The calendar at Motorama is chock full of new cars arriving on the showroom floor.
Here’s a list of all the new Holden’s arriving.
The new Astra hatch has already landed, which replaced the locally made Cruze hatchbacks with increased safety technology and premium upgrades across the range.
The Astra sedan will also arrive towards the middle of the year, killing off the Cruze name in Australia and again boosting the levels of trim and equipment in Holden’s small car range.
Buyers looking for the Cruze should get into buy one before they are gone, with stocks already in runout.
A brand new Trax should show up in the first half of the year, carrying the torch for Holden’s popular SUV.
The new Trax will arrive with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, while in the US it is sold with keyless entry and start, blind spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert, Holden remains tight lipped on what will make it down under when it arrives.
Expect the current model to go into runout as the new one drives onto the ship to come over.
The all-new Holden Equinox will pick up the mid-size SUV title when the Captiva is retired towards the end of the year.
Sitting on a longer wheelbase than the current Captiva, the Equinox is currently available in the US with a five-seat configuration exclusively, leaving seven-seater options to the new Trailblazer.
The final year of Australian built Commodores will be marked with limited edition special models, and Holden has gone all out to ensure that it’s not just a sticker on the back. All three models receive Track Three Competent status, previously awarded to serious racing models like the Chevrolet Camaro.
The first of these will be the Motorsport – based on the current SS-V Redline, with driveline tweaks (including a dial to select a suspension set up from Tour all the way to Track, which disables the electronic stability program.)
Joining the Motorsport will be the Commodore Director – based on the current Calais V luxury models – and for fans of the Commodore Ute, the Magnum edition gains retuned rear suspension as well as braking and cooling upgrades. Numbers are strictly limited, with most already snapped up by savvy
No word on whether further special editions will come out – although factory customisation for regular Commodore models will end in April as the Australian factory winds down for the final models.
In addition to the Commodore special editions, Holden Special Vehicles is also expected to release re-tuned models based on the LS3 V8 engined range to mark the end of the Australian built cars that the performance brand has been working with for the past thirty years.
The final model – set to be badged GTS-R W1 – will stick the supercharged 6.2 litre LS9 V8 engine which powered the previous generation of Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s in the United States. All of these are already sold to buyers willing to stump up the $170,000 bill for the final 300 models - although you can get into the 'entry level' models (badged '30 Years' editions) with revised suspensions and bodywork for around half that.
To learn more about the new models, come into your nearest Motorama dealership for a first look.