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GM's latest platforms could last for 12 years or more

The lifespan of the latest-generation of GM platforms could be stretched out to a dozen years or more under a recently announced new cost reduction plan. Dan Ammann, president of GM, has told Reuters that the platform that underpins the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze could last for 12 years or even longer...

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Toyota claims global sales crown for 2015, Volkswagen second, GM third
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Toyota claims global sales crown for 2015, Volkswagen second, GM third

Toyota finished 2015 as the world's top selling automaker, with Volkswagen and GM taking out the podium places. The company sold a total of 10,151,000 vehicles worldwide during 2015, down 0.8 percent on last year's figure of 10.23 million. Sales for the Toyota and Lexus brands rose 0.5 percent to 9.19 million, while Hino trucks sold 168,000 vehicles (up 0...


GM launches Maven car sharing service in the US
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GM launches Maven car sharing service in the US

General Motors has launched a new car sharing service, Maven, in the United States. At launch Maven will be restricted to just 21 parking spots around the city of Ann Arbor, around 65 kilometres west of Detroit, Michigan. As with other car sharing services, Maven allows members to hire cars by the hour via a smartphone app...


Honda and GM to build joint venture hydrogen fuel cell factory - report
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Honda and GM to build joint venture hydrogen fuel cell factory - report

Honda and General Motors are reportedly working towards a joint venture factory that will produce hydrogen fuel cells. A report in the Asahi Shimbun claims that the two car makers are looking to setup a plant to make next-generation fuel cells for automotive applications. Anonymous sources said that Honda and GM plan to have this factory operational by 2025 at the latest...


Chevrolet Bolt EV will tackle US before anywhere else
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Chevrolet Bolt EV will tackle US before anywhere else

The all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV is claimed by General Motors as a game changer – a crossover-style electric car with about 320 kilometres of battery range for US$30,000. But as impressive as that sounds, it won’t be available to other world markets for some time, and a right-hand drive version is not on the cards at all...


GM commits to driverless future with $694m Lyft ride-share investment
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GM commits to driverless future with $694m Lyft ride-share investment

Holden parent General Motors has revealed a new look at where it sees the future of daily commuting, announcing a US$500 million (AU$694m) investment into startup ride-sharing company Lyft - with a significant focus on driverless technology. Although it has yet to arrive in Australia (a local debut is understood to be on the cards) Lyft has been operating in the US since 2012 as a direct rival to the well-known Uber service...


Vauxhall Maloo LSA uncovered: brutal ute on sale in the UK
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Vauxhall Maloo LSA uncovered: brutal ute on sale in the UK

General Motors brand Vauxhall has uncovered its version of the HSV Maloo R8 LSA ute in the form of the Vauxhall Maloo LSA. The company has stated frankly that it positions the ute as a performance model, stating that "while our rivals will wow you with improvements in emissions and fuel economy in a CV’s (commercial vehicle's) new model year, our offering – the new Maloo LSA – is more likely to impress with the arrival of its all-new, supercharged 6...


2018 Holden Commodore: Fresh clues about future large car
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2018 Holden Commodore: Fresh clues about future large car

The first imported Holden Commodore may still be more than two years away, but new details of the car it’s set to be based on – the all-new Opel Insignia – have provided us with fresh clues about the local brand’s future large car. Any fears that the new model wouldn’t be a proper large car appear to have been allayed by German publication Auto Bild, which claims the all-new sedan will be up to 15cm longer than the current Insignia sedan...


Victorian Government commits another $46.5m to assist transition from vehicle manufacturing
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Victorian Government commits another $46.5m to assist transition from vehicle manufacturing

The Victorian Government is committing an additional $46.5 million to help automotive businesses, workers and communities transition into new industries with secure employment prospects. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Industry Minister Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the ‘Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan’ at the Bosch manufacturing plant in Clayton...


