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2018 Holden Astra Sportwagon LS+ review

Wagons are an increasingly rare breed these days, but the Holden Astra Sportwagon proves that you don't really 'need' an SUV.

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2018 Holden Equinox pricing and specs
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2018 Holden Equinox pricing and specs

Holden's long overdue medium SUV contender, the Equinox, is about to enter the market to take on the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, and fellow cabin-space leaders the Honda CR-V and Nissan X-Trail. Today the Lion brand announced a very competitive sub-$30,000 starting price for the entry automatic version in a bid to make up for lost time, plus a very well-specified LS+ grade at $32,990 primed to lure a number of buyers away from better-known rivals...


2018 Commodore (sort of) shortlisted for World Car of the Year
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2018 Commodore (sort of) shortlisted for World Car of the Year

The Opel Insignia, near-identical twin to the Holden Commodore, has been nominated for World Car of the Year. The replacement for the locally-built Commodore, set to arrive in dealerships in February next year, is among 35 cars nominated for the award, won by the Jaguar F-Pace last year. Previous winners also include the Mazda MX-5, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class...


2018 Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison
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2018 Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison

Every single time we mention the word Stinger on the CarAdvice website, a small smoke haze rises out of the server as the comments section descends into a chest-beating war of words. A car has never been so divisive and it's not hard to see why. The all-new Kia Stinger is encroaching on territory long held by an Australian mob in the form of the Blue Oval and red lion...


Interview: Holden Supercars driver, Garth Tander looks towards the V6 engine
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Interview: Holden Supercars driver, Garth Tander looks towards the V6 engine

The Holden V8 is no more, after manufacturing in Australia wrapped up on Friday. Holden’s involvement in the Supercars Championship will see all motorsport teams race with a twin-turbo V6 engine from 2019. Garth Tander has been racing Holden Commodores for 19 years and has the record for the most amount of years with the same manufacturer...


Interview: GM Australia Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo
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Interview: GM Australia Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo

To celebrate the history of Holden's local manufacturing, Motorclassica in Melbourne displayed a vast collection of production and concept cars, along with the 2018 Commodore. GM Australia Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo made an appearance, talking to enthusiasts while standing beside his most famous design, the Efijy...


Taking a ride in the 2017 Holden Commodore Director: And it's a daily driver!
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Taking a ride in the 2017 Holden Commodore Director: And it's a daily driver!

To mark the end of local production, Holden this year released three limited-edition Commodore models, which saw enthusiasts and investors scramble to purchase a slice of motoring history. One of those buyers was Chris Thompson from Ballarat, Victoria, who bought a Director. We were given the opportunity to take a ride in the passenger seat as Chris spoke about the car...


2017 ACT All Holden Day: the stories behind the cars
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2017 ACT All Holden Day: the stories behind the cars

The last All Holden car show of the year was held in Canberra, only weeks before Holden's local manufacturing wrapped up, with a record 275 entrants. Hosted by all Canberra-based Holden clubs, it attracted a huge variety of cars and its owners, with some making the trip from Tumit, Albury, Cooma, and Goulburn...


Interview: On the road with Richard Ferlazzo, Holden design boss
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Interview: On the road with Richard Ferlazzo, Holden design boss

As Holden winds down its Australian manufacturing operations, we take a ride with the company's design chief to see just what he - and the entire local operation - will be doing with themselves now that everything's imported...


Confused locals look on as Formula 1 cars hit the streets of Adelaide in this incredible video
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Confused locals look on as Formula 1 cars hit the streets of Adelaide in this incredible video

There aren't many places in the world you can get away with running three Formula One cars, a race-prepped superbike and a historic Touring Car through the city centre – let alone on a wet night, with stunned traffic and pedestrians looking on. But that’s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago in Adelaide, South Australia...


Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing
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Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing

Holden has paid tribute to its local manufacturing history, as the Elizabeth Plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. The final Commodore – a VF II SS V Redline – rolled off the production line at 10:45 this morning, ending 69 years worth of locally-built GM products for the Australian market...


Celebrating Holden: A podcast special
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Celebrating Holden: A podcast special

Today we bid farewell to local manufacturing for Holden, as the brand completes its transformation from manufacturer to full-line importer. To celebrate all things Holden, we've produced a special Holden podcast, where we talk to people that live and breathe the lion badge. Highlights are below, but you can find the podcast link at the bottom of this article...


Holden ends manufacturing: 161 years of local production draws to a close
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Holden ends manufacturing: 161 years of local production draws to a close

Today marks an incredibly sad day, in the history of Australian automotive manufacturing. With Ford and Toyota both ceasing local manufacturing operations last year and this year respectively, Holden is the 'last man standing', today closing the doors at Elizabeth...


The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The V8 ute!
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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The V8 ute!

s the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we'll miss about the Australian creation — the Holden Commodore. Here, we look at that most iconic of Aussie cars: the ute.


The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The lion brand's big Aussie sedan
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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The lion brand's big Aussie sedan

As the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we'll miss about the Australian creation — the Holden Commodore. Since the first Commodore rolled down the production line in 1978, Holden's modus operandi was to create a big family sedan with a big donk up front. That mantra followed all the way through to the final locally produced Commodore, the VFII...


The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: A spacious, muscly wagon
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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: A spacious, muscly wagon

As the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we'll miss about the Australian creation: the Holden Commodore. Despite SUVs now being the 'in' thing, wagons have always held a place on the Australian landscape. I'd argue that everybody has owned, or knew somebody that had, a Holden Commodore wagon in their life at some point...


The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The V8 ute!
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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The V8 ute!

As the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we'll miss about the Australian creation: the Holden Commodore. The Commodore Ute was uniquely Australian, in the sense that Australia invented the ute. Of course, while the ute was Ford's creation, Holden made it fast and go around corners...


Holden Commodore: We'll miss that properly Aussie wagon
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Holden Commodore: We'll miss that properly Aussie wagon

Despite SUVs now being the 'in thing', wagons have always held a place in the Australian landscape. I'd argue that everybody had or knew somebody that had a Holden Commodore wagon (now known as the Sportwagon) in their life at some point.


Holden Commodore: Goodbye to Australia's hero sedan
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Holden Commodore: Goodbye to Australia's hero sedan

Since the first Commodore rolled down the production line in 1978, Holden's modus operandi was to create a big family sedan with a big donk up front. Here, we say our last goodbyes.