2008 News Releases

2008-12-22 GM Holden To Build Small Carline Alongside Best-Selling Commodore
GM Holden will build an all-new small car in Australia alongside the country's best-sellingCommodore range. ...

2008-12-22 GM Holden's Small Car Announcement - Joint Media Release issued by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Senator the Hon Kim Carr

2008-12-22 GM Holden's Small Car Announcement - Speeches delivered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Senator the Hon Kim Carr

2008-12-22 GM Holden's Small Car Announcement - Speech delivered by Mark Reuss
Today marks a pivotal moment in GM Holden's proud sixty year journey of producing cars for Australian motorists. ...

2008-12-22 GM Holden To Build Small Carline Alongside Best-Selling Commodore
GM Holden will build an all-new small car in Australia alongside the country's best-sellingCommodore range. ...

2008-12-13 GM Holden Announces First Energy and Environment Director
GM Holden today announced the appointment of Richard Marshall as the first GM Holden Director - Energy and Environment, effective 12 January 2009. ...

2008-12-03 Commodore Omega Sedan Achieves 5-Star Safety Rating
GM Holden today acknowledged ANCAP's confirmation of a maximum five star safety rating for the upgraded VE Commodore Omega sedan, Holden's highest selling locally produced model. ...

2008-12-02 Rear-View Camera Makes Holden Sportwagon an Even Smarter Choice
GM Holden has introduced a rear-view camera option for all Sportwagon models, continuing to reinforce the popular Sportwagon as the smart new choice for families. ...

2008-12-01 Commodore Named Car Buyers Favourite for Sixth Consecutive Year
GM Holden's highly acclaimed VE Commodore range has won the carsales.com Ltd People's Choice Award in the large car category for the sixth consecutive year. ...

2008-11-30 Australia's Own Car: 60 Years of Holden
GM Holden will continue its 60th anniversary celebrations this Saturday 6 December when a one-hour documentary about the company's history goes to air across Australia on the Nine Network. ...

2008-11-28 Holden's Award-Winning VE SS Ute Makes it Two in a Row
GM Holden's VE SS Ute has claimed the 2008 Drive Car of the Year's Best Ute Award for the second year running. ...

2008-11-26 2008 FCAI - Supplier of the Year Presentation - Mark Reuss
Thank you all for attending what is possibly the most important Supplier of the Year event ever. ...

2008-11-19 She's Still a Beauty: Celebrating Sixty Years of Holden Cars
GM Holden will mark the 60th anniversary of Australia's first locally developed car, the Holden 48-215 on Saturday 29 November. ...

2008-11-19 Holden Welcomes Victorian Government's Manufacturing Plan
GM Holden today welcomed the Victorian Government's $245 million commitment to strengthen the State's manufacturing and service sectors. ...

2008-11-10 GM Holden Welcomes Government Vision for Automotive Industry
GM Holden has welcomed the Federal Government's response to the Review of the Australian Automotive Industry, describing it as the driver for a decade of local innovation. ...

2008-11-05 Upgraded Barina 3-Door Hatchback Achieves 4-Star Crash Test Rating
GM Holden today acknowledged ANCAP's confirmation of a four star crash rating for the upgraded 2009 model year Barina three-door hatchback. ...

2008-10-31 Improved Fuel Efficiency for Commodore
GM Holden has upgraded its Alloytec V6 engine on Omega and Berlina models within the VE Commodore range. The improvement offers fuel savings (ADR 81/01) of up to 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres for petrol models and an impressive 1.3 litres per 100 kilometres for LPG variants. ...

2008-10-29 The Story So Far - 2000-2008 from Olympic Dreams to Billion Dollar Baby
On 29 November 2008, Holden will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Australia's own car, the 48 -215. In the countdown to this significant anniversary, Holden is revisiting the iconic models that cemented its place in Australian history. ...

2008-10-28 GM Holden Honours Mark Skaife in Retirement
GM Holden has paid tribute to decorated Holden Racing Team driver Mark Skaife OAM, who announced his retirement from V8 Supercar racing earlier today. ...

