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  1. GM’s Opel rejects Belgian emissions claim Andy Sharman in London The Zafira, a family car sold by the European arm of General Motors, has come under fresh scrutiny for its emissions performance in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal. GM's Opel division said it had been made the subject of "false accusations" after a report by Belgian broadcaster VRT claimed it had been secretly modifying the emissions performance of its cars using unexplained software updates since the VW scandal emerged in September. Financial Time's full article. Bern University of Applied
  2. Nov 28 (Reuters) - France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for private passenger transport and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday. Next year, the government will launch a car identification system that will rank vehicles by the amount of pollution they emit, Valls said in a speech. This will make it possible for local authorities to limit city access for the dirtiest cars. "In France, we have long favoured the diesel engine. This was a mistake, and we will progressively undo that, intelligently
  3. The clock may be ticking on Holden’s Australian manufacturing operations, but that doesn’t appear to have stalled interest in the brand's best-selling model. This week, the VF Commodore has reached a key milestone, with the 50,000th body rolling off the production line at Elizabeth, South Australia. The landmark moment comes just 10 months on from the VF's launch, and while the company has been mired in controversy since announcing a 2017 end for local production, Holden’s Richard Phillips believes there’s reason to be proud in the achievement. "The VF is quite simply the best qual
  4. HSV manufactured vehicles are currently sold in the middle east as CSV. It might be difficult to call themselves CSV in Australia as there is (or perhaps was?) Corsa Specialised Vehicles which did specialty Commodores and body kits : http://csvaustralia.com But I'm guessing CSV is no longer operating, so it might be possible.
  5. Striking VF Commodore-based Holden coupe just a design exercise 23 August 2013 HOLDEN designers and Melbourne-based styling house Dsine International have joined forces on a coupe version of the recently released VF Commodore, but the program is unofficial and not destined for production. Quick to dampen the hopes of enthusiasts urging a return of the much-loved Monaro nameplate, Holden has confirmed that the striking two-door model is nothing more than a design exercise. Gallery Click to see larger images Full article: www.goauto.com.au/mel
  6. Ford has designed and is selling an all-new Ranger for markets outside North America, here is a gallery of photos : http://www.ford.com.au/servlet/Satellite?c=DFYPage&cid=1248903608009&pagename=wrapper&site=FOA
  7. Commodore to get aluminium panels and electric steering as Holden greens large car 19 May 2011 By RON HAMMERTON Full article: http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/309C6A1C314B20F1CA25789500195BBC Note: In the US it's called aluminum and in Australia, aluminium. HOLDEN will become the first Australian car manufacturer to employ mass-produced aluminium body panels – most likely the bonnet and boot – to snip the fuel consumption of its next-generation VF Commodore due in 2014. The "light-weighting" exercise, plus a switch to electric-powered steering and new efforts to improve
  8. GM’s North American boss Mark Reuss says no to current ute, for now 21 April 2011 By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS (Original goauto.com.au article) THE president of GM North America, former GM Holden boss Mark Reuss, has revealed that while the current VE Ute is unlikely to be exported to the US, soaring oil prices and general downsizing trends could see a future iteration end up in America wearing the Chevrolet bow tie. Mr Reuss said at yesterday’s New York motor show opening that he is watching the evolution of the massive American truck market with interest as consumers increasingly trade the exp
  9. Front-wheel drive on agenda for 2015 Holden Commodore as GM mulls alternatives 10 December 2010 By RON HAMMERTON GM HOLDEN chairman and managing director Mike Devereux has confirmed that a decision on the architecture for the next-generation Commodore due by 2015 will be made “fairly soon”. But General Motors insiders have told GoAuto that a rear-drive platform is not a certainty for the all-new version of the top-selling Australian car, with rival engineering groups within GM canvassing more fuel-efficient front-drive/all-wheel-drive alternatives for GM's Commodore-style large cars. This
  10. Buick Lacrosse Spied In Australia, Commodore To Switch To Epsilon II Platform? http://www.themotorreport.com.au/50888/buick-lacrosse-spied-in-australia-commodore-to-switch-to-epsilon-ii-platform Sep 27, 2010 Unconfirmed reports out of the US this week suggest that Holden is set to move to a front-wheel-drive platform for its next-generation Commodore, with the locally-developed Zeta platform to be dumped in favour of GM’s Epsilon II platform. That doesn’t mean RWD is off the cards altogether, though. According to US magazine Motor Trend, which penned the report, a replacement for the RWD Z
  11. Supercharged V8 for Ford’s upcoming XR8 and FPV range receives Blue Oval backing 18 August 2010 By MARTON PETTENDY www.goauto.com.au The Ford Motor Company has issued an indirect vote of confidence in the Australian-developed supercharged 'Coyote' V8 that is expected to power both Ford's upcoming XR8 models, FPV's upgraded 2010 V8 range and, potentially, next year's born-again GT-HO performance flagship. Ford gave in-principle backing for a supercharged version of its all-new 5.0-litre V8 last week in a press release announcing its new 2012 Mustang Boss 302, which employs a high-perform
  12. V8 Supercars' massive US coup Wednesday 25 November 2009 Author: Press Release | Source: V8 Supercars Australia V8 Supercars Australia, in association with FOX Sports USA, today (Wednesday) announced an exciting new partnership for the next three seasons where SPEED, a member of the FOX Cable Networks with more than 79 million subscribers in North America, will televise the Series to all North American subscribers the weekend after each event. “V8 Supercars is one of the most exciting forms of auto racing in the world today,” FOX Sports Chairman, David Hill, said. “It is fabulous to wat
  13. Holden Increases Engine Production, Adds Second Shift Nov 16th, 2009 www.themotorreport.com.au/46096/holden-increases-engine-production-doubles-shifts/ THANKS TO an increase in orders for the locally-produced Global V6 engine, Holden is adding a second production shift to its engine facility at Port Melbourne. Overseas orders for the Global V6, and increased demand for the Commodore locally, have seen numbers increased this week to 440 per day. In June, the global financial crisis saw production drop to one shift, with around 240 to 320 engines produced per day. The increase to 440 eng
  14. I wonder if the Hollywood studios will be able to buy them new, or if they will have to resort to importing the Middle East civilian model and dress them up as police cars.
  15. GM looks east to Asia Pacific in new era of opportunity for Holden GM HOLDEN will become part of a powerful new Asian-based global operation under the ‘New GM’ that emerged from General Motors’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday. In a dramatic swing to the east, where GM operations have been smashing sales records in contrast to the company’s decline in the US and Europe, all of GM’s overseas operations will be managed from Shanghai under a new branch, GM International Operations. It will be run by GM Asia Pacific president Nick Reilly, who has been promoted to GM vice president of internat

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