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Holden Commodore Black: SV6, SS drive-away specials on sale - UPDATE

UPDATE: This article originally listed driveaway prices from launch,  see bottom of article for details. The Holden Commodore may be reaching the end of its life (as we know it), but that hasn’t stopped the Aussie brand from introducing a new special variant to the range: the Commodore Black...

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2018 Holden Commodore/2017 Opel Insignia interior and exterior spied
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2018 Holden Commodore/2017 Opel Insignia interior and exterior spied

The interior and exterior of the next-generation Opel Insignia has been snapped by our spy photography team during testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It's widely expected that the new Insignia will be sold in Australia from 2018 as the new Holden Commodore. This new Commodore will be the first to be imported, as Holden's local manufacturing facilities are set to close in the second half of 2017...


Chevrolet SS not dead yet: Product chief suggests replacement V8 performance sedan on its way
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Chevrolet SS not dead yet: Product chief suggests replacement V8 performance sedan on its way

We all thought that the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS performance sedan would be dead when General Motors shut down its Australian production facility in 2017. But that may not be the case. Based on a discussion at the 2016 New York motor show with Chevrolet Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser, CarAdvice has learnt there’s a strong chance of an all-new Chevrolet SS performance sedan replacing the Holden-built model...


Holden Commodore design a story of craftiness and flexibility: Ferlazzo
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Holden Commodore design a story of craftiness and flexibility: Ferlazzo

Holden Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo, says the company’s most iconic model line has forever been built on a mix of circumstances, innovation and versatility. From the relatively small original models developed from German imports, to the increasingly larger and more uniquely Australian variants that have appeared in the decades since, the brief has remained the same: deliver the car people want, and the range they need, at a price to suit all...


Holden VF Commodore and WN Caprice recalled for airbag sensor fix
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Holden VF Commodore and WN Caprice recalled for airbag sensor fix

Holden has announced a recall on the VF Series II Commodore and WN Caprice models, over concerns that a circuit board may not have been secured correctly in the casing of the airbag control model. Holden reports that the defect can lead to a slight delay in the deployment of side thorax and side curtain airbags, along with a risk that the airbags may otherwise deploy unexpectedly...


February 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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February 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales

The Australian new vehicle market underwent strong growth in February this year over the same (albeit one-day shorter) month in 2015 with 96,443 registrations recorded, up 6.7 per cent. The VFACTS figures released this morning by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that last month was Australia’s highest February on record...


How does a car go from prototype to production? Holden VFII Commodore engineering interviews
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How does a car go from prototype to production? Holden VFII Commodore engineering interviews

While most of the questions we receive are related to recommending new cars, there's an element of new car buying that many people don't know about. CarAdvice reader Stefan wanted to know how manufacturers take cars from the prototype stage through to production. The release of the Holden VFII Commodore lead us to ask the question of two Holden engineers involved in the Commodore engineering process...


Holden Cruze Australian production ending October 2016
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Holden Cruze Australian production ending October 2016

UPDATE AT 15:00: It is understood that the end of local Cruze production will see about 400 workers at Holden's South Australia plant lose their jobs by year's end. ---- Australian assembly of the Holden Cruze small car will cease in October 2016, the company announced today, about a year before the locally made Commodore follows suit...


January 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales: Industry summary, market analysis, winners and losers
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January 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales: Industry summary, market analysis, winners and losers

January new vehicle sales figures are in. Coming fresh off an annual record, the Australian market recorded a further 2.7 per cent growth in the first month of the year. VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber show that 84,373 new vehicles were registered in January — the highest figure for the month since 2013...


Opel Insignia/2018 Holden Commodore winter testing spy photos
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Opel Insignia/2018 Holden Commodore winter testing spy photos

The next-generation Opel Insignia, which is likely to show up in Australia as the next Holden Commodore, has been spotted during cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle. The prototype seen here is wearing the same amount of camouflage and disguise as the vehicle that was spotted back in August 2015...