2008-10-25 Commodore Celebrates 30 Years on Australian Roads
Australia's best-selling vehicle, the Holden Commodore today celebrates its 30th anniversary. ...

2008-10-09 GM Holden Showcases Chevrolet Volt In Australia
The much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle has made one of its first global appearances at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. ...

2008-10-08 Holden Launches Fuel Saving Technology For V8 Automatic Range
GM Holden will introduce fuel saving Active Fuel Management (AFM) technology on all its V8 automatic models from January 2009. ...

2008-10-08 Holden Ecoline Highlights Alternative Solutions
GM Holden today launched Holden EcoLine, a brand designed to highlight the company's broad range of vehicles that use alternative fuel or fuel saving technology. ...

2008-10-08 Motor Show Line Up Promotes Energy Diversity
GM Holden today gave Australia its first glimpse of the production version of the groundbreaking Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle. ...

2008-10-03 September Sales Help Commodore Celebrate 30th Birthday
Holden Commodore was the top selling car in Australia in September and is the top selling passenger vehicle year to date. ...

2008-10-02 Paris Debut for Australian-made Show Car
GM Holden's international reputation for building show stopping cars will be further enhanced with the public reveal of the Chevrolet Orlando, at the Paris Motor Show on 4 October. ...

2008-10-01 Toll Holden Racing Team to Celebrate GM Holden's 60th Anniversary at Bathurst
Toll Holden Racing Team Media Release: The Toll Holden Racing Team will help GM Holden to celebrate its 60th anniversary by rolling out a special commemorative livery on its two racing cars that will contest the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on Sunday, October 12. ...

2008-09-28 Holden Captiva Voted Best Car for Mobile Mums
Holden's popular mid-sized Captiva SUV has picked up an AutoChic Car of the Year Award, successfully winning the "Best Car for Mums" category. ...

2008-09-26 Right on Target - 1993-2000 - Holden Celebrates Domestic Achievements and New Export Success
After a period of change in the 1980s, Holden emerged a stronger and more innovative company in the 1990s. ...

2008-09-25 Pontiac G8 Shortlisted for North American Car of the Year
The Australian-made Pontiac G8 has been shortlisted for the prestigious North American Car of the Year (COTY) award in 2009. ...

2008-09-16 GM Holden Helps Celebrate 100 Years of General Motors
GM Holden today marked the start of the second century of parent company General Motors with a display of historic Australian-built GM vehicles including Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, Chevrolets, Holdens and Pontiacs. ...

2008-09-08 Holden Extends Support for Australian Netball
GM Holden is giving each of the 13 inaugural members of the new Australian Netball Diamonds team a brand new Holden Astra for one year. ...

2008-09-07 Mark Reuss's Speech - Manufacturing Futures Conference
Australia needs a car industry that uses frontier technologies to increase fuel-efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. ...

2008-09-04 Fans urged to show their true colours at Holden day
Visitors to this year's Royal Adelaide Show will be able to share in a unique event with a special Holden Day at the Show on Saturday 6 September. ...

2008-09-04 Holden Delivering New Luxury to South Korea
GM Holden today presented its newest export program - the GM Daewoo Veritas, a long wheelbase luxury flagship tailored for the demanding South Korean market. ...

2008-09-02 Sportwagon puts Commodore back on top
Holden's all-new Sportwagon outsold the leading models in the rival medium SUV category in August to help restore Commodore as the best selling car nameplate for 2008. ...

2008-09-01 Holden Caps Fuel at 99 Cents a Litre
GM Holden is tackling rising fuel prices head-on by capping the price of fuel at 99 cents per litre for all new Holden customers. ...

2008-08-29 Carbon partnership to benefit landholders
South East Queensland is set to become one of Australia's hotspots for carbon sequestration following the new partnership between South East Queensland Catchments (SEQC) and Australia's leading not-for-profit carbon trading organisation, Landcare CarbonSMART. ...

