Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore: it’s the end of the road

January 29th, 2013 by darren

Even legends have to go. Such is the lessons we have learned this January from the rapidly changing Australian market. Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore, two of the country’s favourite cars, are both preparing to go out of production before the end of 2016.

Commodore’s 2016 final stop was announced at the Detroit Motor Show by Holden’s Chairman, Mike Devereux, while Ford’s plans to cut down the Falcon’s production on the same year, as well as the possibility to Continue reading “Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore: it’s the end of the road” »

Holden Volt 2012 Review

January 29th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

Here is the bridge to the full EV (electric vehicle). It’s a sensible option that gives you up to 80km of highway cruising using fully electric motoring, but with a petrol engine that will back you up another 450-500km if you need the extended range.

200kg of batteries provides the motive urge: 114kW comes from two electric motors, one of which charges the batteries when you’re decelerating.

At the best part of 1800kg I expected the Volt to handle Continue reading “Holden Volt 2012 Review” »

Holden Barina Hatch CDX 1.6 2012 Review

January 10th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

It doesn’t seem that long ago since we sampled the Barina (in CD trim), but it was a whole year. I remember thinking that Holden had dramatically improved the looks over the previous model, and my opinion is still the same. The Barina is a well-crafted supermini with some interesting detailing and a strong forward stance.

In terms of looks, it’s pretty much the same. Imagine yourself an hour older and that’s how much the Barina has changed on the outside. On the inside, it’s a different story, and it’s mostly down to the inclusion of Holden’s MyLink media system.

Showing just how far vehicle manufacturers want to Continue reading “Holden Barina Hatch CDX 1.6 2012 Review” »

Holden Colorado LTZ Crew Cab 2012 Review

September 28th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

The top of the range 2WD Holden Colorado is the LTZ, designed to appeal to urban tradespeople, those that need to tow large loads like race cars and boats, and those that won’t need the off-road capability of four-wheel drive.

The 2WD models are available in single cab or crew cab (4 doors); 4WD models have the option of a ‘space cab’ which is a 2-door, but with rear seats. Space cab gives an extra 300mm of tray space over the crew cab option.

Its urban leanings are confirmed with the additional kit you get over the more agricultural focused 4WD models, or the base model LX (which can be had for as little as $44,400). You’ll be up for $49,900 RRP and for that the additional exterior features include fog lamps, LED tail lamps, projector headlamps a sports bar in the tray and side steps.

The tray comes with a soft tonneau cover which Continue reading “Holden Colorado LTZ Crew Cab 2012 Review” »

Holden Captiva 7 LX 2012 Review

September 21st, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

The Captiva 7 is Holden’s seven-seat SUV that aims to provide comfortable driving with a smidgen of off-road nous at a competitive price.

While Holden is most widely recognised with its Commodore, the past few years it’s been building up a battalion of Cruze, Barina and Captiva models to flesh out its presence on the roads. The Colorado hasn’t made such an impact around the cities, and the Epica is long gone and best forgotten.

The Captiva is a car that you don’t Continue reading “Holden Captiva 7 LX 2012 Review” »

Holden Captiva 5 Series II 2012 Review

September 11th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

There’s a lot of choice in the mid-sized SUV range and you can spend some significant dollars getting what you want. However, Holden has introduced the Captiva 5 Series II which starts at $38,490 for the manual gearbox, 2.4-litre petrol, two-wheel drive model – a price that, on the face of it, seems to represent good value for money.

Our test model, though is the 2.2-litre turbodiesel version which is four-wheel drive. It will set you back a tenner under forty-five grand. This doesn’t seem like such good value. Let me explain why. Continue reading “Holden Captiva 5 Series II 2012 Review” »

Holden Sportwagon Series II SV6 2012 Review

September 7th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

Holden does a good job of making a station wagon look mean. The flared arches flex above the 18-inch alloys. A front splitter with fog lights caps off the aggressive nose, and strong lines are arrow-straight down the flank to a smoothly contoured rear.

Being the SV6, the heart of this Holden is a 3-litre SIDI direct injection V6 (which will take E85 biofuel), though you can opt for a 3.6-litre vapour injection LPG V6. The transmission is a six-speed auto with Active Select which matches the revs on downshifts for a smoother braking experience. The gearbox is Continue reading “Holden Sportwagon Series II SV6 2012 Review” »

Holden Releases Special Edition Z-Series Range

September 5th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

Holden has announced details of a Special Edition “Z-Series” range that combines luxury and sport features with exceptional value for money.

