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Australian Government to examine vehicle emissions standards and testing procedures
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Australian Government to examine vehicle emissions standards and testing procedures

The Federal Government will launch a ministerial forum to examine vehicle emissions standards in Australia and vehicle testing procedures. The ministerial forum will be chaired by major projects minister Paul Fletcher with the support of a working group and will examine issues including the implementation of Euro 6 emissions standards, fuel quality standards, fuel efficiency measures for light vehicles, and emissions testing arrangements...


Northern Territory to expand open speed limit zone
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Northern Territory to expand open speed limit zone

The Northern Territory Government will lift speed limits from another 60-kilometre stretch of the Stuart Highway from north of Alice Springs to the Ali Curung rail overpass. The new unlimited zone connects with the two existing unlimited lengths of the highway – 204km between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek, and 72km from Barrow Creek – to create a 336km stretch of unrestricted road (excluding past road houses and through communities)...


Seven strange things that happened in Australia’s car market last month
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Seven strange things that happened in Australia’s car market last month

It was generally business as usual for the Australian new vehicle market in July. The Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 ruled the roost, SUVs continued to boom and a trio of utes led by the Toyota HiLux filled out the top 10. But of course, every month brings its share of surprises, like this one we told you about already...


Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000
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Federal Budget delivers small business tax break for vehicle purchases under $20,000

Last night’s Federal Budget delivered a boon for small business owners, allowing them to instantly claim back purchases of up to $20,000 – including new and used vehicles. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the tax break last night, which means that businesses with an annual turnover under $2 million can claim tax deductions immediately for an unlimited number of sub-$20,000 purchases made between now and June 30, 2017...


Government considers lifting import restrictions on new cars; industry furious
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Government considers lifting import restrictions on new cars; industry furious

The federal government today advanced its position on relaxing restrictions on the personal importation of new vehicles  — that is, buying a new car from dealers overseas if they will sell you one. In an announcement from the office of assistant minister for infrastructure Jamie Briggs, the government outlined its plan for what it called “getting on with delivering safer roads and better vehicles for motorists as part of our detailed review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA)”...


Industry minister calls hydrogen "the fuel of the future" while brushing off EVs
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Industry minister calls hydrogen "the fuel of the future" while brushing off EVs

Australia’s industry and science minister has labelled hydrogen “the fuel of the future” and rather remarkably brushed off hybrid and electric vehicles as mere “transitioning technology”...


Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell unveiled and first hydrogen refuelling station officially opened
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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell unveiled and first hydrogen refuelling station officially opened

Australia’s federal industry and science minister has officially unveiled the country’s first hydrogen-powered car, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, and opened Australia’s first hydrogen vehicle refuelling station at the South Korean car maker’s Sydney headquarters...


EXCLUSIVE - Australia to adopt LHD for 2019 - UPDATED
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EXCLUSIVE - Australia to adopt LHD for 2019 - UPDATED

Breaking: Australia is set to join 90 per cent of the world's traffic and move to the right, adopting left-hand drive cars in the process, following a radical change to our road laws coming in 2019...


Renault Twizy now permitted to be driven by 14-year-olds across European Union
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Renault Twizy now permitted to be driven by 14-year-olds across European Union

Fourteen-year-olds in France and across the European Union are now legally able to drive the all-electric Renault Twizy, thanks to newly introduced legislation regarding piloting light quadricycles...


Ricky Muir, industry call for broad approach to ATS funding
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Ricky Muir, industry call for broad approach to ATS funding

Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to back down on plans to scrap the Automotive Transformation Scheme but says it is crucial the funding is now directed to the right places...


"Ban all cars" policy of UK Green Party likely to be scrapped
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"Ban all cars" policy of UK Green Party likely to be scrapped

The Green Party of England and Wales has suggested it may be forced to scrap a controversial policy to "ban all cars". A report from British newspaper The Mirror suggests the party currently has a policy in place that could potentially see nearly all cars currently available to buyers in that country be banned as they can travel at speeds higher than the signposted limits...


Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir gives inaugural speech
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Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir gives inaugural speech

"...This must be one of the most anticipated inaugural speeches of all time — I apologise in advance if I don’t deliver." This humble line was one of the first official utterances in the Upper House from the man who has undoubtedly become Australia's unexpected Senator, Ricky Muir...


Safe, young Queensland drivers to be rewarded with free licences in LNP pre-election promise
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Safe, young Queensland drivers to be rewarded with free licences in LNP pre-election promise

Young Queensland drivers who complete their learner and provisional licence periods with a clean record will be rewarded with a free three-year licence if the Liberal National Party is re-elected. Under the scheme, any driver under 25 about to graduate to their open licence who hasn’t picked up any demerit points will be rewarded with a three-year licence, saving them $118...


NSW Police nab hundreds of drivers for failing to keep left
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NSW Police nab hundreds of drivers for failing to keep left

New South Wales Police booked almost 300 drivers for failing to keep left in a one-day, state-wide traffic blitz last week. Operation Compliance 5 targeted motorists driving in the right lane, as well as illegal mobile phone use, school zone offences and vehicle defects across the state’s major highways and suburban roads...


Federal Government moves to harmonise ADRs with international standards
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Federal Government moves to harmonise ADRs with international standards

The Federal Government has updated another two Australian Design Rules (ADR) in a move intended to bring our regulations more into line with international vehicle standards. Assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs says the latest ADR reforms are a step towards ensuring that every time a UN regulation is updated the relevant ADR can be updated automatically, allowing the latest technology to be made available to Australian consumers as quickly as possible...


Labor pledges $146m for young driver road safety program in Victoria
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Labor pledges $146m for young driver road safety program in Victoria

Every Year 10 student will be enrolled in a free defensive driving course as part of a $146 million proposal by Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews to invest in young driver training and education. Andrews unveiled his ‘Road Safety Starts Early’ program today at the Metec Driver Training facility in Bayswater North, emphasising the importance of arming young Victorians with the skills and support they need to become safe drivers...


Government sidesteps Senate to impose fuel excise increase
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Government sidesteps Senate to impose fuel excise increase

The federal government today bypassed Senate opposition and implemented the revenue-raising increase in Australia’s fuel excise it proposed in its May Budget.  Announced by finance minister Mathias Cormann, the decision gives “practical effect” to the proposed excise hike to all fuels par aviation, by way of tariff proposals to be validated by parliament inside 12 months...


Ford confirms new 2.0-litre diesel engine for passenger cars following $350m investment
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Ford confirms new 2.0-litre diesel engine for passenger cars following $350m investment

Ford will build a family of new low-carbon 2.0-litre diesel engines for its future passenger cars in London from 2017 following the announcement of a £190 million ($350 million) investment into its Dagenham plant. The announcement confirms the second phase of investment in the new engine program, following the original investment of £287m ($528m) for the development of new 2...


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...