2008-08-28 Evolution of an Industry 1981-1990 - Holden Reaches a New Level of Sophistication
This year, Holden will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Australia's own car, the 48-215. In the countdown to this significant anniversary, Holden is revisiting the iconic models that cemented its place in Australian history. ...

2008-08-26 New Captiva 2WD Delivers Segment Leading Fuel Efficiency
GM Holden will offer the most fuel efficient entry in the medium SUV segment as part of a new choice of two-wheel-drive, diesel powered Captiva models. ...

2008-08-20 Barina Hatch gets a Stylish Makeover
GM Holden continues its competitive push into the value end of the light car market with a fresh new look and feel for the Barina 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, plus the addition of side impact airbags across the range. ...

2008-08-17 60 YEARS AND SEVEN MILLION VEHICLES: GM HOLDEN SETS ANOTHER AUTOMOTIVE RECORD
GM Holden's seven millionth vehicle rolled off the production line today creating a record manufacturing achievement in Australia's automotive history. ...

2008-08-14 Holden Response to Automotive Review Recommendations
GM Holden today welcomed the release of the Federal Government's Review of the AustralianAutomotive Industry but questioned whether proposed initiatives could offset the impact offurther tariff reductions. ...

2008-08-13 Pontiac Names all new Sport Truck the "G8 ST"
Detroit - After sifting through more than 18,000 possibilities, Pontiac has chosen to keep it simple, naming the recently revealed G8 sport truck the "G8 ST." ...

2008-08-11 GM Research Head Meets Melbourne Scientists who Helped him to Hear
Dr. Larry Burns, GM Vice President Research & Development and Strategic Planning, today (12 August) met with scientists at Melbourne's Bionic Ear Institute to pay tribute to the innovators who helped him to hear again. ...

2008-08-04 Holden Makes LPG even more Appealing
Private customers can now buy dual fuel LPG-powered Holden Commodores for as little as $400 more than their petrol equivalents. ...

2008-07-31 All Change in the Seventies 1971-1978 Holden Reinvents Itself in an Evolving World
This year, Holden will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Australia's own car, the 48-215. In the countdown to this significant anniversary, Holden is revisiting the iconic models that cemented its place in Australian history. ...

2008-07-31 Pontiac G8 Hits the Streets of Canada
Four months after the Pontiac G8 went on sale in the United States, GM Holden has expanded its G8 exports to Canada, the first time that the company has undertaken a major export program to the country. ...

2008-07-22 GM Holden Drives Landcare Australia Partnership to 2011
GM Holden today announced it would extend its relationship with Landcare Australia with a new, higher level three-year Diamond Partnership. ...

2008-07-21 The Return of an Icon - The New Camaro
General Motors today unveiled the production version of the much anticipated new Chevrolet Camaro that is due to go on sale in North America next year. ...

2008-07-16 New Features Make Epica the Smart Choice
GM Holden's value-packed mid-size Epica sedan just got even better with the introduction of a new fuel efficient four-cylinder diesel engine plus six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and six airbags standard across the range. ...

2008-07-10 Holden VE Sportwagon - Product Information
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2008-07-10 VE Sportwagon Design Information
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2008-07-10 VE Sportwagon Marketing and Engineering Information
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2008-07-10 HOLDEN'S ALL-NEW SPORTWAGON HITS THE SWEET SPOT BETWEEN FORM AND FUNCTION
GM Holden announced today that its much anticipated VE Sportwagon range goes on sale mid-July. ...

2008-07-02 GM Holden and The Smith Family Give Moulden Kids a Boost
GM Holden announced today a three year partnership with The Smith Family to provide education opportunities for disadvantaged youth. ...

2008-07-01 Colorado - A New Name for Tough
GM Holden is taking the covers off its soon to be released, new light commercial vehicle, the Holden Colorado. ...

2008-06-30 STARS OF THE SIXTIES - 1963-1969 HOLDEN ROLLS OUT LANDMARK MODELS AS CONFIDENCE GROWS
This year, Holden will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Australia's own car, the 48-215.In the countdown to this significant anniversary, Holden will revisit the iconic models that cemented its place in Australian history. ...

