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CarAdvice podcast 62: Tesla owners club sets charge station challenge

On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello and Dave Zalstein. Featuring in car news, Hyundai is aiming to dominate Korean brands in Europe by 2021, the Rolls Royce Phantom has been revealed in a leaked brochure, Australia gets details on the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 and the 2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR has been unveiled in Buick form...

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2018 Holden Commodore VXR: Opel, Buick cousins revealed
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2018 Holden Commodore VXR: Opel, Buick cousins revealed

Forming part of a simultaneous global unveiling for all three brands, new Opel and Buick-badged versions of the car we'll see as the 2018 Holden Commodore VXR have been revealed today. Identical to the Holden-badged car revealed earlier today, these new Opel Insignia GSi and Buick Regal GS performance models will go on sale in Europe and the US respectively...


2018 Buick Enclave revealed in New York, Avenir luxury badge debuts
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2018 Buick Enclave revealed in New York, Avenir luxury badge debuts

The 2018 Buick Enclave has been revealed at the New York motor show this week, also launching the General Motors subsidiary's Avenir premium sub-brand. Compared to the model before it, the Enclave has taken on a more conventional and handsome crossover design rather than its MPV-like predecessor, while also introducing a suite of new infotainment and driver assistance technologies...


Naughty car names: Happy Valentine's Day
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Naughty car names: Happy Valentine's Day

Ah Valentine's Day... some of us look forward to it and some of us think it's a commercial load of rubbish. Either way, today will be an assault on the senses with love hearts, roses, chocolate and teddy bears galore – and there can be no escaping the commercial barrage of the love-struck...


Volkswagen tops 2016 global sales chart despite Dieselgate scandal
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Volkswagen tops 2016 global sales chart despite Dieselgate scandal

Volkswagen finished 2016 as the world's number one automotive company, edging out Toyota, which has just reported its global sales numbers for last year. Both companies are expected to finish well ahead of General Motors, which should take out the final podium spot. Earlier this month, the Volkswagen Group announced that it had sold a total 10,312,400 cars and trucks throughout the 2016 calendar year, a 3...


Buick Velite PHEV concept debuts in Guangzhou, previews upcoming models
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Buick Velite PHEV concept debuts in Guangzhou, previews upcoming models

The Buick Velite plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept has been unveiled at the 2016 Guangzhou motor show. Serving as a template for future vehicles under the company's 'Buick Blue' new energy strategy, the Velite concept is a swoopy-styled crossover and previews an upcoming PHEV model from the American brand...


2017 Buick LaCrosse could preview all-new Commodore: 230kW all-wheel-drive V6 with torque vectoring
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2017 Buick LaCrosse could preview all-new Commodore: 230kW all-wheel-drive V6 with torque vectoring

The new Buick LaCrosse won't be seen in Australia anytime soon, but it might just preview the new Holden Commodore. Speculation has been rife around the locally-built Commodore's replacement, with many suggesting the new Opel Insignia will act as Holden's new large car...


Buick Avenir confirmed, but only as a trim line
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Buick Avenir confirmed, but only as a trim line

GM has confirmed that Buick Avenir-branded vehicles will go on sale in 2017 for the 2018 model year. Instead of being a distinct model, Avenir will be established as a sub-brand, with the name used for a new top-of-the-range trim line. According to Duncan Aldred, Buick's sales and marketing vice president: “Avenir will be Buick’s signature...


Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1
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Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1

Australian designer Michael Simcoe will take over from Ed Welburn as the vice president of General Motors Global Design on May 1. In the process, Simcoe will become the seventh global design leader at GM, following in the footsteps of Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Irvin Rybicki, Chuck Jordan, Wayne Cherry, and the soon-to-depart Ed Welburn...


Buick Avista the new Holden Monaro? Possibly, but don't hold your breath
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Buick Avista the new Holden Monaro? Possibly, but don't hold your breath

When the covers came off the stunning Buick Avista coupe concept at this week’s 2016 Detroit motor show, many Australians understandably started asking — could this preview a potential new ‘Holden Monaro’? It’s understandable why the idea is a tantalising one...


