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Holden singing GMC praises, trumpeting US connection with new Acadia

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Holden singing GMC praises, trumpeting US connection with new Acadia

You could never find the Opel name in Holden's announcements for the new Commodore and Astra. Never even for the rebadged Insignia OPC, already known locally as an Opel product...

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2019 Suzuki Jimny: Australian launch now official - UPDATE
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2019 Suzuki Jimny: Australian launch now official - UPDATE

It should have been a sure thing, given the long-running local love for the little tike and the easy availability of right-hand drive, but there was a hint of a chance we'd be left out. UPDATE, 10/07/2018: We've added new images of the Jimny in action. There are a few in the body, but you'll need to click on the images and scroll through the gallery for the full experience...


2019 Volvo S60 revealed, Australia no sure thing
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2019 Volvo S60 revealed, Australia no sure thing

The new-generation 2019 Volvo S60 has been revealed today, but an Australian debut for the premium new sedan is still to be confirmed. Likewise, the big V90 has yet to arrive in anything but SUV-like Cross Country form, leaving the stately S90 as the local operation's only all-new model that isn't an SUV...


2018 Nissan Qashqai Ti pricing and specs
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2018 Nissan Qashqai Ti pricing and specs

A new range-topping 2018 Nissan Qashqai Ti variant has arrived, replacing the 'limited edition' N-Tec stand-in that headlined the Australian launch of the facelifted line-up in December. As revealed at the time, the Qashqai Ti is priced from $37,990, marking a slight increase over the $36,490 N-TEC it replaces and a $5000 premium over the $32,990 ST-L model beneath it...


Alert: Comments disabled temporarily (don't panic, grab your towel)
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Alert: Comments disabled temporarily (don't panic, grab your towel)

UPDATE, 12:30pm AEST: And we're back!  Ahoy all. We wouldn't normally post an alert such as this, but we've had a number of emails already this morning with people concerned they may have been banned or suspended from chatting in our comments section. Never fear! The Disqus service appears to be suffering some sort of bug at the moment, causing the comments interface to appear faded and inaccessible...


New Cars: 2018 New Car Calendar, the May update
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New Cars: 2018 New Car Calendar, the May update

Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, bringing us cars like the all-new Giulia, the Volvo XC60, Hyundai i30, the Stinger and the... well, the list goes on, and you can find it here. What can we expect in 2018? Catch our list below of newly launched models and everything that's still to come...


No Golf GTI manual: Is this the beginning of the end?
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No Golf GTI manual: Is this the beginning of the end?

Well, that's it. No manual transmission for the powered-up Volkswagen Golf GTI range announced this week. Worse, this obituary follows news that the new Polo GTI will also be a DSG-only proposition. Is this the end, then, of the GTI's enthusiast appeal? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves: the company hasn't ruled out returning the manual with the next-generation 'Mk8' Golf GTI, but there's no denying the case will be harder to make if sales of the auto-only MY19 model remain strong...


Nissan exits Australian Supercar Championship to focus on SUVs, EVs
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Nissan exits Australian Supercar Championship to focus on SUVs, EVs

Nissan Australia has confirmed it will not renew its contract with Kelly Racing to compete in the Australian Supercar Championship, exiting the series at the end of 2018 after six years in the game. It has been known for at least a year that Nissan had been in discussion on whether it would continue with the series, but the change in leadership last August – when Australian Richard Emery was replaced as CEO by Canadian Stephen Lester – may have been the final nail...


Infiniti Australia announces new boss, closes Brisbane showroom
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Infiniti Australia announces new boss, closes Brisbane showroom

Infiniti has announced Guy Street as its new Managing Director in Australia, just 13 months after Jean-Philippe Roux was replaced by Chang-hwan (CH) Lee. Roux had held the position since late 2014, and his exit last year saw him take up a senior Nissan role in Europe...


2018 Mazda BT-50 pricing and specs
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2018 Mazda BT-50 pricing and specs

A subtly new Aussie-made look to the 2018 Mazda BT-50 could be enough to help improve sales for the hard-working ute, and a couple of key new features and ownership savings won't hurt. That's what is on offer with the lightly refreshed 2018 BT-50, revealed today. Styling tweaks – billed as "major front-end design changes" – include a boxy new bumper design and big new horizontal bars through the grille...


Holden launches 'not to be outdone' ad series for Colorado - video
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Holden launches 'not to be outdone' ad series for Colorado - video

It may not top some of Toyota's memorable and almost iconic HiLux ads for sheer comedy, but Holden's new Colorado campaign could help the ute pick up some needed sales in the months ahead. Figures for the end of March show the Colorado 4x4 on 3459 sales year-to-date – down from 4102 for the same period in 2017...


Supercars: Holden welcomes Ford fight
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Supercars: Holden welcomes Ford fight

In a big day of performance news for Ford and its fans, Holden couldn't help but remind racing tragics of its own legend status on the track. Fair enough, too, given Ford has announced it'll race its hugely popular rear-wheel-drive V8 Mustang next year, while Holden's entry is based on a car that has hurt more than a few feelings in the Lion camp...


Haval H4: Another good-looking Haval we won't get
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Haval H4: Another good-looking Haval we won't get

A new Haval H4 model has joined the line-up of what is claimed to be China's largest SUV brand. Officially, it was revealed late last year, but it has now gone on sale in China – and the company's local arm has confirmed we won't see it in Australia. At least, not anytime soon. Like the new H2s and new H6 models revealed previously, the H4 is currently confirmed for the domestic market only...


2019 Mitsubishi Triton facelift spied in Australia
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2019 Mitsubishi Triton facelift spied in Australia

Photos have surfaced online that show a facelifted 2019 Mitsubishi Triton refueling in South Australia, where the company's local operation  is headquartered. The above photo, published in March by Malaysian website PaulTan.org, show the popular ute wearing the 'Dynamic Shield' face that now features on most Mitsubishi passenger models...


2019 Toyota Corolla detailed, Australian launch due August
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2019 Toyota Corolla detailed, Australian launch due August

A raft of details and images for the upcoming 2019 Toyota Corolla have been handed down today, in advance of the new hatchback's August launch for the Australian market. The new hatch was first unveiled at the Geneva motor show earlier this month, in the form of the European-market Auris – specifically in hybrid guise - but it's next week's New York motor show that will stand out as the bigger event for Toyota's now iconic small car...