2008-06-20 Executive Director - Manufacturing Announces Retirement
GM Holden announced today that after over 35 years of service, Rod Keane, Executive Director - Manufacturing will retire effective 1 September. ...

2008-06-05 Holden Announces Timeframe for End of Family II Engine Production
GM Holden today confirmed a timeframe for ending production of its Family II, four cylinder cast iron engine at Fisherman's Bend, Melbourne. ...

2008-06-03 Holden provides 75 cars for emergency training
GM Holden will provide 75 cars to the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) for emergency skills training on the Gold Coast later this week. ...

2008-05-28 In the Beginning - 1948-1958 - Holden's first Decade of Australian Cars
This year, Holden will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Australia's own car, the 48-215. ...

2008-05-26 Holden Celebrates Luxury with VE Calais V 60th Anniversary Special Edition
GM Holden introduces the VE Calais V 60th Anniversary Special Edition, with a range of interior and exterior features including an electric sunroof and 19-inch alloy wheels. ...

2008-05-25 Holden adds another model to its growing diesel line-up
Australia's biggest-selling European imported car in 2007, the Holden Astra, is now available in a turbocharged diesel wagon, bringing the number of diesel models in Holden's line-up to four. ...

2008-05-23 GM Holden Submission to the Review of Australia's Automotive Industry 2008
GM Holden has recently made a submission to the Review of Australia's Automotive Industry, discussing the challenges facing the industry, and appropriate policy mechanisms that GM Holden believes should be considered to maintain and possibly expand the required levels of investment for the future. ...

2008-05-19 Holden adds Astra to 60th Anniversary Special Editions
As General Motors celebrates the 10 millionth Astra rolling off the production line in Bochum, Germany last week, GM Holden has extended its own 60th Anniversary celebrations to include a special edition Astra. ...

2008-05-07 GM Holden Celebrates 50 Years at Elizabeth
50 years to the day since the first concrete was poured at the Elizabeth facility on 8 May, 1958, GM Holden Executive Director Rod Keane and the Premier of South Australia, Mike Rann MP buried a time capsule, to be opened at the site's 75th anniversary in 2033. ...

2008-04-27 Holden Introduces Sporty Rodeo 60th Anniversary Special Editions
GM Holden has introduced two Rodeo 60th Anniversary Special Editions each offering over $3,000* worth of extra value and enhanced sports styling. ...

2008-04-15 GM Holden's Coupe 60 to Star at Perth Motor Show
GM Holden will showcase its latest concept vehicle the Coupe 60 alongside a comprehensive line-up of soon-to-be released and current Holden models when the Perth Motor Show opens next Tuesday. ...

2008-04-08 MUARC's Older Driver Study Travels to John Collins Holden, Mornington
The recently launched Older Driver Study by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) today moved to John Collins Holden in the Mornington Peninsula. ...

2008-03-31 GM Holden to "Green" its Supply Chain
GM Holden and the World Environment Center (WEC) are joining forces to launch a program to help GM Holden and its suppliers improve their environmental performance. ...

2008-03-31 Holden Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Special Edition VE Commodore and Sportier SS V Sedan
GM Holden has reinforced its commitment to value by introducing the VE Commodore 60th Anniversary Special Edition comprising $8,000 of extra value including rear parking sensors and leather seat inserts. ...

2008-03-31 GM Holden Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Concepts through the Ages at Adelaide Motor Show
GM Holden will showcase six historic concept vehicles and a comprehensive line-up of soon-to-be released and current Holden models when the Adelaide Motor Show opens this week. ...

2008-03-30 Holden Drives Safety with Captiva 60th Anniversary Special Edition
GM Holden continues its anniversary celebrations by introducing the Captiva 60th Anniversary Special Edition including a rear view camera, adding even greater safety and value to an already impressive list of standard features. ...

