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2009 GM Daewoo Veritas

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Holden Delivering New Luxury to South Korea

GM Holden today presented its newest export program – the GM Daewoo Veritas, a long wheelbase luxury flagship tailored for the demanding South Korean market. GM Holden is building Veritas at its vehicle assembly plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, and the Global V6 engine at its engine operations plant in Port Melbourne, Victoria.

2009 GM Daewoo Veritas: Holden Delivers New Luxury to South Korea2009 GM Daewoo Veritas: Holden Delivers New Luxury to South Korea

GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss, today described the vehicle as a great addition to Holden’s export portfolio demonstrating the company’s reach and flexibility.

Reuss was joined by Federal Minister for Trade, the Hon. Simon Crean MP and Victorian Minister for Industry and Trade, the Hon. Theo Theophanous MLC at a ceremony at GM’s Holden headquarters in Port Melbourne.

Reuss said GM Daewoo had drawn on Australian expertise and resources for a vehicle tailored to meet the needs of the Korean market.

2008 Holden Barina

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Barina Hatch gets a Stylish Makeover with refreshing new look inside and out for 3-door & 5-door hatch

GM Holden continues its competitive push into the value end of the light car market with a fresh new look and feel for the Barina 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, plus the addition of side impact airbags across the range.

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Starting from $14,490*, the upgraded Holden Barina hatchbacks represent exceptional value for money, boasting a 1.6 litre powertrain and refreshed exterior and interior styling.

Most notably, the Barina 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks have been given a more dynamic body design, highlighted by a strong Euro-styled front fascia and rear end treatments.

Inside, the interior is significantly upgraded and features an updated instrument panel, console and new fabric trim.

From a safety perspective, all Barina models including the the 4-door Barina sedan receive driver, front passenger and side impact airbags as standard.

GM Holden Sets another Automotive Record with 60 Years and Seven Million Vehicles

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2008-08-17 -- GM Holden’s seven millionth vehicle rolled off the production line today creating a record manufacturing achievement in Australia’s automotive history. The milestone vehicle was a 60th Anniversary Commodore sedan, identified for dual fuel LPG fitment, delivering family car benefits at small car fuel costs.

The car highlighted GM Holden’s strategy to develop and offer a wide range of fuel saving and environmental technologies to Australian and overseas buyers.

GM Research Head Meets Melbourne Scientists Who Helped Him to Hear

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2008-08-11 -- Dr. Larry Burns, GM Vice President Research & Development and Strategic Planning, today (12 August) met with scientists at Melbourne’s Bionic Ear Institute to pay tribute to the innovators who helped him to hear again.

Dr. Burns, who is a cochlear implant user, met with Professor Graeme Clark, who led the team which invented the device, and Professor Rob Shepherd, Director of the Bionic Ear Institute.

Dr. Burns is the man behind GM’s worldwide ‘reinvention’ of the automobile around advanced propulsion, electronics, telematics, and materials technologies - including the Chevrolet Volt electric car.

Holden Makes LPG Even More Appealing

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2008-08-04 -- Private customers can now buy dual fuel LPG-powered Holden Commodores for as little as $400 more than their petrol equivalents. This follows the announcement today that GM Holden is reducing the recommended retail pricing on all its new LPG Commodores by $1500.

With eligible private buyers entitled to the Federal Government’s current rebate of $2000*, this means that from only $400 on sedan, Australian families can access all the comfort, performance and practical advantages of a large car, at annual fuel costs comparable to popular petrol-only small cars.

New Features Make 2008 Holden Epica the Smart Choice

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2008-07-16 -- GM Holden’s value-packed mid-size Epica sedan just got even better with the introduction of a new fuel efficient four-cylinder diesel engine plus six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select, Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) and six airbags standard across the range.

Holden Epica’s new four-cylinder 2.0 litre diesel variant is the latest addition to Holden’s growing diesel range and delivers not only great performance but also impressive fuel economy of a low 7.6 litres per 100km*.

GM Holden, The Smith Family Give Moulden Kids a Boost

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2008-07-02 -- GM Holden announced today a three year partnership with The Smith Family to provide education opportunities for disadvantaged youth. The Smith Family is a national, independent social enterprise which supports children and families living in financial disadvantage to create a better future through education.

GM Holden’s support involves the introduction of a Homework Club in the Northern Territory and provides Learning for Life scholarships for primary school students in South Australia and Victoria.

The Homework Club is a program designed to enable students of Moulden Park School and Neighbourhood Centre to fully participate in their education. Moulden is a suburb of Palmerston, situated 20 minutes from Darwin.

2008 Holden Colorado

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Colorado - A New Name for Tough

GM Holden is taking the covers off its soon to be released, new light commercial vehicle, the 2008 Holden Colorado. This new powerful light truck promises to deliver high levels of performance and load carrying capability, all with the car-like interior comfort and value for money that Holden is renowned for.

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A three tonne braked towing capability** on Turbo Diesel 4x4 variants adds to the Colorado’s rugged appeal.

General Motors Reports 265,937 Deliveries in June 2008

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GM market share estimated 2 points above May and up slightly compared with June 2007

DETROIT, 2008-07-01 – General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) today announced June sales results, highlighted by an 8 percent rise in retail car sales and continued strong performance in crossovers. Despite the significant decline of industry market volume and the limited availability of some of GM’s most popular models, GM dealers in the United States delivered 265,937 vehicles in June, down 8 percent (18.5 percent unadjusted). Truck sales declined 6 percent.

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GM Holden Executive Director of Manufacturing Announces Retirement

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2008-06-20 -- GM Holden announced today that after over 35 years of service, Rod Keane, Executive Director – Manufacturing will retire effective 1 September. Rod has enjoyed an impressive career with GM Holden, joining the company in 1972.

During his time with GM Holden he has overseen some extraordinary change, perhaps the most significant being the consolidation of the company’s domestic vehicle assembly operations from facilities across the country to a single vehicle assembly plant at Elizabeth, South Australia.

Rod became Assembly Plant Manager at Elizabeth at the age of 34 and in 1987, was instrumental in converting the plant from a single shift operation to double shift, representing a significant expansion in capacity.

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