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VFACTS: January 2018 new vehicle sales

New vehicle industry peak lobby group, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), reported a 4.3 per cent increase in sales and registrations for January 2018 compared to the same month last year...

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Stricter fuel standards set to bring cleaner cars to Aussie roads
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Stricter fuel standards set to bring cleaner cars to Aussie roads

A report from the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions has suggested adopting stricter fuel standards in Australia, including tighter controls on sulphur. Should they pass, proposed changes to the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 would make it easier for manufacturers to sell more efficient European cars reliant on higher-quality petrol than currently offered Down Under...


Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade agreement opens door for cheaper imports
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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade agreement opens door for cheaper imports

Australia appears likely to sign a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, ending the five per cent import duty imposed on cars from Mexico and Canada in the process. The agreement, dubbed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, has been revived after a backflip from Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland...


Australian car industry split over EV subsidies
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Australian car industry split over EV subsidies

Representative body for Australia’s motoring industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), says it will not necessarily lobby government to apply subsidies encouraging the take-up of zero emissions vehicles...


New rules to crack down on vehicle recalls, open door for left-hook hypercars
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New rules to crack down on vehicle recalls, open door for left-hook hypercars

Proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act promise to bring low-volume hypercars to our roads, crack down on car resellers over missed recalls and punish dodgy dealers for misleading consumers. The planned tweaks, published today in an 'exposure draft' ahead of debate in Federal Parliament next year, are the biggest in 30 years...


Holden's dealer network is getting up to $200 million worth of upgrades
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Holden's dealer network is getting up to $200 million worth of upgrades

Holden hopes a couple of big new investments into its Australian dealer network and proving ground will convince doubters that parent company GM is committed to its future. The newly fledged sales, marketing and development company announced it will co-fund a $150- to $200 million cash injection, with its franchise dealers, into its 200-site network...


Nissan's Melbourne casting plant flat-out, making EV and hybrid parts for export
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Nissan's Melbourne casting plant flat-out, making EV and hybrid parts for export

With Australia’s big three vehicle manufacturers - Ford, Holden and Toyota - now all running as full importers after years of plant wind-downs, it’s a good time to look at aspects of the car-making business still in operation here...


October 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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October 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales grew 2.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year, keeping the market narrowly on track for an all-time annual record in 2017. VFACTS figures provided by industry lobby group, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), recorded an all-time-high 95,763 sales last monthly, taking the yearly figure to 984,931 units with two months left to run — up 0...


Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing
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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...


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...