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Sales charts for the Australian car industry are broadly broken up into categories or segments, pitting like-for-like vehicles against one another. By analysing these segments it becomes clear a number of them are dominated by a single player...

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2020 Holden Commodore spied
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2020 Holden Commodore spied

The updated Opel Insignia – known locally as the Holden Commodore – has been snapped by photographers this week in Europe, giving an early look as to what to expect from the mid-life refresh. From what we can see in the images, the Commodore/Insignia has most of its changes focused around the front end, with minimal camouflage at the rear...


2019 Holden Commodore Calais V Tourer: Reader review
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2019 Holden Commodore Calais V Tourer: Reader review

Anyone who frequents our comments will know readers don't always agree with the expert reviews published on CarAdvice. Our team of road testers and journalists are lucky to drive lots of cars, but that also means we approach things from a certain angle. Rather than hogging the keys, we're slinging them to frequent site visitors, commenters and members of owner groups...


2014-16 Holden Commodore, Caprice, HSV models recalled
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2014-16 Holden Commodore, Caprice, HSV models recalled

GM Holden has issued a recall for the 2014 to 2016 model-year VF Commodore, WN Caprice, and related HSV versions over concerns the power steering system could fail. The manufacturer reports "increased electrical resistance in a component within the Electric Power Steering system may result in a loss of power steering assistance"...


2018 Holden Commodore RS long-term review 5: On the highway
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2018 Holden Commodore RS long-term review 5: On the highway

“It’s not a real Commodore, mate!” A statement enthusiastically communicated to me in a predominantly negative fashion. It was delivered by a gentleman in his late 20s, wrapped in hi-vis yellow and I suspect loyal to the lion of old. This was apparent due to his choice of transport – a horrifically modified six-cylinder VT Commodore with the obligatory Chevrolet badges...


2018 Holden Commodore RS long-term review 4: The sales rep
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2018 Holden Commodore RS long-term review 4: The sales rep

While we spend our time at CarAdvice reviewing cars for a living, there are plenty of other owners out there who spend as much, if not more, time in their vehicles as we do. Plenty of them are CarAdvice readers or listeners to the podcast and radio shows too – truck drivers, couriers, hire car chauffeurs, tradesmen and, of course, sales reps...


2018 Holden Commodore RS long-term review 3: Around town
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2018 Holden Commodore RS long-term review 3: Around town

Our long-term Commodore drew plenty of attention when it lobbed in the CarAdvice garage for its extended stay. The wider CA team flocked to pore over its lines, critique its interior, and generally get a feel for Rüsselsheim’s finest export to Australia...


2020 Buick LaCrosse leaked
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2020 Buick LaCrosse leaked

The facelifted Buick LaCrosse has surfaced online through a listing on China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, giving us a first look at the updated sedan ahead of a potential debut at the Los Angeles motor show this week...


Holden halts Commodore, Equinox production as stock overflows
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Holden halts Commodore, Equinox production as stock overflows

The decision to halt production on two of Holden's most important models comes as new boss Dave Buttner, a respected industry veteran with more than 30 years under his belt, works to reverse the company's sales slide. VFACTS figures up to the end of September show Holden registrations are down by nearly 17,000 vehicles compared to the same period in 2017, with the bulk of that – almost 10,000 cars – being the new Commodore...


2018 Holden Commodore diesel recalled
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2018 Holden Commodore diesel recalled

GM Holden has issued a recall for diesel versions of the 2018 model-year Commodore over concerns chafing engine parts could spring a fuel leak, posing a fire risk. The brand reports diesel models could feature a clip on the fuel hose bundle that could rub on the fuel pump return hose. If the condition occurs, fuel could leak onto the exhaust, which could start a fire...


2019 Holden Commodore/Opel Insignia wagon facelift spied
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2019 Holden Commodore/Opel Insignia wagon facelift spied

A facelifted version of the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer wagon, sold in Australia as the Holden Commodore, has been spied undergoing testing in Europe. Up front, the Insignia prototype sports a disguised and completely reworked front fascia. From what we can see, the Insignia will gain a full-width grille which will blend into a set of redesigned headlights...


2018 Holden Calais 2.0T v Toyota Camry SL Hybrid comparison
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2018 Holden Calais 2.0T v Toyota Camry SL Hybrid comparison

Comparing a Holden Commodore/Calais and Toyota Camry would have been incongruous until this year, when both entered new lives as imports. Now it seems perfectly natural to pit this front-drive pair against one another, despite a few differences in design and execution. It's the German-made Calais hatchback with turbocharged petrol engine versus the Japanese Camry sedan with petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain...


The automotive name of thrones: Badge engineering
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The automotive name of thrones: Badge engineering

Some automotive nameplates transcend boundaries, blur lines, and change perceptions. Others aren’t so lucky – especially those cars hapless enough to be unceremoniously bridled with the badges of a rival brand. Collaborative efforts are an effective way of lowering development costs and shoring up a car’s chance of success, particularly where low volumes or uncertain market forecasts might mean the alternative is no car at all...


2018 Holden Calais review
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2018 Holden Calais review

Strip away preconceptions and the Holden Calais hatch presents as a highly competent mid-sized car with notable dynamics, though does the value quite stack up?


2018 Holden Commodore RS long-term review: Introduction
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2018 Holden Commodore RS long-term review: Introduction

If cars suffered from identity crises, then the all-new ZB Holden Commodore would spend much of its life in therapy asking the question, ‘Who – and what – am I, exactly?’. Decried and denigrated since landing on our shores from Germany earlier this year, the Opel Insignia-based flag bearer for Holden hasn’t been met with acclaim...


The automotive name of thrones: Local heroes
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The automotive name of thrones: Local heroes

Australia might not be the manufacturing epicentre of its own automotive ecosystem anymore, but there was once a time when being ‘Australia’s own’ was the only chance car brands had at success. There’s no doubt some car names have become icons unto themselves, though – to the point where they almost overshadow the brands that delivered them...


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


Time Machine Tuesday: 17 July 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: 17 July 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 July 17 in years past...


The week's top news stories: July 15, 2018
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The week's top news stories: July 15, 2018

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks. To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here...