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Holden issues forced redundancies at Elizabeth plant

Holden has been forced to issue involuntary redundancies at its Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia for the first time in 28 years after it failed to convince enough workers to voluntarily accept redundancy packages announced in April...

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Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know
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Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know

The Takata airbag recall has become the largest automotive recall in history, affecting more than 53 million vehicles and more than a dozen car makers around the world. Among those are more than half a million vehicles in Australia, including more than 410,000 recalled by Honda, Nissan and Toyota over the past week...


Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000
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Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000

Last night’s Federal Budget delivered a boon for small business owners, allowing them to instantly claim back purchases of up to $20,000 – including new and used vehicles. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the tax break last night, which means that businesses with an annual turnover under $2 million can claim tax deductions immediately for an unlimited number of sub-$20,000 purchases made between now and June 30, 2017...


Fiat Chrysler Australia sales hit a snag in 2015
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Fiat Chrysler Australia sales hit a snag in 2015

Fiat Chrysler Australia’s recent, significant sales growth has hit a bit of a snag over the first four months of this year. Registrations and market share across its group of brands are down over the same period in 2014, against an overall market up 3.5 per cent. The exception is Jeep...


The changing landscape of Australia's favourite car brands
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The changing landscape of Australia's favourite car brands

Australia’s automotive landscape is constantly evolving, and glancing back through history highlights some dramatic shifts in our brand preferences. The following table compares 2015 year-to-date sales (January to April) versus comparative data from 2005: Brand Current rank 2005 rank Current sales 2005 sales Change Toyota 1 1  64,285 59,590 +7...


Volkswagen Australia notches new sales record
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Volkswagen Australia notches new sales record

Volkswagen swept up the sales charts in April, finishing in sixth position on the back of 13.8 per cent growth over the same month in 2014. Australia’s top-selling European brand recorded 4572 deliveries in April and netted 5.6 per cent market share, enough to leap ahead of both Mitsubishi (4077) and Nissan (4188), and not all that far off Ford (5163)...


Light is right for Australian new car buyers
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Light is right for Australian new car buyers

The exodus from passenger cars to SUVs may have reached record heights, but one segment in particular has bucked that trend in 2015. Sales of light cars have increased 11.0 per cent so far this year to 36,578, making it one of only two passenger segments not to lose ground compared with 2014 (the other is the medium segment, which is up 6.0 per cent)...


Passenger vehicle sales a study in stark contrast
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Passenger vehicle sales a study in stark contrast

Overall passenger vehicle sales continued their slide in April, but this was not the case at the figurative top end of town. As we have reported, overall passenger vehicle sales fell 10.3 per cent last month against a total market that actually grew overall, largely on the back of SUVs, up 17 per cent...


Car sales April 2015: Winners and losers
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Car sales April 2015: Winners and losers

Australia’s seemingly insatiable appetite for SUVs has seen the new vehicle market continue its positive trend in April, with sales increasing 1.2 per cent over the same month last year. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries reveals 81,656 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold across the country last month, taking 2015’s tally to 359,250 – up 3...


Mitsubishi Motors Australia says alleged fraud investigations have been concluded as it mourns the death of senior executive
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Mitsubishi Motors Australia says alleged fraud investigations have been concluded as it mourns the death of senior executive

Mitsubishi Motors Australia says investigations into allegations of fraud at the company have been concluded in the wake of the sudden death of one of its most senior executives. The company’s director of sales, Greg Cook, died last Friday. The cause of his death is not believed to be suspicious...


2016 Holden Spark "an important entry" for the brand
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2016 Holden Spark "an important entry" for the brand

It won't be called the Holden Barina Spark anymore, but the 2016 Holden Spark micro car could shake things up at the entry point to the Lion brand's range. The current Barina Spark is the budget book-end to the Holden range, with pricing starting from $13,990 driveaway for the five-speed manual version and $15,990 driveaway for the four-speed automatic...


Toyota backs Camry sales to stay strong until end of local production
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Toyota backs Camry sales to stay strong until end of local production

Toyota Australia is hopeful of maintaining current levels of Camry and Aurion sales between now and the end of local production in 2017. Speaking at the line-off ceremony for the new-look, 2015 Toyota Camry at the Altona production plant in Melbourne, Toyota Australia president Dave Buttner (pictured below) said the company planned build 90,000 cars per year over the final three years of production and was hopeful of maintaining the current 30:70 domestic-to-export sales ratio...


2015 Toyota Camry production kicks off at Altona
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2015 Toyota Camry production kicks off at Altona

The first of the last of its kind – the 2015 Toyota Camry – has rolled down the assembly line at Toyota Australia’s Altona production plant in Melbourne today. Today’s assembly ceremony represents the beginning of the end for the Australian-made Camry and the local automotive manufacturing industry as we know it, with Toyota set to close its factory around the same time as Holden at the end of 2017...


Joss Supercar dream hit hard as ties severed with primary investor
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Joss Supercar dream hit hard as ties severed with primary investor

Australia's Joss Supercar appears to have hit yet another roadblock with the brand's marquee investor, The Hatzimihail Group, pulling out of the program. Late last year Joss announced a major investment - which was said to be about $35 million - to help make the JP1 supercar a production reality, as well as see the 17-year-old company listed on the stock market...


Ford Australia designers and engineers contributed "significantly" to 2016 Taurus
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Ford Australia designers and engineers contributed "significantly" to 2016 Taurus

Australian designers and engineers contributed “significantly in all areas” to the global development effort to create the 2016 Ford Taurus. Unveiled at this week’s Shanghai motor show, the Taurus is a large sedan designed to meet the specific requirements and preferences of buyers in the world’s biggest automotive market, China...


Ford Everest development wrap - with video interview
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Ford Everest development wrap - with video interview

The Ford Everest due to arrive in Australia later this year is one of the most hotly anticipated new car releases of 2015. And although production may be happening abroad, the large SUV is for all intents and purposes still ostensibly an Australian car. That's because over the course of five years, Ford Australia designed, prototyped, tested and planned the Everest from the Ford Design Centre and proving grounds near Melbourne...


Where are our new cars coming from?
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Where are our new cars coming from?

It’s hardly a secret at this point that the overwhelming majority of the cars, SUVs and commercials we buy or lease every month are imported. But every so often it’s interesting to take a look at precisely where these vehicles are actually coming from. Industry figures list 25 foreign nations as sources for our vehicles, as well as Australia...


Industry minister calls hydrogen "the fuel of the future" while brushing off EVs
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Industry minister calls hydrogen "the fuel of the future" while brushing off EVs

Australia’s industry and science minister has labelled hydrogen “the fuel of the future” and rather remarkably brushed off hybrid and electric vehicles as mere “transitioning technology”...


Holden Colorado Z71 : Lion brand's Ranger Wildtrak fighter spotted in production trim
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Holden Colorado Z71 : Lion brand's Ranger Wildtrak fighter spotted in production trim

An undisguised Holden Colorado Z71 , believed to be the Lion brand's answer to the Ford Ranger Wildtrak, was spotted in Melbourne overnight. The top spec 4x4 Colorado features a new-look nudge bar, roof rails and integrated sports bar on the ute bed, as well as decals on the bonnet and doors to help differentiate the Z71 from the rest of the range...


Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell unveiled and first hydrogen refuelling station officially opened
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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell unveiled and first hydrogen refuelling station officially opened

Australia’s federal industry and science minister has officially unveiled the country’s first hydrogen-powered car, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, and opened Australia’s first hydrogen vehicle refuelling station at the South Korean car maker’s Sydney headquarters...