Holden Road Tests

Trax stays on track

Trax stays on track

When Holden launched the Trax in 2013, it was, in some respects, a vehicle ahead of its time: a compact sports utility spawned from a front-wheel drive light car platform.

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Astra hatch classy and sporty

Astra hatch classy and sporty

Opt for the current Holden Astra in hatchback guise and you'll be choosing a car that was crowned 2016 European Car of the Year as an Opel.

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Update propels Holden Colorado ahead

Update propels Holden Colorado ahead

Holden versus Ford equals Commodore versus Falcon. For as long as most of us can remember, this equation has defined the fiercest rivalry in New Zealand and Australian automotive circles.

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Holden Colorado up to the task

Holden Colorado up to the task

Gold-medal sales status might still be within grasp of Holden's one-tonne ute as the result of a near Olympian redevelopment but this year, at least, it will have to settle for bronze.

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Holden Colorado up to the task

Holden Colorado up to the task

Gold-medal sales status might still be within grasp of Holden's one-tonne ute as the result of a near Olympian redevelopment but this year, at least, it will have to settle for bronze.

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A fair bit of shine in new Holden Spark

A fair bit of shine in new Holden Spark

Badge engineering will not be unknown for Holden once it quits making cars, but it will be kept to a minimum.

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Updated Commodore has old-school appeal

Updated Commodore has old-school appeal

One chance against the clock. It started well enough, sweetly nailing the first challenge, an off-camber left-hander that caught out more than a few, and keeping pretty good speed through the following big curving right turn.

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Insignia an ice-breaker for Holden

Insignia an ice-breaker for Holden

Call me Richard Bosselman-kunen: I've just aced the ''Scandinavian flick'', a cornering technique that the Nordic rally gods I've long worshipped use to maintain speed in low-grip situations.

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Holden double act provides niche panache

Holden double act provides niche panache

Scarcity is the tie that binds Holden's latest products. You don't see many convertible and three-door hardtop cars for good reason: they're select tastes.

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Plenty of appeal in new Holden Trax

Plenty of appeal in new Holden Trax

A new 1.4-litre turbo engine boosts the appeal of the Holden Trax. David Thomson reports back after a week behind the wheel of the compact sports utility machine.

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Holden covers bases with Colorado

Holden covers bases with Colorado

With light commercials and SUVs spearheading the current increase in new vehicle sales, Holden's update of its Colorado is timely. David Thomson reports.

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Holden Barina a whole lot of fun

Holden Barina a whole lot of fun

When Holden announced a performance version of its Barina was in the pipeline, hot­-hatch purists might well have raised an eyebrow; built in Korea, and known in most parts of the world as the Chevrolet Aveo, the current Barina seems an unlikely source car for sporting desire.

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Holden on the mark with updated Cruze

Holden on the mark with updated Cruze

The Cruze has been a key model for Holden these past few years, and ranks second only to the Toyota Corolla for sales in the small-medium segment.

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Holden Commodore SV6 the best of the breed

Holden Commodore SV6 the best of the breed

Many are picking that the new VF Holden Commodore will be the last true-blue Australian-designed and built saloon. David Thomson gets behind the wheel of the SV6 version to see what it offers.

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Holden Volt: Powering into the future

Holden Volt: Powering into the future

With the daily work commute, school and children's sport drop-offs, and general running around, it's amazing how much driving a family manages in the course of a week. Typically 250km to 350km in my case.

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Tough new Colorado tailored to Kiwi tastes

Tough new Colorado tailored to Kiwi tastes

My second time around in the Holden Colorado actually proved to be something of a fresh experience.

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Holden's cute new Barina Spark ticks the boxes

Holden's cute new Barina Spark ticks the boxes

Glistening and, in the right light almost glowing, the Holden Barina Spark CDX test car supplied to Drivesouth could have been an eye-catcher on colour alone.

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Holden Cruze: Smart styling at a sharp price

Holden Cruze: Smart styling at a sharp price

Holden's new Cruze is already performing well on the sales charts, but how does it perform on the road? David Thomson takes to the wheel of the turbo-diesel version to find out.

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Holden Sportwagon focuses on popular lifestyle market

Holden Sportwagon focuses on popular lifestyle market

Content to leave the utilitarian end of the large wagon market to the Ford Falcon, Holden has private lifestyle buyers in its sights with its new Sportwagon. David Thomson tests the flagship Calais variant to assess the new approach.

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Holden VXR: Believe it or not, this is an HSV hatchback

Holden VXR: Believe it or not, this is an HSV hatchback

Has Holden's muscle car arm taken leave of its senses by sticking its badge on a 2-litre compact car? David Thomson heads out in the HSV VXR to find out.

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