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Local carbon parts maker Quickstep secures supply deal, impresses German government

Australian carbon-fibre parts maker Quickstep has announced two key milestones this month, confirming its first supply deal with a global carmaker, while also achieving a landmark efficiency result in a major German manufacturing project...

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Holden announces $255 million loss in 2014, but improvements showing
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Holden announces $255 million loss in 2014, but improvements showing

Holden has today confirmed an after-tax loss of $255.2 million for the 2014 financial year. But, although significant, the loss was far from unexpected for the Lion brand, having already forecast major financial losses as it works through a costly transition to a sales and import-only operation...


2016 Toyota Fortuner - who will buy it?
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2016 Toyota Fortuner - who will buy it?

With the arrival of the all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner later this year, the Japanese brand's SUV line-up will hit six models. The all-new Fortuner will be sold in the same space as the petrol-only Kluger and FJ Cruiser, as well as the Prado and LandCruiser 200 Series, while the smaller RAV4 can't be forgotten...


2016 Toyota Fortuner revealed in Sydney ahead of Australian debut
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2016 Toyota Fortuner revealed in Sydney ahead of Australian debut

The all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner SUV has been unveiled at simultaneous events in Thailand and Australia ahead of an October sales debut this year. The Japanese brand's new rugged off-road model - which is based on the new-generation Toyota HiLux - is to that ute as the Ford Everest is to the Ranger, the Isuzu MU-X to the D-Max ... you get the idea...


Carsales.com Ltd sues CarsGuide.com.au: over allegedly misleading and deceptive marketing campaign - UPDATE
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Carsales.com Ltd sues CarsGuide.com.au: over allegedly misleading and deceptive marketing campaign - UPDATE

Australia’s largest new and used car classifieds site, Carsales.com.au, is suing competitor CarsGuide.com.au in the Supreme Court of Victoria with allegations that its media campaign is grossly misleading and deceptive towards Carsales.com.au. According to Carsales.com.au, a campaign started on June 15 by CarsGuide.com...


2016 Kia Pro_cee'd GT changes detailed, but local future uncertain
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2016 Kia Pro_cee'd GT changes detailed, but local future uncertain

The 2016 Kia Pro_cee'd GT has been detailed, and there have been a broad range of changes to the slow-selling warm hatch. The enhancements include updates to its powertrain, but crucially the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine still hasn't been adjoined to an automatic gearbox - it remains a six-speed manual proposition only...


Tesla adds Destination Charging locations in Australia
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Tesla adds Destination Charging locations in Australia

Tesla Motors has announced an Australian roll-out of its Destination Charging Program which has seen the electric car brand add a number of fast charge points around the country...


Ford Australia posts $190.7 million loss in 2014
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Ford Australia posts $190.7 million loss in 2014

Ford Australia has recorded a $190.7 million loss for 2014 on the back of sliding sales and continued costs associated with the impending closure of its production facilities. The negative financial result is the fourth consecutive loss for Ford Australia, leaving the company approximately $890 million in the red since 2010...


Holden issues forced redundancies at Elizabeth plant
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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. Last month, Holden confirmed plans to cut 270 full-time workers from its production line by May 25 and had hoped the majority of redundancies would be voluntary rather than forced...


Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know - LAST UPDATE JULY 30
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Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know - LAST UPDATE JULY 30

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...