1880s: The Holden and Frost company was building (horse) carriages and coaches.
1914: The firm started building car bodies.
1924: The firm's name became Holden's Motor Body Builders.
1931: Holden's Motor Body Builders and General Motors Australia merged to form General Motors-Holden's Limited.
The Australian built and designed
Holden 48-215 (the "FX") first came off the production line;
6-cyl., 2.15 litres. The price
1956: Holden FE.
1958: Holden FC.
1960: Holden FB.
1961: Holden EK.
1962: Holden EJ.
1963: Holden EH.
1965: Holden HD.
1966: Holden HD.
1968: Holden HK. Options included a/c, and a V8.
1971: Holden HQ.
1974: Holden HJ.
1976: Holden HX.
1977: Holden HZ.
1978: The VB Commodore marked a move to
a more European kind of family car.
1980: Commodore VC. (A 4-cylinder 1.9 litre option, offered in response to rising fuel prices, was not popular compared to the 6 and V8.)
1981: Commodore VH.
1984: Commodore VK.
1986: Commodore VL.
With the introduction of ULP in Australia,
the VL had a Nissan-sourced 3 litre straight-6
(also a turbocharged version) which proved popular.
Alternatively there was a 5 litre
1988: Commodore VN, based on an Opel (.de) design. 3.8 litre V6 (or 5 litre V8), from $20,014.
1991: Commodore VP.
1993: Commodore VR.
1995: Commodore VS.
1997: Commodore VT, the 3rd major incarnation, from $29,760.
2000: Commodore VX.
2002: Commodore VY.
2004: Commodore VZ, 3.6 litre V6.
2006: Commodore VE, the 4th major design, priced from $36,490.
(Sportwagon station wagon version
2006: Holden introduced the Captiva SUV (.kr) into .au.
2011: After 15 years as the number one seller in .au,
the Commodore was toppled by the imported
2016 October 7: "...the final Holden Cruze rolling off the production line at the Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia. As Holden ... transition[s] from manufacturing to becoming a design, engineering and importing business ... Holden will continue to build the ... Commodore at Elizabeth until late 2017. ..." -- GM Holden.
2017, October 20: The end of Australian car production by last one standing, GM Holden.
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