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Ford opens new US research centre alongside Google, Apple, Facebook

In a move that signifies us moving ever closer to the 'connected car', Ford Motor Company has opened a new research centre in California's Silicon Valley to aid in the development of technologies that will herald the next step change in automotive evolution...

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Alfa Romeo 4C priced from $89,000
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Alfa Romeo 4C priced from $89,000

The Alfa Romeo 4C halo coupe will kick off from $89,000 plus on-road costs when it finally launches in Australia from February this year, the company announced today. After facing supply-driven delays that have pushed it back to Q1 of this year, Alfa’s local arm has at last secured an initial allocation of 120 units of the mid-engined, lightweight sportscar...


Morgan 3 Wheeler confirmed for Australia, priced from $90,000
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Morgan 3 Wheeler confirmed for Australia, priced from $90,000

After years of recalibrating and reconfiguring, the Morgan 3 Wheeler is now on sale in Australia priced from $90,000 plus on-road costs. The niche sports car brand described the process of getting the Morgan 3 Wheeler to market as a “protracted” one that has required the unique vehicle to be “re-engineered from a 3-wheeled motorcycle to a 3-wheeled car”...


Australian designers claim top two awards at 2015 Detroit motor show
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Australian designers claim top two awards at 2015 Detroit motor show

Australians have cleaned up at the 2015 Detroit motor show, claiming the top two design awards for their work on the Buick Avenir and the Ford GT. The Buick Avenir concept was named the best-designed concept vehicle of the show by the EyesOn Design jury, while the judges voted the Ford GT the best-designed production vehicle...


Holden “a portfolio that needs improvement”, admits exec who vows increased consistency in future line-up
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Holden “a portfolio that needs improvement”, admits exec who vows increased consistency in future line-up

General Motors vice president of design Ed Welburn has admitted the current Holden line-up “needs improvement”, vowing to put consistency back into the future range with a plan that has “thrilled” Australian dealers. Welburn recognises that in the future there needs to be consistency of design language across all Holden products so customers are not confused by a varied array of models...


Holden “underestimated” factory closure uncertainty and lacked clear communication, admits GM exec
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Holden “underestimated” factory closure uncertainty and lacked clear communication, admits GM exec

The man who made the decision to pull the pin on Australian Holden manufacturing, General Motors head of international operations Stefan Jacoby, has admitted that he “underestimated” consumer concern following the announcement and communication from the brand wasn’t clear enough...


Holden manufacturing closure "the right thing for Australia", says GM exec
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Holden manufacturing closure "the right thing for Australia", says GM exec

More than a year after the announcement that Holden will close its car manufacturing facilities in Elizabeth, South Australia, and engine plant at Port Melbourne, Victoria, the man who made the shut-down decision maintains it was the right call...


Chevrolet Bolt EV concept : Australian-designed concept claims 200 miles range, US$30K price
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Chevrolet Bolt EV concept : Australian-designed concept claims 200 miles range, US$30K price

Australian design and engineering has been showcased for a second time at the 2015 Detroit motor show, with the new Chevrolet Bolt EV concept crossover debuting just hours after the Buick Avenir show car. The new Chevrolet Bolt EV concept was constructed in GM Australia's design studio in Port Melbourne, with the Australian workshop one of only two in the world with the capability to bring such a project to reality...


Toyota Australia embarks on culture shift to "lift our game"
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Toyota Australia embarks on culture shift to "lift our game"

Toyota Australia’s head of sales and marketing admits a “once-in-a-lifetime” overhaul of the brand’s culture is required to help Toyota and its dealers “lift our game”. Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb (pictured below) said the company was “taking for nothing for granted” despite today announcing another industry-leading sales result for 2014 in which Toyota sold 203,501 new vehicles...


Industry body tips another big sales year in 2015, but stops short of record predictions
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Industry body tips another big sales year in 2015, but stops short of record predictions

Australia’s peak automotive industry body is confident Australians will once again buy in excess of 1.1 million new vehicles this year, but has stopped short of predicting a record sales tally after 2014’s total fell short of its initial forecast. Last January, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Tony Weber (pictured) predicted the market would hit 1...


