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January 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales: Industry summary, market analysis, winners and losers

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January 2016 VFACTS new vehicle sales: Industry summary, market analysis, winners and losers

January new vehicle sales figures are in. Coming fresh off an annual record, the Australian market recorded a further 2.7 per cent growth in the first month of the year. VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber show that 84,373 new vehicles were registered in January — the highest figure for the month since 2013...

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Minister Pyne supports bid to save Holden plant

The federal government will actively support talks between General Motors and the Belgian entrepreneur who wants to save GM Holden’s South Australian car plant from closure. Industry minister Christopher Pyne has written a letter of support for Guido Dumarey, of Punch International, to use in negotiations with GM to buy the Elizabeth plant and thereby secure its operational future beyond the end of 2017...


First-timers drive Ferrari Australia to annual sales record
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First-timers drive Ferrari Australia to annual sales record

Ferrari Australia broke its sales record in 2015 with growth of almost 50 per cent year-on-year. Even more remarkably, six-in-ten of these sales went to first-time Ferrari buyers. The record performance was emblematic of a year in which an array of ultra high-end car brands had big sales...


Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015
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Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015

The results are in, 2015 was a record sales year for the new vehicle market, with about 1.155 million units sold. Read our detailed breakdown with all the data here. But in addition, we thought we’d give a rundown of the top brands across the market’s three main broad sectors — passenger vehicles, SUVs and light commercials, because each list is quite different from the greater overall top ten...


Australian-made cars hit two-year high in December
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Australian-made cars hit two-year high in December

Sales of Australian-made vehicles in December were the strongest for two years, on the back of spikes for the Toyota Camry and Holden Commodore. According to VFACTS data released this week, 11,643 Australian-made cars were ‘sold’, up 33.3 per cent. It’s the first time this monthly figure has hit five figures since December 2013...


Toyota Camry dominates: VFACTS December sales, Australian-made back on top
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Toyota Camry dominates: VFACTS December sales, Australian-made back on top

An Australian-made vehicle burst back onto the very top of the sales charts for first time in ages in December — the venerable Toyota Camry. In a remarkable result, the Camry’s posted registration figure for the final month of the calendar year was 5321 units — well over double what it managed in December 2014...


VFACTS 2015: Top sellers across every segment, full breakdown
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VFACTS 2015: Top sellers across every segment, full breakdown

As we now know, 2015 was a record-breaking year for the Australian new vehicle market, with VFACTS recording total registrations of 1,155,408 cars, SUVs and commercials. As you can read in full detail here, Toyota finished well clear in first place, with about 18 per cent market share, ahead of Mazda — the first full importer to take silver...


2015 VFACTS winners and losers: All-time Australian new vehicle sales record set - UPDATE
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2015 VFACTS winners and losers: All-time Australian new vehicle sales record set - UPDATE

It’s official: 2015 was the biggest year for the Australian new vehicle market on record. Australians took delivery of 1,155,408 million new cars, SUVs and commercials last year, eclipsing the previous watermark of 1,136,227 set in 2013. This figure represents a climb of 3.8 per cent over the 2014 result, and is the fourth consecutive 1...


Mazda overtakes Holden in 2015: First full-importer to finish second overall
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Mazda overtakes Holden in 2015: First full-importer to finish second overall

By beating Holden in the 2015 sales race, Mazda has become the first full-line vehicle importer to crack the top-two in the Australian market for a full calendar year. The Japanese brand sold 114,024 vehicles in 2015, representing healthy growth of 13.2 per cent over 2014. This propelled the company from bronze to silver, given local hero Holden shrunk 3 per cent to 102,951...


2016 CarAdvice Year Ahead: Predictions for the next 12 months of the automotive world
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2016 CarAdvice Year Ahead: Predictions for the next 12 months of the automotive world

American engineer and inventor Charles Kettering once said "Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress." And so, as we are about to tear the leaf off 2015, what new ideas and progress does 2016 hold? Some good, some bad no doubt, as Kettering himself learned...


2015 CarAdvice Year in Review
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2015 CarAdvice Year in Review

It has been another massive year here at CarAdvice. Not counting launches, we had a staggering 838 cars through the Sydney and Melbourne garages. This is our rundown on the cars and happenings that we loved through 2015 - and some that we didn't. Below, the CarAdvice team weigh in on their top three cars of 2015, along with their greatest surprises and biggest disappointments...


Mercedes-Benz beats Audi, BMW to retain Australian customer service crown
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Mercedes-Benz beats Audi, BMW to retain Australian customer service crown

Mercedes-Benz has retained its standing as the best luxury brand for aftersales care in Australia in the 2015 JD Power Customer Service Index (CSI) study. The Stuttgart-based brand backed up its win in last year’s inaugural luxury brands study and boosted its rating on the 1000-point scale to 843 (up 10 points)...


Ford Australia Proving Ground turns 50, future still looks bright
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Ford Australia Proving Ground turns 50, future still looks bright

Ford Australia’s world-renowned Lara Proving Ground west of Melbourne recently turned 50, and the company this week used the milestone to again remind us that research, development and design of global vehicles would continue here unabated, long-term...


Victorian Government commits another $46.5m to assist transition from vehicle manufacturing
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Victorian Government commits another $46.5m to assist transition from vehicle manufacturing

The Victorian Government is committing an additional $46.5 million to help automotive businesses, workers and communities transition into new industries with secure employment prospects. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Industry Minister Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the ‘Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan’ at the Bosch manufacturing plant in Clayton...


Real-world vehicle emissions testing program to commence in Australia in 2016
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Real-world vehicle emissions testing program to commence in Australia in 2016

Australia’s peak automotive body will fund research into the analysis of real-world vehicle emissions following the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal that exposed the inadequacies of local and global testing standards...


Kia Australia's sales on an upward march
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Kia Australia's sales on an upward march

Kia appears to be hitting its stride in Australia in 2015, given its annual growth rate of almost 20 per cent, or five times the market-wide figure. It was up 36 per cent in November alone. The Korean brand, which has been garnering critical respect for a number of years now, has nevertheless stagnated in sales over the past few years while sister company Hyundai has boomed...


The continued decline in micro cars
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The continued decline in micro cars

No vehicle segment has had a bigger fall from grace this year than the one comprising the nation’s smallest cars. According to VFACTS data, sales of micro cars are down 31.3 per cent this year to 10,132 units. They fell an even more significant 40.1 per cent in November, to 618. This equates to market share of just 1.0 per cent annual, and 0...


Diesel and hybrid passenger car sales keep shrinking
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Diesel and hybrid passenger car sales keep shrinking

When it comes to fuel sources in passenger cars, Australians are straying further and further from the margins. November VFACTS industry vehicle sales figures released last week show that 41,726 passenger cars were sold last month — passenger cars being sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes and convertibles. Of these, an overwhelming 39,152 were petrol-fired vehicles...


November new vehicle sales : VFACTS winners and losers, market on record pace
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November new vehicle sales : VFACTS winners and losers, market on record pace

New vehicle sales in Australia hit record highs in November, while cumulative annual sales have now well-and-truly eclipsed the magic million mark. VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber this morning shows that 98,639 new vehicles were sold in November, up 6.9 per cent and enough to break the previous record set in 2012...


Honda reclaims top spot in Australian aftersales service study
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Honda reclaims top spot in Australian aftersales service study

Honda has reclaimed top spot in JD Power’s aftersales service study, leading the field of Australia’s mainstream automotive brands for customer care. The Japanese manufacturer surged into number one position in the 2015 Australia Customer Service Index (CSI) Study into mass-market brands, pipping last year’s leader Mazda to take the crown...