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    2010 Holden Commodore gets smaller engines, better fuel economy, six-speed tranny
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    2010 Holden Commodore SIDI lineup - click above image for high-res gallery
    Everywhere else but under its skin, the 2010 Holden Commodore differs from its current version only in badging: it will wear the acronym SIDI on its flanks, which stands for Spark Ignition Direct Injection. Pop the hood, ...

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    Industry analyst says Australian car industry is doomed
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    Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of Australia's Dog & Lemon Guide, says there's no way around a central fact of Australian automobile production: "Australia's car factories are losing money on every vehicle they make." Because of that, he believes that there is no future for the domestic car ...

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    Baby got back: HSV launches ClubSport R8 Tourer
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    Click above for a hi-res gallery of the ClubSport R8 TourerHSV's ClubSport R8 Tourer has officially arrived, giving our friends from Down Under the means to haul stuff, ass and any combination thereof as long as they part with $65K AUD. The super-duper Commodore SportWagon has got LS3 V8 power with ...

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    Oz-some: HSV W427 launches Down Under
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    Click above for a hi-res gallery of the HSV W427"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts." That's what Han Solo says about the Millenium Falcon. You could apply the same saying to the HSV W427 super-duper sedan just launched by Holden's in-house performance division. I mean, ...

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    Australian government asks for hybrid, promises to buy it
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    The Australian government has both feet firmly planted on the hybrid bandwagon, and the blokes down under are looking for more of the automotive combo platter in its fleet. The government already has 355 Toyota and Honda hybrids in its fleet, but Aussie lawmakers would like to utilize its own ...

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    Holden Commodore hybrid and turbo'd four under consideration
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    Two separate reports out of Australia say that Holden is looking to maximize the Commodore's fuel efficiency in an effort to stoke sales. Both stories quote General Motor's Asia-Pacific vice president, Nick Reilly, but the separate reports, while sharing a common theme, come to decidedly different ...

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    Sorry Holden: GM cancels VE Sportwagon for US market
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    click above for more high-res images of the Holden VE SportwagonHolden wasn't sure if it was going to build a new VE Commodore Wagon when developing its new line of rear-wheel-drive Zeta-based sedans. Wagons are fleet darlings in Australia, and the new one from Holden was for some reason switched ...

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    Holden recalls 86,000 Zetas equipped with V6
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    GM's Australian subsidiary Holden has recalled 86,000 rear-wheel-drive Zeta cars with the V6 engine to correct a potential fuel leak that could lead to fires. The CNN Money article says that the recall doesn't impact the Pontiac G8, GM's North American Zeta variant, because that car's underhood ...

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    Report: Pontiac G8 will spawn wagon, sport truck
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    Automotive News is reporting what's been suspected all along: GM will bring a both a wagon and a Ute to the U.S. after the launch of the G8 next year. Citing three sources intimate with the project, the report goes on to say that the two models will be built in Australia and will be similar to the ...

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    Sydney 2007: Holden Commodore Sportwagon and HSV Maloo break cover again
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    Automakers go to great lengths preventing images and details of new cars being released prior to their official debut, but sometimes, well... often, they still fail. Holden is the latest automaker to suffer this fate, with images of its new VE Commodore wagon and high-performance HSV Maloo ute ...

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    Pontiac G8 prototypes roll off the line in Oz
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    Click image for 2 more photos of the ceremonyThe Pontiac G8 inched closer to American showrooms today as Holden held a ceremony to commemorate the production of the first engineering prototypes. Full production is scheduled to kick off at Holden Vehicle Operations' Elizabeth plant later this year ...

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    GM Holden reports loss
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    GM Holden has been in the international spotlight of late thanks to its new VE Commodore sedan, but the Aussie subsidiary is now getting attention because of its poor financial performance. Despite the Commodore maintaining its position as the number one selling vehicle down under in 2006, total ...

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    Holden reveals Special Edition Commodore SVZ Ute and Wagon
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    Click image for Ute gallery. Click here for Wagon gallery.GM's Holden subsidiary has pulled the wraps off a pair of new Commodore special editions. The Commodore SVZ Ute has the General's top-notch 3.6L VVT V6 underhood, pumping 255 horses through an optional 5-speed automatic, or slightly less if ...

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    Wanna see a red Pontiac G8? Yeah, we thought so
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    The folks over at Kicking Tires had no intention of running into a red prototype Pontiac G8, but when they saw it, they whipped out the camera phones and did a great job with the limited tools at hand. The result is a pre-production look at one of the most anticipated vehicles for the 2009 model ...

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    In the Autoblog Garage: Toyota Aurion Sportivo SX6
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    Click on the image for a gallery of high-res pics of the Toyota Aurion Sportivo SX6For years, the large, family car market in Australia has been divided between the Aussie built GM Holden Commodore and the Ford Falcon, both on the road and on the track. The large car market has been characterised ...

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    In The Autoblog Garage: Holden Commodore SS V-Series
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    click image to view high-res gallery of the Holden Commodore SS V-SeriesSince the Pontiac G8 burst onto the scene at the Chicago Auto Show heralding a new era of affordable, rear-wheel drive GM sedans, interest in the new vehicle has been intense. Based on GM's new Zeta platform, the G8 is actually ...

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    Vauxhall VXR8 to prowl UK roads
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    click above image for hi-res photo gallery of the VXR8 var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/motorsport/New_Vauxhall_VXR8_Don_t_mourn_the_Monaro'; This is the UK's new Vauxhall VXR8, which also happens to be Australia's HSV Clubsport R8 (ignore that "based-on" nonsense....this is as straight a rebadge ...

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    Sharing is saving: GM to save up to $750 million on Zeta RWD platform
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    Click image for a gallery of the Camaro Convertible concept The new buzzword in Detroit is "common" -- as in common components or common architectures. That's the foundation for everything GM is doing right now, and the Zeta RWD platform is the newest poster child.Engineered in Australia for ...

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    Chicago Auto Show: GM RWD fans can rejoice, for the Pontiac G8 has arrived (w/ VIDEO!)
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    click on the above image for a bunch of high-res shots showing the new Pontiac G8 var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/design/First_VIDEO_of_the_sedan_that_will_save_Pontiac_the_G8'; The last decade has been difficult for General Motors enthusiasts who desired an affordable V8 RWD sedan (we love the ...

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    Brisbane Motor Show: Aussie Utes
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    Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of Ford and GM Holden Utes.At the Brisbane Motor Show, which started on Friday, Ford and GM Holden, plus their tuning groups Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), had plenty of top Aussie utes on display, ranging from ...

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