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Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality

If you think that technology has changed the way we use and interact with our cars, spare a thought for the engineers who design them. At the launch of the RWD Ford Everest this week, CarAdvice was invited to experience the VR CAVE development environment at the company’s Broadmeadows headquarters...

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Iconic Aussie ute immortalised as wooden toy: Your chance to win!
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Iconic Aussie ute immortalised as wooden toy: Your chance to win!

The quintessential Australian leisure machine, the humble ute, has been reimagined as a wooden play set, just in time for Christmas. Developed by Australian homewares company, Make Me Iconic, the bright orange ute bares a strong resemblance to an HQ Holden (or an HJ/HX/HZ) which gives it a bit of a nostalgic feel...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 18, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 18, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. This week, regular host Tegan Lawson is on assignment overseas. In her place, Trent Nikolic presents this week's video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Skoda working on resale value concerns, perceived and genuine
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Skoda working on resale value concerns, perceived and genuine

Skoda says it's actively working on improving its perceived and actual resale value to offer buyers greater confidence in choosing the Czech brand over more established Japanese and European rivals. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the Octavia RS230 in Sydney yesterday (review), the head of Skoda Australia, Michael Irmer, said that the perception that Skoda has poor resale isn’t reflective in reality these days...


Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion
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Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released an issues paper outlining focus areas for the car industry market study it announced in June this year. The new car industry study is fundamentally set up to make sure car manufacturers and their franchise dealers understand their obligations, and that consumers understand their mandated rights...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 14, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 14, 2016

Hi there, Tegan Lawson with you at the CarAdvice.com News Desk. Making headlines this week, the final four Fords built here in Australia will go up for auction on Saturday October 15. It comes after the final Falcon and Territory rolled off the production line in northern Melbourne last Friday...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 7, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 7, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Holden Cruze Australian production ended
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Holden Cruze Australian production ended

The final locally made Holden Cruze rolled off the production line near Adelaide today — the same day as rival Ford closes its own production facilities in Melbourne. The final iteration Australia’s small car is a blue SRI Z-Series hatch, which is fitting since this body-style was also locally designed...


Ford Australia manufacturing ends, but 160 staff deployed to R&D operations
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Ford Australia manufacturing ends, but 160 staff deployed to R&D operations

Ford Australia says it is in the midst of redeploying 160 manufacturing staff to new roles within its vehicle development operations in Victoria, where they will help develop global products such as the next Ranger. As the shutters sadly close on Ford Australia’s Falcon and Territory production line in northern Melbourne today, the company has reminded us that it still plans to invest more than any other car-maker into local research and development...


Ford's last Falcon, Territory roll down the line: Final four to be auctioned for charity
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Ford's last Falcon, Territory roll down the line: Final four to be auctioned for charity

The last two locally produced Fords, a Falcon and Territory, have rolled down the assembly line in Broadmeadows, marking an end to over 90 years of production in Australia...


Subaru Australia boss promoted to senior regional role
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Subaru Australia boss promoted to senior regional role

Subaru Australia managing director, Nick Senior, has been promoted this week to a new role within the brand's local distributor, Inchcape. He is succeeded at Subaru Australia by sales and marketing director, Colin Christie. London-based Inchcape is the Australian importer and distributor for the Subaru brand, owning 90 per cent of the local business...


Ford Australia's Geelong engine plant clocks out
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Ford Australia's Geelong engine plant clocks out

As Ford moves closer to the end of its Australian manufacturing operations, this week marked one more sad milestone along the way: the last engines to be produced at its Geelong plant have been boxed up and shipped out. The final bell will toll on October 7, but, just as production of the Falcon Ute ended in July, the company's engine building operation is the latest to finish up...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

Hi there and welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk. Making headlines this week, high speed testing will be allowed on Northern Territory roads, despite the newly-elected Labor government reinstating 130km/hr speed limits on formerly unrestricted roads. Manufacturers can apply for an exemption to conduct high speed testing...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, here’s what’s been making headlines. The latest new car sales figures have been released and the August VFACTS reports shows sales grew by 4.6 per cent with 95,000 new cars sold. The biggest growth segments were SUV’s and light commercials. Toyota was the top selling brand and the Toyota Corolla was the best selling car...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


August 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed
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August 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed

New vehicles sales grew by a solid 4.6 per cent in August, keeping the market on track for an all-time annual record. VFACTS figures released this morning show that 94,909 new cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold last month, taking the year-to-date (YTD) figure to 784,380...


Missing link in Holden SUV lineup to be all-new global model
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Missing link in Holden SUV lineup to be all-new global model

Too often, in the world of automotive marketing, the term 'all-new' is thrown around without much emphasis on fact. 'All' is usually very far from the mark, and 'new' isn't much further behind. So Holden's unequivocal promise this week that the missing SUV in the brand's four-model line up will be all-new - a model yet to be revealed anywhere in the world - is treated with a high level of interest (and maybe a smidge of skepticism)...


Holden facing its greatest challenge: transformation
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Holden facing its greatest challenge: transformation

Change is always hard, but it is made harder when the whole country is watching. Speaking with CarAdvice last night, Holden managing director Mark Bernhard said that the cessation of vehicle and engine production from October 2016, and the transition of the brand from manufacturer to importer, is the greatest challenge faced by the Lion in its 160-year history...


July 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales down, winners and losers detailed
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July 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales down, winners and losers detailed

Australian new vehicle sales went slightly backwards in July, but not enough to stop 2016 from remaining on track for an all-time annual record. According to VFACTS industry figures released this morning, 91,331 new vehicles were sold last month, which is down 1.1 per cent over July last year. Annual sales sit at 689,471, up 2.8 per cent over last year’s record...


Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role
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Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role

The Australian arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of a new President and CEO, Steve Zanlunghi. New York-born Zanlunghi, an American/Australian dual-citizen with a life-long history here, replaces native Detroiter Pat Dougherty, who came to the role in late 2014 and now moves to lead the company's parts and service operations for the wider Asia-Pacific region...