Holden

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 Commodore SV6 Lightning special edition here in March

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Holden Commodore SV6 Lightning special edition here in March

Holden has confirmed its new special edition Commodore will be named SV6 Lightning when it goes on sale in about two months’ time. The Lightning name was selected from more than 4000 entries and amid vigorous online debate as part of Holden’s ‘Name that Commodore’ Facebook competition earlier this month...

Recent Holden News & Reviews
Australia Day Special : Holden Ute v Holden Sportwagon
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Australia Day Special : Holden Ute v Holden Sportwagon

James and Dave hit the skidpan in two rear-wheel-drive V8-powered Holdens to find out which is best at helping out your mates on Australia Day.

G'day!

A BBQ is a tradition on January 26th - Australia Day.

But when you need someone to bring all the gear, who do you call - your mate with a ute or your mate with a wagon?

The guys from CarAdvice...


Holden-badged Opel Cascada spotted in Melbourne
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Holden-badged Opel Cascada spotted in Melbourne

Following on from Holden's announcement in May 2014 that the Opel Cascada, the Opel Astra GTC three-door, Opel Astra OPC hot-hatch and Opel Insignia OPC would find their way into Australia in 2015, CarAdvice has spotted a Holden badge wearing Opel Cascada in Melbourne. Holden's Cascada will be the first convertible to grace the Holden lineup in almost 8 years, since the demise of the Holden Astra Twin Top in 2009...


Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute v Holden Ute SS V Redline : Comparison review
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Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute v Holden Ute SS V Redline : Comparison review

Ford and Holden. Good start. Ford and Holden utes, at the beach. Getting even better...


Holden Ute v Holden Sportwagon : Australia Day Special

Holden Ute v Holden Sportwagon : Australia Day Special

Australia Day means a lot of different things to different people. For some it's a celebration stemming from the arrival of the First Fleet back in 1788, while for others it's a solemn reminder of our nation's less-than-humane beginnings. For us here at CarAdvice though, it's a day to relax and pay homage to what we love about this country: BBQs and rear-wheel-drive cars powered by big V8 engines...


Toyota claims worldwide sales crown for 2014, ahead of Volkswagen, GM
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Toyota claims worldwide sales crown for 2014, ahead of Volkswagen, GM

Toyota has edged out Volkswagen for the 2014 global sales crown by just 90,000 vehicles. In figures released overnight, Toyota Motor Corporation sold a total of 10.23 million vehicles throughout 2014, with 9.15 million cars attributed to Toyota (up two per cent). 915,000 vehicles were sold under the Daihatsu brand (up five per cent), while 168,000 Hino trucks (up four per cent) were delivered to customers...


Holden Colorado 7 Approach and Departure Angles
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Holden Colorado 7 Approach and Departure Angles

We get the Holden Colorado 7 dirty to see how this 4x4 SUV handles hills and gullies when you take it off the blacktop.


Holden Commodore nameplate to continue beyond 2017
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Holden Commodore nameplate to continue beyond 2017

The iconic Holden Commodore nameplate will live on beyond the closure of the company’s Australian factories in 2017 and its continuation as a full-line vehicle importer.  Holden has confirmed it will retain its most famous nameplate, which has been in continuous use since 1978, once it begins importing a successor to the current locally made model from 2018, believed at this early stage to be from Europe...


2015 Holden Cruze : New face and features for updated model; diesel and 1.4 turbo axed
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2015 Holden Cruze : New face and features for updated model; diesel and 1.4 turbo axed

The 2015 Holden Cruze will land in showrooms on January 20 with a new front-end design and a number of extra features, but with an engine line-up that has been cut in half. Official images and details of the 2015 Cruze come just days after CarAdvice captured spy shots of the updated Australian-made small car testing alongside a new Corsa VXR hot-hatch...


Chevrolet Bolt Design Interview : NAIAS Detroit Motor Show 2015
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Chevrolet Bolt Design Interview : NAIAS Detroit Motor Show 2015

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept crossover may be the second Australian designed and built concept car to debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show (the first was the Buick Avenir large sedan), but arguably it is the smaller model that is the most important...


