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2018 HSV Colorado SportsCat+ review

This is HSV, but not as we know it. Now that the hot-shop is out of Aussie-built Commodores to tinker with, another Aussie favourite, the dual-cab ute, has become the centre of attention. Enter the Colorado SportsCat.

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Holden Equinox diesel touches down from $35,990
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Holden Equinox diesel touches down from $35,990

Holden has announced the arrival of the Equinox diesel, priced from $35,990 before on-road costs. Power comes from a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel making 100kW and 320Nm, with a claimed fuel figure of just 5.6L/100km on the combined cycle. It'll be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and offered in both front- and all-wheel drive forms...


GM Korea reaches deal with unions, avoids bankruptcy
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GM Korea reaches deal with unions, avoids bankruptcy

GM Korea and its trade unions have reached a preliminary agreement to keep the South Korean automaker alive, agreeing on significant concessions during last-ditch negotiations. The Yonhap news agency says the union has agreed to key demands from GM, including a wage freeze, reduced benefits, and a stop to bonuses for this financial year...


2018 Holden Commodore recalled for seatbelt fix
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2018 Holden Commodore recalled for seatbelt fix

Holden has recalled the 2018 ZB Commodore over concerns the outboard rear seatbelts may not be correctly installed. According to the company, the seatbelts may not operate as designed in an accident, putting passengers in the left or right rear at greater risk of injury. A total of 2167 vehicles are included in the recall – a VIN list is attached here...


Holden Spark axed in Australia
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Holden Spark axed in Australia

Holden has axed the Spark from its line-up, citing low segment volume as the reason for the micro car's untimely demise. The smallest car currently offered in the Holden line-up was introduced as a 2016 model, complete with the lofty goal of setting a "new benchmark" in the micro car class...


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...


South Korean government may save GM Korea from bankruptcy
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South Korean government may save GM Korea from bankruptcy

GM Korea has been thrown a lifeline, with the Korea Development Bank (KDB) indicating it will help fund the company's restructuring and investment. Lee Dong-gull, CEO of the state-owned KDB, has told Reuters it could inject 500 billion won ($609 million) into GM Korea. He said an agreement could be reached as early as April 27, but is subject to due diligence being completed...


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...


2006-11 Saab 9-3, 9-5 added to Takata recall
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2006-11 Saab 9-3, 9-5 added to Takata recall

General Motors has issued a recall for the 2006-2011 model-year Saab 9-3 and 9-5 as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. Affected vehicles are fitted with potentially faulty driver-side front airbags that are susceptible to degradation as a result of moisture intrusion...


2018 Holden Equinox LTZ-V review
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2018 Holden Equinox LTZ-V review

The Equinox is Holden’s crucial new mid-sized SUV. We find out how it stacks up in its most expensive form – the flagship LTZ-V variant.


Sharing economy growing as Holden's Maven Gig turns one
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Sharing economy growing as Holden's Maven Gig turns one

Holden's car-sharing service aimed at gig-economy drivers, Maven, is celebrating its first anniversary on Australian roads. At the moment, the service – which has a number of different forms overseas – is limited to 'gig-economy' drivers looking for flexible leasing terms with insurance, scheduled servicing, roadside assistance and no kilometre limits...


Ute comparison 2018: Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-MAX v Mazda BT-50 v Volkswagen Amarok
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Ute comparison 2018: Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-MAX v Mazda BT-50 v Volkswagen Amarok

Dual-cab utes are expected to be more versatile today than ever before. Rough and tough is not enough. The flagship versions must be comfortable inside, safe, and look the part because people want show ponies as well as workhorses. Consider, for a moment, that the eight most popular dual-cab models managed 193,000 sales in Australia last year, which equals 16 per cent of the entire new vehicle market...


Ute mega test: How do the tubs stack up?
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Ute mega test: How do the tubs stack up?

They’re more likely to carry dirty nappies and road bikes than a bale of hay, but all eight of the cars on our 2018 dual-cab mega test are, you know, dual-cab utes. That means they still need to be fit for hard work. Has the transition to a life of luxury undermined the inherent practicality of these one-time work vehicles? Here’s a look at how the tray on each stacks up...


Camaro ZL1 headed Down Under: Trademark, facelift open door for 485kW coupe locally
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Camaro ZL1 headed Down Under: Trademark, facelift open door for 485kW coupe locally

Ladies and gents, Chevrolet's most ballistic Camaro is likely to hit Australian shores by the end of this year, if a recent facelift and trademark registration are a guide. The right-hand drive Camaro ZL1 will pack a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine producing 485kW of power (650hp) and 881Nm of torque, with a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of just 3.5 seconds...


2019 Chevrolet Camaro facelift unveiled
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2019 Chevrolet Camaro facelift unveiled

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro coupe and convertible range has been given an extensive update, including significant revisions to its looks. The biggest changes have taken place at the front, with all Camaro models featuring wider headlamp units with lengthened daytime running light elements. Variants powered by the 2...


Holden sales nosedive, down 23 per cent in Q1
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Holden sales nosedive, down 23 per cent in Q1

Holden sales fell by a drastic 29 per cent in March compared to the same month last year, rounding out an extremely disappointing quarter-one (Q1) in 2018. GM’s local subsidiary, now in its first calendar year as a full-range importer rather than local manufacturer, has seen sales tumble 23 per cent over the Q1 period...


2018 Holden Calais-V Tourer review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Holden Calais-V Tourer review

Holden spins its upmarket wagon into an all-road adventurer with the Calais-V Tourer. Following a formula familiar to Adventra owners thanks to all-paw grip and SUV styling, the Tourer serves the needs of Aussie families in a new way for the Lion brand.

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$53,990

2018 Holden Commodore VXR review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Holden Commodore VXR review

Rear-wheel drive and V8 power are gone. So, is there any compensation for keen drivers to be found in the new V6 AWD Holden Commodore VXR that replaces the SS-V as the flagship Holden?

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$55,990

2018 Holden Equinox range review
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2018 Holden Equinox range review

Holden has had to battle without a compelling mid-size SUV to rival the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4 for far too long. But finally the brand has something to throw into the fray: the Holden Equinox, sold as a Chevy in North America but retuned by Holden’s engineers to better suit our roads.


2018 Holden Commodore review: RS Sportwagon 2.0 petrol
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2018 Holden Commodore review: RS Sportwagon 2.0 petrol

Holden wagons had been ferrying Australian families around long before the term ‘SUV’ emerged in the late 1980s. The traditional, lower-riding body style may be a niche choice on the road these days, but that hasn’t stopped the variant being part of the all-new Holden Commodore range imported from Europe. Jez explores the new offering.