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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 […]

AIMS 2012 gallery: Best of the rest

To close out our 2012 Australian International Motor Show coverage we bring you the highlights and lowlights from the rest of the manufacturers on show. Our top three highlights: Ford Evos concept—stunning lines Kia Track’ster—actually very, very cool Subaru BRZ by Possum Bourne Motorsport—track cred for the BRZ Our top three lowlights Holden Malibu—return to […]

New vehicle sales report – August 2012

A total of 93,552 new vehicles were sold last month according to official VFACTS data. All states and territories, except Tasmania, registered more sales last month compared to August 2011. Government sales are down compared to last year, but private and business sales are responsible for the strong August result. As always, SUV sales continue […]

New vehicle sales report – June 2012

Not content with May’s sales figures—an all-time record for that month—Australian car buyers have now set a new record for any month, registering 112,566 vehicle sales in June. That’s a staggering increase of 16,409 sales compared to June 2011. Year-to-date sales total 547,854 vehicles and you’d suggest that means Australia will once again top one […]

New vehicle sales report – May 2012

Last month Australians set a new vehicle sales record for the month of May. A total of 96,069 vehicles were sold, representing a very healthy increase of over 24% (18,668 vehicles) compared to May 2011. Year-to-date numbers are up almost 9% on 2011 numbers, with a total of 435,288 sales in the first five months […]

New vehicle sales report – April 2012

A total of 79,097 new vehicles were sold in April, official VFACTS numbers show. That’s an increase of 6.6% (4,833 sales) compared to same month last year. While the demand for SUVs continues (27.6% of all monthly sales) there is an increasing trend for diesel powered SUVs, up 56% on the same month in 2011. […]