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2017 ACT All Holden Day: the stories behind the cars

The last All Holden car show of the year was held in Canberra, only weeks before Holden's local manufacturing wrapped up, with a record 275 entrants. Hosted by all Canberra-based Holden clubs, it attracted a huge variety of cars and its owners, with some making the trip from Tumit, Albury, Cooma, and Goulburn...

HSV GTSR arrives in UK; looks weird with Pommy plates on it

Last month we told you about 15 very special Aussie HSV GTSR beasts that were bound for the UK and set to be rebadged as Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-Rs. Well, they've arrived… and they look a bit strange wearing British number plates. “They’re finally here,” Vauxhall proclaimed in a press release alerting media to a stack of fresh hi-res images of its newly-arrived VXR8 GTS-R...

2018 HSV/Walkinshaw Colorado: HSV's new ute exposed

What you're looking at here is the beefed up Holden Colorado that will wear an HSV or Walkinshaw badge from 2018. Trademark images submitted by HSV were exclusively sourced by CarAdvice to build these renders, which indicate that the HSV Colorado will be a big cosmetic step up from the current version offered by Holden...

HSV could swap to Walkinshaw name in 2018

Rumours within the automotive industry have been building on this topic for some time, and this week further confirmation suggests the HSV brand name will be dropped from 2018. HSV is expected to be rebranded as Walkinshaw from 2018, with all new products modified by the company to wear Walkinshaw branding exclusively...

HSV discusses growing divergence between racing and road-car development

Even Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has noticed an increased divergence between race car success and road car sales in the modern era. The old aphorism ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ has been on the nose for years elsewhere in major categories perhaps excluding GT, so much so that a dedicated factory-backed tuning division agrees...

HSV exports a longer-term desire

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has some exciting things coming beyond the end of Commodore production in Australia - including a HSV Colorado - but one idea it has shelved for the short-term is exports. However, beyond 2020 there seems every chance of Melbourne-tuned HSV spinoffs of GM products being sent overseas like the final HSV Maloo was, should a business case become viable and the product design translate effectively...

HSV Colorado coming: Engine, chassis and looks to be modded

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is understood to have numerous irons in the fire, one of the most interesting being a plan to capitalise on the pickup boom with an aggressive HSV Colorado dual-cab for 2018. The Melbourne-based operation — tuning arm of the Walkinshaw Group, one of the remaining positive stories in Australian auto manufacturing — has a storied history tuning rear-wheel drive V8 Commodore sedans, wagons and utes...

Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R: 15 Aussie HSV GTSRs rebadged for UK

Strewth! It turns out 15 of our HSV GTSR supercharged specials are going to the Poms, badged as Vauxhalls. Dubbed the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R, the 435kW/740Nm supercharged 6.2-litre LSA V8-powered HSV GTSR will not only rock their limey socks off, it’ll also become the most-powerful car Vauxhall has ever sold in the company’s 114-year history...

CarAdvice podcast 54: EV Council, ClimateWorks, and that $390k EV grant

Joining Mandy this week is Mike Costello and Dave Zalstein. Featuring in car news is the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon Australian details confirmed, Ford Fiesta Australian future in doubt, Hyundai i30 N to offer eight-speed dual-clutch for 2019, Ford CEO Mark Fields retires, and Michelin rejects the call to increase minimum worn tyre depth...

HSV GTSR W1 wallpaper gallery

If you love your Aussie muscle cars, you'll want to have the hero of all Australian muscle cars sitting on your desktop. CarAdvice photographer Tom Fraser has assembled ten of his favourite pictures of the 2017 HSV GTSR W1 that you can download in high resolution to set as your desktop wallpaper...

HSV GTSR W1 vs Holden Commodore SS

HSV wowed Australia when it announced Australia's fastest and most powerful production car ever, the HSV GTSR W1. The wows continued when the engine and performance specs were revealed, but the biggest wow belonged to the price: $169,990 (plus on-road costs). Since its release, we've heard stories of some buyers paying over $250,000 to secure one of the 300 examples being built...