Australian Car Brands – The Best of Australian Cars
Only 13 countries are able to take cars from design to engineering to manufacturing and this includes Australia.
Back in the 70's Australia manufactured autos by the Australian car brands such as Mini, Leyland, Valiant and Renault. Now there are three brands because of competition from imported cars into this market. Due to the history and heritage, there are some loyal customers that buy local Australian car brands.
The three currently available Australian car brands are Holden, Ford Australia and Toyota Australia. I review them below.
Have you been to the Holden.com.au website? take a look at their vehicle line up and you will notice some familiar car names. I spotted malibu and spark...what? aren't these Chevy models? This "Australian car brand" has its headquarters in Melbourne but in fact it is part of General Motors. This company is a subsidiary of General Motors and thus it makes cars in Australia with a mix of names. In the past, they have nissan and suzuki models. These big companies drink the same coffee together. Holden also has the HSV brand. They cater for different budgets in the Australian market for autos. Holden will stop producing cars in 2017 after some money troubles.
Ford Australia is very popular in Australian and they are a subsidiary of Ford USA. They are in Geelong and in fact they design their own engines. The other interesting fact is that they have a performance car division named FPV (Ford Performance Vehicles). In terms of the Australian car models, a well known model is the Falcon. It is designed with Australian specifications. Just like holden, Ford Australia will stop producing cars but will continue importing them due to major losses in the millions. Some of the SUV's that they sell are named ecosport, Kuga, and territory. They are similar to american cars by ford. Head on over to the ford.com.au website to learn more about the australian vehicle lineup.
We covered the bad news about Holden and Ford Australia. The good news is that Toyota Australia (Part of Toyota in Japan) is still a leading manufacturer of Australian cars. for the past 10 years Toyota Australia is ranked as the best-selling Australian car brand. It was started in 1958 but did not make cars until 1963. The manufacturing facility was in Port Melbourne, Victoria. From among the Australian car brands, Toyota Australia won awards for being Green and working on missions. When I visited their website I noticed familiar names but some new ones too. The designes looked a bit different. Have you see the camry from Toyota Australia? How about the Kruger SUV? - It looks like a Ford I know...The Prado is available in Australia but not in Canada.