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Australian cars don’t sell? Bollocks

It’s an oft-repeated line — Aussie cars just don’t sell any more, hence the need for the local brands to shut their local factories and become full importers, something each will have done by the end of 2017...

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General Motors Holden puts 37.7-hectare Port Melbourne site up for sale - end of an era
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General Motors Holden puts 37.7-hectare Port Melbourne site up for sale - end of an era

As General Motors Holden continues its transformation into an import-only business, the company has today listed a five-title 37.7-hectare parcel of land for expressions of interest, located at its 241 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne site. The listing of the site signals the end of an era for local manufacturing, with the production of a locally-manufactured Commodore set to end production in 2017...


2016 Opel Astra wagon spy photos
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2016 Opel Astra wagon spy photos

The next-generation Opel Astra wagon has been caught on the road by our European spy photography team. With the new Astra hatch already unveiled and detailed at the beginning of June, the majority of this prototype's camouflage is concentrated on its hindquarters...


Holden hanging on to more engineering talent: Manufacturing shutdown plans get positive twist
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Holden hanging on to more engineering talent: Manufacturing shutdown plans get positive twist

Holden has confirmed that it will retain a larger engineering capacity than originally planned when its Australian manufacturing winds up in 2017. The news follows an announcement early last year that although Holden would dramatically reduce its workforce in the lead-up to the end of local production, “more than a handful” of engineers would continue to work at its Lang Lang proving grounds for localised tuning and other projects...


Australia doesn’t love utes – it loves pick-up trucks
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Australia doesn’t love utes – it loves pick-up trucks

I call a ute a ute. I don’t call it a pick-up. I don’t call it a truck (although I like the macho nature of the word truck). It’s clear, however, that the word 'ute' is being phased out of car company marketing chit-chat, and it could well be that buyers are following the same path...


2018 Holden Commodore captured?
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2018 Holden Commodore captured?

Here are the first spy images of the 2017 Open Insignia, a car tipped by many to be the basis for the forthcoming, first fully-imported Holden Commodore. The new Opel Insignia, which our spy photographers predict will premiere in September 2017 at the Frankfurt motor show but which could easily appear as early as 2016, is set to grow significantly over the current version, sold here in hot VXR AWD turbo guise...


2016 Holden VF Commodore SS V spy photos : Final locally produced SS Commodore to get 6.2L V8, paddle shifters and bi-modal exhaust
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2016 Holden VF Commodore SS V spy photos : Final locally produced SS Commodore to get 6.2L V8, paddle shifters and bi-modal exhaust

Update: 14/08/2015 — A Holden spokesperson has responded to the photographs saying, “Holden constantly test a number of vehicles on local roads to ensure they continue to be suited to Australian conditions.  We have nothing to announce at this time.” Following on from our exclusive story about the new 6...


Citroen DS3 DSport v Holden Astra GTC Sport v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Kia Pro_cee'd GT : Comparison Review
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Citroen DS3 DSport v Holden Astra GTC Sport v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Kia Pro_cee'd GT : Comparison Review

The finest mid-$30k 'warm' hatchback on the market? The Kia Pro_cee'd staked its claim 12 months ago, dispatching Hyundai’s poster boy Veloster SR Turbo and Renault’s potent and racy Megane RS265 Sport as the best all-rounder in the sweet spot bridging humble $20k-something conveniences and properly hot $40k-plus hatchbacks...


Ford Mustang needs Aussie rivals, says brand
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Ford Mustang needs Aussie rivals, says brand

Car-makers would generally kill to have a vehicle niche all to themselves, but in the case of Ford Australia and its new Mustang muscle car, the company is actually keen to find rival offerings to create competition — perhaps, say, a 'Holden' Camaro. The eagerly awaited ‘global’ 2015 Ford Mustang coupe and convertible touch down in showrooms from the end of 2015 (read all the details about the sharp pricing here)...


