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CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code: Cheaper, stronger and mass-produced

Australia’s CSIRO has cracked the carbon-fibre code, and in doing so has opened the floodgates to mass-production of the composite material in Australia. Currently only a handful of companies around the world are able to manufacture carbon-fibre, each with their own closely-guarded secret recipe...

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Holden investigation uncovers dodgy latches on aftermarket Commodore bonnets
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Holden investigation uncovers dodgy latches on aftermarket Commodore bonnets

A faulty component has been discovered in imported aftermarket bonnets for the Holden Commodore, the car maker has announced today. Revealed as part of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries' Genuine Is Best campaign, an investigation was carried out by Holden directly, after receiving reports of non-genuine parts supply...


ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous
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ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous

'Safety first'. It's a phrase commonly uttered in schools, workplaces, and even in the home. But in the wake of the Ford Mustang’s recent two-star ANCAP safety rating, the notion of safety actually being first has, yet again, come to the fore...


January 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia
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January 2017 new vehicle sales in Australia

The first month of this new year has been and gone, and, compared to last year's all-time record, the market is already ahead of pace. According to VFACTS data supplied by car-makers and compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the number of new cars, SUVs and commercials registered climbed 0.6 per cent over January 2016's figure, to 84,910 units...


Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head
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Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head

The head of Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) says, while the end of local manufacturing in Australia is a loss, it's part of wider industry changes that, with the right mindset, represent opportunities. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said the factors behind the wind up of local production – first Ford, soon Holden, and then finally Toyota – aren’t merely confined to Australia...


HSV GTS-R W1 final editions spied – last ute and sedan models spotted in Victoria
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HSV GTS-R W1 final editions spied – last ute and sedan models spotted in Victoria

CarAdvice has been sent new images of the final ever HSV versions of the Holden Commodore and Holden Ute – the vehicles you see here are the HSV GTS-R W1 sedan and HSV GTS-R W1 ute. That's what we think they are, anyway: these spy images were allegedly taken outside HSV's head office in Clayton, Victoria according to the source that sent them to us, and with grainy image quality and the badges taped over, it's hard to tell if these are the real deal...


Peak body wants 'foolish' car import duty axed
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Peak body wants 'foolish' car import duty axed

The chief executive of lobby group and peak body for car companies in Australia has called on the federal government to scrap not just the luxury car tax (LCT), but also the five per cent import duty affecting some vehicles...


Confirmed: Holden plant will shut October 20
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Confirmed: Holden plant will shut October 20

Holden has announced October 20, 2017 as the date it will shut the doors of its Elizabeth car plant outside of Adelaide for the final time, and become a full-line vehicle importer. Holden has assembled vehicles for domestic and export markets at Elizabeth since 1963. Nearly 1000 employees will remain in production, engineering and support roles until production ends...


Top ten growth brands of 2016
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Top ten growth brands of 2016

The results are in: annual new vehicle sales in 2016 were the highest on record, with the market growing two per cent to a tick under 1.18 million vehicles, thanks to strong growth from light commercials and SUVs. But what brands grew well above the market average? Here we list the top 10 growth brands, by raw numerical sales increase...


Mercedes-AMG outsells Porsche in 2016
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Mercedes-AMG outsells Porsche in 2016

There are big name brands that people associate with sports cars - Porsche is probably the most prominent. But despite a record year for the Stuttgart brand, its city sibling Mercedes-AMG outsold it in Australia in 2016. Porsche sales in Australia rose a solid 8.4 per cent, up to 4434 sales despite a dip in Panamera sales due to a model changeover, and the 2016 numbers weren't as good for Boxster for the same reason...


2016 VFACTS wrap: New sales record set, winners and losers detailed
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2016 VFACTS wrap: New sales record set, winners and losers detailed

New vehicle sales hit an all-time high of 1,178,133 units spread across 67 brands in 2016, according to VFACTS data provided by car-makers and dealers. The new market high of almost 1.18 million is up 2 per cent on last year’s result, and is the third calendar-year sales record re-set in four years...


Toyota HiLux tops 2016 sales charts, Ranger fourth
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Toyota HiLux tops 2016 sales charts, Ranger fourth

It’s official: the Toyota HiLux was Australia’s top-selling new vehicle in 2016, marking the first time a light commercial ute has finished a calendar year atop the podium. Remarkably, about half of these were the flagship SR5 4x4, which surged on the back of growth in the ‘lifestyle’ ute market, and responded to unprecedented discounts prompted in the most part by the success of the Ford Ranger...


Ford Australia's designers and engineers aren't pigeonholed, says product chief
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Ford Australia's designers and engineers aren't pigeonholed, says product chief

Ford's growing research and development facilities in Victoria — home of the Ranger and Everest — are not pigeonholed into developing certain vehicle types, insists head of product development for the region Trevor Worthington...


Ford Australia gets R&D boost: Global president Fields in Melbourne, announces new funding
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Ford Australia gets R&D boost: Global president Fields in Melbourne, announces new funding

Ford has re-affirmed its commitment to Australia as one of three major global hubs for vehicle design and development, alongside Dearborn and Cologne. Ford Motor Company global president and CEO Mark Fields, in Australia for a series of meetings, personally announced today's boost in funding for the Victorian sites that developed the global Ranger and Everest, among numerous other product...


Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs
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Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs

Motoring club representative body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has released preliminary results from its real-world emissions and fuel economy testing program. The results have prompted the AAA to boldly question the relevance of globally-utilised lab testing as a methodology, plus the government emissions reduction regulations based upon these results, and by extension the honesty of car-maker claims in these areas...


Holden plant flagged as site for medical marijuana crop
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Holden plant flagged as site for medical marijuana crop

A group lobbying for medical marijuana to be legalised in South Australia has suggested the Holden car plant there be established as the location for a proposed large-scale medical cannabis plantation when it shutters in late 2017...


Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality
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Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality

If you think that technology has changed the way we use and interact with our cars, spare a thought for the engineers who design them. At the launch of the RWD Ford Everest this week, CarAdvice was invited to experience the VR CAVE development environment at the company’s Broadmeadows headquarters...


Iconic Aussie ute immortalised as wooden toy: Your chance to win!
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Iconic Aussie ute immortalised as wooden toy: Your chance to win!

The quintessential Australian leisure machine, the humble ute, has been reimagined as a wooden play set, just in time for Christmas. Developed by Australian homewares company, Make Me Iconic, the bright orange ute bares a strong resemblance to an HQ Holden (or an HJ/HX/HZ) which gives it a bit of a nostalgic feel...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 18, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 18, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. This week, regular host Tegan Lawson is on assignment overseas. In her place, Trent Nikolic presents this week's video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Skoda working on resale value concerns, perceived and genuine
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Skoda working on resale value concerns, perceived and genuine

Skoda says it's actively working on improving its perceived and actual resale value to offer buyers greater confidence in choosing the Czech brand over more established Japanese and European rivals. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the Octavia RS230 in Sydney yesterday (review), the head of Skoda Australia, Michael Irmer, said that the perception that Skoda has poor resale isn’t reflective in reality these days...