Holden storms AIMS with six new vehicles [video]

SV Black Editions & leftover Chevrolets

Holden has introduced the Maloo R8, ClubSport R8 and Clubsport R8 Tourer SV Black Editions at the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS).

Designed to appeal to the discriminating hoon, the models feature matte black accents, a ventilated hood, a sport-tuned suspension and exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin is outfitted with leather seats, revised trim, special edition sill plates and an individually-numbered plaque.

Power comes from a 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 431 PS (317 kW / 425 hp) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic is also available.

The SV Black Editions will be launched in September and production will be limited to 100 units each (25 for the ClubSport R8 Tourer).

Besides the high-performance HSVs, Holden also introduced a variety of Chevrolet-based models.

First up, the Holden Colorado concept is a rebadged Chevrolet Colorado that features aggressive styling, LED lighting units and 20-inch alloy wheels. Power comes from a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine, but specifics weren't released. The production model will be launched in 2012.

Likewise, the Cruze hatchback concept is a revision of the Chevy Cruze hatchback concept that debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The production model will be unveiled later this year and it will be built in Australia.

Lastly, the Holden Barina is Aussie for Chevrolet Aveo / Sonic. It will be launched in October with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that can be mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

Check out the press releases for additional information

Source: Holden

Aussie Inspired Holden Colorado Leads The Charge at 2011 Melbourne Motor Show

Holden has previewed its all-new Colorado 4x4 workhorse with a tough, Aussie-inspired show truck at the Australian International Motorshow in Melbourne.

The Melbourne show represents the latest step in General Motors' multi-stage international reveal for the new light commercial vehicle which included two separate Colorado designs shown in Bangkok and Buenos Aires.

The stunning five-seat crew-cab, styled and built in Holden's Port Melbourne Design Studio, foreshadows the production version of the next generation model launching in Australia in 2012.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the new generation Colorado represented Holden's most significant play in the growing light commercial segment.

"Although this is a show vehicle, the fundamental design and proportions are true to form for the production version of the Colorado hitting Holden showrooms next year," Mr Devereux said.

"As a show truck it's designed to whet the appetite for another chapter in the Holden product renaissance - a series of new, world-class vehicles that are making people sit up and take notice of our new generation cars.

"Without doubt the new Colorado will be the biggest and toughest member of the Holden family- equally at home as a workhorse or active lifestyle vehicle.

"And as our centrepiece for the Melbourne Show, it also demonstrates the capability of the Holden Design Studio, which is an industry leader in stunning global show vehicles."

Exterior and interior highlights

Holden applied its proud sports-performance design flair to the Colorado, playing heavily on the vehicle's powerful stance and wide, athletic proportions.

The top-secret project was led by 26-year-old creative designer Ben Last who worked closely with General Motors' Colorado homeroom and design studio in Brazil along with operations in Thailand and US to develop the final Australian show theme.

Last, an industrial design graduate from Monash University, gave the Colorado's Brazilian-developed architecture, a unique Holden appearance through a number of locally styled panels including the front fascia, bonnet, fenders and tailgate.

Working to the brief of ‘refined ruggedness', he also introduced a series of machined aluminium details to the vehicle including side steps, bumpers, rear step plates and side mirror attachment arms, as well as striking 20-inch satin-finished wheels fitted with Cooper Zeon LTZ 285/50/R20 tyres.

The Colorado's exterior is further enhanced by unique LED head and tail lamps, custom rear-vision mirrors with integrated turn signals, hard tonneau cover and a brilliant Red Rock metallic paint finish emphasising its strong surfaces.

Holden Design's Colour and Trim team created an equally impressive interior treatment for the Colorado with a rugged yet luxurious theme that combines high level craftsmanship with edgy street presence.

The interior includes strong dark tones such as steel and black teamed with a rich dark blue leather wrapped instrument panel and seats with red stitching.

Of particular note, designers used paper thin lighting known as electro luminescent film to light the Colorado's laser-cut metal circuit graphics on the front and rear door appliqués.


The Colorado show truck is powered by an efficient 2.8L turbo-diesel engine with a broad torque band for cargo and towing capability. It is one of a number of engines that will be offered when it goes on sale in Australia next year.

Technical Specifications:

Engine: 2.8L Turbo Diesel

Transmission: Auto Transmission

Wheels: 20" x 9"

Tyres: Cooper Zeon LTZ 285/50/R20



Body: Crew Cab

Colour: Red Rock

Head lamps: LED

Tail lamps: LED


Seats: Rich Blue supple quality leather with Light Titanium Suede feature and red stitch detail

Headliner: Light Titanium Suede

Steering wheel: Leather wrapped in Very Dark Pewter leather with red stitch detail

Flooring: A technical loop pile carpet in dark steel

Lighting: LED interior lighting with electro luminescent film back-lit door appliqués


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Remove the matte black accents on the front bumper of the Clubsport R8 SV Black Edition and it will look like a BMW with a Ford Kinetic design lower bumper.
Jul 2, 2011 7:10 pm
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It is actually Holden Special Vehicle with the Maloo R8 Clubport R8 sedan and tourer. The Maloo R8 looks hot in the red with the black rims.
Jul 1, 2011 6:39 pm
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