HOLDEN - Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

  • Published on Mar 21, 2019
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    This is the story of the first Australian car company. From humble beginnings making saddles horses, to unleashing some of the baddest machines the Land Down Under has ever seen! From the 48-215, to the Monaro, Commodore, Torana, Maloo and beyond. This is the history of Holden!
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Comments • 5 944

  • Donut Media
    Donut Media  3 months ago +1551

    Alright you Aussies, which Holden is your favorite? Yanks, which Holden do you wish came to the US?

    • Benjamin mole
      Benjamin mole 28 days ago

      @Draven Alexander i already drive one

    • Draven Alexander
      Draven Alexander Month ago

      @Benjamin mole If you want the Commodore get a Chevy Caprice.

    • Bo Malo
      Bo Malo 2 months ago +1

      I would actually love a maloo in the states lol

    • Danny Zeigler
      Danny Zeigler 2 months ago

      Tell James to do up to speed on John Lingenfelter

    • Carlos Wirihana
      Carlos Wirihana 2 months ago

      My VF Commodore and its NOT the shit v6 😂

  • Merv Stent
    Merv Stent 2 hours ago

    What you need to know Holden is now 💀

  • Jessey James Rabjones
    Jessey James Rabjones 12 hours ago


  • Alexander Sillan
    Alexander Sillan 17 hours ago

    All the hsv commys had a Maloo
    Pretty much every model had a club sport and a maloo

  • Omofros OMG&3LOL
    Omofros OMG&3LOL 18 hours ago

    i think he meant rb20

  • Disco Ball
    Disco Ball 19 hours ago

    I love Holdens and I love Australia best drag race car ever

  • redzook1
    redzook1 Day ago

    Straya! Where car guys are men!

    TTV NATEDAWG Day ago

    I love the vk blue meanie peter brocks one off commodore heaps of replica blue meanies but they are sick and the hj hg hf kingswoods manaro fronts on em with a tray and a big v8 that deserves a dirty vb and a winnie blue mate 👌

  • alexander gekas
    alexander gekas Day ago

    Oh my god uleh

  • Indigo A
    Indigo A Day ago

    4:10 robocop? That's what it says in cc...

  • Eden
    Eden Day ago

    And they called nissan and nissan was like
    それわいいです ^_^

  • jimmmaaay1
    jimmmaaay1 Day ago

    you missed the XU1 Torana and all the HDT commos. blue meanie and the directors, damn

  • Meaghan Graham
    Meaghan Graham Day ago

    It’s pronounced bath urst not bath hurst

  • Inside Garage
    Inside Garage 2 days ago

    This is great!! 🚘

  • Adam Dooch
    Adam Dooch 2 days ago

    Do one on Ford Australia. Like holden they made cars specifically for Australia. Some say they were better cars than holden but it's an age old debate.

  • big boi dan
    big boi dan 2 days ago

    Petition for James to start his own RUclip channel

  • Casey Smith
    Casey Smith 2 days ago

    Please don’t Aussie three times. It’s just not right

  • Sam Waris
    Sam Waris 2 days ago

    The VL commodore is a gangsta car.

  • Sam Waris
    Sam Waris 2 days ago

    Proud owner of one of these cars, FYI don't get the newer Holden cars they are absolutely garbage.

  • Kiril Krsteski
    Kiril Krsteski 2 days ago

    Dis Kepps ting is what me calls drugz

  • Jay Kay
    Jay Kay 3 days ago

    Sex is good
    Sex is golden
    Sex is done in the back of a Holden.
    If you dont like it
    If you get bored
    Become a homosexual and fuck in a Ford.

    EXTREMEYAMUM90 3 days ago

    I feel sad for Americans who have that yucky G8 front grille

  • Tim Watson
    Tim Watson 3 days ago

    A9X torana ss and the VN SV5000 ...waiting to win the lottery...lol

  • Kev Liong
    Kev Liong 3 days ago

    How about when they get chopped hard for many consecutive years by R32 GTR in early 1990's Bathurst?

