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First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days

  Just hours after ISOFIX was given the official Australian tick of approval by the ACCC, Maxi-Cosi has announced it will be first to market locally with ISOFIX-compatible child car seats...

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ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place
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ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place

Parents rejoice! The clever ISOFIX child seat restraint system will be available in Australia within days after the rubber stamp from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It’s still worth asking the question why it has taken so long for ISOFIX to be approved for use in our country...


Holden Craig Lowndes SS V Commodore confirmed
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Holden Craig Lowndes SS V Commodore confirmed

Holden has confirmed it will build a new special edition Craig Lowndes SS V model as a tribute to the driver's impending 20-year anniversary in V8 Supercars. News of the new model - which is based upon the Holden SS V Redline Commodore - was rumoured earlier this year, but Holden has now offered up some details on what makes the Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition different to the the standard car...


Joss enters negotiations with local investor : Australian supercar firms for 2015 launch
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Joss enters negotiations with local investor : Australian supercar firms for 2015 launch

Aspiring Australian supercar maker Joss is on the verge of partnering with a significant local investor in a deal that could make its 16-year dream of building a Ferrari-beater and exporting it to the world a reality. Joss founder Matt Thomas told CarAdvice today he could not reveal much about the negotiation process, but said he was feeling “pretty optimistic”...


Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition : V8 supercharger pack boosts HSV to 550kW, Holden to 500kW
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Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition : V8 supercharger pack boosts HSV to 550kW, Holden to 500kW

Walkinshaw Performance has released its most powerful V8 package ever, boosting 6.0-litre Holden Commodore models to 500kW and 6.2-litre HSVs to a whopping 550kW. The Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package is an enhanced version of the WPP230 Supercharger pack, and is limited to just 50 units...


Ford Australia paying people $200 to buy competitor vehicles
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Ford Australia paying people $200 to buy competitor vehicles

Ford Australia will give you $200 if you test drive one of its vehicles then go out and buy a rival model from one of its competitors. Conversely, if you test drive a Ford then go on to purchase one, the company will give you $500 off the price of the car. The campaign, called the Test Drive Challenge, applies to every model in Ford’s local showrooms excluding FPVs and runs between now and the end of October...


Let Australians import new cars from overseas, says federal minister
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Let Australians import new cars from overseas, says federal minister

The Federal Government’s infrastructure ministry believes the new vehicle market should be deregulated to give Australians the freedom to import new cars from overseas. The issue is one of a number raised in the government’s options discussion paper released today ahead of its review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989...


Toyota begins global vehicle development drive program in Australia
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Toyota begins global vehicle development drive program in Australia

Toyota Motor Corporation has kicked off a new driving program in Australia today to help the car maker develop vehicle specifications and set-ups for future models. More than 30 executives and employees involved in the global development of Toyota vehicles will take part in the program that will cover approximately 18,000 kilometres between now and mid-November...


Car sales August 2014: winners and losers
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Car sales August 2014: winners and losers

New vehicle sales declined in every Australian state and territory in August as consumers continued their cautious purchasing approach for the eighth consecutive month. A total of 88,157 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold across the country last month, down 5.5 per cent compared with the same month in 2013...


ANCAP adds date stamps to dispel confusion over crash test scores
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ANCAP adds date stamps to dispel confusion over crash test scores

The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has added a new feature to its star ratings, with the introduction of date stamps that are said to make it easier for consumers. ANCAP says the date stamps allow potential new-car buyers to "identify the requirements against which each car has been tested", meaning those same people won't need to have a working knowledge of the "road map" which sees the authority increase its safety requirements on a year-on-year basis...


Lexus to focus on "step-up" market
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Lexus to focus on "step-up" market

Lexus Australia says it can see plenty of opportunity to conquest customers away from mainstream brands as it aims to grow by five to ten percent year on year for the next five years. While Lexus is expanding its model lineup with the likes of the new medium-sized Lexus NX SUV and Lexus RC coupe, it’s looking to lure potential first-time luxury buyers to ditch mainstream brands in its favour...


Productivity Commission paints bleak picture for automotive manufacturing industry workers
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Productivity Commission paints bleak picture for automotive manufacturing industry workers

The Productivity Commission has painted a bleak picture for workers in Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry. In its final report on the industry, released yesterday, the Productivity Commission says up to 40,000 Australians will lose their jobs when local automotive manufacturing ends in 2017...


Productivity Commission calls on government to scrap luxury car tax
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Productivity Commission calls on government to scrap luxury car tax

The Productivity Commission has called on the Federal Government to consider scrapping the luxury car tax (LCT). In its final report on the Australian automotive manufacturing industry, the Productivity Commission labels the LCT “arbitrary in its effect” and “a higher-cost and less efficient method of raising revenue than more broadly based taxes”...


Government says Australia won't become a "dumping ground" for old used imports
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Government says Australia won't become a "dumping ground" for old used imports

The Federal Government says it has no intention of allowing Australia to become a “dumping ground” for other countries’ old vehicles, referring to the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to relax the restrictions on the importation of second-hand passenger and light-commercial vehicles...


FPV GT F auction yields almost $400,000 for National Breast Cancer Foundation
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FPV GT F auction yields almost $400,000 for National Breast Cancer Foundation

An auction of two FPV GT F models has raised nearly $400,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The two FPV GT F cars - with build plates 001 and 500 - were sold to buyers from Western Australia and Victoria, respectively. Car 001 sold for $157,600 after 84 bids, while the final Australian-bound sedan which is yet to be built saw 106 bids and attracted a huge $236,100...


How the mining boom affected car sales
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How the mining boom affected car sales

New modelling from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) estimates the mining boom may have boosted new vehicle sales around 30 per cent by 2013 over where they otherwise would have been, and cut prices by more than 15 per cent...


Ford Australia R&D team looks to develop more upmarket cars for the globe
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Ford Australia R&D team looks to develop more upmarket cars for the globe

Ford’s Asia Pacific design and engineering facilities in Melbourne have the potential to branch out and lead the development of a range of more upmarket global models than we’ve seen from them before, according to a pair of senior staff in the design and vehicle integration departments...


2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class avoids Luxury Car Tax across the board
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class avoids Luxury Car Tax across the board

  All non-optioned versions of what looks set to be Australia’s most popular luxury car, the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, will avoid the federal government’s controversial luxury car tax when it goes on sale later this week. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class range starts from $60,900 for the C200 and tops out at $74,900 for the C300 hybrid...


FPV GT-F : Fundraising auction accelerates quickly
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FPV GT-F : Fundraising auction accelerates quickly

Ford Australia is auctioning off two FPV GT-F sedans to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The auction, which launched last night, has already included bids of more than $100,000 each for car number 1 and car number 500 in the limited 550-unit production run...


2015 Ford Mustang spotted in right-hand-drive guise for the first time
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2015 Ford Mustang spotted in right-hand-drive guise for the first time

This could be the first ever Ford Mustang built in right-hand-drive from the factory floor. The image - posted by SVT Performance, courtesy of Ford Motor Company - shows an apparent 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible prototype. Never before has the blue oval brand sent a right-hand-drive Mustang from the line at its production plant, though many conversion companies have made money switching the US muscle car's left-twirler to suit markets such as Australia...