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2015 Ford Falcon FG X gallery

The Ford Falcon XR8 is back! The last iteration of Australia's Ford Falcon range is here. CarAdvice has compiled a collection of images showcasing the FG X XR8, XR6 Ute and G6E EcoBoost sedan. All photos shot in-house by the CarAdvice team...

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Investment in Australian education instrumental to Ford's global R&D success
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Investment in Australian education instrumental to Ford's global R&D success

Ford Australia has committed a further $340 million to supporting research and development programs in Australia. This brings the total to $2.2 billion invested over the past seven years. A core element of Ford's engineering strategy is developing education, with the manufacturer having launched a tertiary research program in 2013...


Mercedes-Benz tops Audi, BMW in Australian luxury car customer service satisfaction study
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Mercedes-Benz tops Audi, BMW in Australian luxury car customer service satisfaction study

Mercedes-Benz has beaten rivals Audi and BMW to take out top spot in JD Power’s first Australian study into luxury car customer service satisfaction. Mercedes-Benz scored 833 points out of 1000 in the 2014 Australian Customer Service Index Study – Luxury Market, putting daylight between it and fellow German brands Audi (791) and BMW (774)...


2015 Ford Focus here mid-year with substantial upgrades
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2015 Ford Focus here mid-year with substantial upgrades

The updated 2015 Ford Focus made its Asia Pacific premiere this week at the company's Go Further 2020 event in Melbourne, some time out from its expected arrival in local showrooms. The refreshed Focus, revealed globally earlier this year, features a revised front end design, incorporating Ford's new family grille and slimline headlights...


Ford Australia to copy Apple and Starbucks customer experience
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Ford Australia to copy Apple and Starbucks customer experience

Ford Australia is aiming to revolutionise its customer experience by copying Apple and Starbucks. The company, which will switch from being a local manufacturer to an import-only business in November 2017, is undertaking a transformational retail and ownership campaign to personalise the way people buy and own cars...


Fiat Professional dedicated to dealer and service expansion in Australia
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Fiat Professional dedicated to dealer and service expansion in Australia

It's been an interesting month over at Fiat Chrysler Group. Changes in core staff and a new CEO are often challenging for a manufacturer, but speaking at the launch of the 2015 Fiat Ducato and new Fiat Doblo yesterday, FCA's new director of corporate communications Lucy McLellan said that the multi-branded group is looking very much to the future...


Toyota Australia to close Sydney offices, consolidate in Melbourne
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Toyota Australia to close Sydney offices, consolidate in Melbourne

Toyota Australia will consolidate its corporate operations in Melbourne after it ceases local production in 2017, forcing roughly 100 white-collar workers into redundancy and others at its Sydney headquarters to consider a move south. In a statement released on Wednesday, the company confirmed it would close its Sydney offices – currently home to more than 300 sales and marketing employees – before 2018...


Supercars 2017: Who's in, who's out, and who's a chance?
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Supercars 2017: Who's in, who's out, and who's a chance?

The confirmation that the V8 Supercars racing series will be overhauled for the 2017 season to allow vehicles of various body styles and those powered by turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines to compete with traditional V8 sedans has opened the door to a host of new brands...


V8 Supercars overhaul to allow turbo fours, V6s and coupes from 2017
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V8 Supercars overhaul to allow turbo fours, V6s and coupes from 2017

Australia’s premiere touring car championship, V8 Supercars, will undergo a major overhaul ahead of the 2017 season that will see vehicles of different body styles powered by turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines go head to head with the sport’s traditional V8 sedans...


Car sales November 2014: winners and losers
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Car sales November 2014: winners and losers

Hyundai has shoved Mazda off the 2014 new vehicle sales podium and Mercedes-Benz is on track to boot Honda out of the top 10 with just one month of the year to go. Official VFACTS sales data to be released today shows the South Korean car maker beat its Japanese rival by almost 500 sales in November (8600 vs 8106 to take a 381-unit lead into December (92,354 vs 91,973)...


