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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. Although the diagrams feature the current seventh-generation Corvette, it seems more likely these items may make their debut on the next-generation model, which, if rumours and spy photos prove to be accurate, will switch to a mid-engine layout...

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...

CarAdvice podcast 115: Comprehensive chat on all-new Corolla!

This week you're joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey. We read the best comments from Trent Nikolic's opinion piece, The new Commodore is a bloody good thing… get over it. In car news, Tesla wants to go private, Australians have revealed their worst habits behind the wheel, and a 30km/h speed limit will be introduced in Collingwood and Fitzroy, in Melbourne's north...

Holden Colorado Z71 Xtreme revealed

Holden has whipped the covers off its answer to the Toyota HiLux Rugged and Rugged X, with the limited-edition Z71 Xtreme. UPDATE, 09/08/2018: Holden has elaborated on the front suspension changes, and confirmed build numbers will be based on demand. "The front suspension changes are new front springs on the Xtreme with a higher load and rate...

The new Commodore is a bloody good thing… get over it

You know what they say about opinions... No, not that line, the other one – 'you’re entitled to an opinion, but you’re also entitled to be wrong'. I prefer the other one for pure entertainment value to be honest, but in the instance of the new Holden Commodore, the line I’ve just written above is much more appropriate – and accurate...

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...

Holden: Buttner talks on return from retirement

Calling time last year on a four-decade career in the automotive industry – leaving his role at the top of Toyota Australia as it completed the transition from manufacturer to full-line importer – Buttner expected, proverbially, to retire to a quiet life on the farm...

Holden singing GMC praises, trumpeting US connection with new Acadia

You could never find the Opel name in Holden's announcements for the new Commodore and Astra. Never even for the rebadged Insignia OPC, already known locally as an Opel product. Of course, with an earlier attempt to launch the lightning-bolt brand falling on its face, it's no surprise Holden would want to avoid any further association in buyers' minds...

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...

CarAdvice podcast 111: Riding in the tiny turbocharged Honda S660

You're joined by Paul Maric, Mike Stevens, and Scott Collie this week. Discussing car news, the 2018 BMW 620d GT goes on sale from $99,900, pricing and specs for the 2019 Kia Sportage have been announced, the Toyota Supra has been teased once again, and customers with a Sunset Yellow Kia Stinger will be offered a full respray to replace defective paint...

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...