Holden “a portfolio that needs improvement”, admits exec who vows increased consistency in future line-up
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Holden “a portfolio that needs improvement”, admits exec who vows increased consistency in future line-up

General Motors vice president of design Ed Welburn has admitted the current Holden line-up “needs improvement”, vowing to put consistency back into the future range with a plan that has “thrilled” Australian dealers. Welburn recognises that in the future there needs to be consistency of design language across all Holden products so customers are not confused by a varied array of models...


2015 Holden Cruze and Holden Corsa VXR spied in Melbourne
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2015 Holden Cruze and Holden Corsa VXR spied in Melbourne

CarAdvice has spotted a camouflaged prototype of what is tipped to become the Holden Corsa VXR undergoing testing in Melbourne alongside a partially disguised 2015 Holden Cruze. Pictured in this exclusive set of photographs is the updated Corsa VXR, the hot-hatch version of the Corsa city car that was previously sold in Australia as the Opel Corsa OPC...


Buick Avenir ready for rear-drive platform sharing, Australian team to be involved
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Buick Avenir ready for rear-drive platform sharing, Australian team to be involved

At the Detroit motor show this time last year, Cadillac chief marketing officer Uwe Ellinghaus spelled out the future of his rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan platforms in no uncertain terms. “[Future] platform and component sharing is the name of the game to reduce costs,” the German-born ex-BMW executive told CarAdvice...


Buick Avenir First Look : NAIAS Detroit Motor Show 2015
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Buick Avenir First Look : NAIAS Detroit Motor Show 2015

It’s no surprise that only General Motors insiders have confirmed the just-released, Australian-designed Buick Avenir concept is underpinned by the company’s brand new Omega platform set for application in the 2016 Cadillac CT6 – or the American luxury division’s new S-Class and 7 Series rival...


2018 Holden Commodore : Australian designers and engineers heavily involved in VF successor
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2018 Holden Commodore : Australian designers and engineers heavily involved in VF successor

The replacement for the Holden Commodore – whether it retains its name or not – will not simply be a rebadged version of the next-generation Opel Insignia. Holden designers and engineers are now confirmed to be deeply involved in the project, which still has around three years of development time remaining, with mules confirmed to be in testing at the local General Motors arm’s Lang Lang proving ground outside Melbourne, Victoria, that was only recently saved from being sold off...


Meet the Australian-designed and built concept car that could “change the industry” worldwide
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Meet the Australian-designed and built concept car that could “change the industry” worldwide

The pure electric Chevrolet Bolt SUV concept revealed this week in Detroit might be the most significant job ever undertaken by Holden’s Melbourne-based design and fabrication team, according to General Motors International vice-president of design Mike Simcoe...


Holden “underestimated” factory closure uncertainty and lacked clear communication, admits GM exec
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Holden “underestimated” factory closure uncertainty and lacked clear communication, admits GM exec

The man who made the decision to pull the pin on Australian Holden manufacturing, General Motors head of international operations Stefan Jacoby, has admitted that he “underestimated” consumer concern following the announcement and communication from the brand wasn’t clear enough...


Holden manufacturing closure "the right thing for Australia", says GM exec
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Holden manufacturing closure "the right thing for Australia", says GM exec

More than a year after the announcement that Holden will close its car manufacturing facilities in Elizabeth, South Australia, and engine plant at Port Melbourne, Victoria, the man who made the shut-down decision maintains it was the right call...


Holden V8 to live beyond 2017
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Holden V8 to live beyond 2017

Holden has officially announced that when local manufacturing ceases in 2017, a two-door sports coupe with a V8 engine will be at the ready to replace SS versions of the Holden Commodore sedan. The man who stands by his decision to close Holden’s Elizabeth, South Australia, plant in 2017, General Motors executive vice president of international operations Stefan Jacoby tonight confirmed the news...


