Holden's in our hearts

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How many different brands of cars are there in the world? This article lists car brands made in each and every country in the world. There are heaps! Did you know Ireland created a car label called the Shamrock, and Russia created something called Dragon?! It would take years to tell the history of each car on the planet, but we’ve gone with a good old Australian classic for this blog post.

Today’s story is all about one of Australia’s most well-loved brands, Holden, and if you’re a fan, you probably know that the brand has experienced quite a lot of change since 2013 when the company announced that they would eventually stop manufacturing vehicles in Australia. Becoming a sales company and car importer instead, Holden’s last locally manufactured car rolled off a production line in Adelaide late last year, after 150 years of being known as the “Australian Car Company.” The company developed a mantra “our last car will be our best car.” Holden will continue to design Commodores, but they will now be designed and engineered by Opel in Germany.

Production was halted here as a result of the high Australian dollar, high wages, import barriers and the lack of government subsidies.

In a Holden blog post, they chronicle their history, beginning from 1856 when they opened as a saddlery, then moved on to horse-drawn carriages. During WW1 they started building car bodies, and by 1929 they were the largest car bodybuilder in The Commonwealth. Holden created the cars that ring bells to this day like the FX, the FJ, the EH, the Monaro, and the Commodore. Business was especially booming for them in the 50s, 60s and 70s. By this point the company had sold over one million Holdens and was employing thousands of workers. Holden became a household name, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an Australian today who can’t identify a Commodore.

At Carzoos we’re proud to sell amazing Holden’s to people at Carzoos, and we are cheering them on however they choose to evolve! Watch this video to see a brief recap of this carefully built brand.

Side note: According to the article mentioned in the beginning, other Australian car brands do still exist, with names like Python, Hammer, Kaditcha, Bullet and Zeta, so, who knows, perhap Australia isn’t yet finished with car manufacturing.