Luxury car sales boom in 2014
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Luxury car sales boom in 2014

Luxury car brands Audi, Bentley, BMW, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Rolls-Royce all enjoyed a bumper year in 2014. The big three German makers - Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz - enjoyed the most success, despite the overall market dipping slightly compared with 2013's record sales...


Toyota passes on free trade agreement cuts to more than 100,000 customers
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Toyota passes on free trade agreement cuts to more than 100,000 customers

Toyota Australia says more than 100,000 local customers will benefit from its move to cut prices across its range of Japan-sourced vehicles ahead of the finalisation of Australia’s free trade agreement (FTA) with the Asian nation. Price cuts of up to $7630 have been applied to some of the company’s most popular passenger cars and SUVs, including the Yaris, Corolla hatchback, RAV4, Prado and LandCruiser, as well as its commercial vans...


2014 car sales:: winners and losers
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2014 car sales: winners and losers

The number of new vehicles sold in Australia in 2014 contracted by 2.0 per cent compared with the record figures of 2013, though sales once again topped the magic million mark.  According to VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, 1,113,224 new cars, SUVs and commercials were registered last year, which is 23,000 fewer than in the previous year over the same number of selling days...


Ute sales drop in 2014
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Ute sales drop in 2014

The Toyota HiLux has claimed the title of top-selling ute once again, but sales figures for 2014 show the shine appears to be wearing off the light commercial vehicle segment as the mining boom winds down. The Toyota HiLux rustled up 38,126 sales over the course of 2014, a drop of 1805 units or 4.5 per cent compared with the previous year...


Toyota Corolla: Australia's best-selling car in 2014
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Toyota Corolla: Australia's best-selling car in 2014

The Toyota Corolla has taken out the title of best-selling vehicle in 2014, claiming top-spot honours for the second year straight by just pipping the Mazda 3. The Corolla notched up 43,735 sales over the calendar year - just a few hundred units more than its nearest rival, which also happens to be a Japanese small car, the Mazda 3 (43,313)...


2015 Ford Falcon FG X gallery
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2015 Ford Falcon FG X gallery

The Ford Falcon XR8 is back! The last iteration of Australia's Ford Falcon range is here. CarAdvice has compiled a collection of images showcasing the FG X XR8, XR6 Ute and G6E EcoBoost sedan. All photos shot in-house by the CarAdvice team. Ford Falcon FG X XR8 - rear Ford Falcon FG X G6E Ecoboost - front   Click the Photos tab to see all the images...


Investment in Australian education instrumental to Ford's global R&D success
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Investment in Australian education instrumental to Ford's global R&D success

Ford Australia has committed a further $340 million to supporting research and development programs in Australia. This brings the total to $2.2 billion invested over the past seven years. A core element of Ford's engineering strategy is developing education, with the manufacturer having launched a tertiary research program in 2013...


Mercedes-Benz tops Audi, BMW in Australian luxury car customer service satisfaction study
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Mercedes-Benz tops Audi, BMW in Australian luxury car customer service satisfaction study

Mercedes-Benz has beaten rivals Audi and BMW to take out top spot in JD Power’s first Australian study into luxury car customer service satisfaction. Mercedes-Benz scored 833 points out of 1000 in the 2014 Australian Customer Service Index Study – Luxury Market, putting daylight between it and fellow German brands Audi (791) and BMW (774)...


2015 Ford Focus here mid-year with substantial upgrades
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2015 Ford Focus here mid-year with substantial upgrades

The updated 2015 Ford Focus made its Asia Pacific premiere this week at the company's Go Further 2020 event in Melbourne, some time out from its expected arrival in local showrooms. The refreshed Focus, revealed globally earlier this year, features a revised front end design, incorporating Ford's new family grille and slimline headlights...


Ford Australia to copy Apple and Starbucks customer experience
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Ford Australia to copy Apple and Starbucks customer experience

Ford Australia is aiming to revolutionise its customer experience by copying Apple and Starbucks. The company, which will switch from being a local manufacturer to an import-only business in November 2017, is undertaking a transformational retail and ownership campaign to personalise the way people buy and own cars...