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Sep
16
2016 Holden Commodore SS Redline, Last Holden Commodore

A pair of high-performance Holden Commodores: 2016 Redline SS (foreground) and 1978 SL/E.

The days of Australian-market GM vehicles that are actually produced in Australia are winding down. The last iteration of the home-built Holden Commodore was unveiled this week, capping a model line that dates back to 1978. Holden parent General Motors announced late in 2014 its intentions to end vehicle manufacturing in Australia.

Dec
11
Goodbye Holden

Holden became a division of General Motors in 1931. The company was founded in 1856 as a saddlery.

General Motors today announced plans to end vehicle and engine manufacturing in Australia and New Zealand, as well as greatly reducing its engineering presence in the region. Presented here is the press release explaining that decision.

GM to Transition to a National Sales Company in Australia and New Zealand

Company to cease manufacturing in Australia by 2017

DETROIT – As part of its ongoing actions to decisively address the performance of its global operations, General Motors today announced it would transition to a national sales company in Australia and New Zealand. The company also said it would discontinue vehicle and engine manufacturing and significantly reduce its engineering operations in Australia by the end of 2017.

May
16
NASCAR and the Holden Commodore

The 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP (pictured) is the last version of the Holden Commodore that was sold in the U.S.

A couple months ago, Chevrolet announced that the Impala was being retired from NASCAR competition. The company also confirmed that the brand would be racing a new nameplate in the 2013 Sprint Cup Series. The twist was that Chevy didn’t reveal the new car’s name. Ever since, the rumor mill has been in high gear trying to figure out the mystery, with a new rear-drive sedan called the SS being the prime suspect.

Jul
19
2005 Pontiac Bonneville GXP

2005 Pontiac Bonneville GXP

There are a handful of cars that really put General Motors’ Pontiac division on the map–memorable, exciting vehicles around which the Pontiac brand forged its image of sporty, near-luxury substance–and one of those was the Bonneville. The Bonneville name was first applied to a pair of Pontiac concept cars introduced at the 1954 General Motors Motorama. The moniker was first applied to a production model in 1957, when it became a topline version of the Star Chief convertible.

May
03
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

We lost Pontiac sometime in 2010. A few fleet-special G6 midsize sedans were made available as ’10 models, though many of them found their way into rental fleets before the end of 2009. After that, the lights went dark at General Motors’s Performance Division.

Sep
20
1974 Pontiac GTO

1974 Pontiac GTO

Just a thought: What if the 1974 Pontiac GTO was never actually named “GTO?” What if, instead of disappointing GTO loyalists, this extensively upgraded compact Pontiac had instead been called the Ventura GT?

Jul
26
Test Drive: 2018 Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic

2018 Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE in Borasco Grey

2015 Audi Q52018 Jaguar E-Pace R-Dynamic HSE

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 225

Fuel used: 12.1 gallons

Jul
02
Dancing on Tesla’s Grave

Why are so many members of the automotive media rooting for Tesla to fail?

“They’ve never turned a profit.”

This phrase has become the official battle cry of Tesla detractors nationwide. Industry pundits with an anti-Tesla axe to grind—and there are many–wield this sentence with the fervor of a sandwich-board prognosticator warning that the end is near.

Mar
07
1986 Stanza Wagon

1986 Nissan Stanza Wagon

When you think Nissan, you likely think of models such as the Altima, Pathfinder, Rogue, or some other popular, high-volume vehicle. Indeed, Nissan will come close to selling half a million Rogues and Rogue Sports in 2018.

Dec
21
1977 Ford Falcon

1976 Ford Falcon

An important automotive anniversary passed with little fanfare recently. At least, it passed with little fanfare here in the United States.