The Holden Gemini was unstoppable…apparently
Back in the 1970s and all the way through the up until the early 1980s, Holden’s contribution to the small car market was the Gemini. Initially released back in 1975 and based on the Japanese-engineered Isuzu Gemini. Across its lengthy lifecycle, the Gemini was offered in two and four doors, and power was sent to the rear wheels. And, unbelievably, up until 1984 the Gemini was made in Holden’s factory in Acacia Ridge, in Queensland.
After 1984, the Queensland plant was closed and production was shifted to Elizabeth in South Australia, the same factory that made the Commodore up until 2017.
Holden used the Gemini’s reliability as one of its key marketing points. So much so, in 1984 they put a Gemini around Holden’s Lang Lang Proving Ground for 24 hours a day for 60 days straight.
The Gemini was discontinued in 1986 due to dwindling sales.