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The 2017 Holden Astra sedan will form an important cog in the Australian company's attempts to recover lost ground following the end of local manufacturing. It might just be the sweet spot in the range too.
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CarAdvice podcast 158: Interviewing Charlie Cooper, the grandson of John Cooper

On this week's podcast, Scott Collie and James Wong join Mandy Turner. In car news, the Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder, 718 Cayman GT4, and the 2020 Renault Zoe have been revealed. Also, Toyota Australia is chasing the Tundra and Tacoma to tackle American challengers, and the Holden Astra sedan and Sportwagon have been axed...

Holden Astra sedan, Sportwagon axed

Holden has removed the best-selling Astra variant, the sedan, from its line-up, with no clear successor in sight. The slow-selling Sportwagon has also been dropped from the range, although both cars will still appear online and in showrooms while remaining stock is shifted...

Peugeot 308: Rumours of German and UK production not true - UPDATE

The PSA Group, parent to brands including Peugeot, Citroen and Opel, could shake up its production schedule, starting with the next-generation Peugeot 308. UPDATE, 15/5/19: Automotive News Europe has published a new article this morning quoting a PSA spokesperson shutting down rumours of Peugeot 308 production outside of France...

2020 Holden Astra facelift spied

The updated Opel Astra has been spied undergoing testing Germany, wearing a face that's remarkably similar to that of the current car. This latest prototype sports camouflage only on its front fascia and around the tail-lights, indicating the facelift isn't too far from being officially revealed...

2019 Holden Astra drops mid-spec manuals

Holden has quietly introduced some running changes for the MY19 Astra hatchback, headlined by the retirement of certain manual variants and a reduction in colour options. The same model family remains: R, R+, RS and RS-V. However, both the R+ and RS have had their manual options dropped for 2019...

2009 Holden Astra Hatch, Wagon, VXR Takata recall expanded

Holden has expanded its Astra Takata recall, including 2009 three-door, five-door, Wagon, and HSV VXR models sold in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia in the campaign announced last week. As with all Takata-related recalls, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade...

2005-09 Holden Astra, HSV Astra VXR: Takata recall initiated

Holden has initiated the Takata recall for the 2005-09 Astra hatch, Astra Wagon, Astra Convertible, and Astra VXR. As with all Takata-related recalls, airbag inflators in affected cars can degrade because of a combination of high temperatures and humidity...

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...

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...

2019 Chevrolet Cruze revealed

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze has been revealed for the North American market, featuring a revised design, upgraded infotainment for base models, and new interior colours. Available in both hatchback and sedan bodies, the Cruze – sold here as the Astra sedan – continues to be available with both 114kW/239Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and 102kW/240Nm 1...

CarAdvice podcast 87: What do our readers think of the new Commodore? 

This week you are joined by Mandy Turner and Mike Costello. In car news, reports have surfaced about the the Alfa Romeo 6C sports car being prepared for 2020, while 2018 BMW X2 pricing and specs have been released. Also, Kia Australia is standing by the slow-selling Optima, QLD police union says hidden speed cameras are ‘revenue raisers’ and don’t save lives, the Range Rover SV Coupe has been confirmed for Geneva, and reports the 2019 Jaguar XJ goes electric...