Buick Envision SUV hits Detroit, could preview new Holden Captiva
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Buick Envision SUV hits Detroit, could preview new Holden Captiva

As Holden rolls out what is likely to be the final update to its now streamlined Captiva range, the SUV that may be its replacement has debuted at the 2016 Detroit auto show. That model is the 2017 Buick Envision, revealed for the Chinese market early last year and confirmed for an American debut in just months later...


Buick Avista concept could preview new Holden Monaro
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Buick Avista concept could preview new Holden Monaro

Buick Avista: new Holden Coupe previewed in Detroit? This week’s Detroit auto show has brought GM fans their first look at the most exciting new Buick in decades - but it could also be a preview of what’s to come for Holden fans in Australia. It was this time last year when GM’s chief of international operations, Stefan Jacoby, confirmed that Holden has a V8-powered sports coupe in its future...


New Buick LaCrosse debuts in Los Angeles
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New Buick LaCrosse debuts in Los Angeles

The third-generation Buick LaCrosse has made its full debut at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show. Although it's unlikely that the new near-luxury sedan will ever be sold in Australia, it might shed some light on the look of the next-generation Commodore. That's because the fully imported 2017/2018 Commodore is believed to be a lightly reworked version of the next-gen Opel Insignia...


Canada sells its GM shares, Government Motors tag no longer true
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Canada sells its GM shares, Government Motors tag no longer true

Canada has sold its last remaining shares in General Motors, ending a period of government investment in the American automaker. The move was announced earlier this week, as the federal government sold 73.4 million shares in GM to Goldman Sachs. The Canadian government's block of shares represent around 4.6 percent of GM's outstanding stock...


Australian designers claim top two awards at 2015 Detroit motor show
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Australian designers claim top two awards at 2015 Detroit motor show

Australians have cleaned up at the 2015 Detroit motor show, claiming the top two design awards for their work on the Buick Avenir and the Ford GT. The Buick Avenir concept was named the best-designed concept vehicle of the show by the EyesOn Design jury, while the judges voted the Ford GT the best-designed production vehicle...


Buick Avenir ready for rear-drive platform sharing, Australian team to be involved
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Buick Avenir ready for rear-drive platform sharing, Australian team to be involved

At the Detroit motor show this time last year, Cadillac chief marketing officer Uwe Ellinghaus spelled out the future of his rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan platforms in no uncertain terms. “[Future] platform and component sharing is the name of the game to reduce costs,” the German-born ex-BMW executive told CarAdvice...


Buick Avenir : Holden-designed Caprice-sized sedan debuts
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Buick Avenir : Holden-designed Caprice-sized sedan debuts

Designed and built in Australia by local Holden designers, the Buick Avenir concept has been revealed the night before the official opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Designed to be a proper Buick of the traditional fashion, the large coupe-like four-door sedan has the same 5...


Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS
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Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS

GM's next-generation entertainment and navigation system will be built on the Android OS, although it's not clear when, or even if, the next-gen units will begin to appear in Holden cars. Dinesh Paliwal, Harman CEO, spoke to Automotive News about the next-generation entertainment and navigation system that his company is building for GM as part of a US$900 million ($1...


GM to slash platforms to four by 2025
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GM to slash platforms to four by 2025

General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, has committed the company to reducing its number of platforms to just four. While the eyes of the world were on Paris, over in Detroit Barra and her executive team were the headline act at an investor briefing session in Detroit. There she told Reuters, among others, that the company would slash its number of platforms from today's 26 to four by the year 2025...


Staggering GM North America recall list now tops 20 million vehicles
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Staggering GM North America recall list now tops 20 million vehicles

Beleaguered US car-making giant General Motors has now recalled more than 20 million vehicles across North America since the beginning of 2014, with 17.8 million in the United States alone. The company last night announced a further six separate recall campaigns on a vast range of models sold almost entirely in the US, Canada and Mexico, bringing the total number of separate campaigns to 44 since January 13 this year...