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29Holden getting Cascada, Astra and Insignia from Opel [w/videos]

Holden, General Motor's Australian arm, is just beginning a major transition. The automaker announced late last year that it would end local production in 2017. But recently, Gerry Dorizas, its new managing director, boldly declared that the marque is gunning to lead the country in market share by 2020. His plan is to launch more youth-focused products and improve the brand's dealers to do it. We're seeing the first steps in that plan with the addition of three imported models to the Holden line

7While waiting for hybrids, Holden adds Astra diesel

While GM's down-under division Holden waits for hybrid powertrains to appear in their big Commodore sedans, they are moving ahead with improving the mileage of other models. The latest addition to the lineup is the Astra CDTi Wagon. The estate version of the compact Astra is now available to Australian buyers with the 1.9L turbodiesel that's offered in many of GM's European cars. On the Australian test cycle, the Astra diesel rates 33.1 mpg (U.S.) when paired up with six speed automatic transmis

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