With the benefit of hindsight in 2013, Tony Hyde’s answer was shockingly optimistic. “If the VE doesn’t sell at least 6,000 cars a month, I’ll regard it as a failure,” GM Holden’s director of engineering said in April 2006 during a 4,700-mile (7,600 km) chassis-validation run across Australia. As the engineers swapped front struts, Hyde discussed the business case that led to creation of the VE. The all-new Holden was planned, designed and engineered ...

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