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October 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

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October 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales grew 2.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year, keeping the market narrowly on track for an all-time annual record in 2017...

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Genesis appoints ex-BMW development boss as head of architecture development
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Genesis appoints ex-BMW development boss as head of architecture development

Hyundai has appointed Fayez Abdul Rahman as the new Vice President of Genesis Architecture Development.  Rahman will be waving goodbye to his role as concept and platform architecture leader on a number of model lines at BMW, including the 7 Series, X-badged crossovers and M division cars...


Stephan Winkelmann: Bugatti confirms Audi Sport boss as new president
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Stephan Winkelmann: Bugatti confirms Audi Sport boss as new president

Stephan Winkelmann has been confirmed as the new president of Bugatti. Winkelmann, who is currently managing director at Audi Sport GmbH, will take over from Wolfgang Dürheimer at the start of January 2018, after Dürheimer announced his retirement. "I accept Wolfgang Dürheimer’s wish to retire...


Chrysler, Dodge end right-hand drive production - report
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Chrysler, Dodge end right-hand drive production - report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has reportedly ceased right-hand drive production at its Windsor and Brampton facilities in Canada. According to a report by of South Africa's Allpar, the move means the Chrysler and Dodge brands will be leaving South Africa early next year, spelling the end for nameplates like the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Journey...


Volkswagen looking to better differentiate its volume brands
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Volkswagen looking to better differentiate its volume brands

The Volkswagen Group is looking to diffuse emerging tensions among its mass-market marques by giving them more clearly-defined roles in the future. According to a report from Reuters, the automotive giant wants to cut the overlap between Skoda, Seat and Volkswagen vehicles, in an attempt to better take advantage of its manufacturing scale...


BMW mulling electric venture with Great Wall for China - UPDATE
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BMW mulling electric venture with Great Wall for China - UPDATE

Update (16 October 2017): Great Wall Motor Company has issued a statement in response to rumours of a potential tie-up with BMW. See bottom of article for details. German luxury marque BMW is looking into a business venture with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall to produce electric vehicles, according to a new report...


Pierre Leclerq joins Kia as head of styling
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Pierre Leclerq joins Kia as head of styling

Kia has expanded its design team under supremo Peter Schreyer, announcing Pierre Leclercq as its new Head of Styling. Confirmed in September, Leclerq's appointment follows a four-year stint with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors and a lengthy tour with BMW. The Belgian-born designer was most recently in the spotlight for his work with Haval, revealing the HB-02 and HR-02 concepts in 2016 and the HB-03 earlier this year...


Ford Ranger Australia’s number one vehicle in September
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Ford Ranger Australia’s number one vehicle in September

Here’s something nobody would have predicted a few years ago: the Ford Ranger ute was Australia’s number-one selling new vehicle in September. The Australia-developed light commercial trumped its Toyota HiLux nemesis, and regular market-toppers such as the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3, with 4318 monthly sales — 87 per cent of which were more expensive 4x4s versions...


Suzuki Australia: Michael Pachota announced as General Manager
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Suzuki Australia: Michael Pachota announced as General Manager

Michael Pachota has been announced today as the new General Manager for the automotive division of Suzuki Australia, taking a similar path to his predecessor, Andrew Moore. Both had previously held the post of National Sales Manager before ascending to the top end of the Suzuki brand's automotive arm in Australia...


Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director
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Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director

Andrew Moore, only last week confirmed to be leaving his post at the top of Suzuki Australia's automotive branch, has been announced today as Managing Director of Renault Australia. Moore's move to Renault follows the announcement earlier this month that Justin Hocevar had left the French car maker's ranks, without explanation...


French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide
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French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide

Navya, a French company specialising in autonomous shuttle buses, will establish its Asia-Pacific headquarters and a new factory in Adelaide. In announcing the "partnership" with Navya, South Australian premier Jay Weatherill said: "Establishing a driverless car vehicle operation here in South Australia is the perfect bridge connecting our past in traditional vehicle manufacturing and our future in advanced manufacturing in a clean, carbon neutral environment...


Justin Hocevar out as Renault Australia boss
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Justin Hocevar out as Renault Australia boss

Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar is managing director no longer, with the company announcing his departure this week. Hocevar's exit comes as a surprise, having been expected to join Australian media at the Frankfurt motor show this week. The news follows the unexpected departure of his Renault Nissan Alliance counterpart at Nissan Australia, Richard Emery...


Ducati not for sale, says Volkswagen - report
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Ducati not for sale, says Volkswagen - report

Ducati is staying under the Volkswagen Group umbrella - at least that’s according to a report by Bloomberg, which cites ongoing opposition from the German company's powerful labour unions as the reason why the motorcycle company's ‘for sale’ sign has been temporarily removed...


Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery departs, Stephen Lester flying in
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Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery departs, Stephen Lester flying in

Nissan Australia has today confirmed the departure of managing director and CEO, Richard Emery, and announced his successor, Stephen Lester. No explanation for Emery's exit has been offered, although it is known he is not moving to another position within the global Renault Nissan alliance. A spokesperson for the company declined to comment on the change in management...


German car makers must challenge Tesla, says senior political figure
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German car makers must challenge Tesla, says senior political figure

German car manufacturers have been put on notice by a senior political figure who is urging the country’s auto industry to challenge Tesla in the field of electric vehicles. Speaking at a public forum in Berlin on the weekend, Peter Altmaier, who is German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, said he was disappointed no car manufacturer had come close to matching Tesla’s electric vehicle performance parameters...


Inside Holden's Elizabeth plant

Inside Holden's Elizabeth plant

We already know that, come October 20, operations at the long-standing Holden plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, will cease. That's old news – we've known since January...

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Fiat Chrysler rejected Chinese bid, others interested - report
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Fiat Chrysler rejected Chinese bid, others interested - report

Fiat Chrysler could be acquired by a Chinese car maker, with reports indicating it has already rejected one offer for no reason other than the size of the offer. According to Automotive News, a large Chinese automaker recently had a bid for the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) turned down...


ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry
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ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry

Australia's consumer watchdog wants car manufacturers to drastically improve the way they handle customer complaints, to share their proprietary vehicle data with independent repairers, and to support real-world fuel economy and emission tests. These are three key findings in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) draft report into the new car retailing industry, which is open for stakeholder comments until September 7...


SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria
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SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria

SEA Automotive has delivered the first of nine electric trucks set to hit Victoria's roads in the coming months, as part of the Andrews Labor Government's New Energy Jobs fund. After receiving $517,000 from the Labor Government in October last year to develop a facility to manufacture commercial electric vehicles, SEA delivered the first of its zero-emissions trucks to Kings Transport, an Australian logistics company...


BMW's biggest plant is in the US
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BMW's biggest plant is in the US

BMW, the quintessentially German luxury car maker, actually makes more vehicles in the United States than any other country. The Bavarian company just marked the 25th anniversary of its US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where it makes X-badged SUV models. Continuous expansions of the plant with extensive additions have made the plant the largest manufacturing facility in the BMW Group production network...