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VIDEO: Chevrolet SS Pace Car lights my fire

The 2014 NASCAR season has begun with the bizarre sight of the Chevrolet SS (née Commodore SS) Pace Car catching fire while it was leading the field around Daytona International Raceway. “Tower, we’re on fire,” came the confirmation from Brett Bodine behind the wheel of the flaming Pace Car. Feeling a bit sorry for the […]

Stuff the local industry, just give us cheaper cars!

The Australian Automobile Association hasn’t wasted any time shedding tears for the demise of Australia’s car making industry. No, they’re starting the call for making our imported cars cheaper. To be fair the AAA has anointed itself to represent “the interests of all Australian motorists nationally and internationally” and so giving too much thought to […]

Chevrolet gives V8 Commodore SS hope post-2017

According to the motoring.com.au website the V8-powered VF Commodore SS may have a life beyond the closure of Holden’s local production operations in 2017: Holden fans will still have the chance to drive a rear-wheel drive V8 sedan with the Lion badge on the nose after the death of the VF Commodore in 2017 if […]

Commodore and Falcon decline tells the real story

As the fallout and childish finger pointing from politicians tries to pin the blame for the decision from Ford and now Holden to stop making cars in Australia, this graph from News Limited, first published in January, tells us all we need to know. Yes, the graph stops at the end of 2012 and so […]

Holden to cease local production in 2017

News has come through from General Motors in Detroit confirming the inevitable: Holden will stop making cars in Australia in 2017. GM’s full statement can be read after the break, but here’s a few snippets: “We are completely dedicated to strengthening our global operations while meeting the needs of our customers,” said GM Chairman and […]

Holden boss: “No decision has been made”

While fronting the Productivity Commission earlier today Mike Devereux, GM Holden Managing Director, was asked if the company had already decided to close down its local manufacturing as soon as 2016. His reply: “No decision has been made.” He went on to compare government subsidies with other sectors, suggesting the cost of losing the automotive […]

Hope our luck doesn’t end now

Holden will close its local manufacturing operations in 2016 according to the ABC. The national broadcaster says senior government ministers have confirmed their belief that General Motors, Holden’s parent company, has already made the decision to stop making cars in Australia. For their part Holden is not making any comment and says its unlikely to […]

The elephant in the assembly hall

The future of Australia’s automotive manufacturing sector has been in the news quite a bit lately. The decision by Ford to cease local manufacturing in 2016 has certainly helped. But increased scrutiny has also brought government assistance to the automotive sector into the spotlight. In the face of declining sales the public is asking why […]

The future of the Aussie ute appears rooted

Australia moves one step closer to the loss of its automotive manufacturing sector with News Ltd reporting the Holden ute will face the axe by 2016. We already know that’s the year Ford Australia will stop making the Falcon and the long-term future of the Commodore is on shaky ground, too. A decline in sales […]

The world’s fastest ute?

When we first saw pics of the Holden VF ute circulating at the Nürbugring we sensed it was little more than a marketing gimmick. And it looks as though we were right. With the VF SSV Redline ute Holden is claiming the title of the world’s fastest utlility vehicle at the Ring, a title which, […]

Germany v Australia

Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar brings us a clash of cultures with a great V8 estate debate. It’s the Audi Rs4 versus the Vauxhall (nee Holden) VXR8. Germany v Australia. David v Goliath. We love fast wagons here at AUSmotive and, really, who doesn’t love a V8! Which would you choose? [Thanks to John for the […]

HSV releases Gen-F range

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You’re looking at the best Australian muscle car money can buy. It’s the new 430kW/740Nm Gen-F GTS. Does it make you want to look the other way too? Well, it may be best if you don’t, because the rear view isn’t any better. As a teenager in the late 1980s living in country NSW I […]

More power than you can poke a buyer at

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Media leaks have revealed that Holden’s upcoming range topping Gen-F HSV models will be powered by a stonking 430kW/740Nm supercharged 6.2 litre V8. That’s more than the new BMW M5 (412kW/680Nm) and heaps more than the Audi RS4 (331kW/430Nm). Crikey! Such a shame that nobody is buying Holdens any more. [Source: carsales | Thanks to […]

Holden VF Commodore ute at the Nürburgring

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A quick shout out to Holden for going to the trouble of sending their VF Commodore ute to the Nürburgring for final chassis tuning ahead of its imminent release. Of course, with the car being so close to market launch you’d expect there won’t be too many opportunities to tweak the set up in any […]

Webber smashes ‘Eastern Creek’ lap record

With the arrival of Red Bull as a major sponsor of the Triple Eight team in local V8 racing the energy drinks giant has an impressive list of Australian talent on its books. In addition to Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup they’ve signed former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner and, of course, there’s Mark Webber and […]