  • Adam Hilliard And Maddie

    " cukoo- kookaburra hahahahaha

  • Matt P
    Matt P 3 days ago

    I’m Ford at heart, but all Turd-runners are damn cool..... The Armstrong 500 @ 5:12 was 500 Miles and held at Phillip Island. I think it went to Bathurst in ‘63. And I’m not sure if I should be offended by “the accent”.

  • Warrior the Pleb
    Warrior the Pleb 3 days ago

    xr6 barra aussie fords pls!!

    CEEZAY 3 days ago

    The holden ve ssv is my fav cause I’m Aussie and you forgot to mention the 2019 GTS-R

  • S P P
    S P P 4 days ago

    Videos would be so much better if you didn't shout

  • Dale Earnhardt
    Dale Earnhardt 4 days ago

    Please give us Americans HP#s
    Cause nobody here knows kangaroo powers

  • Donald Dolliver II
    Donald Dolliver II 4 days ago

    I'll never be able to afford any of these cars but thank God for Forza 6 😎🏎🎮🏁

  • Sigga317 swillie
    Sigga317 swillie 4 days ago

    Donut... get up to speed on Buick and Cadillac

    SHADEDUNDERDOG 2004 4 days ago

    When u said we love our sheep I said what till you see the New Zealanders the LOVE their sheep not in a good way . Ps it’s a joke chill 😂😂

    LORENCE 4 days ago

    who’s here from australia

  • Mrudul Gaikwad
    Mrudul Gaikwad 5 days ago

    What car is that, behind pumphrey ?

  • Ryan Owie
    Ryan Owie 5 days ago

    Just earned an Aussie follower mate, bloody brilliant video

  • SM
    SM 5 days ago

    Lol great video as always!

  • Ben Watson
    Ben Watson 5 days ago

    Aussie Aussie Aussie Lets burn rubber

  • fun bobby
    fun bobby 5 days ago

    V8 vx ss is the best

  • viperhawk56
    viperhawk56 5 days ago +1

    20th October 2017 last holden/car made in Australia
    A sad day

    • GRIFAbyte101
      GRIFAbyte101 2 days ago

      @peepee mario Those are re-badged imports, not locally built vehicles.

    • peepee mario
      peepee mario 5 days ago

      actually Holden is still making cars like the 2019 commodore and use

  • Catweasel
    Catweasel 6 days ago

    You have done your research my good man

  • Julian Griffin
    Julian Griffin 6 days ago +3

    That was awesome! Since when did all the Aussies in the comments lose their humour

  • Loki
    Loki 6 days ago

    Budget Jack Black needs to chill.

  • ElectroTeeh
    ElectroTeeh 7 days ago

    you cunt, that was quite the spoiler hahahahaha

  • XJiggleJelly YT
    XJiggleJelly YT 7 days ago


    the australian chevrolet

  • Jim Jeremy Johnson
    Jim Jeremy Johnson 8 days ago

    Buff Kanga-Roos? BKRs

  • straia
    straia 8 days ago

    Il never part ways with my vl turbo or my ve ss

  • Jaden
    Jaden 8 days ago

    I remember a top gear episode with the Maloo

  • Dill B
    Dill B 8 days ago

    Disliked the video because FUCK all holdens, fucking pieces of shit

  • Michael John Little
    Michael John Little 8 days ago

    Well... not anymore... they are no longer making cars in Australia.. no more Holdens.... Bugger!

