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GM patents three active aero technologies

Three filings from General Motors with US Patent and Trademark Office detail new devices designed to alter airflow around and through a car. These patents were initially discovered and published by Corvette Blogger...

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Holden expands Takata recall, Opel models affected
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Holden expands Takata recall, Opel models affected

Holden has added the 2012-17 Holden/Opel Astra, 2014-17 Holden Cascada and 2013 Opel Zafira to the ever-expanding Takata airbag recall. As with all Takata recalls, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can make the airbag inflator propellant degrade...


Holden: Dave Buttner confirmed as new MD
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Holden: Dave Buttner confirmed as new MD

Holden has announced Mark Bernhard will leave his role as managing director and chairman at the end of July, with Dave Buttner will step into his role. Bernhard has been at the helm since July 2015, having piloted Holden through its transition from local manufacturer to full importer, completed with the closure of Holden's Elizabeth manufacturing plant on October 20 last year...


Holden cuts 60 staff in Melbourne
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Holden cuts 60 staff in Melbourne

Holden has announced plans to cut around 60 jobs from its sales staff, amid a restructure of its sales and administration departments. The company has confirmed the employees were mainly be based at headquarters in Port Melbourne, and the cuts won't eat into its local design and engineering team...


2019 Chevrolet Volt upgraded with faster charging
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2019 Chevrolet Volt upgraded with faster charging

Chevrolet has announced a new, faster charging system for its Volt hybrid, helping halve the time required for a full battery. The 7.2kW charger is aimed at owners who like "opportunity charging" – plugging in for a quick top-up when the chance arises – and drops full recharge time to 2.3 hours when hooked up to the right kind of socket...


2013 Holden Volt recalled
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2013 Holden Volt recalled

Holden has recalled the 2013 Volt, over concerns of a 'low cell voltage condition' in the battery pack. According to the company, the fault could make owners suffer a reduction or loss of forward movement, and the car mightn't start. Owners will notice a warning light on the dashboard if the problem occurs...


2019 Holden Acadia begins local testing
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2019 Holden Acadia begins local testing

Holden has commenced local real-world testing of the upcoming Acadia SUV, ahead of its launch in the fourth quarter of this year. A fleet of 16 Acadias has been deployed on Aussie roads, with a further 14 doing errands in the USA for the six-month testing regime. The company says it expects the development vehicles to accumulate "almost 1...


2019 Chevrolet Blazer revealed
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2019 Chevrolet Blazer revealed

The all-new Chevrolet Blazer has been revealed for the US, reviving a long-running nameplate for the brand when it goes on sale early next year. Slotting between the smaller Equinox and larger Traverse in the Chevrolet SUV line-up, the five-seat Blazer resurrects a badge that hasn't been seen since 2005, and will take on the likes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Edge (Endura)...


2007-14 Cadillac Escalade added to Takata recall
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2007-14 Cadillac Escalade added to Takata recall

Overseas Vehicle Sales has added the 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade to the ever-growing list of vehicles on the Takata airbag recall. As affected vehicles age, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can make the airbag inflator propellant degrade...


GM names first female Chief Financial Officer
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GM names first female Chief Financial Officer

Dhivya Suryadevara has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for General Motors (GM), becoming the first woman in the role since the company's foundation in 1908. Suryadevara has been vice president of corporate finance at GM for the past 11 months, having first joined the US giant in 2005, and replaces Chuck Stevens in the role of CFO...


GM and Honda pair up on next-gen batteries
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GM and Honda pair up on next-gen batteries

General Motors and Honda have announced a partnership to develop advanced battery components, in an attempt to speed up the rollout of electric cars that are attractive to consumers. The agreement will see the two companies collaborate on development of GM's next-generation battery systems, with Honda to source its battery modules from the American giant...


Opel Astra facelift spied
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Opel Astra facelift spied

A development prototype believed to be an upcoming facelift for the Opel Astra has been spied in Europe during hot weather testing. Black camouflage conceals the front bumper and grille, suggesting the most noticeable changes will be in these areas, and it looks like the headlights may get revisions too...


Opel Insignia gets infotainment upgrade, not confirmed for Commodore
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Opel Insignia gets infotainment upgrade, not confirmed for Commodore

Opel has announced a new infotainment system for the Insignia, complete with a wider range of connected services for the in-built satellite navigation. Two tiers will be offered: Multimedia and Multimedia Navi Pro, both of which rely on the same 8.0-inch touchscreen offered in the current Commodore/Insignia...


Holden bringing GM Financial to Australia
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Holden bringing GM Financial to Australia

Holden has announced plans to introduce GM Financial services to Australia in early 2019. The company is expecting 'Guaranteed Future Value' (GFV) financing to play a key role in the introduction, slated to bring 30 jobs to Melbourne. It'll operate under the Holden Financial Services banner when it touches down, with the expectation (or hope) being new customers will lease cars using the service, trade them in and upgrade to a new Holden...


ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall
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ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has added around 1.1 million vehicles to the Takata airbag recall, publishing a new list of vehicles previously not known to have been affected. While these models aren't under active recall just yet, the ACCC has identified them as subject to future recalls by their respective manufacturers as part of the compulsory campaign that requires affected makes to replace all defective airbags before the end of 2020...


Time Machine Tuesday: 22 May, 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: 22 May, 2018

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 May 22 in years past...


HSV Camaro to be auto-only
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HSV Camaro to be auto-only

Initial specifications for the HSV Chevrolet Camaro have been revealed, and spoiler alert – there's no manual version. The Camaro will be imported and converted in only one spec: outgoing MY18 2SS trim, rather than the facelifted MY19 version. And, according to HSV's website, the V8 sports car will only be available locally with an eight-speed automatic transmission...


GM files patent for shape-shifting car
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GM files patent for shape-shifting car

General Motors is investigating how to make future autonomous vehicles more aerodynamic, especially when there's no-one or very few people on-board. GM Inside News has uncovered a patent filing for "Method and Systems for Reconfiguring a Vehicle Geometry". In short, the filing details how vehicles, most likely autonomous, could reconfigure themselves to handle various use cases...


Cadillac ATS to be axed
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Cadillac ATS to be axed

The Cadillac ATS sedan looks set to be discontinued after this year, just six years after being introduced as a competitor to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News, Cadillac spokesperson, Donny Nordlicht, said: "Production of the ATS sedan is ending due to extensive plant upgrades, expansion and re-tooling to prepare for the next generation of Cadillac sedans"...


Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 drags Dodge Demon - video
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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 drags Dodge Demon - video

Ever wondered who would win out of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at a drag strip? This video could have the answer. Posted by Farmer Machine Co Racing, the new clip shows the two wild muscle cars settling the score once and for all at Richmond Dragway in Virginia, USA...