2016 Chevrolet Volt revealed:: Specifications of new plug-in hybrid small car announced
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2016 Chevrolet Volt revealed: Specifications of new plug-in hybrid small car announced

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt - which could be brought to Australia for a second term as the Holden Volt - has been unveiled in full on the eve of the 2015 Detroit auto show...


Buick Avenir : Holden-designed Caprice-sized sedan debuts
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Buick Avenir : Holden-designed Caprice-sized sedan debuts

Designed and built in Australia by local Holden designers, the Buick Avenir concept has been revealed the night before the official opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Designed to be a proper Buick of the traditional fashion, the large coupe-like four-door sedan has the same 5...


Holden showroom 2020: How Lion badge plans to challenge Toyota
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Holden showroom 2020: How Lion badge plans to challenge Toyota

A little while ago, we previewed the future of Ford showrooms in Australia beyond the end of local manufacturing for that brand in late 2016 – and now it’s the turn of arch rival Holden. The picture is still not quite as clear for Holden’s showroom, as it hasn’t confirmed as many models as the Blue Oval has for its life Down Under without the Falcon or Territory (click here to read our Ford Showroom 2017 article)...


New Holden vans to challenge HiAce, Transit and Co
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New Holden vans to challenge HiAce, Transit and Co

Holden is set to expand its range of commercial vehicles as it continues ambitious plans to overtake Toyota in the new-car sales race by 2020. The company revealed last October that more than a third of its future product line-up would comprise vehicles imported from European sister brand Opel...


Holden Ute:: pumped Aussie test mule for next-gen mid-engine Corvette spied
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Holden Ute: pumped Aussie test mule for next-gen mid-engine Corvette spied

A mid-engined Holden SS V ute to mark the end of production? We wish. What you see here is, according to US publication Car and Driver, an early prototype of a mid-engined Corvette C8 rumoured to be in the pipeline for the US brand's 2017 model year. The (speculated) early Corvette C8 prototype uses the 5040mm long, 1899mm wide body of the Holden Commodore SS V Ute, which appears to be in VE Series II guise...


Holden Commodore SV6 : Competition gives fans the chance to name new special edition
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Holden Commodore SV6 : Competition gives fans the chance to name new special edition

Holden is giving fans a shot at a small slice of Australian automotive history by launching a competition to name a new 2015 Commodore special edition. Holden’s ‘Name that Commodore’ competition kicks off today, asking fans to suggest a name for a special edition based on the 2015 Holden Commodore SV6...


Chevrolet Volt: Second-generation plug-in hybrid revealed at CES
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Chevrolet Volt: Second-generation plug-in hybrid revealed at CES

At CES, a week ahead of its full unveiling at the Detroit motor show, General Motors has revealed the look of the second-generation Chevrolet Volt, which will be sold in Australia as the Holden Volt. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has just kicked off in Las Vegas, and this year more automakers than ever before have scheduled concept car launches and cutting edge technology demonstrations than ever before...


Holden Cruze - hidden safety features
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Holden Cruze - hidden safety features

The Holden Cruze is probably a familiar sight to many motorists on Australian roads but just because it isn't the newest kid on the block doesn't mean there aren't a few cool features that might surprise you.

The first example:
If you are driving along in daylight, and need to put your windscreen wipers on..


50 Years of Holden Wagon::Calais V Sportwagon v EH Holden Special Station Sedan
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50 Years of Holden Wagon:Calais V Sportwagon v EH Holden Special Station Sedan

The humble station wagon has been the cornerstone of Australian family transport for over half a century. However, since Ford stopped production of the Falcon wagon back in 2010, your only option for a locally made, sedan-based hauler has been the Holden VF Sportwagon – in both Commodore, and Calais guise...


Holden Insignia VXR Review
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Holden Insignia VXR Review

CarAdvice heads to the UK to try Holden's upcoming Insignia VXR performance model.


Holden Volt Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Holden Volt Review

With newer competitors now on the enviro-scene, we jump into the Holden Volt to find out how it stacks up almost two years after its local launch…