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The automotive name of thrones: Revival of the fittest

Cars can play a big part in our lives. As kids on family road trips, back seats turned into torture chambers at the hands of merciless siblings, but as we emerged into adulthood our cars became an open ticket to freedom...

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The automotive name of thrones: Around the world in 80 cars
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The automotive name of thrones: Around the world in 80 cars

There’s no doubt some car names have become icons unto themselves to the point where they almost overshadow the brands they come from. Take Mustang and Corvette for instance, which have broken the bonds of their Ford and Chevrolet parents and grown into brands of their own...


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...


Motorsport greats to honour Holden at Motorclassica
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Motorsport greats to honour Holden at Motorclassica

Motorsport greats Colin Bond, John Harvey, Jim Richards and Peter Janson, will be reliving memories of their racing days and paying tribute to Holden at the 2017 Motorclassica in Melbourne. Held only days out from when Holden wraps up local manufacturing on October 20, the racing legends will appear on stage to be interviewed...


Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 racer falls short at auction... but check out this mini doco - video
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Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 racer falls short at auction... but check out this mini doco - video

A slice of Australian motorsport history went under the hammer on the weekend, but fell short of expectations. The 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 was the first HDT race-prepped car by legend Harry Firth and was raced by Kevin Bartlett and Spencer Martin...


Holden 'Dream Cruise' to celebrate Australian manufacturing on October 15
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Holden 'Dream Cruise' to celebrate Australian manufacturing on October 15

Holden is calling on owners of all its Australian-built models to take part in its 'Dream Cruise' - scheduled for Sunday, October 15 - to celebrate local automotive manufacturing. Announced this week, the Holden Dream Cruise is an opportunity for enthusiasts and the wider community to show off and experience the first and last cars built in Australia by Holden, led by the 1948 48/215 and 2017 VF II Commodore (pictured)...


Chevrolet Camaro ‘will be built’ in right-hand drive if demand is high enough, says product chief
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Chevrolet Camaro ‘will be built’ in right-hand drive if demand is high enough, says product chief

The muscle car madness could continue in Australia, with a General Motors spokesperson confirming it is looking into whether a right-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Camaro could work. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2016 New York motor show, Chevrolet Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said that the US company is looking at opportunities in right-hand-drive markets, meaning a Camaro with a Holden badge could become a reality...


Buick Avista the new Holden Monaro? Possibly, but don't hold your breath
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Buick Avista the new Holden Monaro? Possibly, but don't hold your breath

When the covers came off the stunning Buick Avista coupe concept at this week’s 2016 Detroit motor show, many Australians understandably started asking — could this preview a potential new ‘Holden Monaro’? It’s understandable why the idea is a tantalising one...


GM planned VE Commodore-based fifth-gen Pontiac GTO: report
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GM planned VE Commodore-based fifth-gen Pontiac GTO: report

Pontiac, the now-deceased subsidiary of General Motors, was working on a fifth-generation GTO before the car maker was killed off in 2009, it has been revealed. In a Road and Track magazine report, former GM vice-president Bob Lutz revealed Pontiac was working on a new four-seat GTO coupe based on the Pontiac G8, confirming development had progressed to the point of Pontiac building a full-scale clay model...


Holden Monaro converted into Lamborghini Aventador replica
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Holden Monaro converted into Lamborghini Aventador replica

A US-based car conversion company has had limited success in turning a Holden Monaro into a Lamborghini Aventador in a Frankenstein-style project. S and M Customs from Eagle, Idaho made a number of modifications of varying degrees of vulgarity to a Pontiac GTO – the left-hand drive version of the Australian-made Monaro sold to North America between 2004 and 2006 – to create the replica of the dramatically styled supercar...


New Ford Mustang to shift focus to Gen Y
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New Ford Mustang to shift focus to Gen Y

The next-generation Ford Mustang is expected to be the first Mustang to shy away from its past as Ford attempts to entice younger buyers into the iconic Pony car. While manufacturers have targeted baby boomers with recreations of hero cars from yesteryear - like the Holden Monaro, Ford Falcon GT, VW Beetle - the sales of some 'retro' cars is on the decline, meaning a shift to a younger audience may be required...


Vauxhall Monaro VXR500
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Vauxhall Monaro VXR500

Holden may have stopped selling the almighty Holden Monaro, however Vauxhall is still selling the last of the now discontinued Vauxhall Monaros. This beauty below is the Vauxhall Monaro VXR500, yes the 500 stands for the horsepower rating. 500 horsepower Monaro? Yes please. So how fast does this baby go? Well how does 4.8 seconds to 100 sound? Pretty good? I thought so...