GM Holden Ltd was an automaker that operated in Australia, based in Port Melbourne, Victoria. The company was founded in 1856 as a saddlery business, but later moved into the automotive field, becoming a subsidiary of the U.S.-based General Motors (GM) in 1931. Holden has taken charge of vehicle operations for GM in Australasia and, on behalf of GM, holds partial ownership of GM Daewoo in South Korea
Since its automotive beginnings, Holden had offered a range of locally manufactured vehicles, either of their own or foreign design. Imported vehicles from within GM have supplemented these Australian-made cars, providing Holden with a full range of models. In the past, third party automakers had fulfilled this responsibility.
From 2010 Holden incurred losses due to the strong Australian dollar, and reductions of government grants and subsidies. This led to the announcement on December
11, 2013 that Holden would cease vehicle and engine production by the end of 2017.
On 20 October 2017, the last existing vehicle plant located in Elizabeth, South Australia was closed. Holden continues solely as an importer of vehicles.
The Holden Torana is a mid-sized car manufactured by Holden from 1967 to 1980. The name comes from an Aboriginal word meaning "to fly". The original HB series Torana was released in 1967 and was a four-cylinder compact vehicle closely based on the British Vauxhall Viva HB series of 1966 - 1970
Holden Special (1953-1968)
1953 Holden Special FJ
1958 Holden Special FE
1968 Holden Special HR
The Holden Special is a mid-size car that was manufactured by Holden for Australasia. Introduced as the top-level trim in the new Holden FJ range of 1953, the Special was complemented by the entry-level Holden Standard and the mid-range Holden Business. The Business was in fact already available, introduced in July 1953 in the 48 series first seen in 1948. Three months later, the FJ was introduced, therefore forming a three-model lineup based around one car. A "Standard"-type variant also existed in the 48 series, but had been marketed simply as the "Holden".
There were also coupé utility and panel van variants, introduced in 1951 (48) and 1953 (FJ) respectively. These were both based on the Standard, although neither were badged this way. Collectively, the two cars were known as the Holden utility and panel van
Holden HQ Kingswood (1971-1974)
1972 Holden HQ Belmont
The Holden HQ series is a range of automobiles that was produced by Holden in Australia from 1971 to 1974. The HQ was released on July
15, 1971, replacing the Holden HG series. It was the first ground up redesign of the Holden line since its original release in 1948, and included an all-new body, chassis, and suspension. The HQ was later developed into a series of successor models, finally ending production when the WB series was discontinued in 1984.
Holden Commodore (1978-present)
1978 Holden Commodore
2019 Holden Commodore GTS
The Holden Commodore is a medium to large sedan sold by Holden since 1978. It was manufactured from 1978 to 2017 in Australia and from 1979 to 1990 in New Zealand, with production in Australia ending on October
20-, 2017. From 2018 the Holden Commodore is fully imported from Germany.
Holden Mid Size
Holden FE (1956-1958)
1956-1958-Holden FE Special
The Holden FE is an automobile which was produced by Holden in Australia from 1956 to 1958. It was also the first Holden to be assembled in New Zealand, where General Motors New Zealand built their first
vehicle on January 31, 1957.
Holden Astra (2015-present)
2017 Holden Astra LTZ
The Holden Astra is a compact car marketed by Holden. Spanning six generations, the original, Australia-only Astra of 1984 was a derivative of the locally produced Nissan Pulsar, as was the 1987 Astra. It was succeeded by the Holden Nova in 1989—another unique-to-Australia model line. From 1995, the Holden Astra name was used in New Zealand, for a badge engineered version of the Opel Astra, which had been sold locally as an Opel since 1993.
Holden Barina (1985-2018)
1985 Holden Barina
2018 Holden Barina
The Holden Barina is a subcompact automobile sold between 1985 to 2018 by Holden in Australasia. Each of the six generations have been badge-engineered versions of various General Motors vehicles, namely Suzuki Cultus, Opel Corsa, and Daewoo Kalos. Barina is an Australian aboriginal word meaning "summit"
Holden Spark (1998-present)
2010 Holden Barina Spark
2016 Holden Spark
A rebadged Chevrolet Spark which is a city car produced by GM Korea, originally marketed prominently as the Daewoo Matiz. It has been available solely as a five-door hatchback.
The first generation of Daewoo Matiz was launched in 1998 by General Motors' South Korean division GM Korea, previously known as Daewoo Motors, replacing the Daewoo Tico. After the General Motors company took control over Daewoo Motors in 2002, it has increasingly been marketed under the Chevrolet badge. The second generation model was introduced in 2005, with the third generation launched in 2010.
Holden Trax (2013-present)
2018 Holden Trax LTZ
A rebadged Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV built by Chevrolet since 2013. The car is based on the GM Gamma II platform, which is shared with the Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic, as well as the Opel Mokka/Buick Encore.
Holden Trailblazer (2001-2012)
2017 Holden Trailblazer LTZ
A rebadged Chevrolet TrailBlazer is a mid-size sport utility vehicle that has been produced by General Motors since 2001 (except between 2010 and 2011).
Holden Captiva (2006-2018)
2016 Holden Captiva LTZ
The Holden Captiva is a crossover SUV produced from 2006 to 2018 by GM Korea, previously known as Daewoo.
Holden Equinox (2005-present)
2018 Holden Equinox
A rebadged Chevrolet Equinox which is a series of compact crossover SUV
built by Chevrolet, introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year.
Holden Acadia (2007-present)
2019 Holden Acadia LTZ
A rebadged GMC Acadia which is a mid-size crossover SUV built by GMC. The first generation GMC Acadia shared the GM Lambda platform with the Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave. The Acadia went on sale in 2006 as a 2007 model in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Acadia replaces three of the 7- or 8-seater vehicles on the Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership network, the mid-size GMC Safari van, the GMC Envoy, and the Pontiac Montana SV6 minivan for the domestic market
Holden Coupe Utility
Holden Coupe Utility
1937 Chevrolet Coupe Utility
1948 Chevrolet Coupe Utility
1952 Chevrolet Coupe Utility
Coupe utilities have been produced in Australia since the 1930s. The three major Australian manufacturers (GM-Holden, Ford and Chrysler) offered coupe utility versions of their most popular models and many of the smaller manufacturers also offered coupe utilities in their range. In many situations if a coupe utility was not available as part of the regular model range an aftermarket coachbuilder would build one to customer order. Coupe utilities were also offered by various manufacturers on light truck style chassis alongside their regular style pickup and cab-chassis models.
Holden Colorado (2008-present)
2012 Holden Colorado
2019 Holden Colorado Z71 Extreme
The Holden Colorado utility vehicle and similar Holden Colorado 7 sport utility vehicle (SUV) are sold in Australasia by Holden.
Introduced in 2008 to replace the Holden Rodeo, the Colorado is built in Thailand and is in its second generation.
Get Your Very Own Holden Scale Models
Holden L34 Scale Model Shown
Approx. 7-1/2" Long
Scaled replicas of cars and trucks
Die-cast metal body with plastic details
Opening doors on all - some with opening hoods and trunks