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2017 Holden Astra preliminary specs and pricing revealed, on sale in December - UPDATE

UPDATE: Holden has released official pricing and further details for the 2017 Astra range. See bottom of article for details The first details on what to expect from the 2017 Holden Astra range have been revealed on the company's website...

Holden Acadia SUV revealed alongside new Astra, Trailblazer and facelifted Trax, Barina

Holden has revealed five new and facelifted models overnight, including the 2018 Acadia SUV, which will finally give the company a rival to the likes of the Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9. The seven-seat Acadia was joined by the anticipated new Astra and the new Trailblazer off-roader (which replaces the Colorado 7), along with the facelifted Barina and Trax...

Holden Cruze production to end October 7, ahead of new Astra debut

Australian production of the Holden Cruze will come to an end on Friday, October 7, the company has confirmed. Details of the plan were first made official in February this year, although the knowledge that Holden would be ending all Australian production by 2017 meant that was little doubt that the end was nearing for the Elizabeth-built small car...

Deals On Wheels for June 4: Five sharp deals for weekend shoppers

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at five factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum The lauded Volvo XC90 is already the subject of factory-backed deals...

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...

Weekend deals on wheels: February 27

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which looks at six factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Holden Astra VXR As you can read in our comparison review with the Ford Focus ST, we really rate the Astra VXR...

Small cars coming in 2016

Small cars coming in 2016 Mainstream small cars Hyundai Elantra – February Toyota Prius – March Kia Cerato update – April Honda Civic – mid 2016 MG 6 – September Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – Q3 DS 4 and/or DS 4 Crossback – Q3 Hyundai Ioniq – Q3 Suzuki Baleno – Q3 (TBC for Oz) Renault Megane hatch – September/October Holden Astra hatch - quarter four Luxury/sports small cars Mercedes-Benz A-Class update (includes A45) – January Mercedes-Benz CLA45 update – Q1 Peugeot 308 GTi – Q1 Ford Focus RS – mid 2016 Hyundai Elantra sports model – Q3 Infiniti Q30 – Q3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class update – Q3 Volvo V40 update – Q3 BMW 1 Series update – second half BMW 2 Series update – second half...

2016 Holden New Cars

Details of the new and updated Holden models launching in Australia in 2016. Holden Captiva – January The updated Holden Captiva – without the 5 or 7 suffixes – will arrive in the first month of the year. The Captiva 5 has been dumped, with the SUV previously known as the Captiva 7 now renamed to be the Captiva...

2016 European Car of the Year award finalists announced

The jurors for the 2016 European Car of the Year award have handed down a list of the final models in the running for this year’s prize, to be revealed at March’s Geneva motor show. Shortlisted from a group of forty nominees announced in July, today’s list of seven vehicles includes four premium marques and three volume-selling brands...

2017 Holden Cruze confirmed, to be sold locally alongside Astra

Holden has let slip that it will sell the next-generation Cruze alongside the already-confirmed Astra beyond the end of its factory closure in 2017 — with a big small-car sales boost expected. This means the next-generation Cruze, expected to be made in Korea, will be sold here alongside the new European-sourced Astra — the latter of which goes on sale around October 2016...

Next Opel Astra OPC may downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo

The Opel Astra OPC and Holden Astra VXR twins look set to downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo engine when the next-generation hot hatches emerge later this decade. New Astra chief engineer Marc Schmidt confirmed with Australian journalists last week that a 1.6-litre engine was “at this point the ceiling on the [sports car] assignment”, seemingly foretelling a decrease in capacity from the current model’s 2...