Holden in line for German-built flagship SUV due by 2018

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Holden in line for German-built flagship SUV due by 2018

Holden could get a new German-built flagship SUV before the end of the decade after the boss of parent company General Motors confirmed Opel would begin production of the model by 2018...

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Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS
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Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS

GM's next-generation entertainment and navigation system will be built on the Android OS, although it's not clear when, or even if, the next-gen units will begin to appear in Holden cars. Dinesh Paliwal, Harman CEO, spoke to Automotive News about the next-generation entertainment and navigation system that his company is building for GM as part of a US$900 million ($1...


Holden badge to take centre stage with Chevrolet at SEMA show
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Holden badge to take centre stage with Chevrolet at SEMA show

The iconic Holden badge will take centre stage at next month’s SEMA aftermarket and accessories show in Las Vegas, appearing on the star of the Chevrolet stand. The Chevrolet SS Sport concept will feature a host of styling enhancements, including familiar high-gloss black 20-inch wheels, floor mats and boot cargo tray all adorned with Holden’s lion logo...


2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line models revealed
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2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line models revealed

The 2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line is not the full-blown hot-hatch range expected from the German arm of General Motors, but the new styling packs hint at future faster models bearing Opel Performance Centre badging. The newly unveiled Corsa OPC Line receives a range of styling changes including a new lower lip spoiler at the front, side skirts, and a tailgate-mounted rear spoiler...


GM working on a new all-electric car with 320km range - report
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GM working on a new all-electric car with 320km range - report

GM's product development chief, Mark Reuss, has confirmed that the company is working on a new electric car. According to Automotive News, Reuss, formerly the head of Holden, made this statement at an investors' conference held last week, but wouldn't elaborate further on the project...


Aggressive Cadillac seeks to conquer Germans from New York headquarters
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Aggressive Cadillac seeks to conquer Germans from New York headquarters

General Motors’ mission to return luxury arm Cadillac to “a pre-eminent position among global luxury brands” has taken on a new dimension this week, with the company spinning off its flagship brand into a separate business unit based out of New York, and away from Detroit...


2015 Holden Captiva 7 : Final facelift for ageing SUV spied
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2015 Holden Captiva 7 : Final facelift for ageing SUV spied

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured what is believed to be the final update for the ageing Chevrolet Captiva, known as the Holden Captiva 7 in Australia. The 2015 Captiva will become the fourth iteration of General Motors’ current-generation large SUV following its initial launch in 2006 and subsequent facelifts in 2011 and 2013...


2016 Chevrolet Niva teased
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2016 Chevrolet Niva teased

The 2016 Chevrolet Niva is a rugged new baby SUV for Russia - and perhaps the rest of the world - that been teased ahead of the 2014 Moscow motor show. Inspired by the iconic Russian off-roader, the Lada Niva, the new-generation Chevrolet Niva - which will be revealed on August 27 in Russia - is said to "be the perfect choice for buyers who love their country and want to enjoy its vast open spaces at any time of the year"...


Holden Commodore successor revealed to New Zealand dealers - report
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Holden Commodore successor revealed to New Zealand dealers - report

The boss of Holden New Zealand has reportedly revealed to his dealers the car that will replace the Commodore when Australian production ends in 2017. Managing director of Holden NZ Jeff Murray told the New Zealand Herald he privately showed dealers the new large sedan in June, giving them a glimpse of the new model roughly three and a half years before it is destined to go on sale in Australia and across the ditch...


LG Chem to supply 320km-plus EV batteries in 2016 - report
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LG Chem to supply 320km-plus EV batteries in 2016 - report

South Korean energy specialist LG Chem will begin supplying car makers with batteries capable of powering electric vehicles for at least 200 miles (322km) in 2016. LG Chem chief financial officer Cho Suk-jeh told Reuters EVs powered by the advanced, ‘second-generation’ batteries would be available in around two years’ time, though would not elaborate on exactly when and where they would appear first...