Blue Booming, Red Rising: Car Colour Trends of 2015/16
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Blue Booming, Red Rising: Car Colour Trends of 2015/16

One of the most deeply personal aspects of buying a new car is choosing the colour. It's a reflection of who we are, and the considerations vary greatly from person to person. Be it the desire to make a fashion statement, an attempt to preserve re-sale value or even choosing which colours are least likely to be targeted by thieves, there's a lot to consider...


Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015
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Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015

The results are in, 2015 was a record sales year for the new vehicle market, with about 1.155 million units sold. Read our detailed breakdown with all the data here. But in addition, we thought we’d give a rundown of the top brands across the market’s three main broad sectors — passenger vehicles, SUVs and light commercials, because each list is quite different from the greater overall top ten...


2016 Holden Caprice V Review
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2016 Holden Caprice V Review

It's longer than a Toyota LandCruiser and trusted by many Prime Ministers. We slip behind the wheel of the Holden Caprice V to see if it still has what it takes.


Australian-made cars hit two-year high in December
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Australian-made cars hit two-year high in December

Sales of Australian-made vehicles in December were the strongest for two years, on the back of spikes for the Toyota Camry and Holden Commodore. According to VFACTS data released this week, 11,643 Australian-made cars were ‘sold’, up 33.3 per cent. It’s the first time this monthly figure has hit five figures since December 2013...


2015 VFACTS winners and losers: All-time Australian new vehicle sales record set - UPDATE
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2015 VFACTS winners and losers: All-time Australian new vehicle sales record set - UPDATE

It’s official: 2015 was the biggest year for the Australian new vehicle market on record. Australians took delivery of 1,155,408 million new cars, SUVs and commercials last year, eclipsing the previous watermark of 1,136,227 set in 2013. This figure represents a climb of 3.8 per cent over the 2014 result, and is the fourth consecutive 1...


2016 Holden Commodore SS V Redline Review: Christmas Day weekender
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2016 Holden Commodore SS V Redline Review: Christmas Day weekender

Dave thumbs his nose at tradition and spends Christmas Day in the hills with the 6.2-litre V8-equipped VFII Holden Commodore SS V Redline...


2018 Holden Commodore: Fresh clues about future large car
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2018 Holden Commodore: Fresh clues about future large car

The first imported Holden Commodore may still be more than two years away, but new details of the car it’s set to be based on – the all-new Opel Insignia – have provided us with fresh clues about the local brand’s future large car. Any fears that the new model wouldn’t be a proper large car appear to have been allayed by German publication Auto Bild, which claims the all-new sedan will be up to 15cm longer than the current Insignia sedan...


Hot laps at Bathurst in a Holden Commodore VFII SS-V Redline
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Hot laps at Bathurst in a Holden Commodore VFII SS-V Redline

Growing up in a small town in regional Queensland, the V8 Supercars Championship Series was the catalyst for heated debate among friends over drinks. This debate sparked family feuds that lasted decades and was even rumoured to have ruined marriages. Did your blood run red or blue? A side had to be chosen and God-forbid you changed your mind or sat on the fence...


Walkinshaw Performance unleashes W547 W Series package: LS3 upgrade brings 547kW and 880Nm
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Walkinshaw Performance unleashes W547 W Series package: LS3 upgrade brings 547kW and 880Nm

The latest and greatest Walkinshaw Performance upgrade pack for the LS3 6.2-litre V8-powered Holden Commodore VF Series II and HSV Gen-F2 has been unveiled. Described by the performance modders at Walkinshaw as "by far the most powerful performance enhancement available for a Commodore that Walkinshaw Performance Products has ever produced", the package upgrade - which costs $25,990 fitted - brings the 6...


2016 Holden Commodore Review: VFII SS V Redline
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2016 Holden Commodore Review: VFII SS V Redline

Is the final fast Holden Commodore - the SS V Redline - the best yet? Matt Campbell finds out...