Behind the wheel of a Holden Calais-V Sportwagon, the road twists through deep green foliage, and I think this would be a perfect time to test the car’s handling. But no, I keep it under 50 kilometers per hour because a sign warns about kangaroos bounding across the road.
If it isn’t clear from the previous, I’m driving in Australia, taking the top end of the Holden Commodore model line on a drive from Sydney to Melbourne.
Australia’s native automaker, Holden’s history goes back more than a century, as long as any of the other big, global automakers. However, GM absorbed Holden in 1931, making the division its face in Australia and some Asian markets. Some models branded as Chevrolets in the US, such as the Spark and Captiva, show up in Australia with the Holden badge, while Holden’s Commodore has come to the US in various forms, most recently the Chevrolet SS.
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