Posts from ‘Australia’

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.

2014 Chevrolet SS

2014 Chevrolet SS

General Motors today announced pricing for the 2014 Chevrolet SS. This large, rear-wheel drive, 4-door sedan will start at $44,470. The MSRP includes destination, but not the U.S. government’s excise gas-guzzler tax, the amount of which was unknown as of this writing.


2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV

Photos by Ian Merritt

Note: Also check out Damon’s Cop Car Walk-around: 2012 Dodge Charger Police Car.


The camouflaged Chevrolet SS racecar is tested at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the 2013 NASCAR season.

After dropping strong hints for close to a year, Chevrolet has confirmed that a rear-drive, V8-powered large sedan will join its North American lineup in late 2013. Slated for the hallowed SS (Super Sport) moniker, the new 2014 model is essentially the showroom counterpart of the brand’s 2013-season NASCAR racer. It also appears to be a civilian version of the new-for-2012 Caprice PPV (Police  Patrol Vehicle) that’s sold strictly to law enforcement and other government agencies.

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.