http://www.themotorreport.com.au - History never repeats, according to 1980s pop-rock band Split Enz. But it certainly is trying to in the case of the Holden Astra RS. Not because this small Holden is attempting to revive old-school small-car motoring, but rather it is trying to rekindle its spark on the charts. From the late 1990s until mid-way through the 2000s, the Astra was absolutely class leading. But the Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf then stormed the reign parade, just before the Astra was killed.
http://www.caradvice.com.au - With Holden's engineering team receiving constant praise for its work on Commodore, Cruze, Astra hatch and Spark, the team was keen to ensure the Cruze sedan replacement would fit the bill for local buyers.
http://www.caradvice.com.au - The market’s smallest vehicles aren’t selling quite as well as they used to, but you can’t attribute this decline to any lack of quality on the part of car makers. Two of the best, and newest, entrants are compared here: the Australian-tuned Holden Spark from Korea, and the just-launched Suzuki Ignis from Japan.
http://www.caradvice.com.au - While local production may have ended, Holden hasn't given up on the small sedan. The new Astra sedan is coming and Paul Maric heads to the States for a drive. Australia’s version of the Cruze sedan will receive a unique steering and suspension tune, giving a more Holden feel. This isn’t the first time Holden has tinkered with an imported vehicle – the Astra hatch received extensive local tuning, likewise the Spark, and of course the next generation Commodore, based on the Opel Insignia will also benefit from local development work.
http://www.driven.co.nz - Joining the Astra hatchback, that will be launched in February this year, will be the Astra sedan, that was badged Chevrolet Cruze at the motor show. Replacing the Korean built Captiva SUV will be the compact crossover Equinox, based on another all-new platform from General Motors, post-GFC. The Holden Spark was the first vehicle built on an all-new platform post-GFC. They will also join the all-new Trax small SUV, that will be launched in February, with the Astra sedan expected in New Zealand shortly after the Australia launch in May. By late 2017, the Acadia large SUV will go on sale.
http://www.news.com.au - New cars don’t automatically go to the top of the class when they are released. Sometimes Brand A’s latest and greatest is no better than what rivals already sell. Typically — and increasingly — the rapid introduction of technology helps the newcomers get the better of the previous class leaders. We look at which new arrivals raised the bar and which didn’t.
http://i.stuff.co.nz - Meet our Top Car for 2016. Micro round of applause please.
http://www.goauto.com.au - Holden sales continued to slide in November, down by 12.8 per cent, with the Commodore slipping 20 per cent to seventh for the month on 2088 units, while sales of the recently updated Colorado 4x2 and 4x4 pick-up also falling. The Australian-developed Spark hatch grew by 34.7 per cent last month, and along with the resurgent Mitsubishi Mirage, run-out Nissan Micra and the popular new Kia Picanto, helped lift sales in the struggling micro car segment by just under 90 per cent last month.
http://www.goauto.com.au - Slow start for Spark but Colorado sales on the up for Holden.
http://www.goauto.com.au - SUVs and LCVs keep sales up in August but Hyundai and Volkswagen lose ground. GM Holden dipped by 2.6 per cent over last August, with the Australian-built Commodore (-9.0 per cent) and Cruze (-18.1 per cent) down, while the Colorado pick-up that launched last month received a big 35 per cent boost for the 4x4 variant. The Trax crossover continued to grow its share and the Spark micro hatch added more volume, but the European-sourced Astra Sport and Insignia recorded just nine and five sales respectively last month.