2008-03-19 GM Holden Plans Light Commercial Replacement
GM Holden has announced it will introduce a new light commercial vehicle later this year that will replace the long-running Rodeo. ...

2008-03-14 Australia Delivers Two New Sporty Exports to North America
General Motors announced today that GM Holden will export two new vehicles to North America, to join the already successful Pontiac G8 performance sedan. ...

2008-03-07 Six Airbags Standard Across Commodore Range
GM Holden has announced its top-selling VE Commodore range now has six airbags and air-conditioning as standard on all sedan models, from Omega to the range-topping SS V. ...

2008-03-04 GM Holden Awarded 'Employer Of Choice For Women' Citation For Fourth Year In A Row
The Federal Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA), announced today that GM Holden is one of only 99 organisations in Australia to be awarded the 2008 "Employer of Choice for Women" citation. ...

2008-02-28 VE Sportwagon Offers Great Value And Choice
GM Holden released pricing for the all-new VE Sportwagon at the Melbourne International Motor Show today, adding great value to its list of attractive features. ...

2008-02-28 Holden Fans Get 60th Anniversary Present
GM Holden today marked the diamond anniversary of its first all Australian car by unveiling a stunning two-door performance thoroughbred called Coupe 60. ...

2008-02-28 Holden Celebrates 60th In Style At Melbourne International Motor Show
GM Holden celebrated the 60th anniversary of Australia's own car today by unveiling a stunning coupe concept, pricing and features for the new VE Sportwagon and announcing six airbags as standard across the entire VE Commodore sedan and Sportwagon range. ...

2008-02-25 GM South Africa Welcomes New VE Ute
2008 will see GM Holden celebrate its 1000th ute export to South Africa with the announcement that General Motors South Africa is to take delivery of the new VE Ute. ...

2008-02-18 Two Iconic Holdens Take to the Track at Clipsal 500
In a unique motoring event, two of Holden's most distinctive cars will take to the track in Adelaide's eastern parklands during this week's Clipsal 500 event. ...

2008-02-11 GM Asks Public to Write its History
While many companies publish histories to commemorate special milestones, GM is putting a 21st Century, open-source twist on the way its history is told in cyberspace. ...

2008-02-07 Netball Champions Score with Holden Astras
GM Holden is providing an Astra for one year to each of the 12 players in Australia's world championship-winning netball team to say congratulations for bringing home the trophy. ...

2008-02-03 GMC Concept Showcases GM Design Capabilities
GM Holden's global design capability was showcased today (4 Feb) on the world stage when GMC took the covers off a stunning concept vehicle at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. ...

2008-01-31 Holden Sportswagon Stars at Brisbane Motor Show
The sleek new VE Sportwagon today (1 Feb) takes centre stage on the GM Holden stand at this year's Brisbane International Motor Show. ...

2008-01-30 VE Sportwagon to Tackle Bathurst 12 Hour
GM Holden will be showcasing its sleek new VE Commodore Sportwagon when it tackles Mount Panorama for the WPS Bathurst 12 Hour. ...

2008-01-23 Increased Choice With VE Sportwagon Line-Up
GM Holden has taken the covers off its highly anticipated new VE Sportwagon model and powertrain line-up, due to arrive in the first half of 2008. ...

2008-01-10 GM Announces Management Moves
Mark L. Reuss (44), Executive Director of Global Vehicle Systems and Integration, has been named GMAP Vice President, and Chairman and Managing Director of GM Holden. He takes up his new position on 1 February 2008. ...

2008-01-08 Past Meets Present When Holden Utes Line Up
Just months after the launch of the all new VE Ute, the owner of the earliest known Holden Ute still on Australian roads has added a new VE SS V Ute to his family's collection. ...

2008-01-07 Record V8 Sales Ensures 12 in a Row for Commodore
GM Holden has finished 2007 with Australia's best selling car for the 12th consecutive year, helped by record sales of V8 models. More than 57,300 Commodores were sold in 2007, which was nearly 10,000 ahead of its closest rival. ...

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