  • Monty Curran
    Monty Curran 8 days ago

    The next fucking time a American says shrimp on the barbie shrimp is shit we put sausages

  • The Niss
    The Niss 9 days ago


    2019 FORD VELOCIRAPTOR 10 days ago +1

    Can you do a video about proton please

  • Yaze 76
    Yaze 76 10 days ago

    can of coopers? definitely fucking wrong cunt. it should be a VB

  • Hyazzie50
    Hyazzie50 11 days ago

    Me Bc my names Holden

  • Andrew Kapper
    Andrew Kapper 11 days ago +5

    The quickest holden is a HSV GTSR W1 with the LS9

  • Imtherealgalaxy19
    Imtherealgalaxy19 11 days ago

    Ur funny i love men at works songs lol

  • anastasija Ilieva
    anastasija Ilieva 11 days ago

    My fauvorite holden is the ute

  • Ben Geddes
    Ben Geddes 12 days ago

    Holden Commodore and Ford (Australia) Falcon suspension is the reason Corvettes and Mustangs can corner now.

  • yeet
    yeet 12 days ago

    that comodore turbo

  • Dalton Ryan
    Dalton Ryan 12 days ago

    Thank you, @ 12:33

  • Casey R
    Casey R 12 days ago


  • Daniel Dzvonik
    Daniel Dzvonik 12 days ago

    loud = funny

  • Ratel.H Badger
    Ratel.H Badger 12 days ago +1

    4:00 Gary the Goat! May that magnificent bastard Rest in Peace!!! STRIDE OUT GAZ, STRIDE OUT In the great Outback in the sky!!!

  • inconsistent uploads
    inconsistent uploads 13 days ago

    Aussies are fucking crazy

  • Cody Evans
    Cody Evans 13 days ago

    I want a Ute so badly

  • 1986 holden vl commodore

    Bathurst was 500 miles on the early days then later it became 1000 km

  • Craig Forsberg
    Craig Forsberg 13 days ago

    My grandad had a rb20de holden back in the day when it was just a holden to them but they pricy now

  • itsaCatDog World
    itsaCatDog World 13 days ago +1

    Very cool....you gotta do the Falcon or Valiant Charger next..great Video.

  • jay geddie
    jay geddie 13 days ago

    The most powerful HSV is the Gtsr W1 with a 635hp ls9

  • Oli- o
    Oli- o 13 days ago

    Please do a video on the ford falcon as well, for that one guy (me) who is ford boy in Adelaide

  • Eu Pi
    Eu Pi 13 days ago

    Thot mogi

  • FaM.kamakasi
    FaM.kamakasi 13 days ago

    shrimp on the barbie the most prehaps offensive aussie phrases but no one cares

  • The DC adventures
    The DC adventures 14 days ago

    Whoever edits these videos is the real hero

    YUSEHZ QT 14 days ago

    wrong the W1 had the most power 635HP


  • Jean-Marc Feldman
    Jean-Marc Feldman 14 days ago

    Drive a Holden Malibu. Awesome

  • Paul Martinez
    Paul Martinez 14 days ago

    LMAO to the bunny dying

  • OvertimeX86
    OvertimeX86 14 days ago +3

    Can you do a video on the Ford Falcon XR6 and XR8 and Ford Territory Turbo

  • rywhyry
    rywhyry 15 days ago

    You forgot to mention the HSV GTSR W1

  • Gabriel2k
    Gabriel2k 15 days ago

    Best and funniest video i’ve watched yet keep up this awesome content

  • Holden Dougall
    Holden Dougall 15 days ago


  • kyl sathongnhoth
    kyl sathongnhoth 15 days ago

    _iconic Aussie_ *HIPPIE* _mobile_

  • Ali Sutherland
    Ali Sutherland 15 days ago

    I love everyone of their videos #Lightning

  • Ryan Slaymaker
    Ryan Slaymaker 15 days ago

    Do up to speed on ford auatralia especially the falcons because the engines in the more recent falcon the barra engine is absolutely insane

  • Bigkev0304
    Bigkev0304 16 days ago +1

    need to do another video on the australian fords

  • JedFleming
    JedFleming 16 days ago

    My first cars gonna be a good ol Holden Ute

  • Aussie Moto Kid
    Aussie Moto Kid 17 days ago +3

    When he said commo instead of commie. I was about to go out back with the 410 and blow my head off

    • The sinner Jim Whitney
      The sinner Jim Whitney 14 days ago

      Aussie Moto Kid Better make it a slug, .410 shot would probably mutilate you and leave you alive and miserable. Seriously, I thought I'd heard Aussies call them 'Commos', but I'm an American who's never been there and as such very likely mistaken.

