few minor exceptions. So we can assume that all of the NZ & Aust. Vectra are Vauxhall spec.

Also I don't believe that Vauxhall have had their own design office since the late 70s & all Vauxhalls since then have been re-badged Opels. Except the Holden Monaros & VE etc. of course.

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#6 Posted : Sunday, 17 January 2021 8:16:17 AM(UTC)
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I think you are right Terry. The FE Vauxhall was their last in house design. It was built in India into the 1990’s though but as a diesel.
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Originally Posted by: Dr Terry Go to Quoted Post
My understanding is that the Opel Ascona-C & Vauxhall Vectra-A are essentially the same car, however the Opels are LHD & the Vauxhalls are RHD, with a few minor exceptions. So we can assume that all of the NZ & Aust. Vectra are Vauxhall spec.

Opel Ascona C = Vauxhall Cavalier MK2 (J-Body)
Opel Vectra A = Vauxhall Cavalier MK3 (2900 Platform)
Opel Vectra B/C = Vauxhall Vectra

As far as I know, Vauxhall had their own trim levels and options, and probably, New Zealand received Opel-badged Vauxhalls trims and styling (but I'm not sure).


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Also I don't believe that Vauxhall have had their own design office since the late 70s & all Vauxhalls since then have been re-badged Opels. Except the Holden Monaros & VE etc. of course.

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Yes, you're right, since late 70's Vauxhalls were the British versions of Opel, Isuzu, Suzuki, HSV, Renault, FIAT and PSA. And even Lotus (VX220).

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Originally Posted by: Torana1978 Go to Quoted Post

Opel Ascona C = Vauxhall Cavalier MK2 (J-Body)
Opel Vectra A = Vauxhall Cavalier MK3 (2900 Platform)
Opel Vectra B/C = Vauxhall Vectra

As far as I know, Vauxhall had their own trim levels and options, and probably, New Zealand received Opel-badged Vauxhalls trims and styling (but I'm not sure).



Yes, you are correct, my error. Opel Ascona-C was the Cavalier Mk2 (Our Camira) & Opel Vectra-A was still badged Cavalier (Mk 3). It was Vectra-B where Opel, Vauxhall & Holden were all Vectras.

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