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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...

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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...


BMW slams Australian government on EV infrastructure
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BMW slams Australian government on EV infrastructure

The boss of BMW's local arm has pulled no punches in his estimation of the Australian government, declaring it has fallen far behind other developed countries when it comes to legislation and strategies regarding low-emissions vehicles. Marc Werner, CEO for BMW Australia, said at the launch of the plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance that the government has "stuck their collective heads in the sand"...


Nissan and Mitsubishi announce shared parts and accessories warehousing in Australia
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Nissan and Mitsubishi announce shared parts and accessories warehousing in Australia

Nissan Australia and Mitsubishi Australia have this week announced the establishment of a joint local parts and accessories logistics and warehousing operation. The new 'National Parts Distribution Centre' will be one of the country's largest automotive logistics facilities when construction finishes by December this year, measuring more than 36,000 square metres...


Volvo S90: Chinese production for Australian market 'inevitable'
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Volvo S90: Chinese production for Australian market 'inevitable'

The first made-in-China Volvo S90 sedans have arrived in Europe via a new rail link joining China to Europe - but Europe won't be the only region to take Volvo cars from Chinese production. For now, all Australian-delivered Volvo cars are built in Sweden, but the opening of three plants in China - which will also build the company's new-generation 60- and 40-series cars - will soon see at least the S90 come to Australia from China...


Oliver Heilmer to head Mini design, Stephenson nowhere to be seen
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Oliver Heilmer to head Mini design, Stephenson nowhere to be seen

The BMW Group has announced Oliver Heilmer as the new head of design for the Mini brand, almost a year since his predecessor Anders Warming moved on. Heilmer is the current president of Designworks, a subsidiary of the BMW Group - with design studios in California, Munich and Shanghai - and has been part of the group's design team for 17 years...


Rob Melville to lead McLaren design, Stephenson rumoured for Mini return
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Rob Melville to lead McLaren design, Stephenson rumoured for Mini return

Supercar company McLaren has moved chief designer Rob Melville to the office with a view, promoting him to the position of Design Director. Replacing outgoing design director Frank Stephenson, Melville will report directly to McLaren chief operating officer, Dr Jens Ludmann. "I remember when I got the call to come and join McLaren back in 2009 and the joy I felt then is the same today...


Confirmed: Ford CEO Mark Fields retires, Smart Mobility chief Jim Hackett steps up
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Confirmed: Ford CEO Mark Fields retires, Smart Mobility chief Jim Hackett steps up

Overnight Ford confirmed Mark Fields' decision to retire as company CEO, as well as his immediate replacement by Jim Hackett. Hackett was previously the head of the company's Smart Mobility division. Today's announcement confirms rumours that began swirling around the internet over the weekend...


Ford CEO Mark Fields fired in senior management reshuffle - report
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Ford CEO Mark Fields fired in senior management reshuffle - report

Reports are emerging out of the US that Ford Motor Company has fired its Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields and will replace him with the company's head of Smart Mobility, James Hackett...


Victorian government gives funding boost to manufacturing sector
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Victorian government gives funding boost to manufacturing sector

The Victorian ALP government is pushing to lure manufacturing jobs to the State in the wake of Ford’s plant closure, Holden’s engine-plant shuttering and the imminent end of Toyota’s production line. Premier Daniel Andrews this week attended the opening of Rinnai’s new facility in Braeside, which will produce gas and electric hot water systems, ducted gas, air-conditioning and solar renewable systems, plus conduct global R&D...


Infiniti Australia names Chang-Hwan Lee as new managing director
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Infiniti Australia names Chang-Hwan Lee as new managing director

The local arm of Nissan luxury marque Infiniti has appointed a new managing director, with outgoing boss Jean-Philippe Roux moving to lead the brand's marketing efforts for the Russian market. In his time at the top of Infiniti Australia, Roux oversaw the local launch of new Q50 variants, the big Patrol-based QX80 SUV, the small Q30 and QX30 twins, and most recently the new-generation Q60 coupe...


