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Holden VE, VF Commodore and WM, WN Caprice models recalled

A second recall for the Holden VF Commodore and WN Caprice in the space of a month has been announced, with the latest problem centred around the car's windscreen wipers...

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GM planned VE Commodore-based fifth-gen Pontiac GTO: report
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GM planned VE Commodore-based fifth-gen Pontiac GTO: report

Pontiac, the now-deceased subsidiary of General Motors, was working on a fifth-generation GTO before the car maker was killed off in 2009, it has been revealed. In a Road and Track magazine report, former GM vice-president Bob Lutz revealed Pontiac was working on a new four-seat GTO coupe based on the Pontiac G8, confirming development had progressed to the point of Pontiac building a full-scale clay model...


Holden Commodore: final VE rolls off production line
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Holden Commodore: final VE rolls off production line

The last Holden VE Commodore has rolled off the production line in South Australia as the local manufacturer gears up for the launch of the all-new VF Commodore. The Chlorophyll green Holden Commodore SS Z Series automatic sedan pictured is the last of more than 520,000 VEs to leave Holden Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth since the start of production in 2006...


Large cars: March 2013 sales overview
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Large cars: March 2013 sales overview

The Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore and Toyota Aurion locally-built trio continued the large segment’s sales slump through the first quarter of 2013. Ford’s sedan from Broadmeadows fell to just 831 units in March, down 34.8 per cent compared with the same month in 2012. Across the first three months of 2013 the Ford shifted just 2477 Falcon sedans – down 27...


Casey Stoner, Red Bull Racing Australia unveil Holden V8 Supercar
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Casey Stoner, Red Bull Racing Australia unveil Holden V8 Supercar

Casey Stoner and Red Bull Racing Australia have taken the covers off the two-time MotoGP champion's new V8 Supercar ahead of his four-wheeled racing debut on Friday. Stoner, 27, who hung up his riding boots at the end of the 2012 MotoGP season, will compete in the #27 Red Bull Pirtek Holden VE Commodore built by Triple Eight Race Engineering – the very same car that claimed victory at the 2010 Bathurst 1000 with Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife at the wheel – in the V8 Supercar Dunlop Development Series...


GM exec seeks Australian government commitment
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GM exec seeks Australian government commitment

The future of Australian manufacturing potentially hangs in the balance of power, with the federal opposition still non-committal to long-term support for local car making. The Coalition has confirmed that if elected to power following this year’s federal election it would honour the co-investment agreement created by the current Labor government, which would see Holdens built locally until at least 2022...


Holden Commodore future still undecided: GM exec
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Holden Commodore future still undecided: GM exec

The vice president of global manufacturing and president of international operations for General Motors, Tim Lee, has said in an interview at the Detroit auto show that he is confident in the Holden local manufacturing plan approved to 2022, yet is unwilling to confirm the future of the Commodore beyond the current VE/VF generation...


Government announces plan to get more Australian cars into fleets
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Government announces plan to get more Australian cars into fleets

The Federal Government has announced the appointment an automotive industry advocate whose primary task is to increase the number of Australian-made cars in local fleets. Former president of Ford Indonesia and past Ford Australia employee William Angove was today named the country’s first automotive supplier advocate...


Chevrolet SS NASCAR revealed: 2013 VF Commodore in US race car mode
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Chevrolet SS NASCAR revealed: 2013 VF Commodore in US race car mode

The NASCAR racer heavily based on the 2013 Holden Commodore has been unveiled in Las Vegas. Chevrolet took the wraps off its 2013 contender, which closely resembles the Chevrolet SS sedan, a re-badged version of next year’s locally made VF large car. It’s our first look at the styling cues of the overhauled VF, the biggest change to Commodore design and engineering in seven years...