Weird and wonderful calls received by GM's OnStar centre
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Weird and wonderful calls received by GM's OnStar centre

General Motors’ OnStar connected services system has many practical functions, including giving motorists direct access to a specialist call centre operator while on the road at the push of a button. We used it a number of times at the international launch of the new Opel Astra hatch in Europe last week, pressing the blue button to ask fairly mundane questions in search of assistance and guidance...


Holden's trend-setting design and performance engineering work praised by GM bosses
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Holden's trend-setting design and performance engineering work praised by GM bosses

Leading General Motors executives say Holden’s trend-setting design work and performance engineering know-how will influence future models built and sold around the world. Addressing journalist in Frankfurt last week, GM CEO Mary Barra praised Holden’s design and engineering teams and promised continued investment to ensure they could keep contributing on a global scale...


Next Opel Astra OPC may downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo
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Next Opel Astra OPC may downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo

The Opel Astra OPC and Holden Astra VXR twins look set to downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo engine when the next-generation hot hatches emerge later this decade. New Astra chief engineer Marc Schmidt confirmed with Australian journalists last week that a 1.6-litre engine was “at this point the ceiling on the [sports car] assignment”, seemingly foretelling a decrease in capacity from the current model’s 2...


2016 Holden Astra Review
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2016 Holden Astra Review

Tim heads to Europe for the international launch of the all-new Astra hatch.


Holden wants OnStar for Australia, but will have to wait
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Holden wants OnStar for Australia, but will have to wait

The Holden Astra will arrive in Australia next year without OnStar, one of the car’s leading technology features available overseas, but the local division is determined to introduce it as soon as possible. The new Astra is the first vehicle from Holden’s German sister brand Opel to be offered with the OnStar connected services system from launch...


GM agrees to pay $1.3 billion fine for ignition switch recall scandal
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GM agrees to pay $1.3 billion fine for ignition switch recall scandal

General Motors has agreed to a pay a US$900 million ($1.3 billion) fine to the US government for covering up a known defect with some of its ignition switches. In exchange, the US Attorney's Office has agreed to defer prosecution in this case for three years, after which the government will close the case so long as GM has met all the terms and conditions of the deal...


GM CEO promises more right-hand-drive vehicles
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GM CEO promises more right-hand-drive vehicles

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has promised a “more planned and very proactive” approach to the development and production of right-hand-drive vehicles going forward, to ensure Holden can offer Australians the best of GM’s global portfolio...


Three-cylinder Holden Commodore ruled out, but smallest-ever engine likely for 2018
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Three-cylinder Holden Commodore ruled out, but smallest-ever engine likely for 2018

Fans still drying their eyes over the impending demise of the V8-powered Holden Commodore may take some solace in knowing that the company has ruled out offering a three-cylinder version of its next-generation large car...


Holden Commodore V8 fans must embrace downsizing or watch brand die, says GM exec
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Holden Commodore V8 fans must embrace downsizing or watch brand die, says GM exec

Fans of the traditional V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive Holden Commodore sports sedan need to accept that the world is moving on and embrace the future of engine downsizing, says the head of General Motors in our region...


2016 Chevrolet SS facelift mirrors Commodore update
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2016 Chevrolet SS facelift mirrors Commodore update

The final Australian-made American muscle car, the 2016 Chevrolet SS, has been revealed just days after the unveiling of its Holden Commodore donor car. Already equipped with the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 that’s just been dropped into our Commodore, the changes to the updated Chevy SS are limited to cosmetic tweaks and a new exhaust...


Holden Astra hatch confirmed for late-2016 launch: Early end for Cruze hatch production?
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Holden Astra hatch confirmed for late-2016 launch: Early end for Cruze hatch production?

The Holden Astra hatch will once again go head to head with the Toyota Corolla in Australia’s small car sales battle when the company launches the all-new model on our shores next year. Holden announced the return of the five-door Astra hatchback during the car’s unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show today, revealing the new model is currently on track to reach local showrooms toward the end of 2016...