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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 16, 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...

CarAdvice podcast 57: We take a quick drive in the 2018 Hyundai Kona

♫ Just the two of us: Mandy Turner and Mike Stevens are on the panel this week. In cars, the Hyundai Kona EV is due in 2018, an HSV-tuned Colorado is coming, pricing has been revealed for the incoming Range Rover Velar, and the all-new Volkswagen Polo has been teased ahead of its debut this week...

2017 Holden Astra sedan pricing and specs: New Four-door cruises in to join hatch

NOTE: This article was first published on June 1. The Astra sedan has now made its Australian debut, and you can read our launch review here. June 1: Local pricing and specifications for the new 2017 Holden Astra sedan have been released this week, ahead of the new model's arrival in Australia...

2018 Holden Astra Sportwagon confirmed for late 2017 launch

The Holden Astra Sportwagon has been confirmed the Australian market, and will go on sale towards the end of 2017. The new wagon variant will join the existing Opel-sourced hatchback, and the Astra sedan, as part of the company's three-prong attack on the small car segment. For the Australian market, the Astra Sportwagon will be exclusively powered by a 1...

Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon to form part of Holden's 24 new cars by 2020

CarAdvice can exclusively reveal that the Opel Astra Sports Tourer will form part of Holden's 24 new cars by 2020 and will wear the Holden Astra wagon, or Holden Astra Tourer badge when it arrives later this year. We understand the two model range will consist of the Holden Astra LS wagon and the Astra LT wagon...

Holden Astra sedan, Subaru XV score five-star ANCAP rating

The new Holden Astra sedan and Subaru XV have been awarded five-star safety ratings this week by independent crash-testing body ANCAP. Despite not offering autonomous emergency braking (AEB) anywhere in the range, the Astra sedan still managed 34.94 points out of 37, including a perfect 16 out of 16 for the side impact test...

Old nameplates returning to form

There are many market trends in action this year, but one of the more novel is the resurgence - or re-emergence - of old nameplates. Running through some cars experiencing good growth is a bit like looking at a new car guide from early 2000s. In the light car segment there's the relaunched Suzuki Baleno, with 1043 incremental sales - enough for a respectable 4...

2017 Holden Astra sedan to launch with three model variants: LS, LT and LTZ

CarAdvice can exclusively reveal that the 2017 Holden Astra sedan, which is due to launch locally next month, will be launched with three trim levels and two transmissions. Holden's Astra sedan will replace the Cruze as its entry-level sedan offering and will include a great deal of local ride and handling tuning...

Holden Astra Coupe, Insignia VXR retired; Cascada dropped too - UPDATE

UPDATE: The Cascada convertible has also been dropped from the company's range, reducing the number of Opel-sourced vehicles to the new-generation Astra and the upcoming Commodore (a rebadged Insignia). The Holden Astra Coupe and Insignia VXR have been quietly dropped from the company's website, meaning the Commodore SS models are the only performance offerings left in the line-up...

CarAdvice podcast 35, LIVE from Detroit: Astra sedan, Steed review, Holden's Sean Poppitt and hits & misses of Detroit!

Direct from the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, join Paul, Mike Costello, Mike Stevens and Matt Campbell. Catch all the car news from Detroit with the reveal of the Toyota Camry, Astra sedan, Astra hatch pricing, Lexus LS, Ford Bronco/Ranger and Mercedes-Benz Project One. Mike Costello reviews the Great Wall Steed and Matt discusses the comparison between the Holden Astra, Renault Megane and Subaru Impreza...

2017 Holden Astra sedan revealed as Cruze sedan replacement, coming in May

Holden has today announced that its Cruze sedan replacement will be called the Holden Astra sedan when it arrives locally in May this year. Built off the same D2 architecture as the Astra hatch, the Astra sedan will be built with a comfort ride in mind, sitting beneath the Astra hatch in terms of pricing and sportiness...