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The Shortlist: $35k small hatch with lots of rear-seat leg room

Ashish needs a new family-friendly hatchback with lots of rear-seat leg room. The budget is $35,000. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...

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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: Holden Managing Director, Mark Bernhard
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Interview: Holden Managing Director, Mark Bernhard

As local production wraps up for Holden, we sat down with the Managing Director of Holden, Mark Bernhard, in his Port Melbourne office to reminisce about his 31 years with the brand, and what the future brings for Holden. You can read it below, or listen to the interview at the bottom of this article, as featured on Celebrating Holden: a podcast special...


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...


Interview: National Museum of Australia curator Dr. Martha Sear on Holden's first prototype
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Interview: National Museum of Australia curator Dr. Martha Sear on Holden's first prototype

  Amongst the many objects in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra is one very valuable and iconic piece of Australian history: the 1946 Holden 48-215 FX Prototype No. 1 – the oldest Holden in existence. It's one of three vehicles built two years before the first FX was put into production...


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...


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 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...


The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion
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The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion

Part of the reason I fell in love with cars was because of Australia's take on engineering the perfect automobile for our roads. Since the late '70s, Holden, Ford, and Toyota have been busy creating cars that suit Australia and its tough conditions. The design directive was clear: big, fast and roomy...


GM CEO shares concerns about China's planned petrol and diesel car ban
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GM CEO shares concerns about China's planned petrol and diesel car ban

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, has voiced concerns about China's plan to ban cars powered by petrol and diesel engines. Speaking at an event to mark her inclusion in Most Powerful Women list by Fortune in Washington DC last week, she clarified earlier comments about plans to accelerate the adoption of electric and partially electric cars in China...


The Shortlist: $50k vehicle that can tow 2500kg, but it has to be comfortable!
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The Shortlist: $50k vehicle that can tow 2500kg, but it has to be comfortable!

Rod wants the impossible: a vehicle that'll tow a pretty decent sized caravan, but that doesn't feel like a truck to drive.  Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...


Holden to auction last three limited-edition Commodores
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Holden to auction last three limited-edition Commodores

The last three limited-edition Holden Commodores to roll off the production line in Elizabeth will be auctioned by Manheim this weekend. Hoping to raise $360,000 for charity, the auction coincides with the Holden Dream Cruise in the South Australian town, as Australia bids farewell to locally-manufactured GM cars...


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...


The Shortlist: Four-cylinder auto for $15,000
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The Shortlist: Four-cylinder auto for $15,000

Jas is on a tight budget, looking for a new or ex-demonstrator car with practicality and a compact footprint. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: Which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...


Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline: 1/4 mile and 0-100km/h
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Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline: 1/4 mile and 0-100km/h

While we put the finishing touches on our Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison, we thought we'd share this with you. We lined up both cars over a stretch of road at the Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC) to measure 0-100km/h and 1/4 mile times...