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GM developing sustainable natural tyre rubber

General Motors (GM) has announced it is looking to develop sustainable natural rubber for tyres, in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of automotive manufacturing and reduce deforestation. The US auto giant says it is working with suppliers including Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear and Michelin to develop "appropriate transparency into natural rubber and ensure its traceability throughout the supply chain"...

CarAdvice podcast 52: Happy birthday to us!

It's been 12 months since the CarAdvice podcast began, and we celebrate with a bumper edition! A cardboard car has been made in its honour (admittedly with no bumpers), and you can check out some clowning-around photos at the bottom of this article...

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...

Holden posts successive profits despite sales decline

Holden posted its second successive annual profit over the 2016 financial year, belying a fall in sales and its imminent factory closure in South Australia. The General Motors subsidiary today announced a combined after-tax profit of $152.8 million for 2016, from consolidated revenue of $3.56 billion...

2017 Holden Trailblazer Z71 styling pack arrives

The Colorado Z71 ute has a new companion in the SUV, with the 2017 Holden Trailblazer Z71 due in showrooms from June. Announced today, the Trailblazer Z71 will follow its Colorado sibling in adding a number of cosmetic tweaks for a lightly toughened look. Pricing is still to be confirmed, but if the LTZ-based Colorado Z71 is any guide, expect a premium of a couple grand over the $52,490 Trailblazer LTZ (plus on-road costs)...

GM will be first to make EVs at a profit, says former Holden chief

General Motors will be the first automaker to produce electric vehicles at a profit, Mark Reuss, former head of Holden and currently GM's head of global product development, has claimed. According to The Detroit Bureau, Reuss told reporters: “We know the customers would like to drive electric cars but are unwilling to pay any more for them...

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...

2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR unveiled in Buick form

Here it is, folks. In line with our computer generated images, images of the Buick Regal GS, which is based on the Opel Insignia, have been leaked on a Chinese automotive website. The Regal GS body design will mimic the Insignia VXR, which is the car that will wear a badge signifying its sporty presence in the Commodore line-up...

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...

2018 Holden Commodore 'VXR' spied

The Holden Commodore 'VXR' has been spied undergoing road testing in Germany, and despite being sold with Opel, Vauxhall and Buick badges elsewhere in the world, this prototype is wearing the Holden lion. It's not certain what the hottest variant yet of the next-generation Commodore will be known as, but it's almost certain it will be branded as the Opel Insignia OPC on the Continent, and the Vauxhall Insignia VXR in the UK...

Holden's 230km/h U-2 Dragon support vehicle is an Aussie-built sedan

Australian forces support allied armies all over the world, but one particular piece of Australian machinery plays a critical role in guiding one of the world's oldest spy planes in safely — at over 230km/h. The U-2 Dragon is a jet-powered Lockheed spy plane that cruises at 70,000 feet above the earth, around double the cruising altitude of a QANTAS domestic plane...