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Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head

The head of Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) says, while the end of local manufacturing in Australia is a loss, it's part of wider industry changes that, with the right mindset, represent opportunities. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said the factors behind the wind up of local production – first Ford, soon Holden, and then finally Toyota – aren’t merely confined to Australia...

2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: "If we do a boring product, we're dead"

HSV's 2018 vehicle line-up, beyond the end of Holden's Australian production program, will be more diverse and focussed on attracting new customers - but not at the cost of excitement. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said he’s confident Holden Special Vehicles can succeed in a post-locally-built Holden Commodore era...

HSV GTS-R W1 final editions spied – last ute and sedan models spotted in Victoria

CarAdvice has been sent new images of the final ever HSV versions of the Holden Commodore and Holden Ute – the vehicles you see here are the HSV GTS-R W1 sedan and HSV GTS-R W1 ute. That's what we think they are, anyway: these spy images were allegedly taken outside HSV's head office in Clayton, Victoria according to the source that sent them to us, and with grainy image quality and the badges taped over, it's hard to tell if these are the real deal...

2017 HSV ute and sedan range spotted during production

HSV's range of 2017 models has been spotted at what appears to be the brand's production facility in Clayton, Victoria. Images posted to the Club VF Facebook group depict a number of lightly camouflaged sedan and ute variants undergoing final production...

CarAdvice podcast 27: 2018 Commodore, Mercedes X-class ute, LandCruiser review and a Sandown lap in the Clubsport R8!

Join Mandy, Paul and Mike C this week as we give you the latest on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute concept and find out what the 2018 Holden Commodore was like when Paul got behind the wheel. Also, Mike reviews the 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series, Mandy drops in to Motorclassica where she finds out how the Mercedes-Benz 300SL got its Gullwing doors, and strap yourselves in as Dave Zalstein gives you a lap around Sandown Raceway in the HSV Clubsport R8 Track Edition...

HSV future unclear with no Holden deal beyond 2017

The future of Holden's performance arm, Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), is unclear with no agreement struck between Holden and HSV beyond 2017. Premoso Pty Ltd, the company that operates HSV in Australia, filed documents with ASIC in May this year that show profits for financial year 2015 had dropped from a little over $5.7 million in 2014 to just over $3...

Forza Horizon 3 for real: super cars, muscle cars and the 12 Apostles

Forza Horizon 3 is one of the most anticipated video games to be released this year, and – thanks to Xbox – CarAdvice got a sneak preview of the game and some one-on-one time with one of the key people behind it, all while taking in the gorgeous views and divine roads of Victoria's surf coast in a selection of performance-car perfection...

CarAdvice Podcast episode 7: F-Type SVR and Audi S4, Toyota tops brand charts, and more

Welcome to episode 6 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric and Mandy Turner are joined again by Mike Costello to explore the news and reviews of the past week. As usual, there's also a fair bit of foolin' around...

HSV builds 85,000th vehicle

Holden Special Vehicles is celebrating a huge milestone this week, having produced its 85,000th car. Hitting the landmark number less than a year before Commodore-based production ends for good, the 85,000th HSV is a blue Clubsport R8 LSA destined for sale through the brand’s oldest dealership - Garry and Warren Smith in Oakleigh, Victoria...

HSV Clubsport, Maloo and Grange SV launched: Limited-edition range signals end of LS3

HSV has announced three new limited edition models, with two commencing production in June and all three to be powered by the naturally aspirated LS3 engine. HSV Clubsport R8 SV Black and HSV Maloo R8 SV Black Limited to 350 units (with an additional 18 destined for New Zealand), the HSV Clubsport R8 SV Black is powered by the 340kW 6...

HSV Clubsport R8 Track Edition: Short-run special revealed

HSV has taken the wraps off the limited-edition 2016 HSV Clubsport R8 Track Edition, which commences production in September. Priced from $68,990 plus on-road costs, the limited-edition model will see 150 vehicles built for Australia, with an additional six units destined for New Zealand. The Clubsport R8 Track Edition differentiates itself from the Clubsport LSA by using a naturally aspirated 6...