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Holden was started back 1856 as a saddlery business in South Australia. Holden designs, builds and sells vehicles such as the Commodore, Barina & Cruze to the world and particularly in Australia where it has 300+ dealers. Holden is based in Port Melbourne and makes use of an engine manufacturing plant in Victoria plus a vehicle manufacturing operation located in Adelaide South Australia.
Holden Ute Review : SS Storm
  • Torquey and flexible V8 engine; divine steering and balance; smart and intuitive technology; highly convincing value proposition
  • Big capacity engine has equally big thirst; noisy manual shifts; muted V8 note; some interior let downs; the Holden Ute’s end is nigh

OUR RATING
8.5 / 10

Price $39,990 ANCAP Rating
10

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Holden Ute Review : SS Storm

Combining additional equipment with monstrous V8 pep, the latest Holden Ute SS Storm special edition is sure to signal a sales flood...

Recent Holden News & Reviews
Holden embraces its feminine side

Holden embraces its feminine side

A lot has changed since the 1970’s. For Holden, gone are the days of the Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars jingle, and Torana and Gemini are no longer in the showrooms. Women have changed the automotive industry, and I didn’t realise the extent of it until recently when I was invited to attend Holden’s SUV media breakfast, held at The Grounds in Alexandria and hosted by Melissa Doyle...


Holden Trax MyLink demonstration
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Holden Trax MyLink demonstration

James Ward jumps in the Holden Trax to demonstrate the local car maker’s MyLink infotainment system. As well as controlling your phone and audio, the MyLink touchscreen can connect to internet applications and even let you watch a movie.


Opel not planning Dacia rival, will make sub-Adam vehicle
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Opel not planning Dacia rival, will make sub-Adam vehicle

A day after General Motors announced that it was consolidating its European operations under Opel, its boss has clarified the company's position on producing a rival to low cost brands, such as Dacia and Datsun. After GM's announcement that it had moved all of its European operations, including Chevrolet in Russia, to the recently created Opel Group, rumours began to swirl that Opel was planning a low-cost rival to the Dacia range...


Chevrolet SS confirmed to gain manual option, magnetic ride suspension and new colours
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Chevrolet SS confirmed to gain manual option, magnetic ride suspension and new colours

The Australian-made Holden Commodore model that is exported to the US as the Chevrolet SS is about to get a number of new options. Sections of a fleet order sheet published on US site Jalopnik confirms CarAdvice's previous report that the Chevrolet SS will gain a manual transmission option, as well as HSV's magnetic ride control system...


2014 Holden Caprice V Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2014 Holden Caprice V Review

The Holden Caprice V offers maximum space and luxury for minimum money, but the Hyundai Genesis looms...

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$59,990

Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes Special Edition tipped for October
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Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes Special Edition tipped for October

A special edition Holden Commodore celebrating 20 years since three-time V8 Supercars champion Craig Lowndes first drove for the local lion is expected to launch just in time for this year's Bathurst 1000. Publicised early on a Holden dealer's Facebook page, the Special Edition Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore is yet to be officially announced by Holden, but we understand it will be based on the existing SS V Redline...


Holden Caprice V Self Parking
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Holden Caprice V Self Parking

Ever wanted to see how automated parking actually works? Mike Costello lets Holden's largest sedan, the 6.0-litre V8-powered Holden Caprice V, park itself.


Holden Captiva 7 Review: LT 3.0-litre V6 petrol
Rating: 6.510 /10
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Holden Captiva 7 Review: LT 3.0-litre V6 petrol

It's one of Australia's most popular SUVs - Matt Campbell reviews the Holden Captiva 7.

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$34,990

Holden offers five-year warranty, three-year free servicing on cars sold in July
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Holden offers five-year warranty, three-year free servicing on cars sold in July

Holden is offering a five-year warranty and three years of free servicing for all cars sold and delivered during July. According to Holden, the free servicing deal covers the first three years or 60,000km of the car's life, whichever comes first, and is valid for the first four scheduled standard services...


Holden Commodore Review : SS Storm
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Holden Commodore Review : SS Storm

Calm after the local manufacturing closure Storm brings a new Holden Commodore limited edition.

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$45,190

Holden records best sales in three years
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Holden records best sales in three years

Holden enjoyed its best sales in three years last month on the back of aggressive end of financial year offers and its continuing growth against the tide of the market. Preliminary figures reveal June sales of 12,332 vehicles for Holden – its highest total since June 2011 when it delivered 12,827 cars. June was also Holden’s 10th consecutive month outperforming the market average...


Holden design chief says studio is "flat out" with projects
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Holden design chief says studio is "flat out" with projects

Holden design director Richard Ferlazzo says the company’s Port Melbourne studio is running at capacity with its current staff levels, having been assigned plentiful development work within the wider General Motors empire...


Holden Cruze under investigation following US stop-sale for faulty airbags
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Holden Cruze under investigation following US stop-sale for faulty airbags

The Australian-made Holden Cruze may be affected by faulty airbag module that has forced General Motors in North America to stop selling the Chevrolet Cruze. The problem that has forced General Motors to issue a stop-sale notice for the Chevrolet Cruze is a "suspect driver's airbag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part", according to spokesman Jim Cain...


Chevrolet Cruze cabin revealed
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Chevrolet Cruze cabin revealed

General Motors has released the first official image of the cabin of the new-generation 2015 Chevrolet Cruze, though it will be years before any such design is seen in Australia.  The image seen here is taken from the Chinese-market Cruze, the exterior of which was premiered at the 2014 Beijing motor show in April...


