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Taking a ride in the 2017 Holden Commodore Director: And it’s a daily driver!

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:12:31 +0000

To mark the end of local production, Holden this year released three limited-edition Commodore models, which saw enthusiasts and investors scramble to purchase a slice of motoring history. One of those buyers was Chris Thompson from Ballarat, Victoria, who bought a Director. We were given the opportunity to take a ride in the passenger seat […]



2017 ACT All Holden Day: the stories behind the cars

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:08:44 +0000

The last All Holden car show of the year was held in Canberra, only weeks before Holden’s local manufacturing wrapped up, with a record 275 entrants. Hosted by all Canberra-based Holden clubs, it attracted a huge variety of cars and its owners, with some making the trip from Tumit, Albury, Cooma, and Goulburn. All money raised […]



2018 Audi A7 embodies ‘quintessence of Prologue’, ends cookie-cutter era

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:07:22 +0000

The new Audi A7 is the second model developed fully under design boss Marc Lichte, and is said to be the best indication yet of the company’s future design direction. Unveiled overnight, the A7 is described by Lichte as “the quintessence of the Prologue” series of concept cars, which included sharply-styled coupe and wagon versions. […]



Volkswagen to tackle Pikes Peak with electric racer in 2018

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:06:34 +0000

Volkswagen has confirmed its plans to return to the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in 2018.  After a series of teasers on Twitter running with the tagline ‘1Score2Settle’ – a reference to the last time it competed in the famous Colorado hillclimb – the company officially announced it would be taking an all-wheel drive electric racer to the event. Its […]



2014-15 Peugeot 4008 recalled for stalling fix

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:03:00 +0000

Peugeot has issued a recall notice for model-year 2014-15 4008 SUVs over concerns of a faulty power relay. The company says the power relay in 939 units may overheat, resulting in a failure. If the relay fails, it could cause the engine to stall while driving. It may also stop the car restarting, or activate a “failsafe” mode […]



2017 Nissan Navara ST-X N-Sport Black Edition review

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:01:08 +0000

Another day, another special edition ute – this time it’s the 2017 Nissan Navara N-Sport Black Edition, a limited-run model with extra kit that definitely looks the ‘wannabe rugged man’ part. Just 500 examples of this high-spec dual-cab model will be sold in Australia, and it’s based on the flagship Navara ST-X 4×4 variant. Over […]



Chrysler, Dodge end right-hand drive production – report

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:05:38 +0000

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has reportedly ceased right-hand drive production at its Windsor and Brampton facilities in Canada. According to a report by of South Africa’s Allpar, the move means the Chrysler and Dodge brands will be leaving South Africa early next year, spelling the end for nameplates like the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Journey. […]



Cars that should be sold in Australia

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:54:46 +0000

Australia is one of the most diverse, fragmented automotive markets in the world. We have more brands to choose from than the US, where 15-times more vehicles are sold. Yet local product planners across the 60-plus car makers that sell their wares here regularly opt not to import and distribute certain models, usually citing a […]



2018 Audi A8 review

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:01:31 +0000

For all the exciting new technology it can be fitted with, the 2018 Audi A8 is not quite the revolution in terms of design we had hoped. Pleasant, and handsome, the fifth-generation A8 has a few design flourishes from the Prologue concepts, such as the flatter, wider single-frame grille, full-width tail-lights, and the ever-so-subtle humps over […]



Confused locals look on as Formula 1 cars hit the streets of Adelaide in this incredible video

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:13:43 +0000

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU5W1gFApiQ There aren’t many places in the world you can get away with running three Formula One cars, a race-prepped superbike and a historic Touring Car through the city centre – let alone on a wet night, with stunned traffic and pedestrians looking on. But that’s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago in […]



Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:28:31 +0000

Holden has paid tribute to its local manufacturing history, as the Elizabeth Plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. The final Commodore – a VF II SS V Redline – rolled off the production line at 10:45 this morning, ending 69 years worth of locally-built GM products for the Australian market. Speaking about […]



CarAdvice podcast 75: Solar cars drive down the centre for World Solar Challenge

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:58:10 +0000

Mandy Turner and Paul Maric are on the panel this week, as they bring you the latest car news. It includes Polestar 1 being unveiled, GM CEO sharing her concerns over China’s planned petrol and diesel car ban. Also, Lexus NX and CT200h pricing and specs have been released, the Volkswagen Scirocco was put into […]



2018 Audi A7 Sportback revealed

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:27:58 +0000

The second-generation 2018 Audi A7 has been revealed on the roof of the company’s new design studios in Ingolstadt, Germany. Two engine variants were on display at the car’s launch today, a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel (50 TDI) and a 3.0-litre turbo V6 petrol (55 TFSI). Only the petrol V6 has been detailed so far, with the […]



Celebrating Holden: A podcast special

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:22:45 +0000

Today we bid farewell to local manufacturing for Holden, as the brand completes its transformation from manufacturer to full-line importer. To celebrate all things Holden, we’ve produced a special Holden podcast, where we talk to people that live and breathe the lion badge. Highlights are below, but you can find the podcast link at the […]



Holden ends manufacturing: 161 years of local production draws to a close

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:18:30 +0000

Today marks an incredibly sad day, in the history of Australian automotive manufacturing. With Ford and Toyota both ceasing local manufacturing operations last year and this year respectively, Holden is the ‘last man standing’, today closing the doors at Elizabeth. The last car to roll down the production line is a red Holden Commodore SS-V […]



The Holden Commodore and three things we’ll miss: The lion brand’s big Aussie sedan

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:08:56 +0000

As the sun sets on Australian manufacturing, we look back on three things we’ll miss about the Australian creation — the Holden Commodore. Since the first Commodore rolled down the production line in 1978, Holden‘s modus operandi was to create a big family sedan with a big donk up front. That mantra followed all the […]