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Holden plant takeover plan axed: Belgian entrepreneur's bold pitch can't overcome headwinds
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Holden plant takeover plan axed: Belgian entrepreneur's bold pitch can't overcome headwinds

A much-publicised potential deal between General Motors and the Belgian entrepreneur who wants to save GM Holden’s South Australian car plant from closure in 2017 will not go ahead. General Motors today announced that both itself and Punch International Corporation, headed by entrepreneur Guido Dumarey, had concluded that a potential deal to keep producing vehicles at Elizabeth beyond 2017 was “not possible in this case”...


Holden Cruze Australia experiment failed, but credit where it's due
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Holden Cruze Australia experiment failed, but credit where it's due

As we now know, the Australian-assembled Holden Cruze will die a year ahead of schedule, before the end of 2016. As such, local versions of Holden’s unloved small car will stop rolling down the Elizabeth production line in South Australia 12-months before the plant shuts, and takes the Commodore, Caprice and Ute with it...


Holden Cruze Australian production ending October 2016
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Holden Cruze Australian production ending October 2016

UPDATE AT 15:00: It is understood that the end of local Cruze production will see about 400 workers at Holden's South Australia plant lose their jobs by year's end. ---- Australian assembly of the Holden Cruze small car will cease in October 2016, the company announced today, about a year before the locally made Commodore follows suit...


Holden small car plans: New-gen Cruze sedan early 2017, Astra hatch from end of this year
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Holden small car plans: New-gen Cruze sedan early 2017, Astra hatch from end of this year

Holden has today announced that local production of the Holden Cruze will cease at the end of 2016. While it's the end of local manufacturing for Cruze, it won't be the end of the Cruze nameplate in Australia, or the small car segment for Holden...


The locally made Holden Cruze is dead, thankfully
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The locally made Holden Cruze is dead, thankfully

Alborz Fallah: The news that Holden will shut down local production of the small-sized Holden Cruze comes as no great surprise, really. After all, with Commodore production scheduled to end next year, the Cruze was always slated to go before its bigger brother...


DS E-Tense coupe concept previewed ahead of Geneva motor show
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DS E-Tense coupe concept previewed ahead of Geneva motor show

Citroen luxury offshoot DS has handed down a teaser image of a new coupe concept it will reveal in Geneva next week, dubbed DS E-Tense. Although clearly a play on the word intense, the concept’s name is likely also a hint at an all-electric or electric-assisted powertrain - a design that would make this the DS brand’s first EV, and perhaps Citroen’s most thrilling since the Survolt concept in 2010...


Lamborghini Centenario confirmed for Geneva motor show - video
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Lamborghini Centenario confirmed for Geneva motor show - video

The special new Lamborghini Centenario has been confirmed for a Geneva motor show debut, after weeks of reports and speculation, revealing that the 100th anniversary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth will be celebrated in style...


Fiat Chrysler Australia holding steady on motorsport despite growing interest
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Fiat Chrysler Australia holding steady on motorsport despite growing interest

Despite recent reports that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne is keen to see his Alfa Romeo brand return to Formula One racing, the local division says it's happy not having a presence in the Australian motorsport scene… for now anyway. Consistently rumoured to be on the cusp of considering entering the local V8 Supercars series – in a race car based on the 6...


2017 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid and Electric unveiled
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2017 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid and Electric unveiled

Details and exterior images of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in have been revealed ahead of their debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show. The Ioniq Electric is powered by an electric motor with 88kW of power and 295Nm of torque. The motor drives the front wheels via single-speed transmission...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift unveiled: Australian launch due later this year
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift unveiled: Australian launch due later this year

The facelifted Alfa Romeo Giuletta hatch has been revealed ahead of its unveiling at the 2016 Geneva motor show. The updated Giulietta features a swag of blink and you'll miss 'em visual updates, including a new honeycomb grille, a remodelled front bumper, satin door handles, and oblique exhaust tips...


Hyundai Elantra SR confirmed: Hotted-up 150kW turbo sedan here around August
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Hyundai Elantra SR confirmed: Hotted-up 150kW turbo sedan here around August

Hyundai Australia has announced it will offer a hotted-up SR version of its brand new Elantra sedan from around August this year. Unlike the 129kW normally aspirated i30 SR, the Hyundai Elantra SR will sport the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine used in the Veloster SR Turbo and European Hyundai i30 Turbo, punching out a stronger 150kW of power and 265Nm, sending torque to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch or six-speed manual gearbox...


BMW M doesn’t want hardcore hatchback or four-cylinder model
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BMW M doesn’t want hardcore hatchback or four-cylinder model

The hot-hatch war continues unabated, but BMW is adamant it won’t be entering the battle with a full-on M-branded hatchback. With the likes of the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45 hyper hatchbacks fighting it out at the top end of the market while more affordable models like the Ford Focus RS also bring big performance bang for your buck, there’s space for BMW to join the race...


BMW M could add hybrid models
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BMW M could add hybrid models

  There’s BMW M for performance, and BMW i for hybrids and electric cars. But there could soon be an M model with hybrid power. BMW M head of product development, Carston Pries, spoke with Australian media at the launch of the 2016 BMW M2 Coupe in the US, where he suggested that meeting stricter emissions regulations in the future could force the company’s hand in what means it uses to create its trademark high-performance models...


2016 Hyundai Elantra pricing and specifications
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2016 Hyundai Elantra pricing and specifications

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra made its Australian premiere this week, giving the company its “best ever” small sedan rival for the class-leading Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla. This latest generation Hyundai Elantra, which remains the sedan complement to the i30 hatchback that last year outsold this Elantra’s predecessor about 4:1, is basically all new...


BMW 1 Series M ‘needed another year of development’
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BMW 1 Series M ‘needed another year of development’

The BMW 1 Series M that went on sale in 2011 was a vehicle that needed more time in development, the engineer behind the car has revealed. Speaking at the launch of the all-new BMW M2, Frank Isenberg – the chief engineer behind both the 1 Series M Coupe and the new M2 – said he felt that there were some elements of the existing model he would have liked more time to iron out...