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Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing

Holden has paid tribute to its local manufacturing history, as the Elizabeth Plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. The final Commodore – a VF II SS V Redline – rolled off the production line at 10:45 this morning, ending 69 years worth of locally-built GM products for the Australian market...

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Toyota Australia's Altona factory closes
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Toyota Australia's Altona factory closes

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today closed its Australian manufacturing operations after 54 years and almost 3.5 million cars produced, for local buyers and export to the Middle East. The shuttering of Toyota’s Altona factory in Melbourne’s west was announced almost four years ago to give staff and suppliers time to prepare and re-train, with financial help from Toyota and various levels of government...


BMW sales up 52 per cent over five years; 14 new models coming by 2020
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BMW sales up 52 per cent over five years; 14 new models coming by 2020

BMW Group Australia is kicking goals with local sales up 52 per cent over the past five years. In addition to sales success, the brand plans to launch 14 new models locally by 2020, further bolstering SUV sales and taking advantage of a surge in luxury car sales. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent BMW 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner said he is excited about BMW's future product offering...


Suzuki Australia: Michael Pachota announced as General Manager
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Suzuki Australia: Michael Pachota announced as General Manager

Michael Pachota has been announced today as the new General Manager for the automotive division of Suzuki Australia, taking a similar path to his predecessor, Andrew Moore. Both had previously held the post of National Sales Manager before ascending to the top end of the Suzuki brand's automotive arm in Australia...


Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director
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Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director

Andrew Moore, only last week confirmed to be leaving his post at the top of Suzuki Australia's automotive branch, has been announced today as Managing Director of Renault Australia. Moore's move to Renault follows the announcement earlier this month that Justin Hocevar had left the French car maker's ranks, without explanation...


French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide
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French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide

Navya, a French company specialising in autonomous shuttle buses, will establish its Asia-Pacific headquarters and a new factory in Adelaide. In announcing the "partnership" with Navya, South Australian premier Jay Weatherill said: "Establishing a driverless car vehicle operation here in South Australia is the perfect bridge connecting our past in traditional vehicle manufacturing and our future in advanced manufacturing in a clean, carbon neutral environment...


Justin Hocevar out as Renault Australia boss
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Justin Hocevar out as Renault Australia boss

Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar is managing director no longer, with the company announcing his departure this week. Hocevar's exit comes as a surprise, having been expected to join Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show this week. The news follows the unexpected departure of his Renault Nissan Alliance counterpart at Nissan Australia, Richard Emery...


Australian road safety guru elected new Global NCAP chairman
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Australian road safety guru elected new Global NCAP chairman

Long-time road safety advocate, and former Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh, has been appointed chairman of the Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP)...


August 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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August 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales grew 1.8 per cent in August over the same month last year, to 96,662 units. It's the fourth consecutive month of record sales and the highest August outcome ever. Growth in light commercial vehicle sales of 16.7 per cent, and SUVs by 4.7 per cent, offset a decline of 8.2 per cent in passenger cars...


Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery departs, Stephen Lester flying in
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Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery departs, Stephen Lester flying in

Nissan Australia has today confirmed the departure of managing director and CEO, Richard Emery, and announced his successor, Stephen Lester. No explanation for Emery's exit has been offered, although it is known he is not moving to another position within the global Renault Nissan alliance. A spokesperson for the company declined to comment on the change in management...


Toyota Aurion production has ended
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Toyota Aurion production has ended

Australia's Toyota Aurion is now out of production, with the final unit rolling off the line at the Altona plant in Melbourne's west this week. The Aurion sedan's retirement comes a few months before Altona shutters for the final time, with the local Camry Hybrid ending production in September and the Camry petrol on October 3...


Inside Holden's Elizabeth plant

Inside Holden's Elizabeth plant

We already know that, come October 20, operations at the long-standing Holden plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, will cease. That's old news – we've known since January...

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Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan
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Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan

Plans to loosen laws preventing 'parallel' vehicle imports have largely been shelved as part of the federal government's re-jigged Road Vehicle Standards Bill, designed to take effect in 2019. As you may recall, representatives from the Turnbull Government early last year flagged changes to the extant Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1987, to allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars from 2018...


Australia average vehicle age is 10.1 years
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Australia average vehicle age is 10.1 years

The average age of Australia’s vehicle fleet is 10.1 years, although more than 30 per cent of vehicles on the road are fewer than five years old. Furthermore, estimates suggest that sales of used vehicles were more than triple those of new vehicles in 2016 - the latter of which are at record highs...


ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry
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ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry

Australia's consumer watchdog wants car manufacturers to drastically improve the way they handle customer complaints, to share their proprietary vehicle data with independent repairers, and to support real-world fuel economy and emission tests. These are three key findings in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) draft report into the new car retailing industry, which is open for stakeholder comments until September 7...


Australian auto industry worth $37b, has record 27,000 job vacancies
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Australian auto industry worth $37b, has record 27,000 job vacancies

The Australian automotive sector will still contribute a massive $37.1 billion to the economy (2.2 per cent of GDP) beyond the end of local car manufacturing in October. And there are currently a record 27,000 auto job vacancies waiting to filled, upped to a staggering 35,000 vacancies in the sector within a year — contrary to generally-held views...


VACC warns of number-plate cloning scam, motorists left to prove innocence
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VACC warns of number-plate cloning scam, motorists left to prove innocence

Guilty until proven innocent? The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is this week shining a light on the most heinous practice of number-plate cloning, which it claims has left "numerous" car dealers fighting traffic infringement penalties. In one case, the VACC says, a Licensed Motor Car Trader was fined over $16,000 "for a single incidence of number plate cloning"...


July 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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July 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales in Australia grew 1.6 per cent in July over the same month in 2016, to a record 92,754 units - enough to keep the market on record year-to-date (YTD) pace. It was the fourth month of record sales for 2017, with July the third month in succession where the feat was achieved...


Ford Ranger sales booming across Asia-Pacific
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Ford Ranger sales booming across Asia-Pacific

The Australian-designed and engineered Ford Ranger ute isn't just a hit in our market, it seems. The Blue Oval workhorse also broke its sales record across the wider Asia-Pacific region over the first half of 2017...


Victorian government proposes military vehicle production at old Holden site
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Victorian government proposes military vehicle production at old Holden site

The Victorian state government and defence company BAE Systems want to build a fleet of next-generation military vehicles at the former Holden site in Melbourne's inner-west. Victoria's Andrews government has signed a Heads of Agreement with the British multinational defence company, proposing to make and maintain 225 new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles and by extension creating what it claims to be thousands of manufacturing jobs - albeit with indeterminate terms...