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Our favourite cars of 2017

2017 is almost over. It's time for Christmas parties, sunshine and rose-tinted reflection on the year gone by. But here at CarAdvice, we aren't taking our foot off the pedal just yet – instead, we're taking the chance to look back at some of our favourite cars from this year...

CarAdvice podcast 83: Small hatch comparo! Jazz v Mazda2 v Swift

Mandy Turner is joined this week by Mike Stevens and Alborz Fallah. In car news, 2018 Holden Commodore pricing and specs have been released, a controversial Stinger EURO NCAP rating, and Jeep Compass and Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder pricing and specs have been announced...

2018 Holden Commodore pricing and specs

Holden has announced pricing and specifications for the the all-new Commodore, offering strong equipment levels and a lower starting price than the Aussie-built model it replaces. The range will start with the LT 2.0-litre turbo with 191kW/350Nm, priced from $33,690 before on-road costs...

HSV ZB Commodore ruled out as SUVs and dual-cabs take priority

A new HSV 'ZB' Commodore is not part of the local design and engineering division’s future product plan, the company has confirmed. Holden Special Vehicles this week unveiled the Colorado SportsCat By HSV, and the dual-cab due in February is more indicative of the vehicle segments the company plans to go for viable business cases...

2018 Commodore (sort of) shortlisted for World Car of the Year

The Opel Insignia, near-identical twin to the Holden Commodore, has been nominated for World Car of the Year. The replacement for the locally-built Commodore, set to arrive in dealerships in February next year, is among 35 cars nominated for the award, won by the Jaguar F-Pace last year. Previous winners also include the Mazda MX-5, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class...

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...

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

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 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

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

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...