Ford, Holden team up to support Autodom and continue car production
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Ford, Holden team up to support Autodom and continue car production

Ford and Holden have banded together to support embattled parts supplier Autodom in an arrangement that ensures both manufacturers can continue production of their Australian-made cars. In an unprecedented act of solidarity between the two traditional rivals, the local car makers agreed to underwrite the debts of Autodom Limited, which shut its doors last Thursday, went into administration over the weekend and was placed in receivership on Tuesday...


Holden cuts 170 jobs at Adelaide plant
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Holden cuts 170 jobs at Adelaide plant

Holden has announced it is cutting another 170 jobs from its operations, blaming a sustained high Australian dollar and slowing sales of locally built models. The move follows the axing of about 200 jobs in February, split between casual workers and those on fixed-term contracts, and comes despite a $275 million Federal and state assistance package for GM Holden that was announced in March...


Holden Commodore SS Ute review
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Holden Commodore SS Ute review

The iconic Holden Commodore SS Ute. It's become a right of passage for young tradies with a passion for Holden V8's and a bucket full of testosterone.

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HSV ClubSport R8 racecar prototypes headed to India
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HSV ClubSport R8 racecar prototypes headed to India

Holden Special Vehicles has shipped two specially developed HSV ClubSport R8 racecar prototypes to India to assess the potential for a new one-make motorsport series in the subcontinent. Under development since May, the ClubSport R8 racing prototypes were prepared by senior HSV engineers with links to the manufacturer's sister company, Walkinshaw Racing, and have already undergone extensive testing at Winton Motor Raceway with three-time Bathurst winner Garth Tander behind the wheel...


Holden Cruze: local production of next-generation small car confirmed
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Holden Cruze: local production of next-generation small car confirmed

Holden has confirmed the long-term future of the locally made Holden Cruze small car, but is refusing to disclose whether the Holden Commodore name will continue past the next-generation model. The company has previously revealed it will produce two models at its Elizabeth plant in South Australia starting in the second half of this decade, but had not previously disclosed their identity...


HSV GTS 25th anniversary limited edition unleashed
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HSV GTS 25th anniversary limited edition unleashed

The HSV GTS 25th Anniversary limited edition has been revealed ahead of the brawny local sports car’s launch at the 2012 Sydney motor show later this month. While there are no upgrades to the special edition’s 325kW/550Nm 6.2-litre V8 engine, HSV says the 25th Anniversary GTS – priced from $84,990 – scores more than $7500 in extra features for just a $2000 premium over the standard GTS...


Holden Commodore, Cruze sales dip forces plant closures
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Holden Commodore, Cruze sales dip forces plant closures

Holden will stop production at its Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia for a number of days between now and the end of the year as it reacts to low demand for its Holden Commodore and Holden Cruze vehicles. Between July and August, sales of the Commodore are down 33.2 per cent compared with the same period in 2011, while the Cruze has also dipped 29...


Holden Commodore Z-Series special edition pack released
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Holden Commodore Z-Series special edition pack released

Holden has launched the special edition Holden Commodore Z-Series pack across the range of VE body styles, combining luxury and sports features with added value. The special edition Holden Commodore Z-Series pack covers sedans, Sportwagons and utes, as well as the sports-oriented SV6, SS and SSV model variants...


HSV 2012.5 updates: ClubSport, Maloo return at driveaway prices
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HSV 2012.5 updates: ClubSport, Maloo return at driveaway prices

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the release of the updated ‘MY12.5’ range, which sees the return of two entry-level models and a number of modest specification enhancements across the high-performance Commodore-based range...


Holden thefts: seven arrested over $2m parts heist
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Holden thefts: seven arrested over $2m parts heist

Police have arrested and charged seven people over the theft and sale of V8 engines and transmissions from Holden’s Elizabeth manufacturing plant in South Australia. Detectives from South Australia Police’s organised crime investigation branch confirmed six men and one woman from South Australia and Queensland were arrested between June 27 and July 24 in connection to the theft and/or sale of the Holden components following the launch of an investigation codenamed Operation Echidna in January...