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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...

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April Fools’ Day wrap: The best of 2016
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April Fools’ Day wrap: The best of 2016

In case you missed it, today is the 1st of April – April Fools’ Day. And while CarAdvice had our own fun, there were plenty of others who tried their best to make fools of us all. You may have spotted our three not-quite-genuine 'news' stories that went live on the site in the wee hours of this morning: Tesla creates DIY supercar, 2017 Ford Ranger Raptor Hybrid spied, and New bike laws proposed: cyclists to earn demerit points, risk having bikes crushed...


Vauxhall Maloo LSA uncovered: brutal ute on sale in the UK
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Vauxhall Maloo LSA uncovered: brutal ute on sale in the UK

General Motors brand Vauxhall has uncovered its version of the HSV Maloo R8 LSA ute in the form of the Vauxhall Maloo LSA. The company has stated frankly that it positions the ute as a performance model, stating that "while our rivals will wow you with improvements in emissions and fuel economy in a CV’s (commercial vehicle's) new model year, our offering – the new Maloo LSA – is more likely to impress with the arrival of its all-new, supercharged 6...


2016 Opel Astra spied on the road in Europe
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2016 Opel Astra spied on the road in Europe

Our spy photographers have snapped photos of the next-generation Opel Astra on public roads in Europe, giving us our clearest look yet at the next-generation hatchback. Compared to earlier prototypes, the latest pre-production versions of the Astra are clothed with production body work, bumpers and lighting...


Opel Corsa OPC revealed with 152kW turbo
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Opel Corsa OPC revealed with 152kW turbo

Overnight GM pulled the sheets off the new Opel Corsa OPC/Vauxhall Corsa VXR hot hatch, which looks barely a pixel different to the leaked images that surfaced the yesterday. Under the bonnet, the Opel Corsa OPC features a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine churning out 152kW of power and 245Nm of torque, with up to 280Nm available on overboost...


Opel Corsa OPC/Vauxhall Corsa VXR photos leaked online
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Opel Corsa OPC/Vauxhall Corsa VXR photos leaked online

Purported promotional images of the new Opel Corsa OPC/Vauxhall Corsa VXR have been leaked online a day ahead of the car's official unveiling. It's widely expected that the Corsa OPC/VXR will be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine pumping out around 150kW of power and 250Nm of torque for the front wheels to handle...


Vauxhall Viva city hatch unveiled
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Vauxhall Viva city hatch unveiled

General Motors has taken the wraps off its affordable city car for the European market, which will be sold as either the Vauxhall Viva or Opel Karl depending on the market. At 3680mm from front to rear, the new five-door, five-seat Viva is just 40mm longer than the Holden Barina Spark. In the UK and Europe, the Viva/Karl will initially be offered only with a 55kW 1...


Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS
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Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS

GM's next-generation entertainment and navigation system will be built on the Android OS, although it's not clear when, or even if, the next-gen units will begin to appear in Holden cars. Dinesh Paliwal, Harman CEO, spoke to Automotive News about the next-generation entertainment and navigation system that his company is building for GM as part of a US$900 million ($1...


Holden to look at Vauxhall Viva city car
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Holden to look at Vauxhall Viva city car

The Holden Viva nameplate may be on the verge of a comeback, with the local brand confirming it will take at look at Vauxhall’s all-new entry-level model. General Motors’ British arm has released a teaser image of the Viva, which will join the Adam and Corsa city cars in Vauxhall’s line-up in mid-2015...


Next Holden Astra spied at the Nurburgring
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Next Holden Astra spied at the Nurburgring

The next-generation 2015 Holden Astra, a car critical to the Lion-badged brand’s bold plan to usurp Toyota at the top of the Australian sales charts by 2020, has been caught once again by our spy photographers in Europe.  The car seen here is the Opel version in heavy disguise, preparing for high-speed testing in its native Germany at the Nürburgring ahead of its expected premiere at the Paris motor show this October...


Opel plans 27 new models, 17 new engines by 2018
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Opel plans 27 new models, 17 new engines by 2018

Opel plans to launch 27 new models and 17 new engines over the next four years as it targets strong growth in Germany and across Europe and a return to profitability. In updating the company’s ‘DRIVE!2022’ strategy, Opel CEO Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann said Opel and UK sister brand Vauxhall were aiming for an 8.0 per cent market share in Europe by 2022, up from their current 5...


Opel Adam S hot-hatch revealed
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Opel Adam S hot-hatch revealed

The Opel/Vauxhall Adam S has been revealed ahead of its Geneva motor show debut - and it has more grunt than you'd think. The General Motors micro car - which is sold both as a Vauxhall in the UK and an Opel for the rest of Europe - has been fitted with a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 110kW of power and 220Nm of torque, more than the next-size-up Barina RS warm hatch which uses the same engine (103kW/200Nm)...


Chevrolet to exit Europe in 2015
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Chevrolet to exit Europe in 2015

General Motors will pull Chevrolet from Europe by the end of 2015 as the US-based automotive giant attempts to turn around its embattled European operations. GM confirmed its decision to axe Chevrolet as a mainstream brand in Western and Eastern Europe was largely due to the region's difficult economic situation and the consequent challenging business model...


HSV GTS ready for UK order as Vauxhall VXR8
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HSV GTS ready for UK order as Vauxhall VXR8

British performance car buyers can now order the new Vauxhall VXR8 – a rebadged version of the HSV GTS. The 430kW Australian muscle car will be available in the UK towards the end of 2013, priced £5000 higher than before at £54,999. With a conversion of about $86,500 at current exchange rates, it means VXR8 buyers get access to the V8-powered performance sedan for a few thousand dollars less than local buyers...


Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport: unlimited engine, 273km/h top speed
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Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport: unlimited engine, 273km/h top speed

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport has been let loose in the UK, with the British brand opening the taps on the hot sedan's Australian-made engine to see over 270km/h. With the speed limiter removed, the 239kW/435Nm turbocharged 2.8-litre V6 petrol powerplant, from Holden's Fishermans Bend factory, propels the Vauxhall Insignia SuperSport to a top speed of 273km/h – 24km/h quicker than the standard VXR, which the SuperSport has now superseded...


GM, PSA Peugeot Citroen to partner on four new vehicle platforms
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GM, PSA Peugeot Citroen to partner on four new vehicle platforms

General Motors and French manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroen have announced the details of a significant global alliance that will see the two automotive giants collaborate on four all-new vehicle platforms from the second half of the decade...


Opel boss steps down as GM loses patience with Europe
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Opel boss steps down as GM loses patience with Europe

The president of General Motors Europe and CEO of Opel and Vauxhall has stepped down from his position to focus on "special assignments" within the company. Karl-Friedrich Stracke, 56, has been replaced by GM vice chairman Steve Girsky, currently chairman of the Opel supervisory board, who will serve as acting head of GM’s European operations while the company searches for a replacement...


Opel Adam: stylish city car not for Oz
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Opel Adam: stylish city car not for Oz

The Opel Adam has been officially unveiled, revealing the all-new city car’s youthful styling and innovative interior technology. The Adam, which will wear Vauxhall badges (as pictured) in the UK, goes on sale in Europe in January, but appears a long shot for our market at this stage...


Opel to ditch premium price strategy
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Opel to ditch premium price strategy

The boss of General Motors' European divisions admits the premium pricing strategy for Opel and Vauxhall has backfired. Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke told industry journal Automotive News Europe both brands would phase out their upmarket pricing structure in the near future as they attempt to appeal to more mainstream customers...