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Mazda Australia stands by optional safety stance

The all-new 2015 Mazda 2 misses out on some safety items fitted as standard to rival cars, but the Japanese brand’s local arm says customers may not want to pay for them. In no specification does the 2015 Mazda 2 come as standard with a reverse-view camera or front/rear parking sensors...

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Fiat Chrysler Australia CEO and head of PR resign
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Fiat Chrysler Australia CEO and head of PR resign

It has been a somewhat tumultuous day in the Australian car industry, with a second chief executive of a major car-maker’s local operations officially resigning their post.  Hours after news broke that Holden chief Gerry Dorizas had departed with immediate effect, Fiat Chrysler Australia announced that its CEO Veronica Johns would depart at year’s end, citing “personal reasons”...


Volkswagen R-Line expands to Golf Wagon and Tiguan ranges
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Volkswagen R-Line expands to Golf Wagon and Tiguan ranges

Volkswagen R-Line versions of the Golf Wagon and Tiguan compact SUV are now available, bringing the total number of sportily styled variants to five. As CarAdvice has previously reported, the move to add more R-Line packages is a conscious one to offer consumers "tougher looking" cars with more equipment...


Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong
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Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong

Australian carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep will set up a dedicated automotive division in Geelong after being awarded a $1.76 million grant from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF) that is partially funded by Ford Australia. Quickstep’s automotive division will be based at a new facility located at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong...


Hyundai Australia says $50K is no longer a barrier for buyers
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Hyundai Australia says $50K is no longer a barrier for buyers

Hyundai Australia claims buyers are no longer concerned about spending more than $50,000 on their cars. The company's local chief operating officer John Elsworth said at the launch of the updated 2015 Santa Fe that the sales figures show that customers are no longer pensive about purchasing a Hyundai vehicle with a price tag starting above $50,000, and the company claims that is good news ahead of the Genesis luxury sedan launching in November...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class recalled over steering fault
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class recalled over steering fault

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class is off to a slightly bumpy start in Australia, with the German brand issuing a recall for all vehicles sold between June 1 and September 1 over a steering issue. The recall affects 946 examples of the new-generation C-Class in Australia, and according to the official recall notice posted on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website, it is due to "the steering coupling lock", which "may not have been correctly engaged"...


2015 Ford Falcon FG X, Territory SZ MkII make fuel economy gains
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2015 Ford Falcon FG X, Territory SZ MkII make fuel economy gains

Aerodynamic improvements and the introduction of a lighter and more efficient automatic transmission promise to cut fuel consumption of the 2015 Ford Falcon FG X by up to nine per cent. The entry-level 4.0-litre six-cylinder Ford Falcon sedan benefits from the greatest economy gains, falling from 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres to 9.0L/100km...


Mazda 6 recalled: Stop-start problems for 2.5-litre petrol models
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Mazda 6 recalled: Stop-start problems for 2.5-litre petrol models

Nearly 1300 Mazda 6 models fitted with a 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine have been recalled due to an issue with the stop-start system. The recall effects Mazda 6 sedan and wagon models sold between 21 November 2013 and 2 October 2014. Mazda Australia has confirmed that 1298 vehicles will need to be returned to dealerships as a result of the issue...


Kia Australia introduces seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assist
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Kia Australia introduces seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assist

Kia Australia has confirmed the introduction of a new seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assistance program that positions the South Korean brand as the industry leader for ownership. The company claims the seven-year program - dubbed 7-7-7, "sets a new standard for customer care in the Australian automotive landscape", with the warranty for Kia vehicles now extended from five years to seven - with unlimited kilometres...


Ford Mustang benchmarked against BMW M3 but not Chevrolet Camaro
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Ford Mustang benchmarked against BMW M3 but not Chevrolet Camaro

The all-new Ford Mustang was benchmarked against performance cars such as the BMW M3, Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 but not the Chevrolet Camaro during development because it was “already superior” to its rival, according to the Blue Oval brand. Ford’s famous muscle car has focused on dynamics like never before for the sixth-generation that will become the first Mustang to become a global model...


