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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 marketshare in certain segments, fleet buyers are a necessity, according to Mazda Australia’s boss...

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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...


Fiat Chrysler Australia CEO and head of PR resign
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Fiat Chrysler Australia CEO and head of PR resign

It has been a somewhat tumultuous day in the Australian car industry, with a second chief executive of a major car-maker’s local operations officially resigning their post.  Hours after news broke that Holden chief Gerry Dorizas had departed with immediate effect, Fiat Chrysler Australia announced that its CEO Veronica Johns would depart at year’s end, citing “personal reasons”...


Volkswagen R-Line expands to Golf Wagon and Tiguan ranges
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Volkswagen R-Line expands to Golf Wagon and Tiguan ranges

Volkswagen R-Line versions of the Golf Wagon and Tiguan compact SUV are now available, bringing the total number of sportily styled variants to five. As CarAdvice has previously reported, the move to add more R-Line packages is a conscious one to offer consumers "tougher looking" cars with more equipment...


Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong
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Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong

Australian carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep will set up a dedicated automotive division in Geelong after being awarded a $1.76 million grant from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF) that is partially funded by Ford Australia. Quickstep’s automotive division will be based at a new facility located at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong...


Hyundai Australia says $50K is no longer a barrier for buyers
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Hyundai Australia says $50K is no longer a barrier for buyers

Hyundai Australia claims buyers are no longer concerned about spending more than $50,000 on their cars. The company's local chief operating officer John Elsworth said at the launch of the updated 2015 Santa Fe that the sales figures show that customers are no longer pensive about purchasing a Hyundai vehicle with a price tag starting above $50,000, and the company claims that is good news ahead of the Genesis luxury sedan launching in November...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class recalled over steering fault
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class recalled over steering fault

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class is off to a slightly bumpy start in Australia, with the German brand issuing a recall for all vehicles sold between June 1 and September 1 over a steering issue. The recall affects 946 examples of the new-generation C-Class in Australia, and according to the official recall notice posted on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website, it is due to "the steering coupling lock", which "may not have been correctly engaged"...


2015 Ford Falcon FG X, Territory SZ MkII make fuel economy gains
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2015 Ford Falcon FG X, Territory SZ MkII make fuel economy gains

Aerodynamic improvements and the introduction of a lighter and more efficient automatic transmission promise to cut fuel consumption of the 2015 Ford Falcon FG X by up to nine per cent. The entry-level 4.0-litre six-cylinder Ford Falcon sedan benefits from the greatest economy gains, falling from 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres to 9.0L/100km...


Mazda 6 recalled: Stop-start problems for 2.5-litre petrol models
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Mazda 6 recalled: Stop-start problems for 2.5-litre petrol models

Nearly 1300 Mazda 6 models fitted with a 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine have been recalled due to an issue with the stop-start system. The recall effects Mazda 6 sedan and wagon models sold between 21 November 2013 and 2 October 2014. Mazda Australia has confirmed that 1298 vehicles will need to be returned to dealerships as a result of the issue...


Kia Australia introduces seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assist
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Kia Australia introduces seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assist

Kia Australia has confirmed the introduction of a new seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and roadside assistance program that positions the South Korean brand as the industry leader for ownership. The company claims the seven-year program - dubbed 7-7-7, "sets a new standard for customer care in the Australian automotive landscape", with the warranty for Kia vehicles now extended from five years to seven - with unlimited kilometres...


Ford Mustang benchmarked against BMW M3 but not Chevrolet Camaro
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Ford Mustang benchmarked against BMW M3 but not Chevrolet Camaro

The all-new Ford Mustang was benchmarked against performance cars such as the BMW M3, Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 but not the Chevrolet Camaro during development because it was “already superior” to its rival, according to the Blue Oval brand. Ford’s famous muscle car has focused on dynamics like never before for the sixth-generation that will become the first Mustang to become a global model...


2015 Ford Falcon sedan and Ford Falcon Ute pricing revealed
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2015 Ford Falcon sedan and Ford Falcon Ute pricing revealed

Pricing has been announced for the majority of the 2015 Ford Falcon sedan and Ford Falcon Ute ranges with cuts of almost $10,000 on some derivatives - but V8 lovers will have to wait until next week to find out pricing for the newly reintroduced XR8 Falcon...


First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days
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First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days

  Just hours after ISOFIX was given the official Australian tick of approval by the ACCC, Maxi-Cosi has announced it will be first to market locally with ISOFIX-compatible child car seats. Earlier today, the infant car seat maker unveiled two models that will be sold under the ISOGO label, Euro (above) and Hera (below) - and they'll be on the shelves in selected baby stores from 27 September 2014...


ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place
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ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place

Parents rejoice! The clever ISOFIX child seat restraint system will be available in Australia within days after the rubber stamp from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It’s still worth asking the question why it has taken so long for ISOFIX to be approved for use in our country...