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Right-hook ruled out for GM's "democratised" Bolt and Ampera-e EVs

Tesla needn't worry about its affordability-focused Model 3 being challenged by General Motors' new Bolt EV in Australia - it won't be coming here. The Bolt was first revealed in market-ready form back in January, with a 150kW/360Nm electric motor fuelled by a 60kWh battery pack...

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Holden commits to Supercars, new 'Commodore' to race in 2018
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Holden commits to Supercars, new 'Commodore' to race in 2018

Holden has confirmed it will continue to race in Australia’s premier motorsport category, Supercars, beyond the end of this year with a new three-year agreement to remain on the grid. However, in a shock announcement, Holden also confirmed it will end its association with Walkinshaw Racing at the end of the 2016 season and will instead form a new partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering to form a new entity, Red Bull Holden Racing Team...


2016 Holden (Opel) Astra Review
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2016 Holden (Opel) Astra Review

The 2016 Holden Astra is still a few months away, so while we wait for local tuning, specification and pricing, James takes the opportunity to take the European car for a bit of a spin.


2018 Holden Commodore spied without false body panels
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2018 Holden Commodore spied without false body panels

The next-generation Opel Insignia, which is widely believed to be sold down under as the new Holden Commodore, has been spied testing again on the streets of Europe. Unlike earlier prototypes, this vehicle has shed most of its false body panels, although there's still a few small pieces hiding the fog light treatment in the front bumper, and covering up the design of the C-pillar area...


2017 Opel Zafira facelift unveiled
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2017 Opel Zafira facelift unveiled

The updated 2017 Opel Zafira has been revealed this week, with a refreshed face that brings the MPV in line with the new Astra hatchback and other upcoming Opel and Vauxhall models. With GM’s local arm Holden looking to European-sourced models for at least one third of its line-up by 2020, the new Zafira could be a starter in Australia in the coming years to take on the likes of the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Kia Rondo...


2016 Opel Meriva spied again, interior shown in new shots
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2016 Opel Meriva spied again, interior shown in new shots

The next-generation Opel Meriva has been spied again. This time, however, photographers have managed to get a peep inside the new people-mover’s cabin. While the Meriva is currently a European-market offering, Holden has committed to having a third of its future model line-up sourced from German sister brand Opel...


2018 Holden Commodore/2017 Opel Insignia interior and exterior spied
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2018 Holden Commodore/2017 Opel Insignia interior and exterior spied

The interior and exterior of the next-generation Opel Insignia has been snapped by our spy photography team during testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It's widely expected that the new Insignia will be sold in Australia from 2018 as the new Holden Commodore. This new Commodore will be the first to be imported, as Holden's local manufacturing facilities are set to close in the second half of 2017...


Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1
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Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1

Australian designer Michael Simcoe will take over from Ed Welburn as the vice president of General Motors Global Design on May 1. In the process, Simcoe will become the seventh global design leader at GM, following in the footsteps of Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Irvin Rybicki, Chuck Jordan, Wayne Cherry, and the soon-to-depart Ed Welburn...


2017 Holden Astra: new Opel hatch crowned 2016 European Car of the Year
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2017 Holden Astra: new Opel hatch crowned 2016 European Car of the Year

The coming new 2017 Holden Astra has been named the 2016 European Car of the Year, in its overseas Opel-branded guise, by a panel of 58 motoring journalists from across the continent. The Astra finished with a total of 312 points and was the first choice of 24 jury members. Second was the Volvo XC90, which finished with 294 points as the number one pick of 11 jurists...


Opel GT concept interior revealed
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Opel GT concept interior revealed

The recently revealed Opel GT coupe concept has returned for a second showing, this time opening its drape-molded doors for a first look at its insides before debuting at next month’s Geneva motor show. Building on the themes of its streamlined and multi-coloured exterior, the Opel GT features two lightly bolstered seats in contrasting black and red speckled trim, flanking a slim centre console...


GM's latest platforms could last for 12 years or more
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GM's latest platforms could last for 12 years or more

The lifespan of the latest-generation of GM platforms could be stretched out to a dozen years or more under a recently announced new cost reduction plan. Dan Ammann, president of GM, has told Reuters that the platform that underpins the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze could last for 12 years or even longer...


Opel Mokka X facelift unveiled
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Opel Mokka X facelift unveiled

GM's European arm has revealed the Opel Mokka X, a facelifted and heavily revised version of the brand's smallest crossover, which made its debut back in 2012. Although the only body panels that have been altered are the bonnet and front wings, the exterior makeover has significantly altered the vehicle's looks...


2017 Opel Ampera spied in Europe: Holden Ampera to follow in Australia?
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2017 Opel Ampera spied in Europe: Holden Ampera to follow in Australia?

Chevrolet’s new Volt plug-in hybrid EV has been spied this week in its European-market Opel and Vauxhall form, opening the door once again to potential for an Australian launch...


Opel GT concept unlikely for production
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Opel GT concept unlikely for production

A spokesperson for GM has poured cold water on speculation that the Opel GT concept coupe could be heading into production. According to Automotive News Europe, speculation and reports have been rising in German media outlets that the Opel GT concept could soon morph into a showroom-bound car...


Opel GT Concept: an Aussie-built Geneva motor show star - UPDATED
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Opel GT Concept: an Aussie-built Geneva motor show star - UPDATED

Updated: Opel's manager of international product and brand communications, Jean-Philippe Kempf, told CarAdvice that the Opel GT concept was proudly built here in Australia alongside the Australian design department. "As a matter of fact, our Design studio in Melbourne has built the car, as they have already done for a few other GM concept cars," he said...


Opel GT concept previews rear-wheel-drive baby coupe, Geneva show premiere
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Opel GT concept previews rear-wheel-drive baby coupe, Geneva show premiere

The much-anticipated Opel GT coupe concept has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva motor show in March, and it’s packing a few surprises. The rather stunning little two-door is a “purebred, pared down, yet unashamedly avant-garde” coupe billed as a look at the company’s future sports cars...


Opel Insignia/2018 Holden Commodore winter testing spy photos
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Opel Insignia/2018 Holden Commodore winter testing spy photos

The next-generation Opel Insignia, which is likely to show up in Australia as the next Holden Commodore, has been spotted during cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle. The prototype seen here is wearing the same amount of camouflage and disguise as the vehicle that was spotted back in August 2015...


Opel alleged to be secretly fixing cars with illegal NOx emissions
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Opel alleged to be secretly fixing cars with illegal NOx emissions

One of Belgium's national TV networks is claiming that Opel is secretly performing upgrades on some of its diesel-powered vehicles, to reduce harmful emissions. The news report aired this week on VRT, Belgium's Flemish-language national broadcaster, claiming that Opel is secretly upgrading the software in its 2014 Zafira people movers when they're brought in for service...


Opel GT revealed further in new preview video, teaser image
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Opel GT revealed further in new preview video, teaser image

The European arm of General Motors has handed down a first genuine look at its coming Opel GT coupe concept, following last week’s lightweight teaser clip. Due to be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show in March, Opel’s latest concept is expected to preview a future production coupe that will form a key part in the car maker’s plan to “reinvent itself”...


Opel GT coupe teased ahead of Geneva debut - video
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Opel GT coupe teased ahead of Geneva debut - video

A short teaser clip for the upcoming Opel GT coupe has surfaced online today, promising a big unveiling at March’s Geneva motor show. As teasers go, this one reveals little. But, unusually for this sort of content, the brand’s CEO himself, Karl-Thomas Neumann, is the man on screen inviting us to “take a new look” at Opel...