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Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan

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Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan

Plans to loosen laws preventing 'parallel' vehicle imports have largely been shelved as part of the federal government's re-jigged Road Vehicle Standards Bill, designed to take affect in 2019...

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Ford’s overall sales barely affected by the end of Falcon and Territory
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Ford’s overall sales barely affected by the end of Falcon and Territory

Ford Australia has more or less covered sales lost from ending local Falcon and Territory production in October last year, by dramatically increasing sales of its imported Ranger and Mustang hero models. To the end of July, Ford’s network had sold 188 remaining Falcons (down 2631 over the same period last year), 71 Falcon Utes (down 1579) and 1641 Territory models (down 2610)...


Which vehicles are losing sales this year?
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Which vehicles are losing sales this year?

Australia's overall new vehicle market is on record pace this year, up 0.4 per cent on last year’s high-water mark. However, some well-known models aren’t having a great time. The reasons vary, from lack of supply, to the lull expected during a model changeover, to shifting buyer patterns. Nevertheless, a loss in volume is a loss in volume...


2018 Honda CR-V range review
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2018 Honda CR-V range review

Welcome to the latest iteration of our Range Review series, where we walk you through key members of an important new model range. No need to get off the couch and over to your nearest car dealer for that... The candidate this time is the new Honda CR-V, the fifth generation to wear the badge since 1995...


Australia average vehicle age is 10.1 years
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Australia average vehicle age is 10.1 years

The average age of Australia’s vehicle fleet is 10.1 years, although more than 30 per cent of vehicles on the road are fewer than five years old. Furthermore, estimates suggest that sales of used vehicles were more than triple those of new vehicles in 2016 - the latter of which are at record highs...


ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry
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ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry

Australia's consumer watchdog wants car manufacturers to drastically improve the way they handle customer complaints, to share their proprietary vehicle data with independent repairers, and to support real-world fuel economy and emission tests. These are three key findings in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) draft report into the new car retailing industry, which is open for stakeholder comments until September 7...


Australian auto industry worth $37b, has record 27,000 job vacancies
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Australian auto industry worth $37b, has record 27,000 job vacancies

The Australian automotive sector will still contribute a massive $37.1 billion to the economy (2.2 per cent of GDP) beyond the end of local car manufacturing in October. And there are currently a record 27,000 auto job vacancies waiting to filled, upped to a staggering 35,000 vacancies in the sector within a year — contrary to generally-held views...


Mazda launching compression-ignition in 2019, details EV and autonomous tech plans
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Mazda launching compression-ignition in 2019, details EV and autonomous tech plans

Mazda Motor Corporation will launch a world-first commercially produced compression-ignition petrol engine series, to be called SkyActiv-X, in 2019. This technology cuts fuel use, which is vital as Mazda look to slash its well-to-wheel carbon dioxide emissions to half of what they were in 2010...


2018 Peugeot 3008 gets five-star ANCAP crash score
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2018 Peugeot 3008 gets five-star ANCAP crash score

The new-generation 2018 Peugeot 3008 compact SUV will launch in Australia this month with a five-star ANCAP crash rating - vital in a safety-oriented vehicle segment. The French rival for the Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5 scored 86 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, 58 per cent for its fitment of active safety technologies and 67 per cent for pedestrian protection...


2018 BMW 2 Series LCI pricing and specs
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2018 BMW 2 Series LCI pricing and specs

  The upgraded BMW 2 Series LCI coupe and convertible family will lob in Australia during September bringing some design and tech upgrades. But in exchange, prices have also been upped across the range. The BMW 2 Series LCI announcement comes shortly after the company detailed the related, upgraded 1 Series hatch family - headlined by price hikes at the low end but also inclusive of a circa $5000 cut to the M140i that doesn't carry over to the M240i...


Subaru doubles-down on shopping centre presence
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Subaru doubles-down on shopping centre presence

Subaru Australia's importer Inchcape is broadening its strategy to offer buyers an alternative to brick-and-mortar dealerships, with three new temporary pop-up shops now open. The new transactional pop-ups are designed to show-off the new Subaru XV, and follow on from its rollout of Impreza-based applications...


Peugeot's new distributor cuts prices
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Peugeot's new distributor cuts prices

The new Australian distributor for Peugeot - extant Subaru importer Inchcape - has reduced the pricing of its 208 city car and 2008 crossover, almost three months into its tenure. Pricing for the 208 Active now kicks off at $22,190 before on-road costs, down $300. The Allure is reduced by $1300 to a more reasonable $24,990, ditto the GT-Line to $26,990...


Ford Everest sales gaining traction, but...
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Ford Everest sales gaining traction, but...

Ford Australia proudly discussed the improving sales of its Everest SUV last week, though it still has some work to do to meet the volumes of some key rivals. The Australian-developed Everest - which uses the Ranger's 'T6' architecture with substantial overhauling - posted a record July result this year, "on the back of a wider line-up and greater model choice for Australian buyers"...


Mini Australia's JCW sales double global average
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Mini Australia's JCW sales double global average

The market penetration for Mini’s John Cooper Works (JCW) performance models in Australia sits at about double the global average — a similar situation to that enjoyed by parent company BMW Australia’s M Division. Mini’s JCW sales are currently running at about 10 per cent of its total in Australia, equal to about 230 units (from a year-to-date brand tally of 2318 units, up 6 per cent)...


Skoda Australia sales on the rise
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Skoda Australia sales on the rise

Skoda has something of a cult following among CarAdvice consumers, a sub-group that'll be delighted to hear about the company's success of late. The Czech member of the Volkswagen Group - based on brand tenets of practicality and value with premium architectures - is enjoying double-digit sales growth in Australia during 2017...