The exciting “Z-Series” range is available on comfort and sports models across all VE body styles and is packed full of features, value and excitement.

Holden New Zealand Managing Director, Jeff Murray, is confident that the new Z-Series range is one of the best special editions offered by Holden.

“Z-Series is a range we think that Kiwi’s will be drawn to not only because of the feature packed options available but the Z-Series also looks great and shows Holden’s ongoing commitment to bring top quality cars to the market,” Murray said.

“There’s something in the Z-Series range for everyone whether you are looking for real sports performance, more comfort and luxury or just one of the best large car options in the market the Z-Series offers great value.

“For customers still in the market for a large family Sportwagon or a luxurious large car for home or business the Z-Series really does tick all the boxes.”
Vehicle line-up and specification are detailed below.

Commodore Z-Series (sedan and Sportwagon):

  • 18 inch alloy wheels – 4 (current Caprice wheel)
  • Front fog lamps with chrome surrounds on front fog lamps
  • Rear park assist
  • Rear view camera
  • Leather appointed seats
  • Leather wrap steering wheel
  • Chrome highlights in instrument cluster
  • Black bezel headlamps
  • ‘Z-Series’ carpet mats
  • Lip spoiler (sedan only)
  • Cargo blind (wagon only)
  • Chrome door frame opening (sedan only)
  • ‘Z-Series’ and ‘Commodore’ badges

SV6 (sedan / Sportwagon) and SS Z-Series (sedan):

  • 19 inch alloy wheels – 4 (LPG SV6 variants maintains current 18 inch alloy wheels-4)
  • Rear view camera
  • Rear park assist
  • Leather bolstered seats
  • ‘Z-Series’ carpet mats
  • ‘Z-Series’ badges
  • Chrome door frame opening (sedan only)

SV6 and SS Z-Series (Ute):

  • 19 inch alloy wheels – 4 (LPG SV6 variants maintains current 18 inch alloy wheels-4)
  • Leather bolstered seats
  • ‘Z-Series’ carpet mats
  • ‘Z-Series’ badges

SSV Z-Series (sedan, Sportwagon and Ute):

  • 19 inch forged alloy wheels – 4 (from Redline)
  • Front Brembo brakes
  • FE3 sports suspension
  • Sunroof (sedan only)
  • ‘Z-Series’ carpet mats
  • ‘Z-Series’ badges

Z-Series Pricing
The recommended retail price of the ‘Z-Series’ range will be:

Comfort Range:

  • Commodore Z-Series 3.0L V6 Sedan (petrol) Auto $49,990
  • Commodore Z-Series 3.6L V6 sedan (LPG) Auto* $53,490
  • Commodore Z-Series 3.0L V6 Sportwagon (petrol) Auto $52,390
  • Commodore Z-Series 3.6L V6 Sportwagon (LPG) Auto* $55,890

Sports Range:

  • Commodore 3.6L SV6 Z-Series Sedan (petrol) Auto $55,490
  • Commodore 3.6L SV6 Z-Series Sportwagon (petrol) Auto $57,890
  • Commodore 3.6L SV6 Z-Series Sedan (LPG) Auto* $58,990
  • Commodore 3.6L SV6 Z-Series Sportwagon (LPG) Auto* $61,390
  • Commodore 3.6L SV6 Z-Series Utility (petrol) Auto $49,000
  • Commodore 6.0L SS V8 Z-Series Utility (petrol) Auto $55,400
  • Commodore 6.0L SSV V8 Z-Series Sedan Auto $71,590
  • Commodore 6.0L SSV V8 Z-Series Sportwagon (petrol) Auto $74,290
  • Commodore 6.0L SSV V8 Z-Series Utility (petrol) Man / Auto $60,100

*Dealer/customer order only

Coinciding with the new packs, Holden will introduce a new colour to the VE and WM range. Inspired by the Holden Efijy show car, Alchemy is a new luxurious deep purple hue that will give Commodore stand-out style on the road. This colour replaces Mirage Glow.