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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

Hi there and welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk. Making headlines this week, high speed testing will be allowed on Northern Territory roads, despite the newly-elected Labor government reinstating 130km/hr speed limits on formerly unrestricted roads...

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, here’s what’s been making headlines. The latest new car sales figures have been released and the August VFACTS reports shows sales grew by 4.6 per cent with 95,000 new cars sold. The biggest growth segments were SUV’s and light commercials. Toyota was the top selling brand and the Toyota Corolla was the best selling car...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9, 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...


August 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed
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August 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed

New vehicles sales grew by a solid 4.6 per cent in August, keeping the market on track for an all-time annual record. VFACTS figures released this morning show that 94,909 new cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold last month, taking the year-to-date (YTD) figure to 784,380...


Missing link in Holden SUV lineup to be all-new global model
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Missing link in Holden SUV lineup to be all-new global model

Too often, in the world of automotive marketing, the term 'all-new' is thrown around without much emphasis on fact. 'All' is usually very far from the mark, and 'new' isn't much further behind. So Holden's unequivocal promise this week that the missing SUV in the brand's four-model line up will be all-new - a model yet to be revealed anywhere in the world - is treated with a high level of interest (and maybe a smidge of skepticism)...


Holden facing its greatest challenge: transformation
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Holden facing its greatest challenge: transformation

Change is always hard, but it is made harder when the whole country is watching. Speaking with CarAdvice last night, Holden managing director Mark Bernhard said that the cessation of vehicle and engine production from October 2016, and the transition of the brand from manufacturer to importer, is the greatest challenge faced by the Lion in its 160-year history...


July 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales down, winners and losers detailed
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July 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales down, winners and losers detailed

Australian new vehicle sales went slightly backwards in July, but not enough to stop 2016 from remaining on track for an all-time annual record. According to VFACTS industry figures released this morning, 91,331 new vehicles were sold last month, which is down 1.1 per cent over July last year. Annual sales sit at 689,471, up 2.8 per cent over last year’s record...


Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role
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Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role

The Australian arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of a new President and CEO, Steve Zanlunghi. New York-born Zanlunghi, an American/Australian dual-citizen with a life-long history here, replaces native Detroiter Pat Dougherty, who came to the role in late 2014 and now moves to lead the company's parts and service operations for the wider Asia-Pacific region...


Ford Falcon Ute production ended today
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Ford Falcon Ute production ended today

Production of the iconic Ford Falcon Ute ended today, marking the official beginning of the end for Australian car manufacturing. The final Ford Falcon Ute is a white XR6, and it rolled off the Broadmeadows production line just before 3pm. The vehicle will be retained by Ford Australia...


Holden Cruze production to end October 7, ahead of new Astra debut
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Holden Cruze production to end October 7, ahead of new Astra debut

Australian production of the Holden Cruze will come to an end on Friday, October 7, the company has confirmed. Details of the plan were first made official in February this year, although the knowledge that Holden would be ending all Australian production by 2017 meant that was little doubt that the end was nearing for the Elizabeth-built small car...


Ram Trucks Australian conversion facility, behind-the-scenes tour
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Ram Trucks Australian conversion facility, behind-the-scenes tour

Since it launched in Australia at the end of 2015, startup American Special Vehicles (ASV) has boldly claimed that its right-hand drive Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks were a cut above existing converted US pickups already on sale. For one thing, ASV — a joint-venture between Ateco Automotive as distributor and Walkinshaw as converter — is unique in having direct collaboration with Fiat Chrysler in the US, and acts as a de facto RHD supplier with export potential...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 17
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 17

  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...


May 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers
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May 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers

The Australian new vehicle market grew again in May, up 3.6 per cent year-on-year with 96,672 sales, and thereby stayed on all-time record pace. However, with private sales going backwards, it was larger-scale business and fleet sales that kept things flying. Familiar patterns remained largely that in May. Passenger car sales sank and SUVs were up across the board (nabbing 37...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27

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 will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 20 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 20 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk. Here’s what’s making news headlines this week. A class action has been filed in the Federal Court of Australia on behalf of owners of Ford Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport vehicles who claim to have experienced issues with Ford’s PowerShift transmission...


Australian Greens propose free rego for EV buyers
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Australian Greens propose free rego for EV buyers

The Australian Greens have proposed a range of policies to hasten the take-up of electric vehicles, including five-years free registration, more public charging infrastructure, incentives for big fleets to buy EVs, and part-funding a domestic EV industry...


April 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers
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April 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers

Australia’s new vehicle sales remained on record pace in April, with VFACTS claiming 87,571 national sales for the month, an increase of 7.2 per cent. The Hyundai i30 was the top-selling car in the market for the second month in succession thanks to strong campaign pricing, ahead of the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3...


2016 Federal Budget: What does it mean for Australian car buyers?
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2016 Federal Budget: What does it mean for Australian car buyers?

The Turnbull Liberal Government handed down its inaugural budget last night. Amidst the taxes for smoking and additional ABC funding, is there any news for car buyers? Bottom line: not really. The small business $20,000 (GST inclusive) capital equipment purchase rebate has been extended to bigger small businesses, with turnover caps raised from $2 million to $10 million...


March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers
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March 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers

Australian new vehicle sales were down slightly in March 2016 over last year’s mammoth tally, with 104,512 units registered meaning a drop of 0.5 per cent. March sales are usually high because it’s the end of the Japanese financial year. However, the top-selling car in March was Korean — the Hyundai i30, skating to first thanks to strong factory drive-away deals...


New bike laws proposed: cyclists to earn demerit points, risk having bikes crushed - UPDATE
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New bike laws proposed: cyclists to earn demerit points, risk having bikes crushed - UPDATE

UPDATE: Hope you all enjoyed our April Fools' Day gag for today - happy April 1st. In an unprecedented step towards creating a safer road network, the Australian Federal Government is seeking to introduce new penalties that will see cyclists earn demerit points against their motor vehicle driving licences, and risk having their bikes impounded or even crushed...