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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 Reviews

2016 Holden Barina CDX Review

Mildly updated for the 2016 model year, the mid-spec Holden Barina CDX hatch still faces some stiff competition...

2015 Holden Trax LTZ Review : Long-term report three

Saying goodbye is never easy, but the time has come to bid farewell to CarAdvice Melbourne's long-term Holden Trax LTZ...

2015 Holden Commodore SS V Review : Craig Lowndes Special Edition

Craig Lowndes has notched up his 100th V8 Supercars victory, but the latest special edition Holden Commodore to wear his name isn't quite as sweet...

2015 Holden Insignia VXR Review

It's back — this time it wears a Holden badge. The Holden Insignia VXR marks one of the raft of new vehicles being launched in Australia by Holden over the coming years.

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Holden Videos

How does all-wheel drive work? All-wheel drive demonstration on snow

Read the article here. All-wheel drive is an integral part of many modern sports cars. Adaptive all-wheel drive in the Holden Insignia VXR works by shuffling torque between the front and rear axles and between the two rear wheels. In this demonstration, we joined V8 Supercars driver James Courtney and setup an ice handling circuit to see what the difference is between a front-wheel drive car and an all-wheel drive car...

2016 Holden Insignia VXR Review

Holden's huge product onslaught has just commenced and one of the first cabs off the rank may look familiar. Last seen in Australia wearing the Opel Insignia OPC badge, Holden has just taken the wraps off the Holden Insignia VXR and we're about to put it through its paces. Priced at $51,990, the Holden Insignia VXR launches at $8000 less than the less time it was here wearing an Opel badge...

How does stability control work? ESC demonstration on ice with the Holden Insignia

Read the article here. Electronic Stability Control was developed in the late 80's and has become a mainstay in the automotive industry. We went to the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground in New Zealand to put the technology to the test with V8 Supercars driver James Courtney and the new Holden Insignia VXR.  ...

2015 Holden Commodore SV6 Review

Read the article here. The VF Holden Commodore is the most advanced car to be built in Australia and is consistently amongst the best selling cars in the country. With the range starting at $35,490 for the entry level Evoke, the SV6 costs an additional $1300 at $36,790...

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Holden Comparisons

Citroen DS3 DSport v Holden Astra GTC Sport v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Kia Pro_cee'd GT : Comparison Review

The finest mid-$30k 'warm' hatchback on the market? The Kia Pro_cee'd staked its claim 12 months ago, dispatching Hyundai’s poster boy Veloster SR Turbo and Renault’s potent and racy Megane RS265 Sport as the best all-rounder in the sweet spot bridging humble $20k-something conveniences and properly hot $40k-plus hatchbacks...

Ford Focus ST v Holden Astra VXR: Comparison Review

Ford versus Holden, the definitive Australian automotive rivalry, seen here but not as we know it. There's not a V8 engine, a sedan body or a rear-wheel-drive configuration in sight. Instead, we have a pair of hot hatches, both (re)launched inside the past few months, that go about doing broadly the same thing as each other in notably different ways...

Which car should I buy for country driving? Large car or small car? : Ford Falcon v Holden Cruze

When reader Cammie emailed us with a simple question — should I buy a big or small car for country driving? — we knew that there was an opportunity to prove or dispel the myth of how well a small car performs on country roads in comparison to a big car...

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Holden News

General Motors Holden puts 37.7-hectare Port Melbourne site up for sale - end of an era

As General Motors Holden continues its transformation into an import-only business, the company has today listed a five-title 37.7-hectare parcel of land for expressions of interest, located at its 241 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne site. The listing of the site signals the end of an era for local manufacturing, with the production of a locally-manufactured Commodore set to end production in 2017...

2016 Opel Astra wagon spy photos

The next-generation Opel Astra wagon has been caught on the road by our European spy photography team. With the new Astra hatch already unveiled and detailed at the beginning of June, the majority of this prototype's camouflage is concentrated on its hindquarters...

Holden hanging on to more engineering talent: Manufacturing shutdown plans get positive twist

Holden has confirmed that it will retain a larger engineering capacity than originally planned when its Australian manufacturing winds up in 2017. The news follows an announcement early last year that although Holden would dramatically reduce its workforce in the lead-up to the end of local production, “more than a handful” of engineers would continue to work at its Lang Lang proving grounds for localised tuning and other projects...

Australia doesn’t love utes – it loves pick-up trucks

I call a ute a ute. I don’t call it a pick-up. I don’t call it a truck (although I like the macho nature of the word truck). It’s clear, however, that the word 'ute' is being phased out of car company marketing chit-chat, and it could well be that buyers are following the same path...

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Holden Owner Reviews

2009 Holden Commodore OMEGA Review

I love my Holden it drives so smoothly I sometimes have to look at my speed because it only feels like im going 90 oh so wrong lol. When i was buying the car i was happy to see that it had an aux input, nothing like plugging a phone in or ipod & listening to my favourite jamz...

2015 Holden Colorado Ls Review

The LS model comes out with most of the features of the higher priced models but has the vinal floors for those who like dirt on there boots. The 500nm torque creates a pleasurable towing experience with 2.6t behind. I also run arb steel bulbar, dual batteries, canopy, rear draws and always full. Total weight about 2.8t. 5.9t GCM so almost pushing the limit...

2015 Holden Cruze Z-series Review

Engine: I almost feel like giving the car a kick on the sides to get it galloping again, sometimes I just want that extra bit of power - being the I.8L engine, I know (and anyone who drives it knows) it will never be a growling performance car. Interior: the interior is impressive, z-series leather seats, push to start, seat warmers amazing in winter, impressive touch screen (didn't get the GPS version)...

2015 Holden Captiva 7 Ltz (AWD) Review

I been looking around for a while at all brands of family 7 seater vehicles, driven many too. Our friends bought a Hyundai 7 seater which they have had for 8 weeks and has been back to dealer twice, literally falling apart he told me, looked good but that put me off. The Ford equivalent looked to tinny and not quite pleasing to the eye kia ok but just couldn't do it, cheap plastics, we own 5 kia k2700 for work that said...

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