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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...


Chevrolet Corvette firms as Holden's new V8 sports car
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Chevrolet Corvette firms as Holden's new V8 sports car

The man in charge of General Motors in our region has given the best indication yet that the Chevrolet Corvette is the V8 sports car destined to fly the performance flag for the company post-Commodore...


Cadillac chief argues for more autonomy from GM - report
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Cadillac chief argues for more autonomy from GM - report

Johan de Nysschen, the head of Cadillac, has said his brand should have more autonomy within GM and rewarded for the profits that it generates. According to Automotive News, de Nysschen told a gathering of financial analysts that Cadillac will, by 2017, enjoy "a far higher degree of autonomy and self sufficiency" within the General Motors corporate structure, and outsiders will be able to see how much money it is making or losing...


Performax International recalls: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ford Mustang models with Takata airbags affected
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Performax International recalls: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ford Mustang models with Takata airbags affected

Queensland-based importer and right-hand drive conversion house, Performax International, has announced that a number of vehicles it sold between 1 December 2006 and 31 December 2008 are affected by the wide-ranging international recall over Takata airbags...


Fiat Chrysler chairman confirms email from CEO requesting GM merger
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Fiat Chrysler chairman confirms email from CEO requesting GM merger

The chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, John Elkann, confirmed that his company's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, had sent an email to his counterpart at General Motors, Mary Barra, requesting for a merger between the two automakers. Earlier this week Automotive News reported that Marchionne approached Barra via email in March this year...


Holden issues forced redundancies at Elizabeth plant
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Holden issues forced redundancies at Elizabeth plant

Holden has been forced to issue involuntary redundancies at its Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia for the first time in 28 years after it failed to convince enough workers to voluntarily accept redundancy packages announced in April. Last month, Holden confirmed plans to cut 270 full-time workers from its production line by May 25 and had hoped the majority of redundancies would be voluntary rather than forced...


Holden shrugs off loss of Volt plug-in hybrid
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Holden shrugs off loss of Volt plug-in hybrid

There was plenty of fanfare surrounding the launch of the first-ever Holden Volt back in 2012, but lacklustre sales in right-hand-drive markets has lead to General Motors to pull the plug on a replacement version for those markets. As CarAdvice reported recently, the new, second-generation Volt will be sold only as a left-hand-drive car...


Canada sells its GM shares, Government Motors tag no longer true
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Canada sells its GM shares, Government Motors tag no longer true

Canada has sold its last remaining shares in General Motors, ending a period of government investment in the American automaker. The move was announced earlier this week, as the federal government sold 73.4 million shares in GM to Goldman Sachs. The Canadian government's block of shares represent around 4.6 percent of GM's outstanding stock...