Federal Government moves to harmonise ADRs with international standards
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Federal Government moves to harmonise ADRs with international standards

The Federal Government has updated another two Australian Design Rules (ADR) in a move intended to bring our regulations more into line with international vehicle standards. Assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs says the latest ADR reforms are a step towards ensuring that every time a UN regulation is updated the relevant ADR can be updated automatically, allowing the latest technology to be made available to Australian consumers as quickly as possible...


Holden Cruze : Elizabeth plant celebrates production of 100,000th small car
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Holden Cruze : Elizabeth plant celebrates production of 100,000th small car

The 100,000th locally produced Holden Cruze has rolled off the car maker’s assembly line in Elizabeth, South Australia. The milestone vehicle, a Cruze SRi Z-Series hatch in Red Hot paint, was completed on Tuesday and is destined for Commonwealth Motors in Canberra...


Mazda looking at increasing fleet sales
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Mazda looking at increasing fleet sales

Despite a traditional reluctance to play in the fleet market, if Mazda is to expand its market share in certain segments, fleet buyers are a necessity, according to Mazda Australia’s boss. Speaking to CarAdvice at last week’s Los Angeles auto show, the man in charge of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, confirmed the Mazda 3 remains the best selling car in Australia among private buyers, despite the Toyota Corolla doing more volume overall...


2014 Customer Service study : Mazda first, Holden jumps, Volkswagen still last
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2014 Customer Service study : Mazda first, Holden jumps, Volkswagen still last

Mazda has been rated the best automotive brand in Australia for aftersales and service experience for the second consecutive year. Mazda topped JD Power’s 2014 Australia Customer Service Index Study, which measures overall customer satisfaction with vehicle service experience at authorised service centres by rating service quality, vehicle pick-up, the service advisor, service initiation, and service facility...


2015 Subaru Liberty specifications revealed
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2015 Subaru Liberty specifications revealed

Specification details of the 2015 Subaru Liberty sedan have been revealed on the company's website weeks ahead of its scheduled debut. The all-new Liberty sedan (it's only available as a sedan, this time around, with the new Outback filling the role of mid-size wagon for the Japanese brand) is expected to go on sale from 1 January 2015, and Subaru has published full detailed specifications for the three-model range ahead of time...


Diversity and development efficiency the keys to Ford Australia’s design and engineering future
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Diversity and development efficiency the keys to Ford Australia’s design and engineering future

One of Ford Asia Pacific’s leading executives believes diversity and development efficiency are keys to Australia’s success as a design and engineering hub once local vehicle production comes to an end in late 2016...


Ford Everest is the Territory for today’s SUV buyer, says company
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Ford Everest is the Territory for today’s SUV buyer, says company

The new Ford Everest is the Territory for today’s SUV customer, the company believes. Following its most extensive customer research program ever for a vehicle developed in Asia Pacific, Ford says part of the market has shifted from demanding a comfort-oriented soft-roader towards a more rugged type of SUV with greater versatility and go-anywhere potential...


Car sales October 2014: winners and losers
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Car sales October 2014: winners and losers

The Toyota Corolla may have delivered the Mazda 3 the knock-out punch that sees it retain its title of Australia’s favourite car for the second consecutive year. The Corolla headed into the final quarter of the year with a lead of just 23 units over the top-selling car of 2011 and 2012, but a strong October, in which it outsold the Mazda 3 by 891 cars (3819 vs 2928), has given it a 914-unit advantage with just two months of 2014 to come...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class outsells Honda Jazz and Mitsubishi Lancer
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class outsells Honda Jazz and Mitsubishi Lancer

The newly launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class luxury sedan last month sold in greater numbers than traditional ‘volume’ staples such as the Honda Jazz, Mitsubishi Lancer and Nissan Qashqai. The result topped a mammoth month for the Stuttgart-based brand overall, in which it sold more passenger cars than Ford, Mitsubishi and Honda, and finished overall as the tenth top-selling brand with commercial vehicles included...


Mazda Australia stands by optional safety stance
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Mazda Australia stands by optional safety stance

The all-new 2015 Mazda 2 misses out on some safety items fitted as standard to rival cars, but the Japanese brand’s local arm says customers may not want to pay for them. In no specification does the 2015 Mazda 2 come as standard with a reverse-view camera or front/rear parking sensors...