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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...


SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria
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SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria

SEA Automotive has delivered the first of nine electric trucks set to hit Victoria's roads in the coming months, as part of the Andrews Labor Government's New Energy Jobs fund. After receiving $517,000 from the Labor Government in October last year to develop a facility to manufacture commercial electric vehicles, SEA delivered the first of its zero-emissions trucks to Kings Transport, an Australian logistics company...


Importing Camry rather than producing locally won't dent image, company suggests
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Importing Camry rather than producing locally won't dent image, company suggests

The fact that the new 2018 Toyota Camry will be imported from Japan rather than built in Australia like the outgoing model should not have a great impact on sales, which nevertheless are expected to decline in response to the car’s push upmarket. The 2018 Toyota Camry - generation number eight - is a new-from-the-ground-up model with different architecture and fully revised designs outside and in...


BMW slams Australian government on EV infrastructure
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BMW slams Australian government on EV infrastructure

The boss of BMW's local arm has pulled no punches in his estimation of the Australian government, declaring it has fallen far behind other developed countries when it comes to legislation and strategies regarding low-emissions vehicles. Marc Werner, CEO for BMW Australia, said at the launch of the plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance that the government has "stuck their collective heads in the sand"...


HSV Colorado coming: Engine, chassis and looks to be modded
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HSV Colorado coming: Engine, chassis and looks to be modded

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is understood to have numerous irons in the fire, one of the most interesting being a plan to capitalise on the pickup boom with an aggressive HSV Colorado dual-cab for 2018. The Melbourne-based operation — tuning arm of the Walkinshaw Group, one of the remaining positive stories in Australian auto manufacturing — has a storied history tuning rear-wheel drive V8 Commodore sedans, wagons and utes...


Electric cars ‘need subsidies to get a foothold in the market’: Renault-Nissan chief
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Electric cars ‘need subsidies to get a foothold in the market’: Renault-Nissan chief

The chicken or the egg? Forget that. What about the government subsidy or the electric car? Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, told media this week that in order for electric vehicles to be in the minds of consumers there needs to be government support in the form of subsidies. Without subsidies, Ghosn warned, there is little to no demand from private consumers...


Nissan and Mitsubishi announce shared parts and accessories warehousing in Australia
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Nissan and Mitsubishi announce shared parts and accessories warehousing in Australia

Nissan Australia and Mitsubishi Australia have this week announced the establishment of a joint local parts and accessories logistics and warehousing operation. The new 'National Parts Distribution Centre' will be one of the country's largest automotive logistics facilities when construction finishes by December this year, measuring more than 36,000 square metres...


Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi “not doing their fair share in Australia”, says global CEO
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Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi “not doing their fair share in Australia”, says global CEO

New car buyers can soon expect to see a more aggressive approach from Renault, Mitsubishi and Nissan as the brands push for greater relevance in the busy Australian market, following a strongly-worded press conference with the global head of all three brands this week...


Electric Vehicle Council launches in Canberra with $400,000 grant
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Electric Vehicle Council launches in Canberra with $400,000 grant

The Electric Vehicle Council is now 'on the map' in Australia, thanks to a heavily reported launch event this week in Canberra and the provision of a $390,000 federal grant to member organisation ClimateWorks. The council is a national, independent advocate body, formed in 2016 through a tie-up of the smaller ACT EV Council and related parties...


Victorian government gives funding boost to manufacturing sector
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Victorian government gives funding boost to manufacturing sector

The Victorian ALP government is pushing to lure manufacturing jobs to the State in the wake of Ford’s plant closure, Holden’s engine-plant shuttering and the imminent end of Toyota’s production line. Premier Daniel Andrews this week attended the opening of Rinnai’s new facility in Braeside, which will produce gas and electric hot water systems, ducted gas, air-conditioning and solar renewable systems, plus conduct global R&D...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 21, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 21, 2017

Hi there and welcome to the CarAdvice News Desk. Tegan Lawson with a look at what has been making headlines. Details of the 2017 Ford Mondeo have been announced, the changes are minor but Ford Australia says the model is crucial to the Australian market. Meantime, Ford Australia has also announced that its front-wheel drive Transit and Transit Custom vans will finally be available with an automatic transmission...


Infiniti Australia names Chang-Hwan Lee as new managing director
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Infiniti Australia names Chang-Hwan Lee as new managing director

The local arm of Nissan luxury marque Infiniti has appointed a new managing director, with outgoing boss Jean-Philippe Roux moving to lead the brand's marketing efforts for the Russian market. In his time at the top of Infiniti Australia, Roux oversaw the local launch of new Q50 variants, the big Patrol-based QX80 SUV, the small Q30 and QX30 twins, and most recently the new-generation Q60 coupe...