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  • Holden Time Attack Concept

    General Motors' Australian division Holden may no longer be building its own cars, but it still has a world-class design team that regularly collaborates on projects for other GM brands. The Holden design team has now unveiled a wild concept to not only showcase the talents and technological capabilities of its staff but also to celebrate the 50th anniversary this year of Holden's first victory at racetrack in the Australian city of Bathurst. The premise was a futuristic race car using the latest emerging technologies. Providing a glimpse of how cars may predominantly be designed in the...

  • Forza Motorsport 7 Bugatti Chiron
    You can now pick between a Chiron or Ram Power Wagon in Forza Motorsport 7

    Let's get one thing straight: you're (probably) never going to drive a Bugatti Chiron. At least not in real life. Now, however, you can pilot one in the Forza Motorsport 7 video game. The French multi-million-dollar road missile is part of a new downloadable pack of cars that's just made its way...

  • HSV’s final Holden Commodore-based model is a 2017 GTSR W1
    HSV builds its final Holden Commodore-based super sedan

    Australia’s semi-official tuner to Holden, HSV, has made a name for itself over the past three decades by churning out meaty muscle cars based on successive generations of rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered Holden Commodores. All of that has come to an end, however, as HSV on Wednesday announced...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE SS
    Chevy to enter Australia with a little help from HSV

    With the end of production of rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered Holden Commodores in October, Australian tuning firm HSV no longer has access to suitable donor vehicles to continue churning out its signature muscle sedans. But instead of going quietly into the night, HSV has struck a deal with General...

  • Last Holden Commodore to be built in Australia - October 2017
    Holden’s secret plan to build a Zeta-based SUV

    Before there was the Alpha and Omega, General Motors had a platform for rear-wheel-drive large cars called Zeta. Developed in Australia by GM’s local subsidiary Holden, the platform was economical enough to use in non-premium cars but it was also a bit on the heavy side. (It featured in the...

  • Last Holden Commodore to be built in Australia - October 2017
    End of the road for Australian car production

    It’s a sad day for automotive enthusiasts in Australia, and a few in other parts of the globe, as the country’s car industry comes to a grinding halt. On Friday, General Motors’ local subsidiary Holden turned the lights off at its plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, ending 69...

  • 2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer

    Hot wagons are a rarity in the United States but over in Europe they’re all the rage, outselling their sedan equivalents in many cases. Opel will use this week’s 2017 Frankfurt auto show to introduce its latest high-performance wagon, the Insignia GSi. We’ve already seen the car in fastback sedan form, which we’re getting as the 2018 Buick Regal GS, but a wagon option, which Opel refers to as a Sports Tourer, will also be offered. General Motors’ Australian subsidiary Holden will get its own version of the Regal GS dubbed the Commodore VXR, and like the Insignia...

  • 2016 Chevrolet SS
    Chevrolet SS: the sport sedan that could, but never caught on

    It was a common practice of American automakers decades ago. Take a family sedan, swap out the plain-Jane engine, drop in a big V-8, and you have a muscle car. The Chevrolet SS was one of the final examples of such a practice, albeit not a very American one from the start. For those unaware, the...

  • 2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer spy shots

    Opel’s new Insignia GSi, which we’re getting as the 2018 Buick Regal GS, has just been spotted testing in its wagon body style, which Opel refers to as a Sports Tourer. We’re only getting the Regal GS as a fastback sedan but Opel will offer both fastback sedan and wagon versions...

  • 2018 Holden Commodore VXR
    Buick Regal GS does double duty as Holden Commodore VXR, Opel Insignia GSi

    Buick on Wednesday unveiled a new Regal GS for North America, but elsewhere the car will be badged a Holden Commodore VXR or Opel Insignia GSi or Vauxhall Insignia GSi. The Commodore VXR will serve as the performance flagship for the latest Commodore which is essentially a rebadged Buick Regal sold...

  • Bliss blanking press at Holden vehicle plant in Elizabeth, South Australia
    Here's your chance to buy the machinery that built the Chevy SS

    Machinery used to build some legendary muscle cars, including the Chevrolet SS, is up for sale. The machinery is located in the vehicle plant of General Motors’ Australian division, Holden, which is set to close its doors for good in October. GM has teamed up with Maynards, an expert at...

  • 2018 Holden Commodore Australia Supercars race car
    Holden Commodore racer for Australia Supercars revealed--and it has a V-8

    Holden has a new Commodore coming in 2018, though the car is really a rebadged Opel Insignia Grand Sport (a Buick Regal Sportback to us Yanks) that will be sourced from Germany, as opposed to made locally. Nevertheless, the front-wheel-drive, V-8-lacking fastback sedan will continue to serve as the...

