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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...

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Opel Insignia gains 147kW turbo petrol option, not for Oz
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Opel Insignia gains 147kW turbo petrol option, not for Oz

Opel has expanded the powertrain line-up for its mid-sized Insignia line-up, adding the 147kW 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine from the smaller Astra. Available on all three body styles – Grand Sport (liftback), Sports Tourer (wagon) and Country Tourer (crossover wagon) – the new petrol option is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, exclusively sending drive to the front wheels...


Opel GT X Experimental concept teased
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Opel GT X Experimental concept teased

Opel and Vauxhall have given the world a closer look at their upcoming GT X Experimental concept, revealing its angular face and the lack of a conventional grille. The concept, first teased in July, is designed to preview the new 'bold and pure' design language when it launches at some point in the next five months...


Opel/Vauxhall returned to profit just under a year after takeover
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Opel/Vauxhall returned to profit just under a year after takeover

Just 11 months after purchasing Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors, the PSA Group has halted the flow of red ink from the lightning bolt and griffin brands. According to the French car maker, Opel/Vauxhall made a profit of €502 million ($794 million) during the first half of 2018. Its operating margin was 5.0 per cent, a significant improvement from the -2...


Opel teases new 'bold and pure' design language
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Opel teases new 'bold and pure' design language

Opel has teased its upcoming 'bold and pure' design language, set to grace a new 2018 Brand Concept car at some point in the next six months. The new concept was teased with a single photo overnight, and will kickstart a new era under Peugeot Citroen's ownership, after more than 60 years under the General Motors umbrella...


Opel teases new concept, next-gen Corsa confirmed for 2019
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Opel teases new concept, next-gen Corsa confirmed for 2019

Opel has revealed its upcoming model and development plans at its TechDay, hosted at the company's Rüsselsheim engineering centre in Germany. Freshly acquired by France's PSA Group, parent to brands like Citroen and Peugeot, Opel confirmed it will develop the group's next-generation of four-cylinder petrol engines and light commercial vehicles, along with teasing a new concept bound for reveal later this year...


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...


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...


VXR brand to live on under Groupe PSA - report
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VXR brand to live on under Groupe PSA - report

There are still plenty of questions about Opel and Vauxhall under their new Groupe PSA ownership, but one thing is becoming clear: there's still a place for hotted-up sports models under French ownership. A report from CarBuyer quotes a Vauxhall brand spokesperson, who says "VXR will survive" under the new ownership, although the sub-brand will likely need to shift from larger-displacement engines to compact hybrids...


Time Machine Tuesday: April 17, 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: April 17, 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 April 17 in years past...


PSA Group spins off electric vehicle operation
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PSA Group spins off electric vehicle operation

PSA Group, parent of Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Opel, has created a new standalone electric-vehicle division as it seeks to catch the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in the burgeoning e-mobility space. The company wants the spinoff 'business unit' to "respond to the challenges of the energy transition and to build an efficient and coherent offering of electric mobility solutions" for the ever-changing automotive landscape...


2019 Opel Mokka X spied
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2019 Opel Mokka X spied

The new-generation Opel Mokka X has been spied on the snowy roads of Sweden this week, giving us a first look at the company's overhauled CX-3 rival. Having previously shared its underpinnings with the Chevrolet/Holden Trax, the next-generation of Opel's popular baby crossover will almost certainly going ride on a platform provided by PSA Peugeot Citroen...


Opel Corsa EV confirmed for 2020
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Opel Corsa EV confirmed for 2020

Opel has confirmed the next-generation Corsa will be offered with an all-electric powertrain. In a statement released to European press, the company confirmed a pure-electric hatch will follow the regular Corsa, expected to launch in 2019. All versions will be built in Zaragoza, Spain – the first PSA Group facility to produce a pure-electric Opel or Vauxhall model...


2018 Holden Commodore gets five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2018 Holden Commodore gets five-star ANCAP safety rating

The 2018 Holden Commodore has been awarded a five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing firm, ANCAP. It's the first score issued by ANCAP this year, and fittingly it's given to the first imported Commodore. The 'ZB' Commodore managed 35.54 out of 38 for adult occupant protection, equating to 93 per cent...


Peugeot will electrify all models by 2025, planning return to the US
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Peugeot will electrify all models by 2025, planning return to the US

Carlos Tavares, CEO of the PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall, outlined his company's plans for electrified vehicles and the world's second-largest car market. Electrification Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress on the sidelines of the 2018 Detroit motor show, Tavares committed to offering at least one fully-electric or partially-electric version of each of the company's models by 2025...


PSA Group wants refund from GM for Opel purchase - report
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PSA Group wants refund from GM for Opel purchase - report

The PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot and Citroen, is reportedly seeking a refund from General Motors for half the purchase price of Opel. According to Reuters' sources, PSA understands Opel will significantly exceed the European Union's 2021 CO2 emissions target for passenger vehicles of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre — equivalent to 3...


Opel announces turnaround and expansion plans
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Opel announces turnaround and expansion plans

Opel has announced its turnaround plan as promised, 100 days after the PSA Group took ownership of the German and British automaker. At press conference overnight, Michael Lohscheller, Opel's recently installed CEO, laid out details about its "Pace!" strategy, which aims to bring Opel into the black by 2020 after two decades in the red...


2018 Commodore (sort of) shortlisted for World Car of the Year
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2018 Commodore (sort of) shortlisted for World Car of the Year

The Opel Insignia, near-identical twin to the Holden Commodore, has been nominated for World Car of the Year. The replacement for the locally-built Commodore, set to arrive in dealerships in February next year, is among 35 cars nominated for the award, won by the Jaguar F-Pace last year. Previous winners also include the Mazda MX-5, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class...


2018 Holden Astra 'GSi' spied
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2018 Holden Astra 'GSi' spied

A hotter version of the Holden Astra hatch has been spied undergoing testing with almost no disguise on. The development prototype wears new front and rear bumpers with new styling that's sportier, but not overly aggressive. The car's sporty intent is signalled by splashes of red piping at both ends...