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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...

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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...


Holden Colorado Space Cab recalled for rear seatbelt fix
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Holden Colorado Space Cab recalled for rear seatbelt fix

Holden’s high-riding Colorado ute has been recalled this week over concerns that one of two rear seatbelt fasteners could be missing on some models. The potential danger centres on a bolt that helps to secure the anchor bracket of the rear seatbelt buckles of Space Cab models with second-row ‘jump seats’...


The CarAdvice Garage — live interactive video stream 11:30AM AEST 06/07
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The CarAdvice Garage — live interactive video stream 11:30AM AEST 06/07

After the success of our Toyota HiLux worldwide reveal, where we ran a Periscope session allowing our readers — you guys — to watch and ask questions live, we are trialling a Periscope stream of the CarAdvice Garage. You can watch the video stream live from your computer or you can watch and discuss live using the Periscope application on your iOS or Android device...


2015 Holden Colorado 7 commercial attracts more complaints than any other
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2015 Holden Colorado 7 commercial attracts more complaints than any other

“Bloody caravaners”. Holden landed itself in some hot water for its promotion of this statement, used in its TV commercial for the Colorado 7 off-roader, earlier this year. So much in fact, that at the half way point of 2015, no other ad has received more complaints from annoyed viewers — 161 in total...


Ford Focus ST v Holden Astra VXR: Comparison Review
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Ford Focus ST v Holden Astra VXR: Comparison Review

Ford versus Holden, the definitive Australian automotive rivalry, seen here but not as we know it. There's not a V8 engine, a sedan body or a rear-wheel-drive configuration in sight. Instead, we have a pair of hot hatches, both (re)launched inside the past few months, that go about doing broadly the same thing as each other in notably different ways...


2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan revealed: Australian prospects unclear
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2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan revealed: Australian prospects unclear

The new-generation 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has been revealed at an event in the United States, but the Australian position on the new-generation sedan remains unclear. The new global small sedan will initially go on sale in the US early in 2016, and it differs from the Chevrolet Cruze for China that came before it, but it’s still very much designed for buyers who prefer small three-box models to hatchbacks...


2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible officially revealed
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible officially revealed

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible was revealed in Detroit overnight, precisely five weeks after the coupe version premiered, and ahead of its UK-market showroom launch at the start of 2016. The official reveal comes a day after images leaked online...


James Courtney announced as Holden Insignia VXR ambassador
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James Courtney announced as Holden Insignia VXR ambassador

Holden today announced that V8 Supercars driver James Courtney has been announced as the 2015 Holden Insignia VXR ambassador. Holden executive director of sales, Peter Keley announced Mr Courtney's appointment as ambassador at the local launch of the Insignia VXR in New Zealand today. “It’s great to have James Courtney on board as an ambassador for the car...


Holden Colorado Z71 revealed
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Holden Colorado Z71 revealed

The Holden Colorado Z71 will become the new flagship of the brand’s workhorse ute range when it arrives in local showrooms next month. The Colorado Z71 gives Holden a high-style, feature-packed pick-up to cash in on Australia’s strong demand for highly specified utes such as the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and the Toyota HiLux SR5...


Fiat Chrysler boss mulling plan B after GM rejection, might court activist investors - report
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Fiat Chrysler boss mulling plan B after GM rejection, might court activist investors - report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief Sergio Marchionne is reportedly considering his next move after an overture, earlier this year, to General Motors for a merger was rejected. Sources have told Bloomberg that Marchionne is considering alternate options after being privately and publicly rejected by the General...