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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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2017 Holden Astra five-star safety score has a disclaimer

The all-new 2017 Holden Astra has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating – but only for the top two versions in the range. The Holden Astra RS and RSV get Holden Eye autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard, as well as lane-keeping assistance, forward distance indicator and forward collision alert. But the base model R misses out on that tech...

2017 Holden Astra gets five-star ANCAP safety rating

The new 2017 Holden Astra has been awarded the full five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority ANCAP, ahead of its local launch later this month. Awarded to the mid-spec RS and and top-shelf RS-V models, the rating is based on tests conducted by Euro NCAP on the largely identical Opel Astra last year, and the fact that the two higher variants come equipped with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems as standard equipment...

2017 Holden Astra preliminary specs and pricing revealed, on sale in December - UPDATE

UPDATE: Holden has released official pricing and further details for the 2017 Astra range. See bottom of article for details The first details on what to expect from the 2017 Holden Astra range have been revealed on the company's website...

Holden Acadia SUV revealed alongside new Astra, Trailblazer and facelifted Trax, Barina

Holden has revealed five new and facelifted models overnight, including the 2018 Acadia SUV, which will finally give the company a rival to the likes of the Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9. The seven-seat Acadia was joined by the anticipated new Astra and the new Trailblazer off-roader (which replaces the Colorado 7), along with the facelifted Barina and Trax...

Holden Cruze production to end October 7, ahead of new Astra debut

Australian production of the Holden Cruze will come to an end on Friday, October 7, the company has confirmed. Details of the plan were first made official in February this year, although the knowledge that Holden would be ending all Australian production by 2017 meant that was little doubt that the end was nearing for the Elizabeth-built small car...

Deals On Wheels for June 4: Five sharp deals for weekend shoppers

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at five factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Volvo XC90 D5 Momentum The lauded Volvo XC90 is already the subject of factory-backed deals...

2017 Holden Astra: new Opel hatch crowned 2016 European Car of the Year

The coming new 2017 Holden Astra has been named the 2016 European Car of the Year, in its overseas Opel-branded guise, by a panel of 58 motoring journalists from across the continent. The Astra finished with a total of 312 points and was the first choice of 24 jury members. Second was the Volvo XC90, which finished with 294 points as the number one pick of 11 jurists...

Weekend deals on wheels: February 27

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which looks at six factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Holden Astra VXR As you can read in our comparison review with the Ford Focus ST, we really rate the Astra VXR...

Small cars coming in 2016

Small cars coming in 2016 Mainstream small cars Hyundai Elantra – February Toyota Prius – March Kia Cerato update – April Honda Civic – mid 2016 MG 6 – September Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – Q3 DS 4 and/or DS 4 Crossback – Q3 Hyundai Ioniq – Q3 Suzuki Baleno – Q3 (TBC for Oz) Renault Megane hatch – September/October Holden Astra hatch - quarter four Luxury/sports small cars Mercedes-Benz A-Class update (includes A45) – January Mercedes-Benz CLA45 update – Q1 Peugeot 308 GTi – Q1 Ford Focus RS – mid 2016 Hyundai Elantra sports model – Q3 Infiniti Q30 – Q3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class update – Q3 Volvo V40 update – Q3 BMW 1 Series update – second half BMW 2 Series update – second half...

2016 Holden New Cars

Details of the new and updated Holden models launching in Australia in 2016. Holden Captiva – January The updated Holden Captiva – without the 5 or 7 suffixes – will arrive in the first month of the year. The Captiva 5 has been dumped, with the SUV previously known as the Captiva 7 now renamed to be the Captiva...

2016 European Car of the Year award finalists announced

The jurors for the 2016 European Car of the Year award have handed down a list of the final models in the running for this year’s prize, to be revealed at March’s Geneva motor show. Shortlisted from a group of forty nominees announced in July, today’s list of seven vehicles includes four premium marques and three volume-selling brands...