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2018 Holden Captiva updates announced

The lightly revised 2018 Holden Captiva range has arrived, bringing minor specification changes across the line-up. Seven seats are now standard across the range, with the outgoing model's five-seat option now dropped...

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Holden launches Maven Gig ride-sharing brand with Uber
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Holden launches Maven Gig ride-sharing brand with Uber

General Motors (GM), parent of Holden, has this week launched its car-sharing sub-brand Maven in Australia. Dubbed 'Maven Gig', the service allows drivers to get on the road quickly and join the rising gig economy - which includes various ride-sharing and food delivery services such as UberX and UberEats...


Opel 'Monza' luxury SUV on ice after PSA takeover - report
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Opel 'Monza' luxury SUV on ice after PSA takeover - report

The recent PSA Group takeover of the Opel and Vauxhall brands has forced the former General Motors (GM) subsidiaries to shelve plans for a flagship SUV, according to a new report out of the UK...


GM launches autonomous ride-hailing service for employees
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GM launches autonomous ride-hailing service for employees

GM employees in San Francisco have begun testing a fleet of self-driving taxis on public roads. In an interview with TechCrunch, Kyle Vogt, founder and CEO of GM's Cruise automated driving division, revealed the company has begun beta trials of its new Cruise Anywhere service...


2017 Holden Astra LT sedan v 2017 Toyota Corolla Ascent sedan comparison
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2017 Holden Astra LT sedan v 2017 Toyota Corolla Ascent sedan comparison

From styling to equipment and value, Holden has take the offensive to the small-car market with its Euro-influenced Astra sedan range. An offer too good to be true? We pitch it against the evergreen, big-selling Corolla to test the measure of the Astra's goodness.


Peugeot parent completes takeover of Opel/Vauxhall from GM
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Peugeot parent completes takeover of Opel/Vauxhall from GM

The PSA Group, the parent company behind Peugeot, Citroen and DS, completed its takeover of Opel and Vauxhall from GM on August 1. Opel has promised to deliver a new performance plan within 100 days, with the key goal of achieving operational profitability by 2020 and a six per cent profit margin by 2026...


GM to start over-the-air vehicle updates by 2020
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GM to start over-the-air vehicle updates by 2020

GM is currently working on new electrical and infotainment systems, which will allow the company to issue over-the-air software updates in the near future. Last week, Mary Barra, CEO of GM, told analysts and journalists, including Automotive News, the company would begin issuing over-the-air vehicle updates "before 2020"...


Renault-Nissan Alliance leads 2017 global sales race at halfway point
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Renault-Nissan Alliance leads 2017 global sales race at halfway point

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has vaulted past the Volkswagen Group and Toyota to be the world's number one automaker at the halfway point of this year. To the end of June, the Franco-Japanese pairing sold 5,268,079 vehicles, ahead of the Volkswagen Group's 5,155,600, and Toyota's 5,129,000...


EU approves Peugeot's purchase of Opel/Vauxhall from GM
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EU approves Peugeot's purchase of Opel/Vauxhall from GM

The PSA Group's purchase of Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors has been given the go-ahead from the European Union's antitrust authorities. With approval secured from the EU, one of the key hurdles has been cleared in the 2.2 billion euro ($3.3 billion) purchase of the majority of General Motors' European operations by the PSA Group...


2014-16 Chevrolet SS recalled for steering fix, Commodore not affected
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2014-16 Chevrolet SS recalled for steering fix, Commodore not affected

The Aussie-built 2014-16 Chevrolet SS has been recalled over concerns a faulty power steering module could cause a loss of steering assistance, with around 6200 vehicles affected. Chevrolet reports that corrosion of the connector between the electric power steering model and the torque sensor connector may cause a loss of power steering assistance...


Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann resigns as Peugeot takeover moves forward
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Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann resigns as Peugeot takeover moves forward

Karl-Thomas Neumann has stepped down from his position as CEO of Opel, effective immediately. Neumann has been replaced by Michael Lohscheller, who has been Opel's chief financial officer (CFO) since September 2012. Neumann will remain on Opel's management board until the sale of Opel/Vauxhall to Group PSA, parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, is completed...


Holden Colorado, Colorado 7, Trailblazer recalled for jack fix
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Holden Colorado, Colorado 7, Trailblazer recalled for jack fix

Holden has issued an equipment recall for its 'RG' Colorado, Colorado 7 and Trailblazer model lines over concerns the vehicle jacks could have incorrect instruction labels. The company reports that certain vehicle jacks - sold by the Holden Service Parts Organisation (HSPO) - may be fitted with labels that do not correctly describe the safe and correct usage of the jack...


Opel/Vauxhall sale held up by disagreement over on-going development work - report
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Opel/Vauxhall sale held up by disagreement over on-going development work - report

The sale of Opel and Vauxhall to the PSA Group, owner of the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands, has reportedly hit a snag. Sources have informed the Allgemeine Zeitung the company's works council has paused the transition timeline. Employee information sessions, which were due to be held this week, have been postponed indefinitely...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 19, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 19, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


General Motors quits South Africa, discontinues Chevrolet in India
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General Motors quits South Africa, discontinues Chevrolet in India

General Motors announced overnight that it is leaving South Africa completely, and that it will cease sales of Chevrolet vehicles in India. South Africa The company will stop producing Chevrolet vehicles, primarily the Spark and Utility, at its South African plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth. The Chevrolet brand will be withdrawn from the South African market by the end of 2017...


GM developing sustainable natural tyre rubber
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GM developing sustainable natural tyre rubber

General Motors (GM) has announced it is looking to develop sustainable natural rubber for tyres, in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of automotive manufacturing and reduce deforestation. The US auto giant says it is working with suppliers including Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear and Michelin to develop "appropriate transparency into natural rubber and ensure its traceability throughout the supply chain"...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 5, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 5, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


GM will be first to make EVs at a profit, says former Holden chief
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GM will be first to make EVs at a profit, says former Holden chief

General Motors will be the first automaker to produce electric vehicles at a profit, Mark Reuss, former head of Holden and currently GM's head of global product development, has claimed. According to The Detroit Bureau, Reuss told reporters: “We know the customers would like to drive electric cars but are unwilling to pay any more for them...


Holden Astra Coupe, Insignia VXR retired; Cascada dropped too - UPDATE
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Holden Astra Coupe, Insignia VXR retired; Cascada dropped too - UPDATE

UPDATE: The Cascada convertible has also been dropped from the company's range, reducing the number of Opel-sourced vehicles to the new-generation Astra and the upcoming Commodore (a rebadged Insignia). The Holden Astra Coupe and Insignia VXR have been quietly dropped from the company's website, meaning the Commodore SS models are the only performance offerings left in the line-up...


2018 Buick Enclave revealed in New York, Avenir luxury badge debuts
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2018 Buick Enclave revealed in New York, Avenir luxury badge debuts

The 2018 Buick Enclave has been revealed at the New York motor show this week, also launching the General Motors subsidiary's Avenir premium sub-brand. Compared to the model before it, the Enclave has taken on a more conventional and handsome crossover design rather than its MPV-like predecessor, while also introducing a suite of new infotainment and driver assistance technologies...