Archive for the ‘Holden’ Category

“HSV, I salute you”

For those about to ute, he salutes you! Earlier this year Chris Harris took some time off and came to Australia. Turns out he got himself a little bit of play time at the wheel of a 430kW/740Nm HSV GTS Maloo while he was here. All that power being sent to an unladen pair of […]

When Barry met Cameron

Cameron Smith has just been appointed to a new role as an HSV ambassador. To help him get into his new gig HSV sent him along to Sandown to a drive day where members of the public could pay for a few fast laps behind the wheel. The rugby league legend shared his car with […]

HSV GTS Maloo ute sold out before announcement

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It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but already the limited-edition HSV GTS Maloo ute with an $85K+ price tag has reportedly sold out. With only 150 examples of the you beaut ute to be made (or is that 155?) it’s no surprise to see the enthusiast market has mobilised quickly after news of the GTS […]

Holden HSV GTS Maloo ute: The best show pony ever?

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The Holden ute is an Aussie icon, and while its passing will be a sad day, HSV is going to send off the ute by creating the greatest and fastest show pony it has ever made. The exact model name is yet to be confirmed but the working title of HSV GTS Maloo seems to […]

VIDEO: Chevrolet SS Pace Car lights my fire

The 2014 NASCAR season has begun with the bizarre sight of the Chevrolet SS (née Commodore SS) Pace Car catching fire while it was leading the field around Daytona International Raceway. “Tower, we’re on fire,” came the confirmation from Brett Bodine behind the wheel of the flaming Pace Car. Feeling a bit sorry for the […]

Stuff the local industry, just give us cheaper cars!

The Australian Automobile Association hasn’t wasted any time shedding tears for the demise of Australia’s car making industry. No, they’re starting the call for making our imported cars cheaper. To be fair the AAA has anointed itself to represent “the interests of all Australian motorists nationally and internationally” and so giving too much thought to […]

Chevrolet gives V8 Commodore SS hope post-2017

According to the motoring.com.au website the V8-powered VF Commodore SS may have a life beyond the closure of Holden’s local production operations in 2017: Holden fans will still have the chance to drive a rear-wheel drive V8 sedan with the Lion badge on the nose after the death of the VF Commodore in 2017 if […]

Commodore and Falcon decline tells the real story

As the fallout and childish finger pointing from politicians tries to pin the blame for the decision from Ford and now Holden to stop making cars in Australia, this graph from News Limited, first published in January, tells us all we need to know. Yes, the graph stops at the end of 2012 and so […]

Holden to cease local production in 2017

News has come through from General Motors in Detroit confirming the inevitable: Holden will stop making cars in Australia in 2017. GM’s full statement can be read after the break, but here’s a few snippets: “We are completely dedicated to strengthening our global operations while meeting the needs of our customers,” said GM Chairman and […]

Holden boss: “No decision has been made”

While fronting the Productivity Commission earlier today Mike Devereux, GM Holden Managing Director, was asked if the company had already decided to close down its local manufacturing as soon as 2016. His reply: “No decision has been made.” He went on to compare government subsidies with other sectors, suggesting the cost of losing the automotive […]

Hope our luck doesn’t end now

Holden will close its local manufacturing operations in 2016 according to the ABC. The national broadcaster says senior government ministers have confirmed their belief that General Motors, Holden’s parent company, has already made the decision to stop making cars in Australia. For their part Holden is not making any comment and says its unlikely to […]

The elephant in the assembly hall

The future of Australia’s automotive manufacturing sector has been in the news quite a bit lately. The decision by Ford to cease local manufacturing in 2016 has certainly helped. But increased scrutiny has also brought government assistance to the automotive sector into the spotlight. In the face of declining sales the public is asking why […]

The future of the Aussie ute appears rooted

Australia moves one step closer to the loss of its automotive manufacturing sector with News Ltd reporting the Holden ute will face the axe by 2016. We already know that’s the year Ford Australia will stop making the Falcon and the long-term future of the Commodore is on shaky ground, too. A decline in sales […]

The world’s fastest ute?

When we first saw pics of the Holden VF ute circulating at the Nürbugring we sensed it was little more than a marketing gimmick. And it looks as though we were right. With the VF SSV Redline ute Holden is claiming the title of the world’s fastest utlility vehicle at the Ring, a title which, […]

Germany v Australia

Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar brings us a clash of cultures with a great V8 estate debate. It’s the Audi RS4 versus the Vauxhall (nee Holden) VXR8. Germany v Australia. David v Goliath. We love fast wagons here at AUSmotive and, really, who doesn’t love a V8! Which would you choose? [Thanks to John for the […]