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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...

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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...


Holden increases prices across almost all model lines
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Holden increases prices across almost all model lines

Almost the entire range of Holden models has seen a price hike. A yearly price realignment for the Australian arm of General Motors has seen the brand's manufacturers' list prices rise by between $400 and $1000. "Our retail price has increased approximately one per cent across the range to bring it in line with business costs," said Mark Flintoft, Holden product communications manager...


2015 Ford Falcon FG X and Territory SZ II model codes, rear styling revealed
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2015 Ford Falcon FG X and Territory SZ II model codes, rear styling revealed

The final Ford Falcon will be known as the FG X when it goes on sale towards the end of this year. Ford Australia explains the new model code retains the existing FG component, continuing to pay tribute to the long-running ‘Fairmont’ and ‘Ghia’ nameplates, and reintroduces the letter X, which featured in the designations of every Falcon from the original 1960 XK to the XH ute that was produced until 1999...


Holden boss says proposed funding cuts could spell an even more premature end for local car making
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Holden boss says proposed funding cuts could spell an even more premature end for local car making

GM Holden chairman and managing director Gerry Dorizas has warned the Australian car industry and the nearly 50,000 jobs it directly supports could shut down earlier than planned if the Federal Government’s proposed funding cuts go ahead...


Holden Commodore successor revealed to New Zealand dealers - report
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Holden Commodore successor revealed to New Zealand dealers - report

The boss of Holden New Zealand has reportedly revealed to his dealers the car that will replace the Commodore when Australian production ends in 2017. Managing director of Holden NZ Jeff Murray told the New Zealand Herald he privately showed dealers the new large sedan in June, giving them a glimpse of the new model roughly three and a half years before it is destined to go on sale in Australia and across the ditch...


Joe Hockey suggests poor people don't drive as much, therefore won't be as badly affected by fuel price hike
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Joe Hockey suggests poor people don't drive as much, therefore won't be as badly affected by fuel price hike

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has landed himself in hot water over comments made on ABC Radio today regarding his plans to raise the fuel excise. Speaking about the effects of the increased fuel excise announced as part of the Abbott Government's 2014 Budget, Hockey told a Brisbane ABC radio station that a rise to the cost of fuel wouldn't affect those who were already worse off...


Australia's most stolen cars revealed
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Australia's most stolen cars revealed

The Holden Commodore is the most stolen vehicle in Australia. Data compiled by Compare the Market lists three Commodores inside the top four on 2013’s most stolen list. The VT Commodore was the hottest property among thieves with 966 recorded stolen. The VE Commodore was a close second at 830 thefts, while the Hyundai Excel X3 (758) cracked the podium ahead of the VX Commodore (600)...


2015 Chevrolet Cruze spotted undisguised in Michigan
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2015 Chevrolet Cruze spotted undisguised in Michigan

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze has been caught on camera near Troy, Michigan, as the US brand readies the car for its expected international debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show. The all-new Cruze has been seen before - it was seen in Chinese-spec guise earlier this year - but this is the first known glimpse of what is expected to be the model sold to the rest of the world...


2015 Ford Falcon XT spied
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2015 Ford Falcon XT spied

A CarAdvice reader has sent in two images that appear to uncover the 2015 Ford Falcon XT for the first time. Though low-resolution, the rear-three-quarter shot provides a fresh angle on the Falcon sedan’s overhauled back half, while the tightly cropped front-side image highlights its headlights and front bumper, alloy wheel design and side indicators...


Car sales July 2014: winners and losers
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Car sales July 2014: winners and losers

The Toyota Corolla is now the top-selling car of 2014 after taking a narrow lead over the Mazda 3. July was the Corolla’s fifth consecutive month at the top of the monthly charts. It outsold the Mazda 3 comfortably (3800 versus 3421), and turned a 358-unit deficit at the halfway point of the year into a 21-car lead with five months of 2014 remaining (25,966 versus 25,945)...


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2014 Holden Cruze Review: Z-Series and SRi-Z

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Toyota Australia launches DRIVE employee support program
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Toyota Australia launches DRIVE employee support program

Toyota Australia is today launching the first phase of its ‘DRIVE’ program designed to help employees prepare for their futures after the company ceases manufacturing in 2017. During the first stage of DRIVE (for ‘dedicated, ready, individual, vocational and energised’), employees will have access to information about other industries, attend a career day and receive referrals for financial services and other assistance programs...