When Holden (almost) gave us a proper sports car | Drive Flashback

While a lofty ambition, in hindsight it’s hard to see the Speedster making an impact in Australia, certainly not with an estimated $70,000-$75,000 price tag. That would have seen the Holden-badged Opel compete on price with the BMW Z3 ($74,380 when new in 2001) and far outstrip the $44,000 and $45,000 asked respectively of the … Read more

Rise And Fall Of Holden, And Rebirth As GMSV

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When you mention the name Holden, some people may recognize it as an Australian car brand, others may know it from the Aussie Supercars Championship, but most won’t be very familiar with what was a hugely impactful and influential manufacturer ‘down under’, spending more than 50 of its 169-year history as the leading car brand … Read more

Holden Commodore still one of Australia’s best-selling used cars

Holden built trust with Australian consumers since the first Holden, the FX, rolled off the production line at Fishermans Bend, Victoria, in 1948. That 70-year heritage, which continued until the brand was closed down in 2019, is still felt in 2024.  Zane Dobie comes from a background of motorcycle journalism, working for notable titles such … Read more

Australian Oddities: Peter Brock’s Holden Statesman

Each of the around 100, give or take, Magnums started life as either a Statesman DeVille or Caprice. From here, Brock’s fairy dust worked over the 5.0-litre Holden V8 under the bonnet, with plenty of HDT go-fast bits – cylinder heads, inlet manifold, air cleaner, and the exhaust system all carried the Brock HDT imprimatur. … Read more

‘I found Holden at a careers fair’: Aussie Jess Bala’s rise to the top of General Motors

The Managing Director of GM Australia is back in her hometown after 10 years in Detroit, ready to tackle the local launch of Cadillac, the transition to electrification … and life as a mother of three. Jess Bala was at home with her twin boys when she received a video call inviting her to a … Read more

Ford “almost pulled out of Australia” like Holden, says global boss

Ford once considered leaving Australia – as Holden did in 2020 – the CEO of the company has revealed. View 5 images The global boss of Ford has revealed the US car giant was once close to exiting Australia at some point before or after the end of local manufacturing in 2016. The Ford Ranger ute … Read more

Last Holden Commodore V8 highway patrol sedan in NSW hands in its stripes

This is the last Australian-made sedan on the NSW highway patrol fleet to hand in its stripes – and will now be used for public displays only. View 2 images The last operational V8 Holden Commodore SS highway-patrol car in New South Wales to hand in its stripes has been retired from regular duty more than … Read more

Bathurst Holden dealership sign auction halted due to “sabotage”

An auction for an iconic Holden dealer sign has been postponed due to nefarious activities, the auctioneer claims. View 8 images Despite a frenzy of bidders pushing the price to $20,000, the auction for a dealership sign from Bathurst Holden has been halted due to “online sabotage”, according to auctioneers Burns & Co. “In the best … Read more

Someone imported a Holden Cruze to the UK from Australia, and it’s for sale

A growing number of Australian cars are finding their way to the UK. But among the V8-powered muscle utes is an oddity: a humble 1.4-litre Holden Cruze hatchback. View 5 images Australian muscle cars are becoming a more common sight on UK classified websites as V8 Holdens and Fords make their way to the other side … Read more

Pagani hypercar replica with a Holden heart

A replica of the multimillion-dollar hypercar uses Holden parts alongside exquisite detailing. But it’s probably not the Holden engine you are hoping for. View 3 images A Vietnamese team has built a convincing Pagani Huayra hypercar replica using … a Holden Camira. Only 100 Pagani Huayras coupes were built by the Italian car maker – with … Read more

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