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Holden Commodore Magnum: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards

In June 2013 Holden set a world record — the fastest ute to lap the famous Nurburgring circuit. The time set was 8:19:47, making it not only the fastest ute, but one of the fastest cars to lap the German track. Now, Holden is saying a new record could still be on the cards...

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2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified
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2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified

In a bid to ensure its three limited edition models — the Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport — are taken seriously, Holden has tested them to the same extreme standards required for GM's global track capable cars. Testing is undertaken at General Motors' Milford Race Course. It's a gruelling track used to certify cars as track capable with GM's stamp of approval...


2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Magnum and Director review: Race-certified Commodores driven
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2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Magnum and Director review: Race-certified Commodores driven

This is it, the final three new locally-produced Commodore models ever. Paul Maric gets behind the wheel.


Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head
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Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head

The head of Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) says, while the end of local manufacturing in Australia is a loss, it's part of wider industry changes that, with the right mindset, represent opportunities. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said the factors behind the wind up of local production – first Ford, soon Holden, and then finally Toyota – aren’t merely confined to Australia...


2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: "If we do a boring product, we're dead"
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2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: "If we do a boring product, we're dead"

HSV's 2018 vehicle line-up, beyond the end of Holden's Australian production program, will be more diverse and focussed on attracting new customers - but not at the cost of excitement. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said he’s confident Holden Special Vehicles can succeed in a post-locally-built Holden Commodore era...


Holden Commodore limited-edition models garner over 2000 registrations of interest
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Holden Commodore limited-edition models garner over 2000 registrations of interest

With full details of Holden's three limited-edition Holden Commodores due tomorrow, there have been over 2000 people register interest in the cars - with most putting money down at dealers, despite limited information being available. CarAdvice has driven all three models and will have a full review with video Thursday January 19, 2:00 pm (so make sure you check back then)...


2017 Holden Trax review: Quick drive
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2017 Holden Trax review: Quick drive

It wasn’t that long ago that we had a Holden Trax as part of our long-term vehicle fleet. We remember it as being cheap, cheerful and fun to drive with its turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The only real negatives we spoke of had to do with the infotainment system and the design, which looked a little too cheerful for our liking – but styling is subjective, so we could have been wrong on that front...


2017 Holden Astra sedan review
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2017 Holden Astra sedan review

While local production may have ended, Holden hasn't given up on the small sedan. The new Astra sedan is coming and Paul Maric heads to the States for a drive.


HSV GTS-R W1 final editions spied – last ute and sedan models spotted in Victoria
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HSV GTS-R W1 final editions spied – last ute and sedan models spotted in Victoria

CarAdvice has been sent new images of the final ever HSV versions of the Holden Commodore and Holden Ute – the vehicles you see here are the HSV GTS-R W1 sedan and HSV GTS-R W1 ute. That's what we think they are, anyway: these spy images were allegedly taken outside HSV's head office in Clayton, Victoria according to the source that sent them to us, and with grainy image quality and the badges taped over, it's hard to tell if these are the real deal...


Confirmed: Holden plant will shut October 20
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Confirmed: Holden plant will shut October 20

Holden has announced October 20, 2017 as the date it will shut the doors of its Elizabeth car plant outside of Adelaide for the final time, and become a full-line vehicle importer. Holden has assembled vehicles for domestic and export markets at Elizabeth since 1963. Nearly 1000 employees will remain in production, engineering and support roles until production ends...


Holden tells Kia to bring it on
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Holden tells Kia to bring it on

Holden says it wishes Kia best of luck as the Korean brand prepares to lure Commodore SS fans left without a rear-drive GT once local manufacturing ends later this year. As we reported earlier this week from Detroit, Kia’s local chief Damien Meredith believes the gorgeous new rear-wheel drive Stinger GT with its 270kW twin-turbo V6 has what it takes to lure loyal Lion brand buyers...


Holden to activate OnStar technology in Australia by 2020
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Holden to activate OnStar technology in Australia by 2020

Holden plans to introduce the tech-laden OnStar technology package in Australia by 2020, according to a senior General Motors executive. OnStar technology has been available in US markets for some time now, but with extensive infrastructure required in Australia to operate the technology, it hasn't yet been activated locally...


Holden Colorado top-spec models driving high profit margins
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Holden Colorado top-spec models driving high profit margins

While Holden's sales were down in 2016, it's a high-end product mix driving Holden's net sales revenue in the Holden Colorado range. Holden's new Colorado, launched in 2016, signalled a new, focussed direction for the company. Australian ride-and-handling tuning, along with competitive pricing and features is now leading the way for rich margins on high-end Colorado sales...


Holden's poor sales not acceptable, but necessary for successful transition
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Holden's poor sales not acceptable, but necessary for successful transition

Two of Holden's most senior executives have admitted poor sales in 2016 were unacceptable, but necessary to successfully transition from local manufacturer to full importer in 2017. As the clock struck midnight on December 31st 2016, Holden's sales were down by 8.4 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015, selling just under 95,000 cars for the year...


Holden won't reverse decision on Commodore name
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Holden won't reverse decision on Commodore name

Holden has copped a stack of negative feedback on CarAdvice and social media following our drive of the next-generation Holden Commodore, but the brand isn't fussed and plans on keeping the Commodore nameplate. Following our next-generation Holden Commodore drive story and then subsequent release of images, most of the feedback we saw related to the name of the car...


Holden's two-door sports car details due soon, could exist across several segments
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Holden's two-door sports car details due soon, could exist across several segments

It's almost like a running gag — a senior General Motors executive announced a Holden V8 sports car two years ago, but since then, there has been zero further information, until today. During our chat with Stefan Jacoby, GM's executive vice president and president of General Motors International, Jacoby hosed down questions about the sports car, despite being the guy who first raised it around two years ago...


Holden Colorado LTZ v Toyota HiLux SR5 comparison
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Holden Colorado LTZ v Toyota HiLux SR5 comparison

I’m sure that deep inside a fortune cookie somewhere is a pseudo-cryptic message that suggests being first doesn’t immediately equate with being the best. Take this pair of pick-ups for example. For 2016, the Toyota HiLux was not only the highest selling ute in Australia, it was the highest selling passenger vehicle. Period...


Chevrolet Cruze sedan production quality and sales could see third shift return to Ohio
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Chevrolet Cruze sedan production quality and sales could see third shift return to Ohio

Demand for the Chevrolet Cruze sedan has prompted executives to look at returning a third shift to its Lordstown Ohio production facility. The Chevrolet Cruze sedan, which will be launched in Australia as the Holden Astra sedan this year to replace the Australian-built Holden Cruze, is currently built in the USA with plans to move production to Mexico quashed recently...


2017 Holden Astra sedan revealed as Cruze sedan replacement, coming in May
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2017 Holden Astra sedan revealed as Cruze sedan replacement, coming in May

Holden has today announced that its Cruze sedan replacement will be called the Holden Astra sedan when it arrives locally in May this year. Built off the same D2 architecture as the Astra hatch, the Astra sedan will be built with a comfort ride in mind, sitting beneath the Astra hatch in terms of pricing and sportiness...


Chevrolet SS likely to die with end of local Holden Commodore production
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Chevrolet SS likely to die with end of local Holden Commodore production

The Chevrolet SS nameplate is likely to die with the end of local Holden Commodore production, according to GM's president. Speaking to the media at the 2017 Detroit motor show, executive vice president and president of General Motors, Alan Batey, told the media that while the Chevrolet SS's success in racing was great, it was an optimistic venture for the company...