What is all-wheel drive? Does all-wheel drive give my car more grip?
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What is all-wheel drive? Does all-wheel drive give my car more grip?

A common misconception about all-wheel drive cars is that they offer you more grip. When CarAdvice reader Tony contacted us with this question, we thought it would be time to set the record straight and show you how an all-wheel drive car differs from a front-wheel drive car...


2016 Holden Barina CDX Review
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2016 Holden Barina CDX Review

Mildly updated for the 2016 model year, the mid-spec Holden Barina CDX hatch still faces some stiff competition...


2015 Holden Trax LTZ Review : Long-term report three
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2015 Holden Trax LTZ Review : Long-term report three

Saying goodbye is never easy, but the time has come to bid farewell to CarAdvice Melbourne's long-term Holden Trax LTZ...


2016 Holden Commodore SS Series II to get 6.2L V8 with 304kW
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2016 Holden Commodore SS Series II to get 6.2L V8 with 304kW

The 2016 Holden VF Commodore SS Series II looks set to be powered by an updated version of the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 currently used in the HSV range, called the L99, and will also receive a minor front-end facelift along with some interior changes. The details come off the back of exclusive details we obtained surrounding a more major facelift of the 2016 Holden WN Caprice V, which we expect to share the same engine...


2016 Holden Caprice V : Major facelift looms, bigger V8 to be added, LPG V6 axed
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2016 Holden Caprice V : Major facelift looms, bigger V8 to be added, LPG V6 axed

The 2016 WN Holden Caprice V — official details on which we expect to be revealed around September — looks set to sport a series of significant updates and an uprated V8 engine to see it through to the end of production in late 2017...


2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon spied
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2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon spied

The all-new 2016 Astra is out in force this month, with a hot GSi variant spied testing recently and the new Sports Tourer wagon version caught on the road just this week. These new photos, taken outside of Opel’s Ruesselsheim headquarters in Germany, confirm that we can expect the Astra Sports Tourer to maintain a practical wagon design focused on cargo capacity...


How does stability control work? Do I need ESC for my next car?
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How does stability control work? Do I need ESC for my next car?

Developed in the late 1980s, Electronic Stability Control (also known as ESC or ESP), has formed a major part of vehicle safety. When reader Stefan contacted CarAdvice asking whether he should be looking for a vehicle with stability control, we wanted to put the technology to the test to demonstrate just how integral it is to vehicle safety...


Holden’s Captiva replacements firming as details of new Chevrolet SUVs surface
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Holden’s Captiva replacements firming as details of new Chevrolet SUVs surface

Holden’s coming replacements for the Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 twins are slowly coming into focus, with reports this week that GM’s Chevrolet arm is preparing new mid-sized and large SUVs. According to industry paper Automotive News, sources within Chevrolet have confirmed plans for a smaller next-generation Equinox - not currently offered in Australia - along with a new large seven-seater that would rival models like the Ford Edge and Toyota Kluger...


Holden announces $255 million loss in 2014, but improvements showing
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Holden announces $255 million loss in 2014, but improvements showing

Holden has today confirmed an after-tax loss of $255.2 million for the 2014 financial year. But, although significant, the loss was far from unexpected for the Lion brand, having already forecast major financial losses as it works through a costly transition to a sales and import-only operation...


2016 Opel Astra GSi spied testing in final form
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2016 Opel Astra GSi spied testing in final form

The new 2016 Astra hatch is expected to welcome a new hot-hatch option to its range in the coming year, and these latest shots offer a first look at its final styling. The new Astra was given an online unveiling early last month, but, so far, only the regular model model has been shown - albeit in a sports trim with large alloy wheels...


2015 Holden Commodore SS V Review : Craig Lowndes Special Edition
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2015 Holden Commodore SS V Review : Craig Lowndes Special Edition

Craig Lowndes has notched up his 100th V8 Supercars victory, but the latest special edition Holden Commodore to wear his name isn't quite as sweet...