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Production of the iconic Ford Falcon Ute ended today, marking the official beginning of the end for Australian car manufacturing. The final Ford Falcon Ute is a white XR6, and it rolled off the Broadmeadows production line just before 3pm...

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2018 Holden Commodore spied without false body panels
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2018 Holden Commodore spied without false body panels

The next-generation Opel Insignia, which is widely believed to be sold down under as the new Holden Commodore, has been spied testing again on the streets of Europe. Unlike earlier prototypes, this vehicle has shed most of its false body panels, although there's still a few small pieces hiding the fog light treatment in the front bumper, and covering up the design of the C-pillar area...


New vehicle sales at record highs: Australian market year-to-date wrap, winners and losers
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New vehicle sales at record highs: Australian market year-to-date wrap, winners and losers

We have hit the half-way point of 2016, and new vehicle sales logged in offical VFACTS data remain at record highs on the back of a booming business fleet market. Another huge month in June (belying a speculated downturn resulting from an interminable election cycle) has put half-yearly sales at 598,140 units, up 3.4 per cent...


June 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers, biggest month ever
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June 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers, biggest month ever

The interminable federal election campaign failed to put a dampener on new vehicle sales last month, with a new all-time record figure set. During June, traditionally the year’s biggest selling month, sales grew by 2.2 per cent to 128,569 to an all-time record high, with SUVs and commercials counterbalancing the 4.5 per cent reduction in passenger cars...


Holden Calais V v Subaru Liberty 3.6R Comparison
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Holden Calais V v Subaru Liberty 3.6R Comparison

The Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon were long the default options for families wanting a bucketload of space, a sporty drive and a powerful six-cylinder engine. And let’s not forget the somewhat less inspiring Toyota Aurion, too. Sometimes forgotten though, and somewhat pushed off to the side, is the mid-sized Subaru Liberty — especially in 3...


Which should I buy, FWD, RWD or AWD?: Vehicle dynamics and stability control tested
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Which should I buy, FWD, RWD or AWD? Vehicle dynamics and stability control tested

If you’re buying a new car, you’ll face a choice of drivetrain layouts. And while engine position may vary from a front, rear or mid placement, the powered wheels will inevitably be those up front, those out back, or all four. CarAdvice reader Julie contacted us to ask which way should she lean for her next new-car purchase...


Six features of new cars that make parenting easier
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Six features of new cars that make parenting easier

Children and cars can be a stressful combination - and it doesn't seem to matter whether you're heading off on a long-distance trip or ducking out for what should be a quick trip to the shops. Some days, being a parent is challenging and anything that makes your day a little easier is much appreciated...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Ford outsells Holden for first time since 1999
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Ford outsells Holden for first time since 1999

The Australian car market went back to 1999 in April, with Ford Australia beating arch nemesis Holden for what appears to be the first time since ‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’ topped the singles charts. According to VFACTS figures for last month, Ford nabbed 6842 sales, representing growth of 18.2 per cent. Holden fell 5.1 per cent to 6710 units...


2016 Holden Calais V Sedan Review
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2016 Holden Calais V Sedan Review

The Holden Calais V sedan remains the best large luxury car in its price bracket, even as the end approaches.


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


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...