Holden Viva

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Holden Viva was a car for families on the go…apparently

Holden’s range has a history of being an eclectic mix of different models from the international General Motors catalogue – bar the very good locally produced range up until recently.

That mix has produced some winners, and some sore, sore losers. The Holden Viva was one of the least successful cars to wear Lion badge, the Holden Viva range consisted of a sedan, hatch and wagon, and they went on sale in 2007 and were offered as a cheaper or “budget” alternative for families on the “Go” to the European designed and made Astra range. The Astra was still more successful though, and Holden canned the Viva range in 2009, less than two years after initially going on sale.

The Viva was also sold in Australia under the Daewoo Lacetti nameplate in 2004 to 2005 but it was withdrawn from the market after Daewoo went bust and closed its Australian operations.



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