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HSV discusses growing divergence between racing and road-car development

Even Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has noticed an increased divergence between race car success and road car sales in the modern era. The old aphorism ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ has been on the nose for years elsewhere in major categories perhaps excluding GT, so much so that a dedicated factory-backed tuning division agrees...

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 16, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 16, 2017

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 presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Holden Astra sedan pricing and specs: New Four-door cruises in to join hatch
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2017 Holden Astra sedan pricing and specs: New Four-door cruises in to join hatch

NOTE: This article was first published on June 1. The Astra sedan has now made its Australian debut, and you can read our launch review here. June 1: Local pricing and specifications for the new 2017 Holden Astra sedan have been released this week, ahead of the new model's arrival in Australia...


2018 Holden Astra Sportwagon confirmed for late 2017 launch
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2018 Holden Astra Sportwagon confirmed for late 2017 launch

The Holden Astra Sportwagon has been confirmed the Australian market, and will go on sale towards the end of 2017. The new wagon variant will join the existing Opel-sourced hatchback, and the Astra sedan, as part of the company's three-prong attack on the small car segment. For the Australian market, the Astra Sportwagon will be exclusively powered by a 1...


HSV exports a longer-term desire
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HSV exports a longer-term desire

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has some exciting things coming beyond the end of Commodore production in Australia - including a HSV Colorado - but one idea it has shelved for the short-term is exports. However, beyond 2020 there seems every chance of Melbourne-tuned HSV spinoffs of GM products being sent overseas like the final HSV Maloo was, should a business case become viable and the product design translate effectively...


Five sales winners and losers in 2017
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Five sales winners and losers in 2017

Australia's new vehicle market is steadying after a rough start in 2017, but which companies are winning in a tough environment, and which are losing sales at a disproportionate rate? Here are five of each, based on either percentage or gross terms at our discretion. Background...


HSV Colorado coming: Engine, chassis and looks to be modded
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HSV Colorado coming: Engine, chassis and looks to be modded

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is understood to have numerous irons in the fire, one of the most interesting being a plan to capitalise on the pickup boom with an aggressive HSV Colorado dual-cab for 2018. The Melbourne-based operation — tuning arm of the Walkinshaw Group, one of the remaining positive stories in Australian auto manufacturing — has a storied history tuning rear-wheel drive V8 Commodore sedans, wagons and utes...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 9, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 9, 2017

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 presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2018 Holden Commodore racer revealed for Australian Supercars Championship
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2018 Holden Commodore racer revealed for Australian Supercars Championship

Holden has taken the wraps off the 2018 Holden Commodore V8 supercar, revealing computer-generated images of its next-generation racer for the Australian Supercars Championship. The 2018 season will see Holden continue using its current naturally-aspirated V8 engine, which has been a huge success for Holden teams...


Holden Colorado, Colorado 7, Trailblazer recalled for jack fix
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Holden Colorado, Colorado 7, Trailblazer recalled for jack fix

Holden has issued an equipment recall for its 'RG' Colorado, Colorado 7 and Trailblazer model lines over concerns the vehicle jacks could have incorrect instruction labels. The company reports that certain vehicle jacks - sold by the Holden Service Parts Organisation (HSPO) - may be fitted with labels that do not correctly describe the safe and correct usage of the jack...


May 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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May 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales in Australia bounced back last month, growing 6.4 per cent to a new May record of 102,901 units. The strong return to form in May improved the year-to-date (YTD) differential this year too. Sales for the year are now only 0.9 per cent down on 2016 - which was a record year...


Ford outsells Holden thanks to Ranger, Mustang
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Ford outsells Holden thanks to Ranger, Mustang

The old Ford versus Holden rivalry isn't what it was while local manufacturing was steaming along, but the battle still matters to many. Therefore it's interesting to note that Ford convincingly outsold Holden in Australia last month - for just the second time since 1999. Ford Australia sold 7617 vehicles here last month, up 15.7 per cent...


Which should I buy: FWD, RWD or AWD?
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Which should I buy: FWD, RWD or AWD?

NOTE: This article was first published on June 1, 2016. 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...


Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon to form part of Holden's 24 new cars by 2020
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Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon to form part of Holden's 24 new cars by 2020

CarAdvice can exclusively reveal that the Opel Astra Sports Tourer will form part of Holden's 24 new cars by 2020 and will wear the Holden Astra wagon, or Holden Astra Tourer badge when it arrives later this year. We understand the two model range will consist of the Holden Astra LS wagon and the Astra LT wagon...


2017 Holden Commodore SS review
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2017 Holden Commodore SS review

Production of the iconic Holden Commodore draws to an end in October, and they've saved the best 'til last. The SS Commodore has been an Aussie performance staple for decades, but does it still hold up?


Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison: Track Test
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Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison: Track Test

At the end of Part One of our Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison – the Road Test – the 5.0-litre ‘Yank Tank’ was lagging a little behind the 6.2-litre Aussie brute. But things were most definitely still close. Now it's time to sort the men from the boys, and find out which of our two sub-$60k rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered muscle cars should rightfully be crowned the victor: the Ford or the Holden...


Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison: Road Test
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Ford Mustang GT Fastback v Holden Commodore SS V Redline comparison: Road Test

What the hell? Why would you put a two-door Ford Mustang up against a soon-to-be-departed four-door Holden Commodore? Well, when there's only 2kW and $2500 between them, why wouldn’t we...? Late last month we got the chance to twin-test our resident long-term 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback against the ageing – yet decidedly still entertaining – 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 5, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 5, 2017

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 presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Holden posts successive profits despite sales decline
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Holden posts successive profits despite sales decline

Holden posted its second successive annual profit over the 2016 financial year, belying a fall in sales and its imminent factory closure in South Australia. The General Motors subsidiary today announced a combined after-tax profit of $152.8 million for 2016, from consolidated revenue of $3.56 billion...


2017 Holden Trailblazer Z71 styling pack arrives
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2017 Holden Trailblazer Z71 styling pack arrives

The Colorado Z71 ute has a new companion in the SUV, with the 2017 Holden Trailblazer Z71 due in showrooms from June. Announced today, the Trailblazer Z71 will follow its Colorado sibling in adding a number of cosmetic tweaks for a lightly toughened look. Pricing is still to be confirmed, but if the LTZ-based Colorado Z71 is any guide, expect a premium of a couple grand over the $52,490 Trailblazer LTZ (plus on-road costs)...