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    Chevrolet Kommando (HQ) 1971-1974

    Until the late 1960s, the Kingswood and Premier were sold in South Africa as Holdens, before the demise of Canadian-sourced Chevrolet Impala and Chevelle, which led to the introduction of the Chevrolet Kommando and Chevrolet Constantia, which were based on the HG, and later HQ Kingswoods using either Holden's 202-cubic-inch (3.3 L) six, 308-cubic-inch (5.0 L) V8 or Chevrolet 250-cubic-inch (4.1 L) six. The Constantia name was in reference to the grand wine estate in the Cape "Groot Constantia", with its world famous gabled Cape-Dutch homestead featuring as the model's emblem, while Kommando referred to the commando squads employed by the Boer forces during the Anglo-Boer War, or South African War.

    In 1971, following the introduction of the all-new HQ model and the dropping of the Holden brand in South Africa, the Holden utility became known as the Chevrolet El Camino. Between 1974 and 1978, the one-tonne utility sold as the Chevrolet El Torro. Also in 1971, the Holden Monaro was made available locally as the Chevrolet SS. In South Africa during 1976, updated models were introduced, again as a Kommando with the 250-cubic-inch (4.1 L) straight-six, Constantia with the 250 and 308-cubic-inch (5.0 L) V8, and the Caprice Classic, also with the 308. In 1979 the Holden-sourced models were replaced by Chevrolet-badged versions of the Opel Rekord, Commodore (similar to Holden's own VB Commodore) and Senator. It would not be until 2001 that a Holden-sourced Chevrolet, the Lumina, was sold in South Africa.

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    Geez, which marketeer genius came up with that tag line. 'Chevy Kommando. It's perfectly adequate!' 'Chevy Kommando. It'll do.' 'Chevy Kommando. It's.. fine, I guess.'
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    I'm not sure the tag line is entirely accurate if you are expecting Ferrari-levels of performance, coupled with Rolls-Royce-like luxury, Lotus-levels of handling, CitroŽn-levels of ride comfort and Lada price tag.

    So maybe, just maybe if South African's expectations were that high, it was good way of selling a car.

    Or something.
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    There was also a Ute version of this car called the El Camino. The half-tonner was named El Toro.

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