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GM and Honda pair up on next-gen batteries

General Motors and Honda have announced a partnership to develop advanced battery components, in an attempt to speed up the rollout of electric cars that are attractive to consumers. The agreement will see the two companies collaborate on development of GM's next-generation battery systems, with Honda to source its battery modules from the American giant...

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

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...

Holden bringing GM Financial to Australia

Holden has announced plans to introduce GM Financial services to Australia in early 2019. The company is expecting 'Guaranteed Future Value' (GFV) financing to play a key role in the introduction, slated to bring 30 jobs to Melbourne. It'll operate under the Holden Financial Services banner when it touches down, with the expectation (or hope) being new customers will lease cars using the service, trade them in and upgrade to a new Holden...

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...

GM files patent for shape-shifting car

General Motors is investigating how to make future autonomous vehicles more aerodynamic, especially when there's no-one or very few people on-board. GM Inside News has uncovered a patent filing for "Method and Systems for Reconfiguring a Vehicle Geometry". In short, the filing details how vehicles, most likely autonomous, could reconfigure themselves to handle various use cases...

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...

2018 Ward's 10 Best Interiors List announced

Forty new or significantly upgraded interiors were nominated and tested for the 2018Ward's Auto best interior list, with American vehicles taking three spots, two hailing from Europe, and five from Asia. Again a sizeable proportion of the winners are luxury models, but mainstream vehicles were represented by the Hyundai Kona, Chevrolet Equinox, and Toyota Camry...

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

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

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...