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A timeline of Holden's history


1856 - Holden begins as a South Australian saddlery business

1917 - Holden manufactures vehicle bodies

1931 - General Motors buys Holden Motor Body Builders

1948 - The FX, the first Australian-designed car, is released

1951 - Holden's first ute goes on sale

1958 - South Australian manufacturing plant opens at Elizabeth

1968 - Kingswood and Monaro enter the market

1969 - Holden makes its first V8 engine

1971 - Holden launches the HQ model. Considered by some to be the best Holden ever

1978 - Commodore replaces Kingswood

1990 - Holden's last Australian boss, John Bagshaw, quits

2002 - Holden hits its highest market share at 21.6 per cent

2003 - Holden opens $400 million V6 engine plant at Port Melbourne, exports to Korea, China and Mexico begin. Toyota takes Holden's position as top-selling car brand

2009 - Holden's parent company, General Motors, files for bankruptcy in the US but survives

2013 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the government will reduce support for automotive manufacturers despite appeals for help

2013 - Holden decides to end manufacturing in Australia by 2017. The iconic Holden Commodore to become a fully imported car

2017 - Holden builds its last car on October 20, ending 35 years of car production on the Elizabeth site.

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