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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 20, 2017

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 20, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Holden Commodore Magnum: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards
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Holden Commodore Magnum: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards

In June 2013 Holden set a world record — the fastest ute to lap the famous Nurburgring circuit. The time set was 8:19:47, making it not only the fastest ute, but one of the fastest cars to lap the German track. Now, Holden is saying a new record could still be on the cards. Using a Holden Commodore SS-V Redline ute with the previous generation 6...


2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified
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2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified

In a bid to ensure its three limited edition models — the Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport — are taken seriously, Holden has tested them to the same extreme standards required for GM's global track capable cars. Testing is undertaken at General Motors' Milford Race Course. It's a gruelling track used to certify cars as track capable with GM's stamp of approval...


2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Magnum and Director review: Race-certified Commodores driven
Rating: 9.510 /10
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2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Magnum and Director review: Race-certified Commodores driven

This is it, the final three new locally-produced Commodore models ever. Paul Maric gets behind the wheel.

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$59,290 - $63,940

2017 Opel Crossland X revealed as Meriva replacement
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2017 Opel Crossland X revealed as Meriva replacement

The all-new 2017 Opel Crossland X has been revealed overnight in UK-market Vauxhall guise, and will sit below the Mokka X in the company's line-up. Serving as the successor to the Meriva people mover, the Crossland X has been given a comprehensive makeover, and will take on the likes of the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 when it hits the European showrooms later this year...


Holden Commodore limited-edition models garner over 2000 registrations of interest
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Holden Commodore limited-edition models garner over 2000 registrations of interest

With full details of Holden's three limited-edition Holden Commodores due tomorrow, there have been over 2000 people register interest in the cars - with most putting money down at dealers, despite limited information being available. CarAdvice has driven all three models and will have a full review with video Thursday January 19, 2:00 pm (so make sure you check back then)...


2017 Holden Trax review: Quick drive

2017 Holden Trax review: Quick drive

It wasn’t that long ago that we had a Holden Trax as part of our long-term vehicle fleet. We remember it as being cheap, cheerful and fun to drive with its turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The only real negatives we spoke of had to do with the infotainment system and the design, which looked a little too cheerful for our liking – but styling is subjective, so we could have been wrong on that front...


2017 Holden Astra sedan review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Holden Astra sedan review

While local production may have ended, Holden hasn't given up on the small sedan. The new Astra sedan is coming and Paul Maric heads to the States for a drive.


2017 Holden Astra sedan review
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2017 Holden Astra sedan review

Read the full article here. With Holden winding up local manufacturing, it wasn’t just the Commodore that would no longer be produced in Australia. The Holden Cruze also met a similar fate, with a little over 126,000 units produced locally over five years. Replacing the locally produced Cruze is a brand new one, built off a global architecture and the D2 platform, which is shared with the Holden Astra hatch...


HSV GTS-R W1 final editions spied – last ute and sedan models spotted in Victoria
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HSV GTS-R W1 final editions spied – last ute and sedan models spotted in Victoria

CarAdvice has been sent new images of the final ever HSV versions of the Holden Commodore and Holden Ute – the vehicles you see here are the HSV GTS-R W1 sedan and HSV GTS-R W1 ute. That's what we think they are, anyway: these spy images were allegedly taken outside HSV's head office in Clayton, Victoria according to the source that sent them to us, and with grainy image quality and the badges taped over, it's hard to tell if these are the real deal...


Corvette frame spotted at General Motors battery lab: Hybrid Corvette on the way?
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Corvette frame spotted at General Motors battery lab: Hybrid Corvette on the way?

CarAdvice has spotted a Corvette undergoing construction within General Motors' 85,000ft battery lab in Warren, Michigan, suggesting the next Corvette will be partially battery powered. Rumours of a mid-engined Corvette started circulating after images of a Holden Commodore ute kitted out with a giant aero kit and wide body hit the internet...


Confirmed: Holden plant will shut October 20
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Confirmed: Holden plant will shut October 20

Holden has announced October 20, 2017 as the date it will shut the doors of its Elizabeth car plant outside of Adelaide for the final time, and become a full-line vehicle importer. Holden has assembled vehicles for domestic and export markets at Elizabeth since 1963. Nearly 1000 employees will remain in production, engineering and support roles until production ends...


Holden tells Kia to bring it on
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Holden tells Kia to bring it on

Holden says it wishes Kia best of luck as the Korean brand prepares to lure Commodore SS fans left without a rear-drive GT once local manufacturing ends later this year. As we reported earlier this week from Detroit, Kia’s local chief Damien Meredith believes the gorgeous new rear-wheel drive Stinger GT with its 270kW twin-turbo V6 has what it takes to lure loyal Lion brand buyers...


Holden to activate OnStar technology in Australia by 2020
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Holden to activate OnStar technology in Australia by 2020

Holden plans to introduce the tech-laden OnStar technology package in Australia by 2020, according to a senior General Motors executive. OnStar technology has been available in US markets for some time now, but with extensive infrastructure required in Australia to operate the technology, it hasn't yet been activated locally...


Holden Colorado top-spec models driving high profit margins
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Holden Colorado top-spec models driving high profit margins

While Holden's sales were down in 2016, it's a high-end product mix driving Holden's net sales revenue in the Holden Colorado range. Holden's new Colorado, launched in 2016, signalled a new, focussed direction for the company. Australian ride-and-handling tuning, along with competitive pricing and features is now leading the way for rich margins on high-end Colorado sales...


Holden's poor sales not acceptable, but necessary for successful transition
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Holden's poor sales not acceptable, but necessary for successful transition

Two of Holden's most senior executives have admitted poor sales in 2016 were unacceptable, but necessary to successfully transition from local manufacturer to full importer in 2017. As the clock struck midnight on December 31st 2016, Holden's sales were down by 8.4 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015, selling just under 95,000 cars for the year...


Holden won't reverse decision on Commodore name
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Holden won't reverse decision on Commodore name

Holden has copped a stack of negative feedback on CarAdvice and social media following our drive of the next-generation Holden Commodore, but the brand isn't fussed and plans on keeping the Commodore nameplate. Following our next-generation Holden Commodore drive story and then subsequent release of images, most of the feedback we saw related to the name of the car...


Holden's two-door sports car details due soon, could exist across several segments
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Holden's two-door sports car details due soon, could exist across several segments

It's almost like a running gag — a senior General Motors executive announced a Holden V8 sports car two years ago, but since then, there has been zero further information, until today. During our chat with Stefan Jacoby, GM's executive vice president and president of General Motors International, Jacoby hosed down questions about the sports car, despite being the guy who first raised it around two years ago...


Holden Colorado LTZ v Toyota HiLux SR5 comparison
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Holden Colorado LTZ v Toyota HiLux SR5 comparison

I’m sure that deep inside a fortune cookie somewhere is a pseudo-cryptic message that suggests being first doesn’t immediately equate with being the best. Take this pair of pick-ups for example. For 2016, the Toyota HiLux was not only the highest selling ute in Australia, it was the highest selling passenger vehicle. Period...


Chevrolet Cruze sedan production quality and sales could see third shift return to Ohio
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Chevrolet Cruze sedan production quality and sales could see third shift return to Ohio

Demand for the Chevrolet Cruze sedan has prompted executives to look at returning a third shift to its Lordstown Ohio production facility. The Chevrolet Cruze sedan, which will be launched in Australia as the Holden Astra sedan this year to replace the Australian-built Holden Cruze, is currently built in the USA with plans to move production to Mexico quashed recently...