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2015 Holden Cruze facelift revealed in Chevrolet guise

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2015 Holden Cruze facelift revealed in Chevrolet guise

The Holden Cruze is set for a new look, with a revised version of the US market Chevrolet small car scheduled to debut at the 2014 New York auto show...

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FPV GT F :: Ford to farewell Falcon GT with $77,990 limited edition
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FPV GT F : Ford to farewell Falcon GT with $77,990 limited edition

Ford Australia will farewell its iconic high-performance sedan with the release of the limited edition FPV GT F by the middle of this year. Created “out of respect for past Australian Ford GTs and their racetrack-honed heritage”, the FPV GT F (for ‘Final’) will be the last GT-badged Falcon, and promises to take design and engineering inspiration from the Broadmeadows-based brand’s performance sedans of the previous five decades...


Japanese car makers weighing up how to pass on free-trade agreement benefits
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Japanese car makers weighing up how to pass on free-trade agreement benefits

Australia’s leading Japanese car importers insist it’s too early to say exactly how the benefits of the countries’ newly announced free-trade agreement will be passed on to consumers. Included in the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) reached overnight by prime ministers Tony Abbott and Shinzo Abe is the removal of the five per cent import tariff on new Japanese vehicles...


Abbott "optimistic" on Australia-Japan FTA to remove vehicle tariffs
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Abbott "optimistic" on Australia-Japan FTA to remove vehicle tariffs

Prime Minster Tony Abbott is hopeful of finalising an historic free-trade agreement with Japan today that could improve the value of more than 350,000 Japanese vehicles sold in Australia every year. Reaching the end of a week-long delegation in Japan, Abbott last night told ABC News the negotiation process had been “difficult”, but said he was “optimistic” of reaching an agreement...


Car sales March 2014 : winners and losers
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Car sales March 2014 : winners and losers

The Toyota Corolla has claimed top spot in the monthly car sales race for the first time this year, in a month that saw more than 97,200 vehicles find homes. With a March sales figure of 4086, the Toyota Corolla finished ahead of the Mazda 3 (3587) and Toyota HiLux (3105). Maintaining its strong position from February, the Holden Commodore, with sales of 2967, again ended the month in fourth spot...


Ford Australia strengthens design future with Virtual Reality Centre upgrades
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Ford Australia strengthens design future with Virtual Reality Centre upgrades

Upgrades to Ford Australia’s Virtual Reality Centre in Melbourne will allow its engineers and designers to develop future vehicles in greater detail than ever before. Teased earlier this month and due to be unveiled in the third quarter of the year, the upgrades to the Broadmeadows-based global design centre will be the first since the cutting-edge facility opened its doors in 2012...


One in five Australians admit to drink driving
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One in five Australians admit to drink driving

More than one in five Australians has admitted to drink driving, according to the results of a new survey. The 2014 Annual Alcohol Poll, released by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education from data collected by Galaxy Research, found 22 per cent of people surveyed had driven a car after drinking, including eight per cent who said they had done so in the past 12 months...


Prime Minister snubs Productivity Commission
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Prime Minister snubs Productivity Commission's pay-per-kilometre road tax proposal

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government will not support a proposal by the Productivity Commission that encourages a rethink of the way motorists are taxed. The commission’s investigation into infrastructure funding identifies fuel excise as a source of revenue that requires an overhaul, and is pushing for state and territory governments to trial a system that taxes drivers for the kilometres they travel rather than the fuel they use...


Ford Australia confirms new investment in product development operations
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Ford Australia confirms new investment in product development operations

Ford will announce new funding for its Melbourne-based product development operations later this year, with investment set to further support the facility's global-focused future and its transition to a post-manufacturing era following the end of local production in October 2016...


Ford hoping to become Australia
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Ford hoping to become Australia's largest auto employer by 2018

Ford Australia has announced plans to accelerate new model launches, assist workers and suppliers with employment opportunities and hire around 1500 engineering and design staff, all in a bid to become the nation's largest automotive employer by 2018...


