Chevrolet brand muscles in

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Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

The Chevrolet brand is muscling in on some Holden dealerships with the announcement the Camaro sports car and Silverado truck will be sold Down Under.

The bowtie Chevrolet branding will be used on selected Holden dealerships to sell the Mustang-rivalling Camaro and enormous Silverado. Both vehicles will leave American factories with the steering wheel on the left before HSV does a local conversion that maintains design and safety integrity.

Powered by a 332kW 6.6-litre V8 turbo diesel, the Silverado will be offered in 2500 and 3500 configurations, able to tow up to 6.1 tonnes and carry up to 1848 kilograms. The Camaro gets a 340kW V8 mated to a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto.

New Camry 2018

New Camry lands

The first imported Camry in three decades has gone on sale priced from $26,490, a modest increase on the Australian-made model it replaces.

All now come with extra gear, including auto emergency braking, as well as a lower body with more sweeps and curves. 

New model grades include the entry Ascent and Ascent Sport as well as the leather-clad SL.

There’s also a sporty SX with 19-inch alloy wheels, sports seats and rear spoiler. Depending on the model there’s a choice of four-cylinder and hybrid power as well as the return of a V6.

Qashqai compact SUV

More for Qashqai

Nissan has tweaked its Qashqai compact SUV, adding more gear and revised pricing, which starts at $28,990 for models fitted with the CVT auto.

The changes encompass design tweaks – including a bolder V-shaped grille – as well as suspension revisions and additional sound deadening.

All now also come with auto emergency braking.

The leather-clad Ti arrives in mid-2018, but until then it’s left to the new N-Tec variant – complete with mood lighting, 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof and auto headlights and wipers – to round out the range.

Sports Cat

HSV slows down

Holden Special Vehicles has switched from V8-powered sports sedans to dual-cab utes with a much less powerful diesel engine.

The HSV SportsCat uses the body and 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel of the Colorado ute but picks up styling and suspension changes to beef it up. Riding on chunky 18-inch Cooper off-road tyres, the car also has raised front springs to sit higher off the ground, for better clearance.

It’s appealing to the booming top end of the ute segment, where buyers increasingly spend upwards of $50,000 for an off-roader that can carry plenty. Expect pricing to start around $60,000 when it lands in February.

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Written by Toby Hagon
January 16, 2018

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