General Motors broadens Opel role, puts it in charge of all European operations
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General Motors broadens Opel role, puts it in charge of all European operations

General Motors has restructured its loss-making operations in Europe by creating a new organisation called the Opel Group, which takes over full economic responsibility not just for Opel/Vauxhall products but all of GM’s operations in Europe and Russia. To be based in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the Opel Group will operate as an umbrella for the Opel and Vauxhall brands, as well as GM in Russia...


2016 Chevrolet Camaro spied for the first time
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro spied for the first time

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has been spied for the first time, giving us our first look at the sixth-generation ‘pony car’ that will go head-to-head with the new Ford Mustang. The next-gen Camaro – codenamed ‘A1BC’ – will be new from the ground up, trading its ageing, Australian-engineered Zeta architecture underpinnings for a version of the newer, lighter Alpha rear-wheel-drive chassis shared with the Cadillac ATS and CTS models...


GM global recall woes expand past 28 million vehicles
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GM global recall woes expand past 28 million vehicles

General Motors has expanded its 2014 global recall count past 28 million vehicles following the recall of a further 8.4 million vehicles worldwide. Spread across six campaigns and covering model-year vehicles from 1997 to 2014, the latest crop of recalls, which takes GM's 2014 recall tally to 54 campaigns and around 28...


Amended airbag recall affects affects Nissan, Honda and Mazda in Australia
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Amended airbag recall affects affects Nissan, Honda and Mazda in Australia

Nissan, Honda and Mazda this week expanded their respective Australian recalls over potentially faulty airbags supplied by third-party Japanese company Takata.  The series of local recalls are part of a wider global recall announced in April-May 2013 and expanded this week, affecting millions of vehicles from seven car-makers — Nissan, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, BMW, Ford and Chrysler...


Chevrolet Volt owners want more space, sharper pricing
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Chevrolet Volt owners want more space, sharper pricing

General Motors is busy working on the second-generation Volt plug-in hybrid due around 2015/16, a car its US customers are reportedly hoping will have five seats (rather than four), a longer electric range and a sharper starting price. The customer wish list, reported by US industry journal Automotive News, was revealed around the same time as GM released findings from a 30-month study into the performance of 300 Volts in the real world...


Holden builds millionth High Feature V6 engine
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Holden builds millionth High Feature V6 engine

The millionth High Feature V6 has rolled off the production line at Holden’s Engine Operations (HEO) plant at Fishermans Bend in Port Melbourne. The milestone coincides with another landmark, with Holden celebrating 11 years since the first HFV6 was produced at the Victorian facility in 2003. The millionth engine – a 3...


Holden performance model additions to push HSV
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Holden performance model additions to push HSV

Should Holden have gifted its performance specialist arm Holden Special Vehicles the go-fast models it has just announced will join its line-up in 2015? Seems a mighty good question. Ever since Opel crashed out of the Australian market in late 2013 there have been rumours that Holden would introduce some of the run-of-the-mill models, while it was widely expected that HSV would offer the OPC range as a means of bolstering its line-up...


Holden Cruze recall: 2712 cars called back over driveshaft issue, including 600 repaired in 2013
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Holden Cruze recall: 2712 cars called back over driveshaft issue, including 600 repaired in 2013

A driveshaft issue affecting 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze sedans in the US has also forced 2712 Holden Cruze sedans and hatchbacks to be recalled in Australia, including more than 600 for the second time in little more than six months. Unlike the US recall that affects Cruze sedans powered by the company’s 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, the local recall applies to Cruze 1...


Opel to exit China; start building Buicks for US
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Opel to exit China; start building Buicks for US

Opel will cease sales in China from January 2015 and begin production of two new models in the second half of the decade, one confirmed as a future US-bound Buick-branded vehicle. In a statement, the General Motors-owned German brand said: “Opel has decided to change the export strategy for the Chinese market. As of January 2015, sales of the Opel brand in China will cease...


GM expands faulty ignition switch recall to 2.6m vehicles
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GM expands faulty ignition switch recall to 2.6m vehicles

General Motors has expanded its faulty ignition switch recall by almost one million vehicles, taking the total number of affected cars to 2.6 million around the world. The expansion announcement follows GM’s original February recall that targeted 1.6 million Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky vehicles built between 2003 and 2007...