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Auction bids for 'last' Holden Commodore double in 24 hours to $255,000

The top bid for the ‘last’ Holden Commodore assembled in Australia has more than doubled in less than 24 hours and now sits at $255,000 – with two days remaining before the auction concludes. The status of the vehicle is disputed – officially, the last Holden Commodore to ceremonially roll off the production line was kept by General Motors...

The final Australian-built Holden to be auctioned

The final Holden built in Australia is set to go under the hammer this weekend. While the 'last' Holden Commodore to officially roll off an Australian production line and out the doors of the Elizabeth plant has been kept by US car giant General Motors, the final Commodore to pass through the body and paint shops (where the vehicle's panels were assembled and painted) is up for auction at the end of this month...

Flashback: Holden dealership goes retro as stripped signage reveals past – UPDATE

UPDATE, 9 January 2021: Geelong's former Holden dealership has also had its signage removed, providing a glimpse of hand-painted Torana promotions. As a sign of the times, the site – located an hour south-west of Melbourne – is now home to Geelong GWM, with a Haval SUV on display outside next to the last of Holden's remaining stock...

VFACTS 2020: Holden over and out with just 28 sales in December

Holden reported 16,688 cars as sold in its final year – posting just 28 sales in December 2020 – after US car giant General Motors announced the retirement of the brand in February 2020, ending its 72-year run. The 2020 result represents Holden’s lowest sales tally in 71 years – since 1949, its first full year of manufacturing after producing just 524 cars at the end of 1948, according to historical data unearthed by CarAdvice from the Australian Bureau of Statistics...

Vale Holden: End of the road today, after 72 years

It seems like an eternity ago that General Motors executives from Detroit shocked Australia by announcing the Holden brand would be axed on the last day of 2020. Now that day has come. The announcement in February 2020 that Holden was pulling out of Australia altogether – less than three years after closing its local factories and amid its weakest sales in more than 60 years – came moments before the world was gripped by the coronavirus crisis...

Marketplace: Family off-road SUV buying guide

We've all heard about it: pulling the rug out from international travel has caused Australian tourists to look inward. Not spiritually, but geographically. Places like Aspen and the Andes might be out of reach at the moment, but domestic travel is shaping up to boom over the next twelve months for many Australians...

Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020

It was a big year for automotive in 2020, with the exit of Holden, the cancellation of international motor shows and the Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales. In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers reduced their ranges, discontinued under-performers and replaced older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

Holden discounts of up to $17,000 expire in three weeks

Holden fans hoping to drive a bargain have less than three weeks to cash in on discounts of up to $17,000, as General Motors prepares to close the books – and end the bonus money – on 31 December 2020. Official sales figures published by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show just 203 new Holden cars were reported as sold last month...

Iconic Holden dealer switches to Ford

One of Australia’s biggest and longest serving Holden dealers has switched to Ford, in a showroom swap that would have once been unthinkable. The former Suttons Holden dealership in the Sydney suburb of Homebush will soon start selling new Ford cars after a dealer agreement was finalised last week...

Holden closure: ‘Weak’ franchise laws could see other brands leave Australia, dealer group warns

With Holden only five weeks away from closing its doors in Australia – and after 31 months in a row of new-car sales decline – a Senate Inquiry in Canberra has been told current franchise laws make it too easy for multinational car companies to shut-up shop locally, wipe out jobs, and leave customers high and dry...

Barely Holden on: 165 cars sold in October as dealers clear final stock 

More than half of Holden’s dealer network have taken down their iconic signs and it now seems the brand is close to clearing all its cars, with just 165 vehicles reported as sold last month – and fewer than 300 estimated as remaining in the network...