Holden future product lines : European approach firms for new-generation models
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Holden future product lines : European approach firms for new-generation models

A return to European-sourced Holden cars appears to be gathering momentum. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Holden imported the Barina, Astra and Vectra from Europe (the latter was also assembled locally in 1998 and 1999), before switching to South Korean-made equivalents of those cars - badged Barina, Cruze and Epica/Malibu...


Citroen introduces six-year, unlimited kilometre warranty
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Citroen introduces six-year, unlimited kilometre warranty

French brand Citroen has set a new peace-of-mind benchmark by introducing a six-year, unlimited kilometre warranty to cover a number of models in its range. The warranty, which includes six years of roadside assistance, improves on the five-year warranties from Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Kia, Renault and sister brand Peugeot that still remain above the industry average of three years...


Holden appoints Gerry Dorizas new chairman and managing director
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Holden appoints Gerry Dorizas new chairman and managing director

Gerry Dorizas has been appointed the new chairman and managing director of GM Holden. A 22-year veteran of the global automotive industry, Dorizas will be charged with the task of overseeing the shutdown of Holden’s South Australian and Victorian manufacturing operations and guiding its transition from vehicle producer to full-line importer by the end of 2017...


2015 Melbourne motor show plans "advanced"
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2015 Melbourne motor show plans "advanced"

Plans for a “dynamic and interactive” motoring event in Melbourne in 2015 to replace the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) are at an “advanced stage”, according to its organisers...


Toyota Corolla pricing defended : sedan costs more than hatch despite free-trade benefit
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Toyota Corolla pricing defended : sedan costs more than hatch despite free-trade benefit

The new Toyota Corolla sedan is finally available, but buyers must pay more for the four-door despite it being cheaper to import than the hatchback. The Corolla sedan is built in Thailand, a nation that Australia shares a free-trade agreement with; the Corolla hatch, however, is sourced from Japan, which means it attracts a 5 per cent tariff...


Australian Holden Cruze manufacturing under a cloud of uncertainty
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Australian Holden Cruze manufacturing under a cloud of uncertainty

Australian workers currently building the Holden Cruze small car may be out of a job prior to the company’s planned closure of its Elizabeth manufacturing facilities in 2017. CarAdvice has received spy shots of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze sedan that is reportedly set for a global launch in 2015 – indicating a new model could be available for Holden to import to Australia two years ahead of its deadline to stop local production...


End of Australian-made cars : what happened and what it means
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End of Australian-made cars : what happened and what it means

It was only six years ago that there were four companies manufacturing cars in Australia, but by 2017 there will be none. It’s a lamentable end to an industry that unofficially began in 1896 with the build of a car using boiled water to generate mechanical power, but gathered a proper head of steam from 1948 when Holden released the all-Australian 48-215 (later FX) and Ford commenced Falcon production in 1960...


Toyota Australia "close" to building next-gen Camry; closure "heartbreaking"
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Toyota Australia "close" to building next-gen Camry; closure "heartbreaking"

Toyota Australia president and CEO Max Yasuda says the company was “close” to winning the contract to build the next-generation Camry and continue local vehicle production into the next decade...


Toyota announces Australian manufacturing closure in 2017
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Toyota announces Australian manufacturing closure in 2017

The Australian automotive manufacturing industry will cease to exist in 2018, with Toyota Australia confirming it will follow Ford and Holden and end local production in 2017. Workers at Toyota’s Altona plant were briefed by management this afternoon that the company would end production of Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion vehicles as well as its four-cylinder engines...


Ford Australia axes another 300 jobs
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Ford Australia axes another 300 jobs

Ford Australia will axe another 300 manufacturing jobs from June as demand for its Falcon and Territory vehicles plummets to record depths. Employees and union representatives were informed this morning by the car maker of its plans to cut production at the Broadmeadows vehicle assembly and Geelong engine plants by about one-third, forcing roughly one-quarter of the manufacturing workforce out of employment within months...