2015 Ford Falcon sedan and Ford Falcon Ute pricing revealed
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2015 Ford Falcon sedan and Ford Falcon Ute pricing revealed

Pricing has been announced for the majority of the 2015 Ford Falcon sedan and Ford Falcon Ute ranges with cuts of almost $10,000 on some derivatives - but V8 lovers will have to wait until next week to find out pricing for the newly reintroduced XR8 Falcon...


First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days
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First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days

  Just hours after ISOFIX was given the official Australian tick of approval by the ACCC, Maxi-Cosi has announced it will be first to market locally with ISOFIX-compatible child car seats. Earlier today, the infant car seat maker unveiled two models that will be sold under the ISOGO label, Euro (above) and Hera (below) - and they'll be on the shelves in selected baby stores from 27 September 2014...


ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place
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ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place

Parents rejoice! The clever ISOFIX child seat restraint system will be available in Australia within days after the rubber stamp from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It’s still worth asking the question why it has taken so long for ISOFIX to be approved for use in our country...


Holden Craig Lowndes SS V Commodore confirmed
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Holden Craig Lowndes SS V Commodore confirmed

Holden has confirmed it will build a new special edition Craig Lowndes SS V model as a tribute to the driver's impending 20-year anniversary in V8 Supercars. News of the new model - which is based upon the Holden SS V Redline Commodore - was rumoured earlier this year, but Holden has now offered up some details on what makes the Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition different to the the standard car...


Joss enters negotiations with local investor : Australian supercar firms for 2015 launch
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Joss enters negotiations with local investor : Australian supercar firms for 2015 launch

Aspiring Australian supercar maker Joss is on the verge of partnering with a significant local investor in a deal that could make its 16-year dream of building a Ferrari-beater and exporting it to the world a reality. Joss founder Matt Thomas told CarAdvice today he could not reveal much about the negotiation process, but said he was feeling “pretty optimistic”...


Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition : V8 supercharger pack boosts HSV to 550kW, Holden to 500kW
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Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition : V8 supercharger pack boosts HSV to 550kW, Holden to 500kW

Walkinshaw Performance has released its most powerful V8 package ever, boosting 6.0-litre Holden Commodore models to 500kW and 6.2-litre HSVs to a whopping 550kW. The Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package is an enhanced version of the WPP230 Supercharger pack, and is limited to just 50 units...


Ford Australia paying people $200 to buy competitor vehicles
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Ford Australia paying people $200 to buy competitor vehicles

Ford Australia will give you $200 if you test drive one of its vehicles then go out and buy a rival model from one of its competitors. Conversely, if you test drive a Ford then go on to purchase one, the company will give you $500 off the price of the car. The campaign, called the Test Drive Challenge, applies to every model in Ford’s local showrooms excluding FPVs and runs between now and the end of October...


Let Australians import new cars from overseas, says federal minister
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Let Australians import new cars from overseas, says federal minister

The Federal Government’s infrastructure ministry believes the new vehicle market should be deregulated to give Australians the freedom to import new cars from overseas. The issue is one of a number raised in the government’s options discussion paper released today ahead of its review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989...


Toyota begins global vehicle development drive program in Australia
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Toyota begins global vehicle development drive program in Australia

Toyota Motor Corporation has kicked off a new driving program in Australia today to help the car maker develop vehicle specifications and set-ups for future models. More than 30 executives and employees involved in the global development of Toyota vehicles will take part in the program that will cover approximately 18,000 kilometres between now and mid-November...


Car sales August 2014: winners and losers
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Car sales August 2014: winners and losers

New vehicle sales declined in every Australian state and territory in August as consumers continued their cautious purchasing approach for the eighth consecutive month. A total of 88,157 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold across the country last month, down 5.5 per cent compared with the same month in 2013...