Holden Apollo is a mid-size compact car from Australian manufacturer General Motors Holden. It was produced from 1989 to 1997 in sedan and station wagon body modifications. The Apollo model was developed in conjunction with the auto corporation Toyota, and Toyota Camry was used as a base. In the 1st generation, the car was a relabeled version of the Camry V20. In 1993, the 2nd generation of the model was released, also based on the Camry, but in the SDV10, VDV10 modifications.
Holden Apollo – a joint product of the Australian company Holden and Japanese Toyota, the car was the result of badge engineering, where the Camry model was taken as the basis.
Holden Apollo was produced in two types of bodies: sedan and station wagon. Despite the novelties of elegant appearance, improved interior design, modern additional options, the successful start of the Holden Apollo nevertheless ended in a sad finish. The company discontinued this model in 1996.
The first Apollo model was built on the basis of the Camry V20 (1986-1990), while the manufacturer did not make any changes, only the logos and the emblem on the hood were replaced. Several modifications were available to Australian consumers with a 1.8L or 2L 4-cylinder inline petrol engine and a single 2.5L V6. Either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission were available to choose from. In addition to the front-wheel drive version, an all-wheel drive model was also produced.
Depending on the version, be it SL, SLX or SLE, the cars differed in the level of equipment. At the same time, the richest version was equipped with a leather interior, alloy wheels and many other equipment, while the most budget version was relatively cheap.
The first generation Holden Apollo was produced from 1989 to 1993, having undergone a slight facelift in 1991, changing the internal designation from JK to JL.
In 1993, Holden launched the second generation Apollo, based on the generation Camry, referred to as the SDV10/VDV10. The first version is equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, while the second version was equipped with a V6. Completely new engines of 2.2 or 3.0 liters have earned fame as reliable and unpretentious units. The novelty immediately received a number of innovations, so the Apollo got ABS, cruise control and rear disc brakes, though only for the V6 model.
In 1995, the Apollo JM model was replaced by the JP, which differed from its predecessor only in small nuances in appearance, disc brakes with ABS for all models. The last Apollo rolled off the assembly line in 1996, but was in dealer showrooms before 1997.
The 2.0-liter Toyota 3S-FC carbureted engine was produced in Japan from 1986 to 1992 and was installed in the second generation V20 Camry and the Australian Holden Apollo clone. This power unit is rare. Continue reading Engine Toyota 3S-FC