After four decades of being on the market Holden has announced the end of the Holden Commodore.
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Car production ended in Australia in 2017, a sad moment that marked the end of something without a clear new beginning. You can still buy Holdens in the country, but they are imported from Germany. Sales, meanwhile, have fallen off a cliff, and keep getting worse.
I'm not a fan of giant SUVs in the city.
I'm not comfortable driving them and I get irrationally angry about anyone with massive cars who don't take them off road, camping or at least 20km beyond the outskirts of Sydney's inner west.
So I was a somewhat apprehensive about taking on the 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ-V 2WD. At over 2000kg it is a hefty lad and takes up its fair share of room on the road.
Imagine my surprise when I was reluctant to hand it back at the end of my loan period. Between the incredibly comprehensive tech package, relative nimbleness and a boot capable of housing many cases of wine, I found myself a bit smitten.
Being unfamiliar with Peter Brock is pretty much unthinkable to Australian auto racing fans, but for much of the rest of the world, that’s the sorry state we live in. This is a shame, not just because Peter Brock was a truly gifted driver and ran a great factory-approved tuning company, but because the story of his downfall is truly fascinating, and involves a box of crystals and epoxy that tap into mythical orgone energy. Seriously.
After roughly seven years of production, the release of Holden's 2018 range is finally drawing close. Unsurprisingly, we are particularly excited about the fun tech that has been integrated across the fleet.
While even the baseline LT sports an impressive array for tech, particularly when it comes to safety features, we're heading straight for the most expensive model. Let's take a look and the bells and whistles that come with the big daddy VXR.
The last Holden car is expected to roll out of General Motors' assembly plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, on October 20, during a ceremony for employees. But an image that surfaced ahead of that appears to show the car in the process of being built. The car will be the last commercial car ever built in Australia.
Holden's Maven Gig car-sharing for Uber drivers is still only new, but it's proving to be an early success for the long-time Aussie carmaker. The service has grown 130 per cent in two months, and is expanding to Adelaide, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Holden's muscling in on the increasing popularity of ride-sharing and gig economy opportunities like Uber and UberEats by going straight to the source -- the drivers themselves. It's set up an all-inclusive rental for its brand new cars for gig economy drivers, with flat rates starting at a couple of hundred bucks a week.
The Opel Insignia Grand Sport -- the car that will soon be coming to Australian shores badged as the Holden Commodore -- has been launched in Europe. Early reception of its driving dynamics is good, and that's a positive start for a vehicle that will have to be spectacular to impress the stalwarts that know the Commodore as a rear-drive, tyre-shredding V8 monster.
Holden now has the 2016 European car of the year in its local stables. A starting price of just $21,990 gets you into one of the most technology-packed cars in its price bracket -- turbo engines and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across the entire range, and on the top RS-V you also get Holden's first forward-facing, traffic-sensing camera and some very very cool headlights.
If you're a red-blooded, VB-downing, meat-and-two-veg Aussie -- you watch the V8s every weekend, you've been up Mount Panorama every year since Brockie's first Bathurst victory -- you'll either be a die-hard Ford or Holden fan. And if you're a Holden guy, you'll probably have owned a Commodore. Holden won't build the Commodore in Australia from 2017, and that means no more barnstorming rear-wheel drive V8. But the Commodore name lives on, and we've just seen our first glimpse of what it's like. The guys from CarAdvice have driven a 2018 Commodore prototype -- and it sounds pretty special.
On a new car costing less than $22,000, you wouldn't expect the world in terms of in-car entertainment and safety tech. Holden's new Astra, though, has one of the most comprehensive driver assistance safety packages and luxury features of any car in its price bracket that we've seen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard in the cheapest model, and there's a clear progression in what you get when you step up to the premium RS and RS-V.