Australia is a playground for some of the biggest names in the automobile industry, such as Toyota, Ford or Holden, a subsidiary of General Motors.
The Holden Commodore is a model that made history, being in production since 1978 up to the present. Since competition began to arise from Ford and Honda, Holden expanded its views, starting to export cars in the 1990's under various renowned names such as Chevrolet, Vauxhall, Opel and Pontiac.
Some Holden models were modified by Holden's performance division and sold under their own name, HSV (Holden Special Vehicles.) HSV continued to create high-performance vehicles until 2007, when after their 20th anniversary they hit the Middle Eastern market under the name of Chevrolet Special Vehicles (CSV.)
The biggest competitor of Holden was Ford, with its Falcon model. Ford has been on the Australian market since 1960 and managed to become one of the automobile world's best selling names, with more than 3,000,000 cars being sold only in Australia and New Zeeland.
What really made Ford notorious on the Australian market was the Ford XY Falcon GT, a four door sedan released in 1970. The second version of the Ford XY Falcon GT, the GTHO Phase III, became the fastest 4-door production car in Australia, a title which it maintained for almost a decade.
Another legend comes from Toyota under the name of Aurion. Even though Toyota only started to focus on the Australian market seriously in 2003, their roots in the Australian automobile industry go back in the 60s. The first Toyota built outside Japan was assembled in Australia by the Australian Motor Industries, company that was later on bought by Toyota. An Australian legend which managed to break a record was the supercharged version of the Toyota Aurion. Tuned by Toyota Racing Development, the Aurion TRD claimed to be the world's most powerful front-wheel drive at the date of its release.
The thing that makes these Australian cars special is their contribution to history, proving time over time that the limits of technology can be pushed, bent and finally broken over and over again.