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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...

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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...


GM and Honda announce joint Fuel-Cell production facility
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GM and Honda announce joint Fuel-Cell production facility

General Motors (GM) and Honda have announced a joint venture into the production of a new hydrogen fuel-cell system that will feature in upcoming models from both companies. The fuel-cell production facility will operate within GM's existing battery pack factory in Brownstown, Michigan, and is scheduled to commence operations around 2020...


Volkswagen tops 2016 global sales chart despite Dieselgate scandal
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Volkswagen tops 2016 global sales chart despite Dieselgate scandal

Volkswagen finished 2016 as the world's number one automotive company, edging out Toyota, which has just reported its global sales numbers for last year. Both companies are expected to finish well ahead of General Motors, which should take out the final podium spot. Earlier this month, the Volkswagen Group announced that it had sold a total 10,312,400 cars and trucks throughout the 2016 calendar year, a 3...


Donald Trump: What does the new American president mean for the auto industry?
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Donald Trump: What does the new American president mean for the auto industry?

Update (24 January, 2017): Trump has withdrawn the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we've updated the "And China too?" section to reflect this. On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump won a surprise victory against Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States...


Renault back in the pan over diesel emissions - report
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Renault back in the pan over diesel emissions - report

Yet another manufacturer is caught up in emissions cheating allegations. This time, it's French brand Renault. According to a new report by France's Le Figaro, translated by Autoblog, the company is in hot water with French authorities, again, accusing Renault of intentionally cheating emissions testing in a similar way to Volkswagen's defeat devices...


German authorities seeking recall for Fiats with 'illegal' shut-off devices – report
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German authorities seeking recall for Fiats with 'illegal' shut-off devices – report

Germany's transport minister wants to take Fiat models that breach emissions regulations off the market, according to a new report by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. In the article, translated by Automotive News Europe, German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt said the European Commission must ensure Fiat vehicles that do not comply with pollution regulations are pulled from sale...


FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities
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FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US has confirmed several upcoming Jeep models along with a US$1 billion ($1.37 billion) investment into its Michigan and Ohio production facilities. The Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and 'Pickup Truck' – likely to be the dual-cab ute based on the next-generation Wrangler off-roader and likely on the radar for Australia – have been confirmed to commence production by 2020, which should see the addition of 2000 American jobs...


Mini celebrates three million cars at Oxford plant
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Mini celebrates three million cars at Oxford plant

Mini's manufacturing facility in Oxford, UK, has celebrated its three millionth car this week - a Mini Clubman John Cooper Works. The milestone comes in the Oxford facility's 15th year of production and parent company BMW's centenary year. In 2001 the plant was producing around 300 cars a day, and now builds at a rate of around 1000 vehicles per day - meaning the 4500-strong team in Oxford produces one new Mini almost every minute...


November 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed
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November 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed

The Australian new vehicle market was steady in November, up a modest 0.3 per cent to 98,937 units. The total market remains on record pace at 1,079,370 year-to-date (YTD). Interestingly, a pair of utes were the top-selling models. As has become familiar, it was SUVs (38 per cent market share) and light commercials (19 per cent market share) that showed sales growth, offsetting a 4...


McLaren confirms meeting with Apple happened, went nowhere - report
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McLaren confirms meeting with Apple happened, went nowhere - report

The boss of McLaren has now confirmed previously dismissed report that the company did indeed have a meeting with technology giant Apple, though no bids or offers for a takeover were made. Speaking to Reuters, CEO Mike Flewitt, said the company has been approached by several potential investors, though the company's shareholders have been opposed to any kind of takeover - in particular a Chinese takeover bid that saw head of the Formula One team, Ron Dennis, forced out last week...


Subaru parent FHI kills industrial business to focus on automotive
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Subaru parent FHI kills industrial business to focus on automotive

We had our first hint when the company changed its name earlier this year, but now it's official: Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) has announced it will kill off its industrial products business in order to focus on the Japanese car brand...


Ford Australia's Geelong engine plant clocks out
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Ford Australia's Geelong engine plant clocks out

As Ford moves closer to the end of its Australian manufacturing operations, this week marked one more sad milestone along the way: the last engines to be produced at its Geelong plant have been boxed up and shipped out. The final bell will toll on October 7, but, just as production of the Falcon Ute ended in July, the company's engine building operation is the latest to finish up...


Exotic sports-car sales growth triples market average
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Exotic sports-car sales growth triples market average

Sales of the market’s most expensive and exotic sports cars are growing at more than triple the overall market average in 2016. According to monthly VFACTS figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive industries this week, the 'sports car over $200,000' class grew 19.9 per cent in August, and is up 10.6 per cent year-to-date (YTD) to 1163 units...