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Australian automotive manufacturing industry exit to cost economy $21.5b
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Australian automotive manufacturing industry exit to cost economy $21.5b

Approximately $21.5 billion would be wiped from the Australian economy if the automotive manufacturing industry collapsed in 2018, according to research commissioned by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI)...


Holden to cease production within four years, say ministers: report
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Holden to cease production within four years, say ministers: report

Senior ministers reportedly believe Holden will end its manufacturing operations within three or four years regardless of whether the Federal Government offers it financial assistance for the future. The Fairfax report says the ministers' perceived view of Holden's supposed planned exit has created divisions within the government, with some opposed to giving the embattled car maker further funding...


Toyota Australia taking "urgent action" on local manufacturing
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Toyota Australia taking "urgent action" on local manufacturing

Toyota Australia employees face an uncertain future, with the local manufacturer announcing it is taking "urgent action" in seeking a variation of the terms and conditions of its workplace agreement. The Port Melbourne-based manufacturer says the proposed changes to the terms and conditions are intended to “keep the company at the negotiating table for future investment opportunities” and improve the long-term viability of its local operations...


Government begins review into support of Australian car industry
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Government begins review into support of Australian car industry

The Federal Government has commenced its review into its support of Australia's automotive manufacturing industry as it formally seeks to find the best solution for the sector going forward. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey submitted the terms of reference to the Productivity Commission yesterday outlining the scope of the inquiry and the proposed process to be taken...


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Holden boss's departure creates "very dangerous situation" for industry: SA Premier

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says the promotion of Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux to a new role with General Motors in China leaves the local automotive manufacturing industry in a "very dangerous situation"...


Northern Territory returns open speed limits in road safety trial
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Northern Territory returns open speed limits in road safety trial

The Northern Territory Government will reintroduce open speed limits on a stretch of the Stuart Highway as part of a 12-month trial program beginning next year. A 200km section of the highway between Barrow Creek and Alice Springs will be trialled without speed limits for one year from February 1, 2014...


Speed camera rule changes allow Vic Police to hide behind trees, on hills
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Speed camera rule changes allow Vic Police to hide behind trees, on hills

Controversial changes to Victoria's speed camera rules will allow police to hide behind trees and road signs and position themselves at the bottom of hills in the name of camera operator safety. A News Limited report reveals the new policy changes – which come into effect immediately – that claim to be designed to protect mobile speed camera operators from motorists by allowing them to hide behind bushes, poles and other fixed objects...


Holden tells Government increasing exports is unrealistic: report
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Holden tells Government increasing exports is unrealistic: report

Holden has reportedly told the Federal Government that its demands to increase vehicle export numbers are unrealistic. The Australian Financial Review quotes senior government sources that claim Holden has told the government the business case for an expanded export program is not economically viable...


Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party forms Palmer Senate alliance
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Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party forms Palmer Senate alliance

Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party (AMEP) senator-elect Ricky Muir will form an alliance with the Palmer United Party (PUP) in the Senate, giving the five-month-old automotive-focused party and mining billionaire Clive Palmer more power in the Federal Parliament. Muir (pictured top) confirmed his intention to join forces with the three PUP senators in the Upper House and form a voting alliance with the trio from July 2014...


Ford Australia committed to 2016 closure despite industry minister
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Ford Australia committed to 2016 closure despite industry minister's reversal hopes

Ford Australia insists tomorrow's visit from Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane will not impact its decision to cease local production within three years. Macfarlane revealed his desire to convince Ford to change its mind on its car-making future in Australia while on a tour of Holden's vehicle assembly plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, last week...


Australian car makers facing "one hell of a challenge": industry minister
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Australian car makers facing "one hell of a challenge": industry minister

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says Australia's car makers are facing “one hell of a challenge” but is confident they have a long-term future. Macfarlane, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux today toured the car maker’s Elizabeth production plant, marking the beginning of negotiations designed to secure the future of the Holden and Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry...


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US car safety body's role restricted during Government shutdown

Normal operations and functions of America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have been restricted as a result of the US Federal Government shutdown announced on Tuesday. In a statement the NHTSA told AOL Autos, it has stopped many of the activities that help keep motorists safe in their vehicles...


Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party secures Senate seat
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Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party secures Senate seat

The Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party (AMEP) has secured a Senate seat with Victorian Ricky Muir becoming one of the biggest surprises to come out of the 2013 Federal election. The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) today announced the results of the count for the election of six Senators for Victoria with Gippsland local Muir set to officially enter the Senate for AMEP...


New Zealand ad uses kids to highlight dangers of driving on drugs
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New Zealand ad uses kids to highlight dangers of driving on drugs

An advertisement using children to emphasise the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs has debuted in New Zealand. The commercial, titled 'Blazed', was created by award-winning film director Taika Waititi for the New Zealand Government's Transport Agency and has since gone to air on Maori Television...


Abbott calls on Australian car makers to increase exports
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Abbott calls on Australian car makers to increase exports

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott says Australia's remaining car makers will need to increase their export volumes if they plan to secure further funding from his new government. Addressing journalists at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Abbott insisted the Coalition Government would “stick with the position” it took to the election, which is set to include cutting $500 million in industry assistance to 2015 compared with the promises of the ousted Labor Government...


Are Australian car buyers getting ripped off?
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Are Australian car buyers getting ripped off?

Our headline is one of the most frequently asked questions by CarAdvice readers, and one of the biggest debates in our forums. If we take an example of a high-end vehicle such as the Porsche 911 Carrera, which costs $94,700 (US$84,300) in America but $206,500 in Australia, it’s perhaps understandable...


Government pledges extra $500M for automotive industry to 2020
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Government pledges extra $500M for automotive industry to 2020

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pledged half a billion dollars for Australia's automotive manufacturing industry in an attempt to give investment certainty to local car makers and shore up their future beyond 2020. Under the 'New Car Plan for the 2020s', the Federal Labor Government – if re-elected – will increase funding to $300 million per year between 2016 and 2020, equating to an additional $500 million for the industry by the end of the decade...


Remaining Holden workers agree to revised pay deal
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Remaining Holden workers agree to revised pay deal

Workers at Holden's remaining South Australian and Victorian sites have joined their Adelaide-based colleagues in voting to accept the proposed changes to the enterprise bargaining agreement. Last week, Holden's manufacturing workforce at Elizabeth agreed to revised employment conditions that included a three-year pay freeze to help protect the company’s future as a local manufacturer...


UK Liberal Democrats to ban petrol, diesel cars by 2040
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UK Liberal Democrats to ban petrol, diesel cars by 2040

The UK's Liberal Democrats Party, led by Nick Clegg, is proposing to ban petrol and diesel-powered passenger cars on English roads by 2040, allowing only electric and hybrid vehicles to be used. According to UK reports, the proposal would see the exclusive use of EVs and hybrids on UK arterials with the only exception to the petrol and diesel ban being for freight vehicles...


Ford Australia plans production down days after record-low Falcon sales
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Ford Australia plans production down days after record-low Falcon sales

Ford Australia will cut vehicle production in the lead-up to September's federal election following record-low sales, which the company has blamed primarily on the government's proposed fringe benefits tax (FBT) rule changes. The Ford Falcon plummeted to its worst monthly sales result in the nameplate's 53-year history in July, with the Broadmeadows-based manufacturer delivering just 594 sedans for the month...