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Holden ends manufacturing: 161 years of local production draws to a close

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Holden ends manufacturing: 161 years of local production draws to a close

Today marks an incredibly sad day, in the history of Australian automotive manufacturing. With Ford and Toyota both ceasing local manufacturing operations last year and this year respectively, Holden is the 'last man standing', today closing the doors at Elizabeth...

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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The lion brand's big Aussie sedan
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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The lion brand's big Aussie sedan

As the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we'll miss about the Australian creation — the Holden Commodore. Since the first Commodore rolled down the production line in 1978, Holden's modus operandi was to create a big family sedan with a big donk up front. That mantra followed all the way through to the final locally produced Commodore, the VFII...


The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: A spacious, muscly wagon
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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: A spacious, muscly wagon

As the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we'll miss about the Australian creation: the Holden Commodore. Despite SUVs now being the 'in' thing, wagons have always held a place on the Australian landscape. I'd argue that everybody has owned, or knew somebody that had, a Holden Commodore wagon in their life at some point...


The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The V8 ute!
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The Holden Commodore and three things we'll miss: The V8 ute!

As the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we'll miss about the Australian creation: the Holden Commodore. The Commodore Ute was uniquely Australian, in the sense that Australia invented the ute. Of course, while the ute was Ford's creation, Holden made it fast and go around corners...


The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion
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The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion

Part of the reason I fell in love with cars was because of Australia's take on engineering the perfect automobile for our roads. Since the late '70s, Holden, Ford, and Toyota have been busy creating cars that suit Australia and its tough conditions. The design directive was clear: big, fast and roomy...


2018 Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison
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2018 Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison

Every single time we mention the word Stinger on the CarAdvice website, a small smoke haze rises out of the server as the comments section descends into a chest-beating war of words. A car has never been so divisive and it's not hard to see why. The all-new Kia Stinger is encroaching on territory long held by an Australian mob in the form of the Blue Oval and red lion...


Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline: 1/4 mile and 0-100km/h
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Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline: 1/4 mile and 0-100km/h

While we put the finishing touches on our Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison, we thought we'd share this with you. We lined up both cars over a stretch of road at the Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC) to measure 0-100km/h and 1/4 mile times...


2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI sport review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI sport review

While it may not look all that different, the all-new Audi Q5 brings with it a revitalised driving experience and loads of technology.


2018 Mazda CX-4 coming to Australia? Spotted in Melbourne
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2018 Mazda CX-4 coming to Australia? Spotted in Melbourne

The 2018 Mazda CX-4 has been spotted testing in Melbourne, despite the brand knocking it back for the Australian market. Spotted testing by CarAdvice reader David in Melbourne, the CX-4 was launched at the 2016 Shanghai motor show exclusively for the Chinese market...


2018 Nissan Navara SL v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison
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2018 Nissan Navara SL v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison

You've got a dilemma. You need a workhorse and bells and whistles but don't want to spend mega bucks. You could opt for a poverty pack ute and deal with the missing features, or, you could stump up the cash for the latest work-oriented dual-cab utes from Nissan and Volkswagen...


BMW sales up 52 per cent over five years; 14 new models coming by 2020
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BMW sales up 52 per cent over five years; 14 new models coming by 2020

BMW Group Australia is kicking goals with local sales up 52 per cent over the past five years. In addition to sales success, the brand plans to launch 14 new models locally by 2020, further bolstering SUV sales and taking advantage of a surge in luxury car sales. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent BMW 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner said he is excited about BMW's future product offering...


2017 Honda Civic VTi hatch review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Honda Civic VTi hatch review

The Honda Civic has received rave reviews for refinement and drivability, but how does the entry-level 1.8-litre perform? Paul Maric finds out.

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BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely
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BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely

With the Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class just around the corner, BMW's local boss said he was 'surprised' with the Mercedes-Benz announcement. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia boss Marc Werner admitted the local arm was surprised with the announcement and the brand is watching the space closely...


2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy pricing and specs
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2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy pricing and specs

The toughened-up new 2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy goes on sale locally today, priced from $42,990 (drive away). Packing a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 162kW (220hp) of power and 260Nm of torque, the engine is capable of increasing torque output by 20Nm to 280Nm in fourth and fifth gears using an overboost feature...


2018 BMW X3: Aussie-influenced SUV here in November
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2018 BMW X3: Aussie-influenced SUV here in November

The 2018 BMW X3 is a huge product for BMW globally and perhaps even more so in Australia, where SUVs play a major part in the brand's sales strategy, accounting for over 55 per cent of sales. Indeed, the new 2018 X3 is so important that BMW's global headquarters has green-lighted Australia's involvement in the global market launch, which will take place simultaneously on November 11 in Australia, Europe and the USA...