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Posted By: Dick Johnson
Posted On: Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 1:43 PM
Holden HSV Maloo (Australia) very nice one,

The *HSV* Maloo is a performance utility that has been produced since 1990 and was based on the Holden Ute. Its distinguishing features have been high-performance V8 engines and full body kits. The name "Maloo" means "thunder" in an Aboriginal language. It is said that former HSV managing director, John Crennan, coined the name for the vehicle after reading a book on Aboriginal Australians.

In 2001, HSV introduced a higher "R8" specification. In June 2006, a regular production Z Series Maloo R8 broke the record for the world's fastest production performance pickup, at 271 km/h, (168 mph) beating the previous record holder, a Dodge Ram SRT-10 by 22 km/h.

The most powerful and developed version was the Gen-F 430 kW GTS Maloo, which was launched in November 2014. It featured GTS sedan mechanicals except for the Magnetic Ride Control suspension setup that, due to limited development opportunities, HSV left exclusively for the GTS sedan, Senator Signature and Grange. This Maloo was originally limited to 165 units, later increased to 250 plus 10 for export to New Zealand.

*Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is the officially designated performance vehicle partner of Australian marque, Holden. Established in 1987 and based in Clayton, Victoria, the company modified Holden models such as the standard wheelbase Commodore, long wheelbase Caprice and commercial Ute for domestic and export sale. Holden Special Vehicles also modified other non-Holden cars within the General Motors portfolio in low volumes.

Vehicles produced by Holden Special Vehicles have, in the main, been marketed under the HSV brand name. However, in the early years, some retailed under the Holden brand in Australia whereas most cars for export (other than in New Zealand and Singapore) retailed under different names (namely, Vauxhall and Chevrolet Special Vehicles).*

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Holden HSV Maloo (Australia) very nice one, by Dick Johnson #44911
This is a very nice looking "Ute"; especially in Parsons green. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #44911.1
Glorious GREEN does it again. (EOM) by Bruce Parsons #44911.1.1
Beautiful vehicle. I even like the color. (EOM) by Frank Kocour #44911.2

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