About Holden Sedans

Holden logoA brief history of the company

Holden has been an iconic Australian brand for over 150 years, starting out as a saddlery business in Adelaide in 1856. It seemed like a natural progression for James Alexander Holden’s business to move from saddles, to car upholstery, to full scale production of vehicles. His business was moving with the times and the changes in transport.

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In 1924, Holden became the sole Australian supplier for General Motors, and was also making tramcars for the city of Melbourne. Holden and GM merged in 1931, running operations from Fisherman’s Bend in Port Melbourne.

During World War Two, Holden continued making vehicle bodies, and added weapons, aircraft and engines to its production. After the war, things returned to normal, and the company also began making car bodies for Buick, Chevrolet, and Vauxhall.

The iconic Holden FX was unveiled by PM Ben Chifley in 1948; it was the all-Australian motor vehicle, a family sedan that was robust and built for Australia.

From the 50s through to the end of the 70s, Holden dominated the Australian market, introducing the FJ in 1953 and the Commodore in 1978. The company fell on hard times in the 80s along with the rest of the automotive industry, but still managed to release three new Commodore models, and reclaimed its lead in the industry by the end of the decade.

This was the end of the glory days for Holden, as their share prices and success have fallen slowly since the 1990s. While they currently remain in Australia, local operations are set to wind down in 2017, marking the fall of an iconic Australian brand. Despite downsizing and economic downturn, Holden do still make quality cars that are loved by Australians.

Holden Sedans

Holden sedans range in size from the more compact Cruze, to the larger Commodore. With their range of sixteen sedan models, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your life.

Those thirteen models are:

  • Cruze Equipe
  • Cruze Equipe
  • Cruze CDX
  • Cruze CDX
  • Cruze SRI
  • Cruze SRI
  • Cruze SRI-V
  • Cruze SRI-V
  • Malibu CD
  • Malibu CD
  • Malibu CDX
  • Malibu CDX
  • Cascada
  • Cascada
  • Insignia VXR
  • Insignia VXR

Considering their huge range, there are far too many features to list each one. There are safety features that feature commonly through each car, and they are possibly some of the most important features packed into these Holden sedans. Standard safety features across all models include:

  • Five star ANCAP safety rating
  • Five star ANCAP safety rating
  • Minimum of 6 airbags
  • Minimum of 6 airbags
  • Reversing camera
  • Reversing camera
  • Parking sensors
  • Parking sensors
  • Child seat anchorage
  • Child seat anchorage

To find out more about your next Holden sedan, check out their website.

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How did they score?

In our sedan survey, Holden performed well, achieving three and four star ratings across the board. Customers are happy with their Holden sedans, giving them four out of five stars in our overall customer satisfaction category.

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Other sedans we rated

Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who had recently bought a sedan.

The other brands in this year’s survey are:

  • Mitsubishi
  • Honda
  • Toyota
  • Ford
  • Hyundai
  • Mazda

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