Toyota Australia confirms top-end management changes in shift to import business
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Toyota Australia confirms top-end management changes in shift to import business

Toyota Australia has announced a number of changes to its 2018 team, with key leadership saying their goodbyes at the end of this year. Those will include current president, Dave Buttner, along with sales and marketing director Tony Cramb - both major figures in the business globally and familiar identities in the industry...


Audi Australia names Paul Sansom as new managing director
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Audi Australia names Paul Sansom as new managing director

Current Audi Australia managing director Andrew Doyle will head to the United Kingdom in April, where he will take over as director of Audi UK. Paul Sansom has been announced as Doyle's successor at Audi Australia, coming to the role after working as managing director of Audi South Africa since 2014...


Nissan Australia: Dealing with government on future automotive tech like "amateur hour"
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Nissan Australia: Dealing with government on future automotive tech like "amateur hour"

The boss of Nissan Australia, a pioneer in the local electric vehicle scene with its Leaf hatch, has lashed out at the government by describing its industry dealings as "amateur hour". The Nissan Leaf remains Australia's best selling electric vehicle on volume and, while it ended up costing the local operation money in the long run, it helped establish Nissan Australia as a progressive company hunting for a greener future...


Done deal: Opel sold to Peugeot parent PSA, Commodore and Astra unharmed
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Done deal: Opel sold to Peugeot parent PSA, Commodore and Astra unharmed

PSA Group, the parent company of Peugeot and Citroen, is now the second largest car maker in Europe, with confirmation today that it will purchase German brand Opel and British brand Vauxhall from General Motors. Confirmed during a joint press conference held by the leaders of PSA Group and GM, the sale sees the French company leapfrog the Renault Nissan Alliance - which only recently added Mitsubishi to its portfolio - to sit just beneath Volkswagen...


PSA board approves Opel takeover, announcement due Monday - UPDATE
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PSA board approves Opel takeover, announcement due Monday - UPDATE

UPDATE: It is now official, Opel has been sold to PSA Group. Story here. French automotive giant PSA Group is on the brink of completing a deal to buy General Motors' Opel and Vauxhall divisions, according to a report out of Europe over the weekend. More, the companies are now expect to announce details at 9:15am, Monday morning, in Europe - 7:15pm tonight, Australian time...


Nissan appoints new CEO as Ghosn shifts focus to alliance growth
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Nissan appoints new CEO as Ghosn shifts focus to alliance growth

Nissan has announced this week that Hiroto Saikawa, the company's co-CEO and representative director, will assume the role of CEO from April 1. Carlos Ghosn, current CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, has decided to step down from the lead role at Nissan to focus his attention on the expansion and stewardship of the Alliance...


CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code: Cheaper, stronger and mass-produced
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CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code: Cheaper, stronger and mass-produced

Australia’s CSIRO has cracked the carbon-fibre code, and in doing so has opened the floodgates to mass-production of the composite material in Australia. Currently only a handful of companies around the world are able to manufacture carbon-fibre, each with their own closely-guarded secret recipe...


Holden investigation uncovers dodgy latches on aftermarket Commodore bonnets
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Holden investigation uncovers dodgy latches on aftermarket Commodore bonnets

A faulty component has been discovered in imported aftermarket bonnets for the Holden Commodore, the car maker has announced today. Revealed as part of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries' Genuine Is Best campaign, an investigation was carried out by Holden directly, after receiving reports of non-genuine parts supply...


McLaren partners with BMW for next-generation powertrains
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McLaren partners with BMW for next-generation powertrains

McLaren Automotive has announced a strategic partnership with the BMW Group as part of a project to design and develop technologies for its next-generation powertrains. In a statement released this week, the British supercar firm said the project will focus on developing new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible, while also aiming to reduce CO2 emissions...