Holden Road Tests

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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Holden: HSV W427 Australia's first genuine supercar

Holden: HSV W427 Australia's first genuine supercar

The new HSV W427 is the hottest Holden ever and Australia's first genuine supercar. Richard Bosselman slips behind the wheel.

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SV6 ute: Holden does away with utilitarian

SV6 ute: Holden does away with utilitarian

Holden utes have come a long way in recent years and, as David Thomson discovers, the VE version is the company's best effort.

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Thirsty Holden VE Ute the working man’s sportscar

Thirsty Holden VE Ute the working man’s sportscar

FROM what I’ve been told, the three big things in Albury, a rural hub on the New South Wales-Victoria border, are as follows.

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Holden's SUV is less than captivating

Holden's SUV is less than captivating

 

In this era of blended families, a few convoluted introductions are required from time to time, and such is the case with the Holden Captiva.

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Epica by name but modest by nature

Epica by name but modest by nature

SOLID IN execution, largely unspectacular in operation, the Epica reminds that Bathurst bravura does not fuel every kind of new Holden.

Pragmatism, not passion, has driven this project.

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It might not be nimble, but it surely is quick

It might not be nimble, but it surely is quick

HSV celebrates its 20th birthday this year with a range that comprises the fastest-accelerating Holden road cars produced. DAVID THOMSON gets to grips with the $77,990 ClubSport R8 manual.

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Holden delivers impressive flagship for VE range

Holden delivers impressive flagship for VE range

Holden has set itself a difficult task with the new Calais V8 by seeking to combine the traditional Calais luxury with a sharper, sporting edge.

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A surprising hatch release from Holden

A surprising hatch release from Holden

Amid all of the hype around the launch of the new VE-series Holden Commodore, a sleek new Holden has slipped into New Zealand largely unnoticed.

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Holden’s new SUV worth the wait

Holden’s new SUV worth the wait

It has been a long time coming, but Holden's new Captiva is worth the wait.

The sports utility vehicle enters the market at a sharp price, starting at $43,990 for the base five-seater SX model and seven-seater LX at $49,990, both built in South Korea.

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