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The end of the 2014 V8 Supercars season is almost upon us, following a cracking (and controversial) Bathurst 1000 that saw Ford win for the second year in a row and Nissan claim its first podium finish in the great race since the Skyline GT-R’s infamous 1992 victory...

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Holden Sandman : Red Bull Racing reveals 525kW V8 Supercar-based classic
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Holden Sandman : Red Bull Racing reveals 525kW V8 Supercar-based classic

Red Bull Racing Australia and GM Holden’s Design Department have joined forces for a one-off creation that is part V8 Supercar and all Aussie icon: the Holden Sandman Tribute Edition. Set to debut at this weekend’s round of the V8 Supercar Championship on the Gold Coast, the silver Sandman special edition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original homegrown Holden panel van...


Holden badge to take centre stage with Chevrolet at SEMA show
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Holden badge to take centre stage with Chevrolet at SEMA show

The iconic Holden badge will take centre stage at next month’s SEMA aftermarket and accessories show in Las Vegas, appearing on the star of the Chevrolet stand. The Chevrolet SS Sport concept will feature a host of styling enhancements, including familiar high-gloss black 20-inch wheels, floor mats and boot cargo tray all adorned with Holden’s lion logo...


2015 Holden Commodore SS V Redline Review
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2015 Holden Commodore SS V Redline Review

Is this is the best Australian made performance car to date?


2015 Holden Commodore unveiled
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2015 Holden Commodore unveiled

The 2015 Holden Commodore has been unveiled with a range of updates including new colours, paddleshifters and a range of other minor improvements. Since its launch in May 2013, the Holden VF Commodore has gone on the dominate the shrinking large car segment, currently commanding an impressive 72 per cent market share ahead of the Ford Falcon and Toyota Aurion...


Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition sedan launched
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Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition sedan launched

Deliveries of the Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition sedan will commence at the end of October, but more than half of the 233-unit production run is already spoken for.  Full details of the new V8 Supercars-inspired limited edition were revealed today, at the same time as the rest of the upgraded MY15 Holden Commodore range...


Holden Commodore V8 achieves highest sales percentage in nameplate’s history
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Holden Commodore V8 achieves highest sales percentage in nameplate’s history

Despite the apparent doom and gloom of modern buyers abandoning thirsty performance-oriented large cars, V8-powered Holden Commodores are enjoying their highest sales percentage on record. Since the launch of the Holden VF Commodore in May 2013, around 37 per cent of new Commodore buyers have picked the V8 engine option...


Favourite to replace Commodore “one of the most beautiful cars seen in years”
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Favourite to replace Commodore “one of the most beautiful cars seen in years”

The car that is favourite to replace the Holden Commodore in 2017 will be a visually stunning vehicle, says one of its key designers. Opel’s next-generation Insignia medium car is due in 2016, almost perfectly timed to step in for the current model that will stop being produced when Holden shuts its manufacturing plants in 2017...


Holden Commodore Sportwagon SV6 LPG review
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Holden Commodore Sportwagon SV6 LPG review

The cost equation doesn't entirely add up, but the Holden Commodore Sportwagon SV6 LPG shows you need not be afraid of gas power...


Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition : V8 supercharger pack boosts HSV to 550kW, Holden to 500kW
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Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition : V8 supercharger pack boosts HSV to 550kW, Holden to 500kW

Walkinshaw Performance has released its most powerful V8 package ever, boosting 6.0-litre Holden Commodore models to 500kW and 6.2-litre HSVs to a whopping 550kW. The Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package is an enhanced version of the WPP230 Supercharger pack, and is limited to just 50 units...


Holden Commodore successor revealed to New Zealand dealers - report
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Holden Commodore successor revealed to New Zealand dealers - report

The boss of Holden New Zealand has reportedly revealed to his dealers the car that will replace the Commodore when Australian production ends in 2017. Managing director of Holden NZ Jeff Murray told the New Zealand Herald he privately showed dealers the new large sedan in June, giving them a glimpse of the new model roughly three and a half years before it is destined to go on sale in Australia and across the ditch...


Australia's most stolen cars revealed
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Australia's most stolen cars revealed

The Holden Commodore is the most stolen vehicle in Australia. Data compiled by Compare the Market lists three Commodores inside the top four on 2013’s most stolen list. The VT Commodore was the hottest property among thieves with 966 recorded stolen. The VE Commodore was a close second at 830 thefts, while the Hyundai Excel X3 (758) cracked the podium ahead of the VX Commodore (600)...


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...


Car sales January to June 2014 : Top 50 cars, top 25 brands
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Car sales January to June 2014 : Top 50 cars, top 25 brands

We’ve reached the halfway point of the year and the battle for the title of Australia’s favourite car could barely be closer. After flying out the gate and establishing a 5000-unit lead by February, the Mazda 3 has been reeled in by the Toyota Corolla over the past four months, cutting its margin to just 358 vehicles (22,524 v 22,166) and setting up an intriguing race in the back half of 2014...


Holden Commodore, Caprice: 3472 LPG models recalled
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Holden Commodore, Caprice: 3472 LPG models recalled

More than 3000 LPG-powered Holden Commodore and Caprice vehicles have been recalled over two separate issues relating to their fuel systems. The recall affects approximately 3472 vehicles in Australia and 124 in New Zealand built between February 10, 2011 and June 19, 2014...


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 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 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...


Hennessey HPE1000 Chevrolet SS : Tuned Commodore gets 746kW twin-turbo 7.0L V8
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Hennessey HPE1000 Chevrolet SS : Tuned Commodore gets 746kW twin-turbo 7.0L V8

American sports car tuner Hennessey Performance has released a monstrous version of the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS with more power than the original Bugatti Veyron. The Hennessey HPE1000 trades the Australian-made Chevrolet SS’s regular 310kW 6.2-litre LS3 V8 for a ballistic 746kW (1000hp) twin-turbocharged 7...


Holden Commodore SS Storm and SV6 Storm added to local line-up
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Holden Commodore SS Storm and SV6 Storm added to local line-up

In a flash the Holden Commodore SS and SV6 models have been replaced with two slightly different models - the Holden Commodore SS Storm and the Holden Commodore SV6 Storm. Holden's two new Storm models - which take the place of the existing Commodore SV6 and Commodore SS models for the next few months as special edition models - gain a number of styling and equipment tweaks over the existing well-equipped large sedans, including new-look 18-inch alloy wheels and front fog-lights with chrome trimming...