Figure released by VFACTS on May 5th show that the Australian new car market has taken a hammering from the Covid-19 lockdown. Compared to April 2019, sales are down by a massive 48.5% in new vehicle numbers, with just 38,926 units sold. in context however, it’s still a tick under 1,300 units per day. The […]Read More VFACTS Says The Cliff Is Here.
Calais. For some it’s a place to go to on holidays and experience life in another country. For Australians it may ring a bell as a nameplate that came from our own car builder. Holden first showed off the Calais in 1984 as part of the VK Commodore range. The VK was available with a […]Read More 2018 Holden ZB Calais Tourer V6 AWD
In November 1948 a car was unveiled in Australia by the then Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, in front of 400 guests. Called the 48-215, marketed simply as the “Holden”, and popularly known as the “FX” the car had a 45kW 2171cc straight six and had a design from America’s Chevrolet. Thirty years later, in October […]Read More 2018 Holden ZB Commodore RS: Car Review.
Car makers tend to have a vehicle that seems to define what that brand is. Holden has the Commodore and Kingswood, Ford the Falcon, Jaguar the XJ6. For Japanese goliath, Toyota, you can say Land Cruiser and Corolla and it’s the latter that perhaps embodies how a brand can be seen. A Wheel Thing checks out […]Read More 2017 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sedan: A Wheel Thing Car Review.
Holden’s manufacturing will cease in 2017 and to ease into the transition period Holden will increase the number of cars it will import. One of those is a true bahn stormer, the potent and stylish (Opel) Holden Insignia VXR V6 turbo, released in 2015. It’s an eyecatcher, the Insignia VXR. Lithe, curvy, assertive, bigger than […]Read More 2016 Holden Insignia VXR: A Wheel Thing Car Review.
With the Holden Commodore effectively the only local car Holden has built for some time (Cruze is a world car, not locally designed), the major changes the car has experienced have come at seemingly ever increasing gaps. Much like the HJ to HZ Kingswoods, changes were cosmetic or unseen, being located under the skin. It’s […]Read More Car Review: 2015 Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon
Although the icons of Australia’s automotive industry, Ford and Holden, went backwards in sales in 2015, overall sales hit the million mark for the fourth year in a row, with preliminary figures tipping 1.156 million. Holden went backwards by 2.9% and was within reach of Hyundai, with less than 1000 sales between the two. The […]Read More Australian Car Icons Slide Back Whilst Sales Overall Hit The Million Again.
Holden’s VF Commodore has been with us now for a couple of years, having being given a light redesign on the exterior from the VE and a good working over for the interior for the main part. There’s some weight reduction and added tech underneath as well. A update is due soon and Holden tends […]Read More Holden SS Storm Sportwagon review.
There’s something about the shape of a classic two door car that attracts the eyes like little else; Jaguar found that with the E-Type, Ferrari with the GTO (and pretty much every one of their cars!) and Australia’s Holden did it with the Monaro. July of 1968 saw the release of the first “two door […]Read More Classic Cars: Holden Monaro
The large car market in Australia is under threat. Entries classified as medium from Mazda, Kia and Hyundai have eroded the market share that cars such as the Commodore and Falcon once had. Nissan has continued to chip away, this time with the Altima, the successor to the Maxima. There’s four models, three with a […]Read More Long Bow Drawn: Nissan Altima Ti-S