Ford Ranger equipment charge driven by demand for high-spec utes

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Ford Ranger equipment charge driven by demand for high-spec utes

Unveiled to the world at this week's Bangkok motor show in Thailand, the 2015 Ford Ranger brings an unprecedented level of equipment to the pick-up category...

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Ricky Muir, industry call for broad approach to ATS funding
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Ricky Muir, industry call for broad approach to ATS funding

Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to back down on plans to scrap the Automotive Transformation Scheme but says it is crucial the funding is now directed to the right places...


Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir gives inaugural speech
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Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir gives inaugural speech

"...This must be one of the most anticipated inaugural speeches of all time — I apologise in advance if I don’t deliver." This humble line was one of the first official utterances in the Upper House from the man who has undoubtedly become Australia's unexpected Senator, Ricky Muir...


New Car Sales Figures February 2015
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New Car Sales Figures February 2015

The following data are new car sales figures for the month of February 2015...


Car sales February 2015: Winners and Losers
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Car sales February 2015: Winners and Losers

New vehicle sales in Australia saw a strong result in February, with SUVs and luxury vehicles once again showing improvement while passenger cars continue to dip away. While January sales kicked off fairly flat, the shortest month on the calendar proved strong across the board, with monthly sales increasing by 4.2 per cent, while the year-to-date figure is up 2...


Holden introduces lifetime capped-price servicing for all models ever sold in Australia
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Holden introduces lifetime capped-price servicing for all models ever sold in Australia

Every Holden ever built will now be covered by a new lifetime capped-price service program, with the Australian arm of General Motors claiming the program will cover more than 2.5 million cars. Holden's Capped Price Service (CPS) program will launch from 1 March, 2015, and Holden claims the program will ensure "customers always know how much their service will cost"...


Suzuki Celerio brake issue rectified, cars go on sale March 1
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Suzuki Celerio brake issue rectified, cars go on sale March 1

The 2015 Suzuki Celerio will go on sale from the start of March, with the company rectifying the car's high-profile braking issue. CarAdvice tested the new Suzuki Celerio before the car was pulled from sale over the brake issue - which saw cars fail to stop under full braking pressure at high speeds - that was discovered by UK media...


Great Wall Motors "a work in progress" in Australia
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Great Wall Motors "a work in progress" in Australia

Chinese-based ute and SUV manufacturer Great Wall Motors is set to shift away from its current importer and distributor, Ateco Automotive, as it takes local control of its own fortunes, as well as those of sub-entity Haval in Australia. Since 2009, Great Wall Motors vehicles have been brought in through Ateco and sold through a network of 80 dealers around the country...


Chery to be "paused" in Australia
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Chery to be "paused" in Australia

Chinese car brand Chery is set to be "paused" in Australia later this year as the brand's local importer, Ateco Automotive, runs out its current stock ahead of suitable new models arriving locally. Chery has struggled in the Australian market since its introduction in 2011, with a total of just 3644 vehicles sold up to January 2015...


Iconic Aussie cars to go on show at the National Gallery of Victoria
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Iconic Aussie cars to go on show at the National Gallery of Victoria

It's set to be the first major exhibition of its kind for an Australian art gallery, Shifting Gears: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car will showcase 23 iconic examples of our automotive ingenuity, alongside photographs, sketches, models and archival materials...


2015 Australian Motoring Festival : Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota promise diverse displays for inaugural event
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2015 Australian Motoring Festival : Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota promise diverse displays for inaugural event

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota will be feature brands at the inaugural Australian Motoring Festival when it kicks off in Melbourne later next month. Organisers of the four-day festival say the involvement of the three diverse brands gives motoring enthusiasts an indication of the sort of diversity they can expect from the interactive indoor and outdoor experience...


Holden Insignia VXR production commences
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Holden Insignia VXR production commences

Production of the Holden Insignia VXR performance sedan has commenced in Russelsheim, Germany, ahead of the arrival of the go-fast four-door in the second quarter of 2015. The new Holden Insignia VXR - which is an updated version of the Opel Insignia OPC that was on sale in Australia for just a matter of months before that brand folded - will sit at the top of the brand's European performance model line, which will also consist of the Astra VXR, Astra GTC and the less sporty Cascada convertible...


Holden Cruze : Local production unlikely to survive until 2017
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Holden Cruze : Local production unlikely to survive until 2017

It’s looking increasingly unlikely that local assembly of the Holden Cruze will continue until the company’s planned production shutdown at the end of 2017, meaning an early exit for potentially hundreds of manufacturing workers...


Holden may not be No.1 by 2020, concedes GM executive
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Holden may not be No.1 by 2020, concedes GM executive

The General Motors executive in charge of our region has conceded that Holden may not achieve its ambitious target of dethroning Toyota to become the number one automotive brand in Australia by 2020. GM executive vice president and president of GM International Stefan Jacoby today presented somewhat softened ambitions for the brand following the announcement of the appointment of Australian and former Holden chief financial officer Mark Bernhard to the role of chairman and managing director...


Holden appoints new managing director, announces 24 vehicle launches by 2020
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Holden appoints new managing director, announces 24 vehicle launches by 2020

Holden today named Australian and former CFO Mark Bernhard its new chairman and managing director and announced plans for 24 major vehicle launches by 2020 - by which time it has committed to being Australia's top-selling brand. General Motors executive vice president and president of GM International Stefan Jacoby today announced that Bernhard would leave his current position as vice president and CFO of Shanghai GM to head up Holden...


Ford Falcon FG X fails to fire, slumps to lowest monthly sales in nameplate's history
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Ford Falcon FG X fails to fire, slumps to lowest monthly sales in nameplate's history

The refreshed Ford Falcon FG X has failed to fire in its first full month on sale, slumping to the worst monthly sales performance in the 55-year-old nameplate’s history. Ford sold just 381 Falcon sedans across Australia in January, down 17.4 per cent compared with the same month in 2014, and down on humble results in October and November (396 and 411, respectively) when the Falcon FG Mk2 was deep in runout...


Lexus Australia passes on free trade agreement price cuts - UPDATE
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Lexus Australia passes on free trade agreement price cuts - UPDATE

Lexus Australia has followed the lead of sister brand Toyota and most other Japanese car makers by reducing vehicle prices on the back of the implementation of Australia’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan. The price cuts apply to the CT, IS, ES, GS, LS, RX and LX model lines, which all benefit from the removal of the five per cent import duty...


Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar added to ACT Police fleet
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Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar added to ACT Police fleet

A new Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar sedan has been added to the ACT Police fleet for evaluation purposes. The high-performance Volvo S60 T6 R-Design isn't the full-blown Volvo S60 Polestar model, but still boasts a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder producing 242kW of power and 480Nm of torque...


Kia Australia set to improve brand perception
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Kia Australia set to improve brand perception

Kia Australia is set to focus on brand building and lifting its profile as it seeks to become a more mainstream brand with consistency in its consumer-facing communication. Speaking in Melbourne this week, Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith admitted that Kia "had been on sale for too long in Australia" and it was now time to fix its struggling brand perception...


Ford opens new US research centre alongside Google, Apple, Facebook
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Ford opens new US research centre alongside Google, Apple, Facebook

In a move that signifies us moving ever closer to the 'connected car', Ford Motor Company has opened a new research centre in California's Silicon Valley to aid in the development of technologies that will herald the next step change in automotive evolution. The new Ford facility is in Palo Alto, the centre of Silicon Valley, where the automaker's neighbours will be tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook and many others...