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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...

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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...


Holden Commodore, Caprice models recalled for sensor defect
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Holden Commodore, Caprice models recalled for sensor defect

Holden has announced a recall of models in its VF Commodore and WN Caprice lines, over concerns that a faulty seat position sensor could affect airbag effectiveness. Affecting models built between April 8, 2014 and September 17 2014, the recall centres on a seat position sensor that may have become inoperative during any repairs or works requiring the driver’s seat base to be replaced...


2016 Holden Commodore VFII Review
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2016 Holden Commodore VFII Review

Has Holden saved the best until last? We drive the final Australian built Commodore - the VF Series II...


Drag race: Model S P85D v V8 Supercar v Walkinshaw W507
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Drag race: Model S P85D v V8 Supercar v Walkinshaw W507

Supercheap Auto Racing's V8 Supercar racer takes on the world's fastest four-door production car in a drag race of historic proportions.  In this gig, we motoring journos are often driven to pitch story ideas that we know will never get off the ground. It's a built-in compulsion...


2016 Holden VFII Ute unveiled at Deni Ute Muster
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2016 Holden VFII Ute unveiled at Deni Ute Muster

The final piece of Holden's VFII series puzzle, the two-seat Commodore Ute, has been shown to the public for the first time at the 2015 Deni Ute Muster. As with its passenger siblings, the 2016 Holden VFII Ute features  a 304kW/570Nm LS3 V8 engine in SS models, while other changes are likewise in-line with the sedan and wagon, including keyless entry and start, and the all-important bi-model exhaust system...


Three-cylinder Holden Commodore ruled out, but smallest-ever engine likely for 2018
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Three-cylinder Holden Commodore ruled out, but smallest-ever engine likely for 2018

Fans still drying their eyes over the impending demise of the V8-powered Holden Commodore may take some solace in knowing that the company has ruled out offering a three-cylinder version of its next-generation large car...


Holden Commodore V8 fans must embrace downsizing or watch brand die, says GM exec
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Holden Commodore V8 fans must embrace downsizing or watch brand die, says GM exec

Fans of the traditional V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive Holden Commodore sports sedan need to accept that the world is moving on and embrace the future of engine downsizing, says the head of General Motors in our region...


2016 Chevrolet SS facelift mirrors Commodore update
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2016 Chevrolet SS facelift mirrors Commodore update

The final Australian-made American muscle car, the 2016 Chevrolet SS, has been revealed just days after the unveiling of its Holden Commodore donor car. Already equipped with the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 that’s just been dropped into our Commodore, the changes to the updated Chevy SS are limited to cosmetic tweaks and a new exhaust...


Chevrolet Corvette firms as Holden's new V8 sports car
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Chevrolet Corvette firms as Holden's new V8 sports car

The man in charge of General Motors in our region has given the best indication yet that the Chevrolet Corvette is the V8 sports car destined to fly the performance flag for the company post-Commodore...