  • DragoWolf Studios
    DragoWolf Studios 18 days ago

    I feel as though Australians want horsepower as much as Americans

  • Jules Tabaranza
    Jules Tabaranza 18 days ago

    @3:30.. that Kookabura story... best Legend ever..

  • Timmy Marshall
    Timmy Marshall 19 days ago

    Greatest episode ever, I appreciate so much how you tried to pronounce the words how we say them

  • Morgan Drenthen
    Morgan Drenthen 21 day ago

    Can you do one on Apollo? 🥰

  • Dan the man 018
    Dan the man 018 22 days ago

    FUCKIN STRAYA 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

  • Soviet Beluga
    Soviet Beluga 22 days ago

    Every car company yoinks stuff from Australia.

  • Zayne Riess
    Zayne Riess 23 days ago

    Screw the holdens do a video on the Ford Falcon

  • Peter Williams
    Peter Williams 23 days ago

    Yo James what's horsepower i dont know that, i only know hsprs. Stop saying horsepower cause I'm not getting it.

  • Brandon Padjasek
    Brandon Padjasek 23 days ago

    Donut Media needs to do an 'Up to Speed' on Ford Falcons in Australia. The Holden (Commodore) competition. 'Like the Mustang is to the Camaro is in America'
    Ps. Ford made an in line 6cyl (barra) which goes down as one of best in line 6's along side 2jz and the rb's, and the turbo model hands down puts shame to an LS V8.
    I'll be waiting and watching for the video 😁👌

  • Michael White
    Michael White 23 days ago +4

    HSV R8 Marloo
    The perfect end to THEE GREATEST CAR COMPANY EVER!!! The worlds most powerful & damn good looking Ute in the world

  • Dang Dang
    Dang Dang 25 days ago +1

    #buffkangaroos ... i reckon that needs to be sign writin on my commodores tail gate ha ha ha

  • Lonk
    Lonk 25 days ago

    That's not a knife.

  • Trinavara
    Trinavara 26 days ago

    My dad had a loaded Kingswood wagon in the early 80's,'radial tuned suspension' red interior with a great front bench seat,(cruising was different in those days) wind down back window with a drop-down tailgate like a pick-up,lotsa and lotsa space and literally bullet-proof,my first experience with a smooth sailing big 'luxury car' as I wasn't around in my dad's heydays with all the big US offerings of the earlier decades,I only heard about those days. I eventually had it as a hand-me-down when I got my permit in 88,he refurbished it in it's original 'silver-grey' by hi old friend's body-shop,it was like a second delivery when we went to pick it up,even with new asphalt rust-proofing undercoat. It always brought me home in dignity with it's six cylinders and and 'Statesman' like presence,none of my friends had a big cylinder car with two tail-pipes and a gargle!! (thanks to some nifty muffler work). I eventually sold it,yet another car I regret parting with during the years,along with a V8 Land-Rover swb, Mercedes 123 280TE and an EvoVII!! Kingswoods and Statesmans gave us the Aussie experience thousands of miles away and we felt included,we also had the Commodore/'common-dog' lol, and currently have some later model police car ones that seem to have come through a Gov't to Gov't arrangement as the dealer discontinued the brand a long time ago ,also a couple people have brought in a few of the newer HSV V8 utes and sedans....but yeah Holden was one of those youthful kinda companies that listened to it's customers and made them feel good with some treat or the other and plenty room to make it your own..There are even a couple of those old priceless Monaros here,hope Holden can reignite those old days once again where anything was possible, with the added value for money and a little extra for less that's associated with Holden..Long live the brand..