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32 discontinued models

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Holden is the emblem of the outback, an ostensibly rugged car  that has ben Australia's nr. 1 drive for almost 70 years now. Years before Daimler would build his motorized coach in 1885 setting the cornerstone in automobile development, a saddlery opened in Adelaide, Australia. Established by British immigrant James Alexander Holden in 1856, the small firm went through a series and partnerships, changing its profile in the process. The saddlery began offering minor car upholstery repairs and started production of hoods and side curtains.

The company's area of expertise extended until in 1913 when the Holden workshop began producing motorcycle sidecar bodies. Thus, Holden's Motor Body Builders Ltd, or HMBB, came to be in 1999.Again, the company's activity broadened to the point of manufacturing different types of bodies to match chassis important form different foreign producers, such as Chevrolet. GM, who had already encompassed Chevrolet and had started to establish subsidiaries worldwide caught an eye of Holden's business and purchased it in 1931. Holden has been part of Gm ever since, having been renamed into GM Holden Ltd.

The Australian car manufacturer was a great investment as  it soon turned into Australia's main car maker. Following Holden's merger with the American automotive industry colossus, the latter was persuaded by the Austalian government to build an 'aboriginal' vehicle. In response to these demands, the 48/215 was released in 1948. Based on a 1949 Chevy design, the medium-seized  2.1 liter engine equipped car was strange to any fancy mechanics. Instead, it was reliable and powerful enough to become an instant favorite.

Its supremacy was threatened by increasing competition but managed to hold the top-selling car position throughout that time. The futility of the competitor's efforts allowed Holden to focus on developing new models and reach new grounds. Several cars such as the Kingswood and Ute were released and exported to New Zeeland, South Africa and Indonesia among others where they sold as rebadged Holdens or Chevys.

During the 70's, Holden has produced a variety of Vauxhall based cars, including the popular Tonara that was later replaced by the medium-sized Camira. Ironically, Camira became the inspiration for a later Vauxhall model, the Cavalier.

The 80's brought forth a government conducted automotive industry restructuring plan which allowed full model share among local manufacturers. Following an agreement with  Japanese producers  Nissan and establishment of a joint venture (UAAI) with Toyota, Holden began selling rebadged versions of the Nissan Pulsar and Toyota Camry and Corolla.

Holden kept these models in production until the 90's when the UAAI, the Australian Automobile Industries, was dissolved. Subsequently, Holden leaned towards GM and began producing cars inspired from GM owned products. Opel became a constant source of Holden vehicle offerings with models such as the Astra and Vectra. The Corsa was also acquired, having been sold as the Holden Barina.

Starting with the 21st century Holden has partially discarded the Opel models and has started looking  into the GM owned Daewoo auto-catalog for inspiration. It is still one of the leading brands in Australia while its lion-badge is a common sight on cars in South Africa, Trinidad Tobago, Indonesia and other countries where Holden cars are exported.
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production models:
sort:yearname
HOLDEN Commodore Sedan specs and photos

HOLDEN Commodore Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Natural gas · Diesel

6 generations

2018 - present
HOLDEN Trax specs and photos

HOLDEN Trax

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2016 - present
HOLDEN Caprice/Statesman specs and photos

HOLDEN Caprice/Statesman

sedans

Gasoline · Natural gas

4 generations

2010 - present
HOLDEN Rodeo specs and photos

HOLDEN Rodeo

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2003 - present
HOLDEN Combo specs and photos

HOLDEN Combo

vans

Gasoline

1 generation

2002 - present
HOLDEN Malibu specs and photos

HOLDEN Malibu

sedans

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2013 - present
HOLDEN Barina RS specs and photos

HOLDEN Barina RS

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2014 - present
HOLDEN Cruze Mk II specs and photos

HOLDEN Cruze Mk II

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2008 - present
 
discontinued models:
sort:yearname
HOLDEN 48-215 specs and photos

HOLDEN 48-215

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1948 - 1953
HOLDEN Adventra specs and photos

HOLDEN Adventra

wagons

Gasoline

1 generation

2003 - 2007
HOLDEN Astra 3 Doors specs and photos

HOLDEN Astra 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2004 - 2009
HOLDEN Astra 5 Doors specs and photos

HOLDEN Astra 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2009
HOLDEN Astra Caravan specs and photos

HOLDEN Astra Caravan

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2003 - 2009
HOLDEN Astra TwinTop specs and photos

HOLDEN Astra TwinTop

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2007 - 2009
HOLDEN Barina 3 Doors specs and photos

HOLDEN Barina 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2005 - 2011
HOLDEN Barina 5 Doors specs and photos

HOLDEN Barina 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2016 - 2018
HOLDEN Barina Sedan specs and photos

HOLDEN Barina Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2012 - 2018
HOLDEN Barina Spark specs and photos

HOLDEN Barina Spark

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2010 - 2016
HOLDEN Captiva specs and photos

HOLDEN Captiva

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

3 generations

2016 - 2018
HOLDEN Captiva MaXX specs and photos

HOLDEN Captiva MaXX

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2006 - 2011
HOLDEN Commodore Wagon specs and photos

HOLDEN Commodore Wagon

wagons

Gasoline · Natural gas

4 generations

2015 - 2017
HOLDEN Crewman specs and photos

HOLDEN Crewman

trucks

Gasoline

1 generation

2003 - 2007
HOLDEN Cruze Mk I specs and photos

HOLDEN Cruze Mk I

suvs

Gasoline

1 generation

2002 - 2005
HOLDEN Drover specs and photos

HOLDEN Drover

suvs

Gasoline

1 generation

1985 - 1987
HOLDEN Drover Deluxe specs and photos

HOLDEN Drover Deluxe

suvs

Gasoline

1 generation

1985 - 1987
HOLDEN EJ Wagon specs and photos

HOLDEN EJ Wagon

wagons

Gasoline

1 generation

1962 - 1963
HOLDEN Epica specs and photos

HOLDEN Epica

sedans

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2007 - 2011
HOLDEN FE specs and photos

HOLDEN FE

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1956 - 1958
HOLDEN FJ specs and photos

HOLDEN FJ

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1953 - 1956
HOLDEN Frontera MX specs and photos

HOLDEN Frontera MX

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1997 - 2003
HOLDEN HJ specs and photos

HOLDEN HJ

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1974 - 1976
HOLDEN HZ specs and photos

HOLDEN HZ

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1977 - 1980
HOLDEN Jackaroo specs and photos

HOLDEN Jackaroo

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1998 - 2002
HOLDEN Monaro specs and photos

HOLDEN Monaro

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

2001 - 2006
HOLDEN Statesman specs and photos

HOLDEN Statesman

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2006 - 2010
HOLDEN Tigra specs and photos

HOLDEN Tigra

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2009
HOLDEN Ute specs and photos

HOLDEN Ute

trucks

Gasoline · Natural gas

4 generations

2015 - 2017
HOLDEN Vectra Liftback specs and photos

HOLDEN Vectra Liftback

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2002 - 2005
HOLDEN Vectra Sedan specs and photos

HOLDEN Vectra Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2002 - 2005
HOLDEN Zafira specs and photos

HOLDEN Zafira

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1999 - 2005