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How does stability control work? ESC demonstration on ice

Read the article here. Electronic Stability Control was developed in the late 80's and has become a mainstay in the automotive industry. We went to the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground in New Zealand to put the technology to the test with V8 Supercars driver James Courtney and the new Holden Insignia VXR...

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What is all-wheel drive? Does all-wheel drive give my car more grip?
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What is all-wheel drive? Does all-wheel drive give my car more grip?

A common misconception about all-wheel drive cars is that they offer you more grip. When CarAdvice reader Tony contacted us with this question, we thought it would be time to set the record straight and show you how an all-wheel drive car differs from a front-wheel drive car...


Volkswagen leads 2015 global sales race ahead of Toyota, GM
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Volkswagen leads 2015 global sales race ahead of Toyota, GM

At the halfway mark of 2015, Volkswagen leads both Toyota and GM in the quest for the global sales crown. To the end of June 2015, the Volkswagen Group sold a total of 5.04 million vehicles, placing it around 20,000 units ahead of the Toyota family, which managed to shift 5.02 million vehicles in the same timeframe. General Motors remained in third place with 4...


2016 Holden Barina CDX Review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2016 Holden Barina CDX Review

Mildly updated for the 2016 model year, the mid-spec Holden Barina CDX hatch still faces some stiff competition...

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2015 Holden Trax LTZ Review : Long-term report three
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Holden Trax LTZ Review : Long-term report three

Saying goodbye is never easy, but the time has come to bid farewell to CarAdvice Melbourne's long-term Holden Trax LTZ...

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2016 Holden Commodore SS Series II to get 6.2L V8 with 304kW
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2016 Holden Commodore SS Series II to get 6.2L V8 with 304kW

The 2016 Holden VF Commodore SS Series II looks set to be powered by an updated version of the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 currently used in the HSV range, called the L99, and will also receive a minor front-end facelift along with some interior changes. The details come off the back of exclusive details we obtained surrounding a more major facelift of the 2016 Holden WN Caprice V, which we expect to share the same engine...


2016 Holden Caprice V : Major facelift looms, bigger V8 to be added, LPG V6 axed
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2016 Holden Caprice V : Major facelift looms, bigger V8 to be added, LPG V6 axed

The 2016 WN Holden Caprice V — official details on which we expect to be revealed around September — looks set to sport a series of significant updates and an uprated V8 engine to see it through to the end of production in late 2017...


2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon spied
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2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon spied

The all-new 2016 Astra is out in force this month, with a hot GSi variant spied testing recently and the new Sports Tourer wagon version caught on the road just this week. These new photos, taken outside of Opel’s Ruesselsheim headquarters in Germany, confirm that we can expect the Astra Sports Tourer to maintain a practical wagon design focused on cargo capacity...


Holden’s Captiva replacements firming as details of new Chevrolet SUVs surface
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Holden’s Captiva replacements firming as details of new Chevrolet SUVs surface

Holden’s coming replacements for the Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 twins are slowly coming into focus, with reports this week that GM’s Chevrolet arm is preparing new mid-sized and large SUVs. According to industry paper Automotive News, sources within Chevrolet have confirmed plans for a smaller next-generation Equinox - not currently offered in Australia - along with a new large seven-seater that would rival models like the Ford Edge and Toyota Kluger...


Holden announces $255 million loss in 2014, but improvements showing
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Holden announces $255 million loss in 2014, but improvements showing

Holden has today confirmed an after-tax loss of $255.2 million for the 2014 financial year. But, although significant, the loss was far from unexpected for the Lion brand, having already forecast major financial losses as it works through a costly transition to a sales and import-only operation...


Top 10 biggest sales drops of 2015
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Top 10 biggest sales drops of 2015

What new vehicles have seen the biggest sales drops in 2015 to date? If you’re in the market for a new car, SUV or commercial, it can be valuable to know. After all, if a brand is struggling to sell one of its volume cars, there's every chance you could get yourself a good deal. Most of the cars on this list are pretty good vehicles...


2015 Holden Commodore SS V Review : Craig Lowndes Special Edition
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Holden Commodore SS V Review : Craig Lowndes Special Edition

Craig Lowndes has notched up his 100th V8 Supercars victory, but the latest special edition Holden Commodore to wear his name isn't quite as sweet...

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Holden Colorado Space Cab recalled for rear seatbelt fix
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Holden Colorado Space Cab recalled for rear seatbelt fix

Holden’s high-riding Colorado ute has been recalled this week over concerns that one of two rear seatbelt fasteners could be missing on some models. The potential danger centres on a bolt that helps to secure the anchor bracket of the rear seatbelt buckles of Space Cab models with second-row ‘jump seats’...


Holden Commodore LPG to be axed
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Holden Commodore LPG to be axed

Holden will discontinue the LPG Commodore in the coming months due to a decline in interest and unviable ongoing production costs, according to a reliable industry source. The announcement, which is yet to be made public, comes ahead of the locally manufactured Commodore's end in Australia in 2017, and is likely to take effect when an updated Commodore range is released closer to the end of the year...


2015 Holden Colorado 7 commercial attracts more complaints than any other
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2015 Holden Colorado 7 commercial attracts more complaints than any other

“Bloody caravaners”. Holden landed itself in some hot water for its promotion of this statement, used in its TV commercial for the Colorado 7 off-roader, earlier this year. So much in fact, that at the half way point of 2015, no other ad has received more complaints from annoyed viewers — 161 in total...


2016 HSV Clubsport and Maloo models to be supercharged - report
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2016 HSV Clubsport and Maloo models to be supercharged - report

HSV is set to go supercharged across most models in its range - that is, if the latest local media reports are anything to go by. CarAdvice brought you the news back in February this year of HSV's plans to supercharge some models in its range because the Holden Commodore SS would feature a new 6.2-litre V8 engine (from the Chevrolet Corvette) as part of its swan-song farewell...


Ford Focus ST v Holden Astra VXR: Comparison Review
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Ford Focus ST v Holden Astra VXR: Comparison Review

Ford versus Holden, the definitive Australian automotive rivalry, seen here but not as we know it. There's not a V8 engine, a sedan body or a rear-wheel-drive configuration in sight. Instead, we have a pair of hot hatches, both (re)launched inside the past few months, that go about doing broadly the same thing as each other in notably different ways...


2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan revealed: Australian prospects unclear
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan revealed: Australian prospects unclear

The new-generation 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has been revealed at an event in the United States, but the Australian position on the new-generation sedan remains unclear. The new global small sedan will initially go on sale in the US early in 2016, and it differs from the Chevrolet Cruze for China that came before it, but it’s still very much designed for buyers who prefer small three-box models to hatchbacks...


2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible officially revealed
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible officially revealed

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible was revealed in Detroit overnight, precisely five weeks after the coupe version premiered, and ahead of its UK-market showroom launch at the start of 2016. The official reveal comes a day after images leaked online...