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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...

Holden wants OnStar for Australia, but will have to wait

The Holden Astra will arrive in Australia next year without OnStar, one of the car’s leading technology features available overseas, but the local division is determined to introduce it as soon as possible. The new Astra is the first vehicle from Holden’s German sister brand Opel to be offered with the OnStar connected services system from launch...

Holden Astra hatch to shoot for the pointy end of the sales charts

The all-new Holden Astra will shoot for the pointy end of Australia’s new vehicle sales charts when it lands in local showrooms in the second half of next year. The five-door Astra hatch returns to Holden’s line-up after a seven-year absence, during which time the outgoing model was sold under sister brand Opel for little more than a year during its failed attempt to crack the Australian market in 2012/2013...

Holden engineers involved in new Astra development from the beginning

Holden believes its high level of involvement in the development of the all-new Astra hatch will ensure it’s perfectly suited to our country’s unique preferences and conditions when it arrives here in the second half of next year...

Holden Astra hatch confirmed for late-2016 launch: Early end for Cruze hatch production?

The Holden Astra hatch will once again go head to head with the Toyota Corolla in Australia’s small car sales battle when the company launches the all-new model on our shores next year. Holden announced the return of the five-door Astra hatchback during the car’s unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show today, revealing the new model is currently on track to reach local showrooms toward the end of 2016...

2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon revealed for Frankfurt motor show

The ‘Sports Tourer’ wagon companion to the all-new 2016 Opel Astra hatch has been revealed online today, ahead of an unveiling at this month’s Frankfurt motor show. Earlier spy shots had revealed more than a little of the new wagon’s shape, and of course the June unveiling of the new hatch offered buyers their first look at the next-generation Astra design...

2016 Opel Astra wagon spy photos

The next-generation Opel Astra wagon has been caught on the road by our European spy photography team. With the new Astra hatch already unveiled and detailed at the beginning of June, the majority of this prototype's camouflage is concentrated on its hindquarters...