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Holden sales nosedive, down 23 per cent in Q1

Holden sales fell by a drastic 29 per cent in March compared to the same month last year, rounding out an extremely disappointing quarter-one (Q1) in 2018. GM’s local subsidiary, now in its first calendar year as a full-range importer rather than local manufacturer, has seen sales tumble 23 per cent over the Q1 period...

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2018 Holden Calais-V Tourer review
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2018 Holden Calais-V Tourer review

Holden spins its upmarket wagon into an all-road adventurer with the Calais-V Tourer. Following a formula familiar to Adventra owners thanks to all-paw grip and SUV styling, the Tourer serves the needs of Aussie families in a new way for the Lion brand.


2018 Holden Commodore VXR review
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2018 Holden Commodore VXR review

Rear-wheel drive and V8 power are gone. So, is there any compensation for keen drivers to be found in the new V6 AWD Holden Commodore VXR that replaces the SS-V as the flagship Holden?


2018 Holden Commodore RS Sportwagon 2.0 petrol review
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2018 Holden Commodore RS Sportwagon 2.0 petrol review

Australian families continue to swarm towards SUVs. We find out if the new Holden Commodore wagon is worthy of stopping them in their tracks.


2018 Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore VXR comparison
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2018 Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore VXR comparison

It's on again – less than six months ago we put the 2018 Kia Stinger 330Si up against the Aussie-built 2018 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline, and the results were surprising. In that test, the Kia Stinger blew us away with its performance and standard level of equipment. So much so that we gave it the win by a nose over the Australian favourite...


Holden offering seven-year Commodore, Equinox warranty in March
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Holden offering seven-year Commodore, Equinox warranty in March

Holden has announced it will be offering a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty on the new Commodore and Equinox until March 31. “We want more and more people to come and take a look at just how good these vehicles are and experience some of the great engineering work from our talented engineers – our new seven-year warranty on Commodore and Equinox shows just how confident we are," said Mark Harland, Holden executive director of marketing...


2018 Holden Commodore: CarAdvice reader drive day
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2018 Holden Commodore: CarAdvice reader drive day

The new, imported 2018 Holden ZB Commodore is now officially on sale Down Under, and it has left many wondering if it lives up to the iconic nameplate of its home-made predecessor. Holden boss Mark Bernhard encouraged skeptics to "drive the car and then have an opinion", so we ran a CarAdvice competition where 27 of our readers were given the chance to do just that at the Holden Proving Ground in Lang Lang...


Review Wrap: Five of the best from February
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Review Wrap: Five of the best from February

Missed out on a review this month? Keen to catch up on all the exciting CarAdvice review content from February? We're here for you. Here are five reviews this month that either drew a lot of attention or are simply, in our view, standout stories. 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium review Everyone’s heard of the Subaru Outback...


Showcase: The photographer who caught our eye this week
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Showcase: The photographer who caught our eye this week

The automotive landscape is littered with talented photographers, each with their own style. This series offers a look at some of the snappers who have caught our attention with their work. This week, it’s Joel Strickland.  Joel is a Melbourne-based snapper, who often works with CarAdvice on garage reviews and comparisons...


2018 Holden ZB Commodore review
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2018 Holden ZB Commodore review

There's a lot riding on the 2018 Holden ZB Commodore. Is it worth the wait and, more importantly, is it worthy of the Commodore badge?


Holden online retail: Haggling, test drives may become part of the process
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Holden online retail: Haggling, test drives may become part of the process

Research suggests car buyers will be increasingly willing to forego the money-saving ‘dealership haggle’ in return for the heightened convenience of buying online, says Holden. The brand today announced a click-and-collect online retail model to be piloted in Melbourne, in partnership with its dealers, walking buyers from research to delivery of their wheels, with finance and trade-ins sorted on the way...


Holden: Dealer cuts and factory closure remove the shackles
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Holden: Dealer cuts and factory closure remove the shackles

Last year was a big year for Holden, both emotionally and financially. Now, the local boss says the shackles have finally been released. 2017 saw the closure of local manufacturing and the termination of 30 dealer franchise agreements, with the brand electing not to renew them beyond December 31, 2017...


VFACTS Flashbacks: January in history
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VFACTS Flashbacks: January in history

Every month, the latest VFACTS report sends CarAdvice into meltdown. Last month, the HiLux and Ranger maintained their spots atop the sales charts, continuing Australia's love affair with the dual-cab ute. But it wasn't always this way. Here's a look at VFACTS data from January 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 for a better understanding of how the average Australian buyer's preferences have changed...


Holden Commodore: "Drive the car and then have an opinion"
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Holden Commodore: "Drive the car and then have an opinion"

As the launch of Holden's first imported Commodore, the ZB, rolls around, the company's boss has challenged the Holden heartland to drive the car before they offer an opinion. This week Holden hosts Australian media for a first drive of the ZB Commodore across a variety of roads and tracks at Holden's Lang Lang proving ground, but company boss, Mark Bernhard, wants fans to reserve judgement until they've had a go themselves...


2018 Holden Commodore gets five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2018 Holden Commodore gets five-star ANCAP safety rating

The 2018 Holden Commodore has been awarded a five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing firm, ANCAP. It's the first score issued by ANCAP this year, and fittingly it's given to the first imported Commodore. The 'ZB' Commodore managed 35.54 out of 38 for adult occupant protection, equating to 93 per cent...


New year, new Commodore: Farewelling Australian manufacturing
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New year, new Commodore: Farewelling Australian manufacturing

2017 is over. It's time for 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 a huge part of the Australian motoring landscape: Holden. With a new year comes a fresh beginning for Holden...


Most anticipated new cars of 2018
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Most anticipated new cars of 2018

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 the most interesting, exciting and downright strange stories published this year...


Top 5 news stories of 2017
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Top 5 news stories 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 the most popular news stories published this year. For this instalment, we're covering off the five most visited CarAdvice news stories of the year...


2018 Holden Commodore pricing and specs
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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
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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...