People often say “don’t forget where you came from”. Although we’re focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews.
Here’s a look at what happened on the week of April 17 in years past.
Two years ago saw the reveal of the Vantage GT8, the lightest and meanest V8 Vantage the company had ever produced.
Like the GT12 before it, the GT8 was inspired by the Vantage GTE endurance racer, and featured an uprated engine, wild aero and weight-saving upgrades to make it a bellowing track weapon.
It was limited to just 150 units globally, and offered a range of personalisation options – including the eye-catching lime green accents you see here.
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Power came from a 1.8-litre turbo petrol with 118kW of power and 215Nm of torque, which was competitive for the class at the time, mated exclusively to a five-speed manual transmission.
While the media reception wasn’t great when the vehicle originally launched, the company has soldiered on Down Under, expanding its line-up to four different model lines with plans to grow its range even further.
The turn of the decade saw the reveal of this – the CLS Shooting Break concept (no, we didn’t spell that wrong) – a wagon-bodied take on the second-generation CLS coupe.
Featuring similar slinky lines to the four-door coupe version, the Shooting Break concept brought sexy back for the humble station wagon, and eventually spawned a production version in the CLS Shooting Brake – note the name change.
Power came from a 3.5-litre V6 with 225kW and 370Nm of torque, which was a new-generation of the company’s engine family at the time.
Compared to its predecessor, the Insignia featured a far more attractive and upmarket design inside and out, along with a new range of Euro 5-compliant petrol and diesel engines.
The Insignia was offered in sedan, hatchback and wagon body styles, much like its arch-rival – the Ford Mondeo – and eventually made it to Australian showrooms initially badged as an Opel, then returning as a Holden some years later, albeit solely in performance-oriented VXR trim.