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Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria

Revised regulations could allow autonomous vehicles on California roads without a human minder in the driver seat next year, but it could be five or six years before we see similar tests on local roads...

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Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing
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Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing

Holden has paid tribute to its local manufacturing history, as the Elizabeth Plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. The final Commodore – a VF II SS V Redline – rolled off the production line at 10:45 this morning, ending 69 years worth of locally-built GM products for the Australian market...


Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane
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Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane

Tesla has continued the expansion of its charging network in Australia, with five new Superchargers in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. A charge station in Horsham means the Supercharger link between Melbourne and Adelaide is now complete, while stations in Keith, Clare Valley and the Adelaide city centre are designed to allow Model S and Model X owners to travel between Adelaide and Brisbane without running flat...


The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion
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The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion

Part of the reason I fell in love with cars was because of Australia's take on engineering the perfect automobile for our roads. Since the late '70s, Holden, Ford, and Toyota have been busy creating cars that suit Australia and its tough conditions. The design directive was clear: big, fast and roomy...


SA driver licences going digital from October
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SA driver licences going digital from October

The South Australian Government has announced it will roll out technology to allow driver's licences to go digital from October. Available to anyone in South Australia with a learner's permit, provisional, full, or heavy vehicle licence, the new feature is optional and is accessible through the mySA GOV smartphone application...


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...


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...


South Australia opens doors to public driverless car tests with new laws
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South Australia opens doors to public driverless car tests with new laws

South Australia has become the first Australian state to legalise controlled testing of driverless cars on public roads, with new laws announced today. The news follows confirmation last year that the South Australian government would review a proposal to welcome road-focussed autonomous technology projects to the state, as part of a new program that also included the launch of the inaugural Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) in November...


Speed limit on busy Adelaide street cut to 10km/h after council blunder
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Speed limit on busy Adelaide street cut to 10km/h after council blunder

The speed limit on one of Adelaide’s busiest streets has been cut to little more than walking pace because its new $4 million surface is dangerously slippery when wet. The Advertiser reports speed limits on the western end of Hindley St will remain at just 10km/h indefinitely after vehicles failed skid resistant safety tests on the freshly paved surface...


Holden exit "won't crash" South Australian economy, says Deloitte
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Holden exit "won't crash" South Australian economy, says Deloitte

The planned closure of Holden's manufacturing operations in 2017 will slow but "won't crash" South Australia's economy, according to a new economic report. Despite the local car maker's impending exit, Deloitte Access Economics' quarterly Business Outlook report predicts continued annual economic growth in the state of around one per cent for the next four years – about half that of the rest of the country...


Industry minister dismisses SA premier's post-Holden plan as pre-election stunt
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Industry minister dismisses SA premier's post-Holden plan as pre-election stunt

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has dismissed South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill's post-Holden plan for the state as a pre-election stunt with no substance. Weatherill yesterday announced his rescue plan for workers displaced by Holden's decision to cease production by the end of 2017, proposing 14 initiatives targeted at re-skilling and re-employing workers and supporting the diversification of industries and employment opportunities in South Australia...


Greg Combet to head SA automotive industry transformation taskforce
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Greg Combet to head SA automotive industry transformation taskforce

Former federal government minister Greg Combet has been appointed South Australia's automotive transformation coordinator in a role that will see him oversee the evolution of the industry over the coming years. The appointment follows Holden's announcement that it will end production at its Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia - and its Port Melbourne engine plant in Victoria - at the end of 2017...


Holden workers to vote on manufacturer's future next week
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Holden workers to vote on manufacturer's future next week

Holden workers will vote on a new pay deal next week that will decide the future of the company's local manufacturing operations. The vote was originally planned to take place this Friday (August 9), but was rescheduled to August 13 by Holden to give its 1700-strong workforce in Elizabeth, South Australia extra time to absorb the proposed variations to the agreement...


Holden redundancies: 400 Elizabeth workers depart as Melbourne staff dig in their heels
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Holden redundancies: 400 Elizabeth workers depart as Melbourne staff dig in their heels

Four-hundred Holden employees in South Australia will clock off for the last time today as the voluntary redundancies announced by the local car maker in April take effect. The workers at Holden's vehicle assembly plant in Elizabeth represent 80 per cent of the employees planned to leave the company as part of the April job cuts, with a further 100 engineering staff from Holden's product development operations in Port Melbourne due to join them on the way out...


South Australian man caught driving without steering wheel
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South Australian man caught driving without steering wheel

A South Australian driver has been remanded in custody after being caught driving a car without a steering wheel. The driver was initially pulled over by police after they observed his white Holden driving dangerously on two blown tyres. When police stopped the car they noticed a pair of vice grips had been attached where the car’s steering wheel had (presumably) once been...


South Australian premier hints at extra Holden funding
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South Australian premier hints at extra Holden funding

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has hinted Holden could receive additional government funding to help shore up its local manufacturing future. Weatherill told News Limited he was prepared to go to great lengths to save Holden, though insisted the South Australian manufacturer would have to present a compelling business case and would not simply be handed money blindly...


Local parts supplier shifts production to Thailand: up to 90 jobs to go
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Local parts supplier shifts production to Thailand: up to 90 jobs to go

SMR Automotive will shift part of its production from Adelaide to Thailand, at a cost of up to 90 local jobs. A supplier of rear-view mirrors, indicators and door handles for local manufacturers Ford, Holden and Toyota, SMR Automotive made the decision to move part of its Australian production to a manufacturing plant in Thailand as a result of the high Australian dollar and the need for long-term viability and flexibility “in a competitive and ever-changing automotive sector”...


Victoria, South Australia encourage other states to buy Australian cars
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Victoria, South Australia encourage other states to buy Australian cars

The Victorian and South Australian premiers will use today's Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting to encourage other states and territories to use more Australian-made cars to support the local automotive manufacturing industry. AAP reports Victorian Premier Denis Napthine and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill will push other government leaders to lease or purchase locally manufactured vehicles whenever possible...


Holden, South Australian Government to renegotiate funding deal
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Holden, South Australian Government to renegotiate funding deal

The South Australian Government will "return to the negotiating table" over its funding deal with Holden after the local car maker earlier this week announced its plan to axe 500 jobs. Following a three-hour meeting with Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux in Adelaide today, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said the two parties had “very different views” about the nature of their funding agreement going forward...