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April 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers

Australia’s new vehicle sales remained on record pace in April, with VFACTS claiming 87,571 national sales for the month, an increase of 7.2 per cent. The Hyundai i30 was the top-selling car in the market for the second month in succession thanks to strong campaign pricing, ahead of the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3...

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2016 Federal Budget: What does it mean for Australian car buyers?
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2016 Federal Budget: What does it mean for Australian car buyers?

The Turnbull Liberal Government handed down its inaugural budget last night. Amidst the taxes for smoking and additional ABC funding, is there any news for car buyers? Bottom line: not really. The small business $20,000 (GST inclusive) capital equipment purchase rebate has been extended to bigger small businesses, with turnover caps raised from $2 million to $10 million...


March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers
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March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers

Australian new vehicle sales were down slightly in March 2016 over last year’s mammoth tally, with 104,512 units registered meaning a drop of 0.5 per cent. March sales are usually high because it’s the end of the Japanese financial year. However, the top-selling car in March was Korean — the Hyundai i30, skating to first thanks to strong factory drive-away deals...


New bike laws proposed: cyclists to earn demerit points, risk having bikes crushed - UPDATE
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New bike laws proposed: cyclists to earn demerit points, risk having bikes crushed - UPDATE

UPDATE: Hope you all enjoyed our April Fools' Day gag for today - happy April 1st. In an unprecedented step towards creating a safer road network, the Australian Federal Government is seeking to introduce new penalties that will see cyclists earn demerit points against their motor vehicle driving licences, and risk having their bikes impounded or even crushed...


Interview with a CEO : Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific managing director Horst von Sanden
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Interview with a CEO : Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific managing director Horst von Sanden

Thanks for joining us today, Horst. My pleasure, Mike. Horst, the first question I ask in these, do you call yourself a car guy? It probably would be difficult not to call myself a car guy after twenty eight years working with Mercedes-Benz. If you want to be more specific, am I a petrolhead? No, clearly not. I love cars. I appreciate cars...


2017 Honda Civic details revealed
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2017 Honda Civic details revealed

The all-new 2017 Honda Civic sedan will arrive in Australia before the middle of this year, while the hatchback version is set to hit showrooms early in 2017. It has been revealed that the Japanese company’s vital new small car offering will be offered in five specification levels across both the regular sedan and hatchback ranges, and that the new-generation Civic Type R will also arrive before the end of next year...


Ford Australia sales back on the rise
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Ford Australia sales back on the rise

Ford Australia’s sales volumes are showing some welcome signs of recovery in 2016, with growth of 17.2 per cent across the first two months of the year. Vitally, the turnaround is happening thanks not just to incremental volume gains from brand new model lines, the Everest SUV and sold-out-for-2016 Mustang sports car, but good growth from various existing brand staples such as the Mondeo, Kuga and Ranger...


February 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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February 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales

The Australian new vehicle market underwent strong growth in February this year over the same (albeit one-day shorter) month in 2015 with 96,443 registrations recorded, up 6.7 per cent. The VFACTS figures released this morning by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that last month was Australia’s highest February on record...


Holden plant takeover plan axed: Belgian entrepreneur's bold pitch can't overcome headwinds
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Holden plant takeover plan axed: Belgian entrepreneur's bold pitch can't overcome headwinds

A much-publicised potential deal between General Motors and the Belgian entrepreneur who wants to save GM Holden’s South Australian car plant from closure in 2017 will not go ahead. General Motors today announced that both itself and Punch International Corporation, headed by entrepreneur Guido Dumarey, had concluded that a potential deal to keep producing vehicles at Elizabeth beyond 2017 was “not possible in this case”...


Holden Cruze Australia experiment failed, but credit where it's due
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Holden Cruze Australia experiment failed, but credit where it's due

As we now know, the Australian-assembled Holden Cruze will die a year ahead of schedule, before the end of 2016. As such, local versions of Holden’s unloved small car will stop rolling down the Elizabeth production line in South Australia 12-months before the plant shuts, and takes the Commodore, Caprice and Ute with it...


Holden Cruze Australian production ending October 2016
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Holden Cruze Australian production ending October 2016

UPDATE AT 15:00: It is understood that the end of local Cruze production will see about 400 workers at Holden's South Australia plant lose their jobs by year's end. ---- Australian assembly of the Holden Cruze small car will cease in October 2016, the company announced today, about a year before the locally made Commodore follows suit...


Holden small car plans: New-gen Cruze sedan early 2017, Astra hatch from end of this year
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Holden small car plans: New-gen Cruze sedan early 2017, Astra hatch from end of this year

Holden has today announced that local production of the Holden Cruze will cease at the end of 2016. While it's the end of local manufacturing for Cruze, it won't be the end of the Cruze nameplate in Australia, or the small car segment for Holden...


The locally made Holden Cruze is dead, thankfully
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The locally made Holden Cruze is dead, thankfully

Alborz Fallah: The news that Holden will shut down local production of the small-sized Holden Cruze comes as no great surprise, really. After all, with Commodore production scheduled to end next year, the Cruze was always slated to go before its bigger brother...


Holden looking to GMC Acadia to fill large SUV gap
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Holden looking to GMC Acadia to fill large SUV gap

Holden is reportedly evaluating the American GMC Acadia to fill a gap in its large SUV lineup. The Acadia is a full-size SUV available in seven- and eight-seat configurations. If it were to launch in Australia, the Acadia would would compete in the same segment as the Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder...


Aftermarket peak body praises plan to allow private imports
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Aftermarket peak body praises plan to allow private imports

Yesterday’s announcement that the government was planning to allow the private importation of new or near-new vehicles from 2018 may have been slammed by existing factory distributors, but not all of the car industry was up in arms. The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the peak body representing the interest of the automotive parts, accessories, tools and equipment industry, has come out strongly in favour...


Do grey imports pose dangers?: The risks you might face privately importing a new car - UPDATE
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Do grey imports pose dangers? The risks you might face privately importing a new car - UPDATE

Car industry "blind-sided" Parallel imports undermine consumer protection, says industry Car executives and FCAI speak out in anger, their arguments below Heavy hitters within the Australian new vehicle industry have unanimously slammed the government’s proposal to change the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars from 2018...


January 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales: Industry summary, market analysis, winners and losers
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January 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales: Industry summary, market analysis, winners and losers

January new vehicle sales figures are in. Coming fresh off an annual record, the Australian market recorded a further 2.7 per cent growth in the first month of the year. VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber show that 84,373 new vehicles were registered in January — the highest figure for the month since 2013...


Minister Pyne supports bid to save Holden plant
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Minister Pyne supports bid to save Holden plant

The federal government will actively support talks between General Motors and the Belgian entrepreneur who wants to save GM Holden’s South Australian car plant from closure. Industry minister Christopher Pyne has written a letter of support for Guido Dumarey, of Punch International, to use in negotiations with GM to buy the Elizabeth plant and thereby secure its operational future beyond the end of 2017...


First-timers drive Ferrari Australia to annual sales record
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First-timers drive Ferrari Australia to annual sales record

Ferrari Australia broke its sales record in 2015 with growth of almost 50 per cent year-on-year. Even more remarkably, six-in-ten of these sales went to first-time Ferrari buyers. The record performance was emblematic of a year in which an array of ultra high-end car brands had big sales...


Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015
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Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015

The results are in, 2015 was a record sales year for the new vehicle market, with about 1.155 million units sold. Read our detailed breakdown with all the data here. But in addition, we thought we’d give a rundown of the top brands across the market’s three main broad sectors — passenger vehicles, SUVs and light commercials, because each list is quite different from the greater overall top ten...