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HSV GTS-R W1 final editions spied – last ute and sedan models spotted in Victoria

CarAdvice has been sent new images of the final ever HSV versions of the Holden Commodore and Holden Ute – the vehicles you see here are the HSV GTS-R W1 sedan and HSV GTS-R W1 ute...

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Peak body wants 'foolish' car import duty axed
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Peak body wants 'foolish' car import duty axed

The chief executive of lobby group and peak body for car companies in Australia has called on the federal government to scrap not just the luxury car tax (LCT), but also the five per cent import duty affecting some vehicles...


Confirmed: Holden plant will shut October 20
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Confirmed: Holden plant will shut October 20

Holden has announced October 20, 2017 as the date it will shut the doors of its Elizabeth car plant outside of Adelaide for the final time, and become a full-line vehicle importer. Holden has assembled vehicles for domestic and export markets at Elizabeth since 1963. Nearly 1000 employees will remain in production, engineering and support roles until production ends...


Top ten growth brands of 2016
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Top ten growth brands of 2016

The results are in: annual new vehicle sales in 2016 were the highest on record, with the market growing two per cent to a tick under 1.18 million vehicles, thanks to strong growth from light commercials and SUVs. But what brands grew well above the market average? Here we list the top 10 growth brands, by raw numerical sales increase...


Mercedes-AMG outsells Porsche in 2016
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Mercedes-AMG outsells Porsche in 2016

There are big name brands that people associate with sports cars - Porsche is probably the most prominent. But despite a record year for the Stuttgart brand, its city sibling Mercedes-AMG outsold it in Australia in 2016. Porsche sales in Australia rose a solid 8.4 per cent, up to 4434 sales despite a dip in Panamera sales due to a model changeover, and the 2016 numbers weren't as good for Boxster for the same reason...


2016 VFACTS wrap: New sales record set, winners and losers detailed
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2016 VFACTS wrap: New sales record set, winners and losers detailed

New vehicle sales hit an all-time high of 1,178,133 units spread across 67 brands in 2016, according to VFACTS data provided by car-makers and dealers. The new market high of almost 1.18 million is up 2 per cent on last year’s result, and is the third calendar-year sales record re-set in four years...


Toyota HiLux tops 2016 sales charts, Ranger fourth
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Toyota HiLux tops 2016 sales charts, Ranger fourth

It’s official: the Toyota HiLux was Australia’s top-selling new vehicle in 2016, marking the first time a light commercial ute has finished a calendar year atop the podium. Remarkably, about half of these were the flagship SR5 4x4, which surged on the back of growth in the ‘lifestyle’ ute market, and responded to unprecedented discounts prompted in the most part by the success of the Ford Ranger...


Ford Australia's designers and engineers aren't pigeonholed, says product chief
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Ford Australia's designers and engineers aren't pigeonholed, says product chief

Ford's growing research and development facilities in Victoria — home of the Ranger and Everest — are not pigeonholed into developing certain vehicle types, insists head of product development for the region Trevor Worthington...


Ford Australia gets R&D boost: Global president Fields in Melbourne, announces new funding
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Ford Australia gets R&D boost: Global president Fields in Melbourne, announces new funding

Ford has re-affirmed its commitment to Australia as one of three major global hubs for vehicle design and development, alongside Dearborn and Cologne. Ford Motor Company global president and CEO Mark Fields, in Australia for a series of meetings, personally announced today's boost in funding for the Victorian sites that developed the global Ranger and Everest, among numerous other product...


Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs
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Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs

Motoring club representative body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has released preliminary results from its real-world emissions and fuel economy testing program. The results have prompted the AAA to boldly question the relevance of globally-utilised lab testing as a methodology, plus the government emissions reduction regulations based upon these results, and by extension the honesty of car-maker claims in these areas...


Holden plant flagged as site for medical marijuana crop
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Holden plant flagged as site for medical marijuana crop

A group lobbying for medical marijuana to be legalised in South Australia has suggested the Holden car plant there be established as the location for a proposed large-scale medical cannabis plantation when it shutters in late 2017...


Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality
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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...


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...