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2016 Goodwood Festival Of Speed report

When it comes to a concentrated snapshot of mankind's four-wheeled achievements, the Goodwood Festival Of Speed takes some beating. If your blood runs high on octane, it should be at the sharp end of your personal bucket list...

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2017 Holden Captiva spied testing
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2017 Holden Captiva spied testing

The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, which could come here as the 2017 Holden Captiva, has once again been spied testing in heavy camouflage. The Equinox, previously spied last month, was this time caught testing alongside the Opel Meriva and Opel Insignia this week. This strengthens suspicions that the Equinox will make the jump to join the Opel family, taking on the Antara badge...


2016 Opel Meriva spied again, interior shown in new shots
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2016 Opel Meriva spied again, interior shown in new shots

The next-generation Opel Meriva has been spied again. This time, however, photographers have managed to get a peep inside the new people-mover’s cabin. While the Meriva is currently a European-market offering, Holden has committed to having a third of its future model line-up sourced from German sister brand Opel...


Cadillac planning ultra-luxe Bentley rivals beyond 2020 - report
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Cadillac planning ultra-luxe Bentley rivals beyond 2020 - report

General Motors’ premium arm Cadillac is preparing a super-luxury SUV and sedan pair to rival the likes of Bentley by the end of the next decade, according to a new report. Following the release of the opulent Bentley Bentayga, along with its upcoming competition in the Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus and Rolls Royce SUV, Cadillac is reportedly planning its own player in the ultra-luxe SUV segment...


2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 revealed, promises to best all-comers
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 revealed, promises to best all-comers

The monstrous new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has been revealed. GM isn't holding its ego in check for this one, either, declaring that the new hero coupe is “designed to excel at everything”. Set to go on sale in the US later this year, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 is claimed to feature “unprecedented levels” of technology, refinement, acceleration and track capability...


GM purchases highway autopilot company Cruise Automation
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GM purchases highway autopilot company Cruise Automation

General Motors has acquired San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle technology company Cruise Automation. GM expects the purchase of Cruise Automation to be complete some time during the second quarter. Once all the legal paperwork is complete, Cruise Automation will become an independent part of GM's Autonomous Vehicle Development Team and will continue to be based out of San Francisco...


Holden looking to GMC Acadia to fill large SUV gap
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Holden looking to GMC Acadia to fill large SUV gap

Holden is reportedly evaluating the American GMC Acadia to fill a gap in its large SUV lineup. The Acadia is a full-size SUV available in seven- and eight-seat configurations. If it were to launch in Australia, the Acadia would would compete in the same segment as the Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder...


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


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.