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Holden down to last 500 cars: discounts listed model by model

Holden has asked dealers to report all remaining new cars as sold by the end of this month, so it can clear the books before the brand is retired at the end of 2020. The car maker had asked dealers to report most of their stock as sold by the end of last month, but some late deliveries prompted an extension...

General Motors Australia announces Marc Ebolo as Managing Director

Marc Ebolo has been announced as the new Managing Director of General Motors Australia and New Zealand. With two decades at the company, Mr Ebolo has experience in sales, strategy, and product planning within the region. The appointment expands on his current position as MD of Holden New Zealand...

Barn find! VK “Blue Meanie” HDT Commodore found in a shed, could go for $200,000-plus

From collecting dust to collector’s item, a tidy-but-dusty example of a 1985 Holden Commodore VK Group A has been unearthed in a shed in Sydney after not turning a wheel for more than 20 years. Better known as the “Blue Meanie” – due to all 500 examples being presented in the same bright blue paintwork –  this one is being offered online through Muscle Car Sales, who discovered the car in recent months...

The 2021 Holden range: We imagine what the future could have been

The closure of Holden in Australia has been a drawn-out affair, and yet the decision by General Motors to shut the company down still feels as shocking and undeserved to many of us as the day the news broke on CarAdvice. As the ink dries on agreements made between Detroit lawyers and dealership owners, we day-dream as to what the Holden model range might have looked like if things had gone a little differently in recent years...

Flashback: Holden dealership goes retro as stripped signage reveals past

The site of a former Holden dealership has been returned to its former glory, with stripped signage revealing its past. Preston Motors used the Keilor Road address as its Holden sales centre for decades before moving to a modern, purpose-built facility in Essendon Fields, north of Melbourne, in mid-2019...

Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020 – UPDATE

It's been 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 are reducing their ranges, discontinuing under-performers and replacing older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

Vietnamese car company buys historic Holden test track

A relatively unknown start-up car company called Vinfast – owned by one of Vietnam’s richest men – has been confirmed as the new owner of Holden’s historic test track. The General Motors proving ground in Lang Lang on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne has been the birthplace of every Holden since 1958, but will now be used as a test track to develop vehicles by a foreign car maker for the Asia-Pacific region...

Barn-find 1973 Holden Torana GTR to be auctioned

This dust-covered Holden Torana GTR is going to auction in October as part of old dealership inventory. The 1973 Holden LJ Torana GTR was traded-in at the Ford dealership in West Wyalong – a country town in central New South Wales – where it has sat in a corner since 1985. With limited space on the dealership lot and no interested buyers at the time, the Torana was parked in the back of a shed and forgotten...

Two Holden concept cars find new home, classic collection split among local museums

  Two classic Holden concept vehicles have found a new home in Melbourne – as US car giant General Motors prepares to split Holden's collection of priceless concept and production cars across a range of local museums. CarAdvice understands the Holden collection will be shared across numerous museums for safe-keeping, and in many cases to enable the public to view the vehicles...

Vietnamese car company Vinfast the likely buyer for Holden test track

Little-known Vietnamese car company Vinfast is believed to be the winning bidder for Holden’s test track, however a local green group is continuing to lobby for the preservation of more than half the site for environmental conservation. The iconic Holden test track on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne is being sold after General Motors announced in February it was axing the Holden brand from the end of this year...

GMSV coming this year, Corvette pushed back to late 2021

The General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) brand is expected to outline its plans within the coming weeks or months – effectively replacing Holden Special Vehicles – however the iconic Chevrolet Corvette sports car has been delayed until late 2021 or early 2022. CarAdvice understands General Motors will announce its plans for GMSV once compensation negotiations with Holden dealers are finalised...