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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9 2016

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, here’s what’s been making headlines. The latest new car sales figures have been released and the August VFACTS reports shows sales grew by 4.6 per cent with 95,000 new cars sold...

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Ram 1500 Night unveiled in America: Big bad truck on local wish list
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2017 Ram 1500 Night unveiled in America: Big bad truck on local wish list

The 2017 Ram 1500 Night has been unveiled in the US, and it's about as American as it gets. Combining a fair number of things we love about America - size, excess, the wildly unnecessary - the special edition Night package adds a touch of ‘gangsta’ to the already-cool 2017 Ram 1500 Sport...


Ram Trucks drive-away deals announced
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Ram Trucks drive-away deals announced

The distributor of the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks has announced limited-time drive-away deals, making one of the market’s more capable commercials more appealing than ever. American Special Vehicles (ASV), a co-operative between Walkinshaw (right-hand drive converter) and Ateco Automotive (distributor), is covering all on-road costs, meaning the Ram 2500 is $139,500 drive-away, and the Ram 3500 is $146,500...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 11: Open speed limits, pricey new NSX, Aston's new hypercar, Volvo S90/V90 driven, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 11: Open speed limits, pricey new NSX, Aston's new hypercar, Volvo S90/V90 driven, and much more

Welcome to episode 11 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric and Mandy Turner are joined again by senior editor Mike Costello to discuss the latest CarAdvice news and reviews from across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market...


Ram Trucks Australian conversion facility, behind-the-scenes tour
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Ram Trucks Australian conversion facility, behind-the-scenes tour

Since it launched in Australia at the end of 2015, startup American Special Vehicles (ASV) has boldly claimed that its right-hand drive Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks were a cut above existing converted US pickups already on sale. For one thing, ASV — a joint-venture between Ateco Automotive as distributor and Walkinshaw as converter — is unique in having direct collaboration with Fiat Chrysler in the US, and acts as a de facto RHD supplier with export potential...


Another US pick-up converter launching in Australia, via the Philippines
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Another US pick-up converter launching in Australia, via the Philippines

Australia’s increasingly crowded market for oversized American pick-ups is about to get a little busier, with a new player receiving the coveted full volume government certification to import, convert and distribute. Shogun Conversions, which has a base in NSW but converts trucks in the Philippines, now has full volume certification for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2016 Ram 3500, 2500 recalled by American Special Vehicles
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2016 Ram 3500, 2500 recalled by American Special Vehicles

Newly launched importer and conversion company, American Special Vehicles, is recalling 152 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks over concerns a worn brake booster hose could cause the braking and steering systems to fail. The distributor reports that the high-pressure brake booster may wear over time, if it comes into contact with the sub-frame near the left engine mount...


Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra recalled by Performax
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Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra recalled by Performax

Queensland-based specialist vehicle importer and converter Performax International has issued a number of recalls on several vehicles in its range of American heavy-duty pick-ups. The company reports that models in the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 ranges, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra lines, are all affected by varying faults...


2016 Ram 2500 Laramie Review
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2016 Ram 2500 Laramie Review

The Ram 2500 Laramie fills a market niche occupied by few.

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RAM Trucks 1500 : 2016 Geneva Motor Show
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RAM Trucks 1500 : 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Ram Trucks officially launched in Australia in November 2015 under new distributor American Special Vehicles, a joint venture between Ateco Automotive and Walkinshaw Automotive. As announced at launch, 2016 will see the company re-engineer Ram trucks to factory standards in Melbourne at a new assembly line belonging to the Walkinshaw Automotive Group...


2016 Ram New Cars
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2016 Ram New Cars

Ram Trucks officially launched in Australia in November 2015 under new distributor American Special Vehicles, a joint venture between Ateco Automotive and Walkinshaw Automotive. As announced at launch, 2016 will see the company re-engineer Ram 2500 Laramie and 3500 Laramie trucks to factory standards in Melbourne at a new assembly line belonging to the Walkinshaw Automotive Group...


Ram trucks launch under new RHD distributor, priced from $139,500
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Ram trucks launch under new RHD distributor, priced from $139,500

Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 heavy duty American trucks are now available in Australia as right-hand-drive vehicles, re-engineered to factory standards in Melbourne at a new assembly line belonging to the Walkinshaw Automotive Group. The chromed-up 4x4 behemoths launched to the media today as part of their national rollout across an initial network of 20 dealers, planned to expand to more than 30 sites as demand increases...


Ram Trucks still here by end of 2015: American Special Vehicles joint-venture detailed here
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Ram Trucks still here by end of 2015: American Special Vehicles joint-venture detailed here

Full-size American Ram Trucks pickups will go on sale in Australia by the end of the year, as part of a just-confirmed co-operation between the Walkinshaw Automotive Group and Neville Crichton, owner of automotive distributor Ateco Automotive. A media release today announced that a deal between the two groups had been finalised ahead of the launch of the big Yank Tanks by year’s end, and unveiling to the media on November 18...


Fiat Chrysler accepts $144m penalty, agrees to vehicle buy-backs over previous recalls
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Fiat Chrysler accepts $144m penalty, agrees to vehicle buy-backs over previous recalls

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has accepted the largest civil penalty ever imposed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and will offer to buy back hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles from owners after acknowledging a substandard execution of vehicle safety recalls...


Fiat Chrysler working on Ram 1500 ute case for Australia
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Fiat Chrysler working on Ram 1500 ute case for Australia

Fiat Chrysler’s Australian arm remains keenly interested in a slice of the local ute market, where just about every participating brand is experiencing ongoing growth. The big Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks are already confirmed for Australia, but it is Sydney-based distributor Ateco Automotive - through its Fiat Chrysler New Zealand operation - that will manage that deal, struck independently with Fiat Chrysler’s overseas headquarters...