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Holden, officially known as General Motors Holden, is an iconic Australian car brand which has been in business since 1856. Its headquarters are in Port Melbourne, Victoria. The company was founded as a saddlery manufacturer in South Australia. In 1908 it moved into the automotive field, becoming a subsidiary of the United States-based General Motors (GM) in 1931. Holden is one of the top selling brands in Australia offering a wide range of vehicles across all key segments including small cars, passenger vehicles, SUVs and utes.

Holden Reviews

A short history of Aussie Olympic cars

With the games of the 32nd Olympiad in Tokyo upon us, and with Brisbane confirmed this week as the host city of the 35th Olympiad, it’s timely to look back on a couple of Aussie-built cars with an Olympics theme. First on track (ha!) is the Ford Falcon Olympic Classic which, in Ford’s own words back in the day, “It doesn’t matter how good you are...

The Holden El Camino?

To most Australians, this looks like a pretty standard Holden HQ ute. But, look closely at the grille and you’ll notice the familiar Chevrolet ‘bowtie’. Nothing strange about that either, as plenty of Chev fanbois in Australia have performed some minor cosmetic surgery on their favourite Holden models, excising the Holden lion and replacing it with the Chevrolet badge...

Modern Classic Review: 1991 Holden VP Commodore SS

We honour Holden in our last story of 2020.

The Aussie-built Japanese limousine

We’ve already covered the Mazda Roadpacer, that ill-conceived take on the Holden Kingswood powered by Mazda’s ubiquitous rotary engine. More recently, we discovered the Daewoo Royale Salon with more than a passing resemblance to our own VB Commodore. And then there’s this, the Isuzu Statesman De Ville, a rebadged Holden HQ Statesman intended for the Japanese market...

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Holden Videos

End of an era: Holden to be retired

The Holden brand will be retired at the end of this year, selected showrooms may stock a limited range of Chevrolet vehicles under new General Motors Specialty Vehicles badge.

2019 Holden Colorado review: V8 Harrop Superado

Unfortunately, the legendary and ubiquitous Aussie V8 ute has been assigned to the history books for some time now. Those wanting one will be trawling through second-handers instead of showroom floors, as the market has pivoted towards the 4X4 ute. One option is a tuned Holden Colorado by engineering outfit Harrop, who call their car the 'Superado'...

2019 Holden Acadia LT long-termer: Welcome!

Introducing our latest long-termer, the 2019 Holden Acadia. Along with our editorial team, we’ll hand the keys over to the wider CA staff as well, gaining valuable insights from those who don’t usually spend their working lives testing and assessing cars. Sometimes, it’s these insights that prove the most valuable...

2019 Holden Trax review: First Impressions with StartsAt60

Sponsored by Holden. In partnership with StartsAt60.com and Holden, we've tasked retired Sydneysider Edilia Ford (what a name for the job!) with assessing the liveability and features of the 2019 Holden Trax LTZ. What does she think? Let's find out.

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Holden Comparisons

REVISIT: Calais V Sportwagon v EH Holden Special Station Sedan

October 21, 2020: It has been three years since the factory closed. Now, with Holden's final stock of imported cars down to a few hundred units, the end – the final, no bones about it, dead and gone from the Australian landscape end – is nigh for the iconic Australian brand. But, while the brand has been retired, the cars themselves won't ever be gone from our roads, or our hearts...

Best ute 2019 comparison: Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Isuzu D-Max v Holden Colorado v Volkswagen Amarok v Mazda BT-50 v Mercedes X-Class v Ssangyong Musso XLV v LDV T60

We test 11 of the best double-cab utes on sale in Australia today, including towing, loading, in the city and suburbs, and off-road.

2019 Mazda CX-9 Azami v Holden Acadia LTZ-V comparison

Buyers of large family SUVs are spoilt for choice these days, and most options are loaded with gizmos. The Acadia and CX-9 are two options, but which one stacks up best?

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Holden News

Holden’s Lang Lang test track sold for $36.3 million, documents reveal

Holden’s test track at Lang Lang on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne sold for the tidy sum of $36.3 million, according to documents on file with the Victorian Government. The sale went through last year and new owners Vinfast – one of Vietnam’s richest companies and automotive start-up – has been operating out of the facility for close to 12 months...

1977 Holden Torana A9X sells short of $1 million target but sets record for the model

A rare and immaculate 1977 Holden Torana A9X sold short of its $1 million target price at auction at the weekend, but it set a new record for the breed. One of just 33 Holden Torana A9X road cars specially-built to be eligible for motor racing – known as a GMP&A model – went under the hammer for $775,000, but the buyer paid in excess of $833,000 once the 7...

1977 Holden Torana A9X hatchback listed for auction with $1 million target price

An immaculate example of the extremely rare 1977 Holden Torana A9X hatchback has been listed for auction with price expectations in excess of $1 million. According to the seller, the homologation-special – which consists of an option pack and lightweight body shell fitted – was the first in a limited-production run of 33 built for factory-backed race teams (370 road-going examples of the A9X were also built, bringing the total number to 403)...

Another Peter Brock daily driver up for auction: 1982 Holden Commodore VH SS Group Three

Another daily driver previously owned by the late motor racing legend Peter Brock – a 1982 Holden Commodore VH SS Group Three – is up for auction a month after another of his road cars fetched more than $1 million. Last month, an immaculate 1985 Holden Commodore VK HDT Group A – number 005 of 500 built – sold for $1.057 million, a record for a Holden road car...

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Holden Owner Reviews

2000 Holden Commodore Executive review

This 2000 VTII Holden Commodore was one of around 2500 Commodores that Holden built for use at the 2000 Olympic Games. It's a V6 Executive model fitted with the 1SO option pack - meaning it has 15-inch Series 1 Berlina alloys, power windows, cruise control, air conditioning, special badging, a plaque in the engine bay and a certificate of authenticity...

1999 Holden Jackaroo SE LWB (4x4) review

It wasn’t just a shortage of brand new cars that caused a surge in used car prices throughout 2020; the closing of international borders meant we had to look locally, instead of overseas for our holiday and travel plans. Consequently, the prices for everything from LandCruisers through to Defenders shot up as people looked for reliable, capable transport that could take them off the beaten track and bring them safely back home again...

2012 Holden Caprice V review

I bought this car because I needed a big car and I did not like the idea of driving an SUV. I wanted the comfort of a nice sedan. This car ticks all the boxes and I am thrilled that it is an all Australian made vehicle. I am very disappointed that Holdens have been discontinued and that car manufacturing in Australia is no more...

2006 Holden Adventra LX6 review

The wife had owned a VZ 3.6 wagon for a number of years. It was a trusty, reliable car that was cheap to run, easy to maintain and had a huge cargo capacity. Very handy. But, she loved going off-road too. She needed a roomy car for her work, which the VZ ably filled, but wanted to go camping with her mates. In short, she lusted for an Adventra...

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