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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...

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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...


GM exec seeks Australian government commitment
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GM exec seeks Australian government commitment

The future of Australian manufacturing potentially hangs in the balance of power, with the federal opposition still non-committal to long-term support for local car making. The Coalition has confirmed that if elected to power following this year’s federal election it would honour the co-investment agreement created by the current Labor government, which would see Holdens built locally until at least 2022...


Holden Cruze: local production of next-generation small car confirmed
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Holden Cruze: local production of next-generation small car confirmed

Holden has confirmed the long-term future of the locally made Holden Cruze small car, but is refusing to disclose whether the Holden Commodore name will continue past the next-generation model. The company has previously revealed it will produce two models at its Elizabeth plant in South Australia starting in the second half of this decade, but had not previously disclosed their identity...


2013 Holden Cruze wagon makes Australian debut
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2013 Holden Cruze wagon makes Australian debut

Holden has rolled out the variant that could help its small Holden Cruze knock off the Commodore as its top selling car next year. It presented the Cruze wagon at the Australian International Motor Show today ahead of its arrival in showrooms in January, although held back on revealing the pricing...


Holden thefts: seven arrested over $2m parts heist
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Holden thefts: seven arrested over $2m parts heist

Police have arrested and charged seven people over the theft and sale of V8 engines and transmissions from Holden’s Elizabeth manufacturing plant in South Australia. Detectives from South Australia Police’s organised crime investigation branch confirmed six men and one woman from South Australia and Queensland were arrested between June 27 and July 24 in connection to the theft and/or sale of the Holden components following the launch of an investigation codenamed Operation Echidna in January...


Holden Commodore fuel economy gets $38.9 million government investment
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Holden Commodore fuel economy gets $38.9 million government investment

Holden has received another $38.9 million from the Federal Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund (GCIF) today, with all the money earmarked to reduce the fuel consumption and carbon emissions of future Commodore models. The money will be used to develop lightweight aluminium body panels and improve aerodynamic performance...