Holden's history
with Australia

Founded in 1856 as a saddle maker, Holden has a
relationship with Australia like no other car company
- a relationship that we are very proud of.

Decades of contribution

Holden's relationship with Australia started over 100 years ago.
It's a relationship like no other car company has enjoyed.


Today, Holden continues to push boundaries and stay at the cutting edge of technology. The VF Commodore range, launched in 2013, became one of the most advanced vehicles to wear the Holden badge. Lighter, smarter and more streamline, it contained a vast array of integrated high technology features, combined with its renowned performance prowess.

The latest model lineup now includes the stunning Astra, Cascada and Insignia; with super sharp looks and performance to match. Now celebrating over 60 years of heritage, it's exciting to see what the future will hold.

Heritage - Timeline 2010s - Image
Heritage - Timeline 2000s


At the turn of the millennium, Holden put their efforts into refining existing technologies, to great accolade. The Monaro sports coupe launch at the Sydney Motor Show in 2001 set the decade off in style; with the last produced auctioned for charity and fetching $187,600.

The all new VE Commodore was to follow, representing the fourth generation of Australia's best-selling car range and winning the 2006 Wheels Car of the Year and Australian Design Awards for its performance, refinement, fit and finish.


The nineties saw Holden continue to push the boundaries of technological innovation. The 1993 VR Commodore was the most technically sophisticated to date, with more safety features than any other car in the family price bracket. The 1997 VT Commodore continued to make further strides in this area along with class-leading vehicle dynamics; the culmination of a $600 million investment and the most advanced new vehicle technology program ever.

Exports of the Family II four-cylinder reach the 3-million mark by 1999, the VT Commodores smashed the FAI 1000 Bathurst, taking 1-2-3 on the podium and the Commodore became the top-selling car of the decade.

Heritage - Timeline 1990s
Heritage - Timeline 1980s


The eighties were a time of evolution and new ventures for Holden. The VH and VK models represented further technology refinements culminating in the VL Commodore. This was complete with host of design improvements including a new six-cylinder engine. By 1981, the four millionth Holden was sold, and the first 4WD vehicle was launched, the Holden Jackaroo.

The JB Camira marked another first, as Holden made their foray into front wheel drive. In fact, our motoring innovations led to the GM's SunRaycer winning the first first cross-continental solar race and the VN Commodore range winning the 1988 Car of the Year award from Wheels, Car Australia and Modern Motor.


At the start of the seventies, Holden introduced the final refinement of the HK/HT series; the HG Holden. The car was the first full-sized model to include the Australian-built Trimatic automatic transmission. But the star of the decade was the Holden Commodore; an iconic car that won the admiration of the people.

This smaller and lighter model was the legendary first of the 14 model series spanning 30 years. By 1977, Holden had maintained market leadership for the 25th consecutive year.

Heritage - Timeline 1970s
Heritage - Timeline 1960s


American-fever hit Australian shores in the sixties and the FB Holden was born. More akin in design to US cars, this marked a new Holden for a new decade. The model was closely followed by the 1961 EK Holden. This facelift included the addition of the three-speed Hydra-matic and the chance for hundreds of thousands of Australians to experience their first automatic.

In 1963, the EH Holden was launched, becoming the fastest selling Australian car ever. During its 18-month manufacture, buyers snapped up a record 256,959 units. This surge in Holden sales continued and led to the two millionth Holden being produced before the decade was out - doubling output since 1962.


The fifties were an exciting time for Holden. Just before the turn of the decade, the 48-125 (FX) Holden became a beacon of national pride; 'the car made in Australia, for Australia'. After the unexpected success of this plain and practical six-cylinder sedan, the fifties marked a production boom, with over 500,000 Holden's produced by the end of the decade.

This included the FJ Holden - one of the most fondly regarded of all early Holdens and one of the first cars that ordinary Australians every owned. By the mid-fifties Holden were the market leader and had begun to produce more modern designs like the FE Holden, followed by the 1958 FC Holden. Holden now outsold the nearest competitor by two to one.

Heritage - Timeline 1950s