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Paul Maric

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Holden Commodore Magnum: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards

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Holden Commodore Magnum: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards

In June 2013 Holden set a world record — the fastest ute to lap the famous Nurburgring circuit. The time set was 8:19:47, making it not only the fastest ute, but one of the fastest cars to lap the German track. Now, Holden is saying a new record could still be on the cards...

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2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified
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2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified

In a bid to ensure its three limited edition models — the Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport — are taken seriously, Holden has tested them to the same extreme standards required for GM's global track capable cars. Testing is undertaken at General Motors' Milford Race Course. It's a gruelling track used to certify cars as track capable with GM's stamp of approval...


2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Magnum and Director review: Race-certified Commodores driven
Rating: 9.510 /10
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2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Magnum and Director review: Race-certified Commodores driven

This is it, the final three new locally-produced Commodore models ever. Paul Maric gets behind the wheel.

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Holden Commodore limited-edition models garner over 2000 registrations of interest
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Holden Commodore limited-edition models garner over 2000 registrations of interest

With full details of Holden's three limited-edition Holden Commodores due tomorrow, there have been over 2000 people register interest in the cars - with most putting money down at dealers, despite limited information being available. CarAdvice has driven all three models and will have a full review with video Thursday January 19, 2:00 pm (so make sure you check back then)...


2017 Holden Trax review: Quick drive

2017 Holden Trax review: Quick drive

It wasn’t that long ago that we had a Holden Trax as part of our long-term vehicle fleet. We remember it as being cheap, cheerful and fun to drive with its turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The only real negatives we spoke of had to do with the infotainment system and the design, which looked a little too cheerful for our liking – but styling is subjective, so we could have been wrong on that front...


2018 Ford Mustang update leaked
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2018 Ford Mustang update leaked

If you're one of the lucky ones with a Ford Mustang on backorder in Australia, don't read this story about leaked images of the 2018 Ford Mustang. Pictures of the facelifted Ford Mustang have leaked in a promotional video shot by Ford and reactions have been mixed...


2016 Tesla Model S P90D review: Long-term report two
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Tesla Model S P90D review: Long-term report two

Our second long-term update sees us venture to the country in the Tesla Model S P90D. But, does range anxiety set in?


2017 Holden Astra sedan review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Holden Astra sedan review

While local production may have ended, Holden hasn't given up on the small sedan. The new Astra sedan is coming and Paul Maric heads to the States for a drive.


Corvette frame spotted at General Motors battery lab: Hybrid Corvette on the way?
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Corvette frame spotted at General Motors battery lab: Hybrid Corvette on the way?

CarAdvice has spotted a Corvette undergoing construction within General Motors' 85,000ft battery lab in Warren, Michigan, suggesting the next Corvette will be partially battery powered. Rumours of a mid-engined Corvette started circulating after images of a Holden Commodore ute kitted out with a giant aero kit and wide body hit the internet...


Holden to activate OnStar technology in Australia by 2020
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Holden to activate OnStar technology in Australia by 2020

Holden plans to introduce the tech-laden OnStar technology package in Australia by 2020, according to a senior General Motors executive. OnStar technology has been available in US markets for some time now, but with extensive infrastructure required in Australia to operate the technology, it hasn't yet been activated locally...


Holden Colorado top-spec models driving high profit margins
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Holden Colorado top-spec models driving high profit margins

While Holden's sales were down in 2016, it's a high-end product mix driving Holden's net sales revenue in the Holden Colorado range. Holden's new Colorado, launched in 2016, signalled a new, focussed direction for the company. Australian ride-and-handling tuning, along with competitive pricing and features is now leading the way for rich margins on high-end Colorado sales...


Holden's poor sales not acceptable, but necessary for successful transition
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Holden's poor sales not acceptable, but necessary for successful transition

Two of Holden's most senior executives have admitted poor sales in 2016 were unacceptable, but necessary to successfully transition from local manufacturer to full importer in 2017. As the clock struck midnight on December 31st 2016, Holden's sales were down by 8.4 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015, selling just under 95,000 cars for the year...


Holden won't reverse decision on Commodore name
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Holden won't reverse decision on Commodore name

Holden has copped a stack of negative feedback on CarAdvice and social media following our drive of the next-generation Holden Commodore, but the brand isn't fussed and plans on keeping the Commodore nameplate. Following our next-generation Holden Commodore drive story and then subsequent release of images, most of the feedback we saw related to the name of the car...


Holden's two-door sports car details due soon, could exist across several segments
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Holden's two-door sports car details due soon, could exist across several segments

It's almost like a running gag — a senior General Motors executive announced a Holden V8 sports car two years ago, but since then, there has been zero further information, until today. During our chat with Stefan Jacoby, GM's executive vice president and president of General Motors International, Jacoby hosed down questions about the sports car, despite being the guy who first raised it around two years ago...


Chevrolet Cruze sedan production quality and sales could see third shift return to Ohio
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Chevrolet Cruze sedan production quality and sales could see third shift return to Ohio

Demand for the Chevrolet Cruze sedan has prompted executives to look at returning a third shift to its Lordstown Ohio production facility. The Chevrolet Cruze sedan, which will be launched in Australia as the Holden Astra sedan this year to replace the Australian-built Holden Cruze, is currently built in the USA with plans to move production to Mexico quashed recently...