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Australian designers claim top two awards at 2015 Detroit motor show

Australians have cleaned up at the 2015 Detroit motor show, claiming the top two design awards for their work on the Buick Avenir and the Ford GT. The Buick Avenir concept was named the best-designed concept vehicle of the show by the EyesOn Design jury, while the judges voted the Ford GT the best-designed production vehicle...

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Holden “a portfolio that needs improvement”, admits exec who vows increased consistency in future line-up
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Holden “a portfolio that needs improvement”, admits exec who vows increased consistency in future line-up

General Motors vice president of design Ed Welburn has admitted the current Holden line-up “needs improvement”, vowing to put consistency back into the future range with a plan that has “thrilled” Australian dealers. Welburn recognises that in the future there needs to be consistency of design language across all Holden products so customers are not confused by a varied array of models...


Holden V8 to live beyond 2017
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Holden V8 to live beyond 2017

Holden has officially announced that when local manufacturing ceases in 2017, a two-door sports coupe with a V8 engine will be at the ready to replace SS versions of the Holden Commodore sedan. The man who stands by his decision to close Holden’s Elizabeth, South Australia, plant in 2017, General Motors executive vice president of international operations Stefan Jacoby tonight confirmed the news...


Chevrolet Bolt EV concept : Australian-designed concept claims 200 miles range, US$30K price
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Chevrolet Bolt EV concept : Australian-designed concept claims 200 miles range, US$30K price

Australian design and engineering has been showcased for a second time at the 2015 Detroit motor show, with the new Chevrolet Bolt EV concept crossover debuting just hours after the Buick Avenir show car. The new Chevrolet Bolt EV concept was constructed in GM Australia's design studio in Port Melbourne, with the Australian workshop one of only two in the world with the capability to bring such a project to reality...


2016 Chevrolet Volt revealed:: Specifications of new plug-in hybrid small car announced
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2016 Chevrolet Volt revealed: Specifications of new plug-in hybrid small car announced

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt - which could be brought to Australia for a second term as the Holden Volt - has been unveiled in full on the eve of the 2015 Detroit auto show...


Buick Avenir : Holden-designed Caprice-sized sedan debuts
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Buick Avenir : Holden-designed Caprice-sized sedan debuts

Designed and built in Australia by local Holden designers, the Buick Avenir concept has been revealed the night before the official opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Designed to be a proper Buick of the traditional fashion, the large coupe-like four-door sedan has the same 5...


General Motors working overtime on quick Malibu replacement - report
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General Motors working overtime on quick Malibu replacement - report

General Motors is said to be working overtime to launch a new version of its Malibu sedan as the current model continues to tank in the ultra-competitive medium-size segment. Automotive News reports GM is aiming to release the next-generation Chevrolet/Holden Malibu “about a year from now”...


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. GM CEO Mary Barra (below) announced the new SUV would be built at Holden sister brand Opel’s headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany, and would be “the brand’s second flagship alongside the Insignia”...


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

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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...