Next Holden Astra spied at the Nurburgring
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Next Holden Astra spied at the Nurburgring

The next-generation 2015 Holden Astra, a car critical to the Lion-badged brand’s bold plan to usurp Toyota at the top of the Australian sales charts by 2020, has been caught once again by our spy photographers in Europe.  The car seen here is the Opel version in heavy disguise, preparing for high-speed testing in its native Germany at the Nürburgring ahead of its expected premiere at the Paris motor show this October...


Holden VE, VF Commodore and WM, WN Caprice models recalled
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Holden VE, VF Commodore and WM, WN Caprice models recalled

A second recall for the Holden VF Commodore and WN Caprice in the space of a month has been announced, with the latest problem centred around the car's windscreen wipers. The recall involves both the newer VF Commodore and WN Caprice models and the previous-generation VE Commodore and WM Caprice, with the vehicles affected having been built between 27 February 2013 and 31 October 2013...


Chevrolet Volt owners want more space, sharper pricing
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Chevrolet Volt owners want more space, sharper pricing

General Motors is busy working on the second-generation Volt plug-in hybrid due around 2015/16, a car its US customers are reportedly hoping will have five seats (rather than four), a longer electric range and a sharper starting price. The customer wish list, reported by US industry journal Automotive News, was revealed around the same time as GM released findings from a 30-month study into the performance of 300 Volts in the real world...


Holden Trax range to get turbo boost
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Holden Trax range to get turbo boost

The Holden Trax will be given a boost to its sales potential with the addition of a new 1.4 turbocharged petrol version. Holden’s baby SUV has been sold in just one variant since its launch in August 2013, powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to either a manual or automatic transmission...


Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon v Skoda Octavia RS : Comparison review
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Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon v Skoda Octavia RS : Comparison review

Traditional family wagons are almost a niche product these days, given how few are sold compared with SUV models of varied sizes. The Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon and Skoda Octavia RS are here for the SUV-rejectors, however. Each is priced close to $40,000 and aim to rival high-riding faux-offroaders for practicality then trounce them for driving enjoyment...


Holden offers driveaway pricing, half-price V8 and V-Series upgrades
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Holden offers driveaway pricing, half-price V8 and V-Series upgrades

Holden is offering driveaway pricing across most models in its line-up and half-price deals on sporty Commodore V8 and V-Series variants. Holden's end of financial year campaign, which runs until June 30, includes deals on selected Cruze, Malibu, Commodore, Trax, Captiva and Colorado variants. The Cruze Equipe is available from $19,990 driveaway and the larger Malibu CD from $27,990 driveaway...


Holden Calais Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Holden Calais Review

A year following its introduction, is the VF generation Holden Calais still a worthy entry-level luxury car?

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$39,990

Holden Commodore, Caprice: 40,000 cars recalled over potential wiring fault
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Holden Commodore, Caprice: 40,000 cars recalled over potential wiring fault

Holden has recalled more than 40,000 Commodore and Caprice models after detecting a potential safety issue with the vehicles’ seats. The recall affects all 2014 model year VF Commodore and WN Caprice models, numbering 41,933 in total, and relates to the vehicles’ four-, six- and eight-way adjustable front seats...


Holden Colorado gets Walkinshaw upgrades
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Holden Colorado gets Walkinshaw upgrades

Walkinshaw Automotive has released two styling and suspension enhancement packages for the Holden Colorado ute. The Walkinshaw Colorado Xtreme High Rider features a ride height raised by 50mm at the front and 15mm at the rear, while the Xtreme Low Rider is lowered by 30mm at the rear...


Holden builds millionth High Feature V6 engine
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Holden builds millionth High Feature V6 engine

The millionth High Feature V6 has rolled off the production line at Holden’s Engine Operations (HEO) plant at Fishermans Bend in Port Melbourne. The milestone coincides with another landmark, with Holden celebrating 11 years since the first HFV6 was produced at the Victorian facility in 2003. The millionth engine – a 3...


Holden records biggest ever loss - $553.8 million in 2013
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Holden records biggest ever loss - $553.8 million in 2013

Holden has recorded its biggest ever financial loss in the wake of its announcement that it would cease local manufacturing. The Australian arm of General Motors recorded a net loss after tax of $553.8 million in calendar year 2013, with enormous one-off costs incurred following the announcement the brand intended to stop manufacturing its cars by the end of 2017...


Holden Malibu: week with Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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Holden Malibu: week with Review

James Ward spends the week on the road in the middle of the road - in the mid-size Holden Malibu CDX

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$31,990

Holden Cruze Z-Series introduced
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Holden Cruze Z-Series introduced

With sales of the Holden Cruze down 22 percent so far in 2014, Holden is introducing two new variants to its small car line-up in or to boost its value for money proposition. Outsold by the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30, the fourth-ranking and locally-produced Holden Cruze will see the introduction of the Z-Series model sedan and SRi Z-Series sedan and hatch...


Holden's new Opel models "an important first step ... one of many more to come"
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Holden's new Opel models "an important first step ... one of many more to come"

Holden may have announced it would add the Astra, Cascada and Insignia to its line-up, but don't expect those to be the only new models to be added by the local maker in the coming months and years...


Holden Astra and Cascada Convertible: Opel's Return
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Holden Astra and Cascada Convertible: Opel's Return

Holden has today announced it will add a number of new models to its line-up, including its own versions of the Opel Cascada, the Opel Astra GTC three-door, Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch and Opel Insignia OPC performance sedan.