  • 2017 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R

    General Motors’ British outfit, Vauxhall, has received its last batch of VXR8 muscle sedans. The final version is the VXR8 GTSR, which is just a rebadged version of the GTSR from semi-official Holden tuner HSV. The GTSR is based on the VF-Series Holden Commodore, a version of which is sold here as the Chevrolet SS, and it’s powered by a LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 serving up 583 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque. This makes the GTSR the most powerful car ever sold by Vauxhall. Drive is sent to the rear wheels only, either via a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. Also...

  • 2018 Opel Insignia Country Tourer
    2018 Buick Regal TourX’s Euro twin is the Opel Insignia Country Tourer

    Last night we were treated with the reveal of the 2018 Buick Regal TourX, a wagon—yes, a new Buick wagon!—with all-wheel drive, a raised ride height, and underbody protection. It’s not unique to Buick, however, as General Motors will sell the vehicle in Europe as the Opel Insignia...

  • 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, 2017 Geneva auto show
    2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport revealed

    Recently, we saw Holden unveil its redesigned Commodore. At this week's 2017 Geneva auto show, we have our first look at Opel’s version of the car, the Insignia Grand Sport. Apart from their badges—and whether the steering wheel is on the left or right—the two cars are virtually...

  • 2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer
    Wagon body style added to 2017 Opel Insignia range

    General Motors’ European unit Opel will start selling a new generation of its Insignia mid-sizer later in 2017. We’re already seen the redesigned Insignia in Grand Sport liftback form, and over the weekend the first photos of the car’s Insignia Sports Tourer wagon body style were...

  • 2017 HSV GTSR lineup
    HSV reveals last of its rear-wheel-drive Commodores

    General Motors’ Australian subsidiary Holden is set to wind up production of its rear-wheel-drive Commodore range in October. There will be a new Commodore arriving in 2018, but this will be a front-wheel-drive model twinned with the Opel Insignia Grand Sport and, perhaps most tragically, no...

  • 2017 HSV GTSR W1
    HSV reveals Corvette ZR1-powered GTSR W1 super sedan

    General Motors’ Australian unit Holden is set to end local production in October, and along with the end of production will be the demise of the rear-wheel-drive Commodore, the current version of which is sold here in high-performance trim as the Chevrolet SS. A new Commodore is coming...

  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z51

    Following General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] announcement in 2013 that it would be ending production at its Holden plant in Australia, Stefan Jacoby, who heads GM’s International Operations, revealed that there would be a new V-8 sports car to satisfy those customers used to buying Holden’s V-8 Commodore models, which will be disappearing along with the plant in late 2017. This led to suggestions that GM would soon start selling the Chevrolet Camaro in Australia to challenge the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Mustang, which has proven quite popular Down Under. However, a Holden...

  • 2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Director and Magnum special editions
    Holden rolls out special editions to mark end of Aussie-built Commodore

    General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] Australian division Holden will shutter its plant in October, ending four decades of Aussie-built, rear-wheel-drive Commodore tradition in the process—as well as resulting in the demise of the Chevrolet SS. A redesigned Commodore has been revealed, but...

  • 2018 Holden Commodore
    2018 Holden Commodore revealed, previews 2018 Buick Regal

    Holden on Tuesday revealed its redesigned Commodore sedan, a slightly revised version of which will be sold in the United States as the 2018 Buick Regal (shown below). The only real difference between the Holden and Buick versions will be a more conventional notchback sedan shape for the Regal...

  • Teaser for 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport debuting at 2017 Geneva auto show
    Opel previews new Insignia Grand Sport’s chassis technology

    Opel is working on a new generation of its Insignia mid-size sedan, a version of which will eventually make it into Buick showrooms as the 2018 Regal and into Holden showrooms as the 2018 Commodore. The outgoing Insignia is already a competent handler, particularly in OPC trim, but Opel engineers...

  • Teaser for 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport debuting at 2017 Geneva auto show
    Opel teases new Insignia Grand Sport’s matrix LED headlights

    The Opel Insignia will be redesigned in 2017, with the new model to also serve as a replacement for the existing Buick Regal and Holden Commodore in General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] global fleet. Opel on Tuesday gave a glimpse at the headlight design of the new car and confirmed it will...

  • Teaser for 2018 Holden Commodore
    2018 Holden Commodore first details

    Though it was hardly a secret, General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] on Wednesday confirmed that the next-generation Opel Insignia will serve as a Holden Commodore in the Australian and New Zealand markets. Its arrival will mark the end of four decades of Australian production of the Commodore, as the...

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