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Next-generation Holden Volt to feature regenerative braking on-demand

GM has revealed that the second-generation Chevrolet Volt — Holden Volt down under — will be offered with a regenerative braking on-demand feature...

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Ford Falcon G6E v Holden Calais : Comparison review
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Ford Falcon G6E v Holden Calais : Comparison review

Luxury versions of the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore have for decades enticed Australians into their sumptuous cabins with a clear marketing message. “World-class luxury” became the tagline that accompanied the very first Holden Calais, the VK of 1984...


Ford Falcon v Holden Commodore Evoke : Comparison review
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Ford Falcon v Holden Commodore Evoke : Comparison review

Once upon a time, if you worked for a big company that gave you a fleet car, chances are it was one of this pair’s ancestors. Entry versions of the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore — Forte and Executive anyone? — dominated the nation’s car parks and driveways, a source of national pride and limited choice in equal portions...


Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes edition : Racing legend takes delivery of personally created sports car
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Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes edition : Racing legend takes delivery of personally created sports car

Australian motorsport legend Craig Lowndes has taken delivery of his personal Holden Commodore SS V Redline Craig Lowndes special edition. The three-time V8 Supercars champion and five-time Bathurst 1000 victor collected Craig Lowndes special edition Commodore build number 001 at his local dealership, Eager’s Holden, in Brisbane...


Holden Commodore SV6 Ute: a bogan birthday weekend
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Holden Commodore SV6 Ute: a bogan birthday weekend

The Holden Commodore SV6 Ute is put through its paces in a variety of situations, on a very busy weekend.


Vauxhall Viva city hatch unveiled
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Vauxhall Viva city hatch unveiled

General Motors has taken the wraps off its affordable city car for the European market, which will be sold as either the Vauxhall Viva or Opel Karl depending on the market. At 3680mm from front to rear, the new five-door, five-seat Viva is just 40mm longer than the Holden Barina Spark. In the UK and Europe, the Viva/Karl will initially be offered only with a 55kW 1...


Supercars 2017: Who's in, who's out, and who's a chance?
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Supercars 2017: Who's in, who's out, and who's a chance?

The confirmation that the V8 Supercars racing series will be overhauled for the 2017 season to allow vehicles of various body styles and those powered by turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines to compete with traditional V8 sedans has opened the door to a host of new brands...


GM begins monitoring social media, internet forums to detect potential safety problems
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GM begins monitoring social media, internet forums to detect potential safety problems

General Motors says it is now monitoring social media and automotive discussion boards to detect potential safety issues, and deal with them earlier rather than later. Dan Ammann, GM's president, told Bloomberg this week that the company has "to identify issues before they become a problem"...


Holden Cruze : Elizabeth plant celebrates production of 100,000th small car
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Holden Cruze : Elizabeth plant celebrates production of 100,000th small car

The 100,000th locally produced Holden Cruze has rolled off the car maker’s assembly line in Elizabeth, South Australia. The milestone vehicle, a Cruze SRi Z-Series hatch in Red Hot paint, was completed on Tuesday and is destined for Commonwealth Motors in Canberra...


Utes and Tradies
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Utes and Tradies

Utes and tradies go together like meat pies and tomato sauce, like Queensland and XXXX – like tradies and a cold beer at knock off on a Friday arvo for that matter. Our hardworking Aussie tradies rely on their vehicles for their livelihood, so any work ute worth its salt needs to be practical, functional and hard wearing...


Holden in line for German-built flagship SUV due by 2018
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Holden in line for German-built flagship SUV due by 2018

Holden could get a new German-built flagship SUV before the end of the decade after the boss of parent company General Motors confirmed Opel would begin production of the model by 2018. GM CEO Mary Barra (below) announced the new SUV would be built at Holden sister brand Opel’s headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany, and would be “the brand’s second flagship alongside the Insignia”...


Chevrolet Volt pokes its head out at owners event
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Chevrolet Volt pokes its head out at owners event

The next-generation Chevrolet Volt has poked its head out from beneath a white veil at an exclusive owners event in Hollywood, revealing its front-end design for the first time. The teaser image confirms the Volt will be at home in General Motors’ global line-up, with a face reminiscent of both North America’s Chevrolet Impala and Australia’s own Holden Commodore...


2015 Holden Colorado and Colorado 7: pricing and specifications
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2015 Holden Colorado and Colorado 7: pricing and specifications

Holden has announced a series of upgrades for its Colorado ute and Colorado 7 SUV models aimed at improving their urban drive comfort and increasing their overall appeal. Chief among the changes is a new comfort suspension package that has been added to the LTZ variants of the Colorado. Crucially, the suspension enhancements don’t affect the Colorado's 3500kg towing capacity...


V8 Supercars and the real world
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V8 Supercars and the real world

The end of the 2014 V8 Supercars season is almost upon us, following a cracking (and controversial) Bathurst 1000 that saw Ford win for the second year in a row and Nissan claim its first podium finish in the great race since the Skyline GT-R’s infamous 1992 victory...


Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS
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Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS

GM's next-generation entertainment and navigation system will be built on the Android OS, although it's not clear when, or even if, the next-gen units will begin to appear in Holden cars. Dinesh Paliwal, Harman CEO, spoke to Automotive News about the next-generation entertainment and navigation system that his company is building for GM as part of a US$900 million ($1...


GM details cleaner 2015 Chevrolet Volt
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GM details cleaner 2015 Chevrolet Volt

General Motors has shed some light on the lighter, sprightlier and more efficient plug-in hybrid drivetrain that will underpin its second-generation 2015 Chevrolet Volt. As we know, the new and improved Volt will make its world premiere at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit this coming January before hitting US roads by the second half of 2015...


Holden boss resigns after just seven months
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Holden boss resigns after just seven months

The boss of Holden has resigned a little over seven months after taking the reins and declaring the company would target overtaking Toyota as Australia's No.1 car brand by 2020. Gerry Dorizas joined Holden as chairman and managing director on 1st March 2014, only months after the company announced it would end local manufacturing in 2017...


Holden Sandman : Red Bull Racing reveals 525kW V8 Supercar-based classic
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Holden Sandman : Red Bull Racing reveals 525kW V8 Supercar-based classic

Red Bull Racing Australia and GM Holden’s Design Department have joined forces for a one-off creation that is part V8 Supercar and all Aussie icon: the Holden Sandman Tribute Edition. Set to debut at this weekend’s round of the V8 Supercar Championship on the Gold Coast, the silver Sandman special edition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original homegrown Holden panel van...


Holden Barina Trio : Bonus features for base city car
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Holden Barina Trio : Bonus features for base city car

The special edition Holden Barina Trio has joined the brand’s city car line-up, adding three new features to the base model for just $1000. Based on the entry-level Holden Barina CD hatch, the Trio gets an electric sunroof, front fog lights, and the brand’s MyLink infotainment system – features that Holden claims have a combined value of more than $2000...


Isuzu MU-X joins Colorado 7 in third-row seatbelt recall
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Isuzu MU-X joins Colorado 7 in third-row seatbelt recall

The Isuzu MU-X has been recalled to correct a defect with its third-row seatbelts. The recall affects 4703 Isuzu MU-X SUVs in Australia, and follows a notice issued by Holden last week calling back 3116 of its related Colorado 7 models to address the same problem...