Holden Commodore is a large family vehicle that’s extremely well suited to all Australian roads – be they smooth motorways, dirt roads that have seen better days – or everything in between. In this Used Car Checkout, we are going to look at the Commodore from the VE series which was introduced in August 2006. This was the first model that didn’t use an extensively modified German Opel platform. Instead, it sits on the global General Motors Zeta underpinnings. It has extensive local changes to suit Aussie driving conditions as… Read more

HOLDEN TRAX 2013 – 2019

When SUVs began to gain in popularity the larger ones were often seen as being 4WDs with rugged build and tough off-road ability. Thankfully, the little Trax doesn’t even pretend it has a go-anywhere image rather it’s a little city slicker that’s easy to punt around the city and burbs. Holden Trax has styling cues that break up the boxy design, with neat mudguards, bonnet and rear quarter panels. The swept down profile works nicely. Based on the underpinnings of the Holden Barina hatch the Trax has a taller body… Read more


Australia Post is releasing a new set of stamps that take a nostalgic look back at five of the iconic car models that made the Holden brand an Australian household name. The new stamps will feature “Australia’s Own Car” the 1948 Holden 48-215 sedan; the luxurious 1963 Holden EH Premier; the fast and flashy 1968 Holden HK Monaro GTS 327; the 1971 Holden HQ Kingswood Ute, a favourite of farmers and tradies; and the 2006 Holden VE Commodore SS V, from the highest-selling Holden car model series. Australia Post Executive… Read more


Holden Adventra was an early entrant in what is now called the crossover SUV market. That is a vehicle based on a station wagon, but with jacked up suspension and protection added to the body and underbody. Its added ride height gives the Adventra a tougher look than the standard Commodore wagon. A restyle of the body, particularly at the front where the squared-off bumper gives it plenty a “tuff” look. At the rear, the tailgate has a back window that can be opened separately. The Holden Crewman double-cab ute…. Read more


The Managing Director for GM Australia and New Zealand, Marc Ebolo, has announced that Holden’s heritage collection of production and concept vehicles is going on display in Australia.   The entire collection of more than 80 vehicles and 30 engines will be made available to car museums around the country for public display.   There has been considerable speculation with regards to what was going to happen to these iconic pieces of automotive heritage, and I?m pleased to reveal we are displaying our vehicle collection in Australia.  We have never thought about… Read more

HOLDEN CRUZE 2011- 2017

CAPTION: A. B. C. Though it’s often classed as a small car the Holden Cruze is quite large and almost belongs in the next size up. It has good leg and shoulder room for four adults. Three children in the back and parents in the front all have room to move. Comfort is generally good and noise, vibration and harshness are quite well suppressed. Rough roads do challenge the suspension at times, but for its class Cruze and the time it was acceptable. Cruze has a fair bit of Australian… Read more


Monaro ‘57D’ was raced by Kevin Bartlett and Spencer Martin

An Australian record was set when a 1969 HT Monaro 57D race car fetched three quarters of a million dollars at auction selling under the hammer to an Australian enthusiast. “There were seven bidders on the Holden Monaro which came down to two Australian enthusiasts who fought it out, both with the intention to keep the car within Australia,” commented Mr. Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions. The winning bidder of the famous Monaro wishes to remain anonymous. “The auction had a 95 per cent sell-through rate of cars… Read more

HOLDEN BARINA 2011 – 2018

2011 Holden Barina

Holden Barina is a small car that has been around in Australia in one form or another since 1985. Interestingly its name is a local one, being aboriginal for Summit. It’s sold in other countries with a variety of marques and names, but we reckon our name’s the best. After several iterations a virtually all-new Barina was introduced in October 2011. We are covering it in this week’s used car review. Considerably more sophisticated than its predecessors it has electronically stability program, as well as infotainment technology that included GM’s… Read more


2012 Opel Insignia

The German made Opel Insignia is sold as a medium-large sedan and a station wagon. Though it was launched in Europe in 2009 it didn’t reach Australia until September 2012. Insignia turned out to be a failed marketing experiment in this country. The idea was to promote it as an upmarket European import, rather than just another Holden. But Holden got greedy and added several thousand dollars to the prices of the Opel range. Buyers didn’t accept this and the Opel experiment lasted less than a year. Many who did… Read more

HOLDEN CAPTIVA 2006 – 2018

2011 Holden Captiva

Holden Captiva is medium-large SUV class. Buyers tell us they chose it because of its good interior space after comparison with competitors such as Ford Territory and Toyota Kluger. Sales were high virtually from day one, ironically as it turned out, because buyers liked what the saw as the security of the Holden brand so there are plenty of Captivas to choose from in the used-car scene. Take advantage of this by selecting from the multiple offerings to find a quality one that suits your needs. Though it was imported… Read more