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Luxury Car Tax gone by 2019: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz Australia believes that the current framework for a free-trade agreement with the European Union (EU) will finally see the disbanding of the 33 per cent Luxury Car Tax (LCT), starting in 2019...

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Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan
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Government changes direction on private 'parallel' import plan

Plans to loosen laws preventing 'parallel' vehicle imports have largely been shelved as part of the federal government's re-jigged Road Vehicle Standards Bill, designed to take effect in 2019. As you may recall, representatives from the Turnbull Government early last year flagged changes to the extant Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1987, to allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars from 2018...


Australia average vehicle age is 10.1 years
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Australia average vehicle age is 10.1 years

The average age of Australia’s vehicle fleet is 10.1 years, although more than 30 per cent of vehicles on the road are fewer than five years old. Furthermore, estimates suggest that sales of used vehicles were more than triple those of new vehicles in 2016 - the latter of which are at record highs...


Australian auto industry worth $37b, has record 27,000 job vacancies
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Australian auto industry worth $37b, has record 27,000 job vacancies

The Australian automotive sector will still contribute a massive $37.1 billion to the economy (2.2 per cent of GDP) beyond the end of local car manufacturing in October. And there are currently a record 27,000 auto job vacancies waiting to filled, upped to a staggering 35,000 vacancies in the sector within a year — contrary to generally-held views...


July 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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July 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales in Australia grew 1.6 per cent in July over the same month in 2016, to a record 92,754 units - enough to keep the market on record year-to-date (YTD) pace. It was the fourth month of record sales for 2017, with July the third month in succession where the feat was achieved...


Australian insurer commits to genuine parts message
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Australian insurer commits to genuine parts message

The peak body for Australia’s new-car distributors has commended insurance company IAG for opting to urge repairers to use manufacturer-specified, genuine new parts. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has been railing against the proliferation of 'non-genuine' components for some time, citing tests that demonstrate the inferiority of some...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 2017

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...


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...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 20, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 20, 2017

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...


Peak body wants 'foolish' car import duty axed
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Peak body wants 'foolish' car import duty axed

The chief executive of lobby group and peak body for car companies in Australia has called on the federal government to scrap not just the luxury car tax (LCT), but also the five per cent import duty affecting some vehicles...


Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs
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Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs

Motoring club representative body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has released preliminary results from its real-world emissions and fuel economy testing program. The results have prompted the AAA to boldly question the relevance of globally-utilised lab testing as a methodology, plus the government emissions reduction regulations based upon these results, and by extension the honesty of car-maker claims in these areas...


FCAI lab tests reveal dangers of dodgy imitation wheels - UPDATE
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FCAI lab tests reveal dangers of dodgy imitation wheels - UPDATE

UPDATE: The FCAI has responded to concerns over the validity and purpose of these tests. This article has been updated to reflect these comments. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has revealed the potentially lethal flaws of imitation counterfeit alloy wheels in normal driving conditions...


FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia
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FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia

Australian motor industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has come out in support of the ‘coordinated’ approach to the rollout of autonomous vehicle technology. The announcement comes after a report released by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), argued a coordinated government roadmap is required before the country adopts driverless vehicle technology...


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

New vehicles sales grew by a solid 4.6 per cent in August, keeping the market on track for an all-time annual record. VFACTS figures released this morning show that 94,909 new cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold last month, taking the year-to-date (YTD) figure to 784,380...


Counterfeit Toyota parts destined for Australia seized in Chinese raid
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Counterfeit Toyota parts destined for Australia seized in Chinese raid

Chinese police have seized more than $1 million worth of counterfeit Toyota car parts, many of which were destined for Australia. The stock was uncovered during a police raid in Guangzhou, south-east China. The raid was based on information provided by Toyota Australia...


Do grey imports pose dangers?: The risks you might face privately importing a new car - UPDATE
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Do grey imports pose dangers? The risks you might face privately importing a new car - UPDATE

Car industry "blind-sided" Parallel imports undermine consumer protection, says industry Car executives and FCAI speak out in anger, their arguments below Heavy hitters within the Australian new vehicle industry have unanimously slammed the government’s proposal to change the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars from 2018...


Government plans to allow parallel ‘grey’ imports from 2018
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Government plans to allow parallel ‘grey’ imports from 2018

Despite a recommendation to approve parallel imports being knocked back by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull only several months ago, the government now plans to allow the parallel/grey import of vehicles into Australia from 2018...


Aftermarket slams FCAI's exposé of dodgy wheels
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Aftermarket slams FCAI's exposé of dodgy wheels

The head of Australia’s automotive aftermarket peak body has attacked last week’s ‘fake wheel’ exposé conducted by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries with the backing of Mercedes-Benz and Holden. As we reported earlier this week, the FCAI filmed an imitation wheel imported via an online distributor, which failed to meet Australian standards, undergoing tests at Holden’s proving ground...


Dodgy imitation wheels potential killers, says peak body
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Dodgy imitation wheels potential killers, says peak body

Counterfeit wheels purchased online, and fitted in Australia, are often dangerously unsafe and fail to meet legal requirements, according to the movers behind a new industry campaign called ‘Genuine is Best’...


July 2015 car sales: Winners and losers
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July 2015 car sales: Winners and losers

New vehicle registrations continued their upward trajectory in July, growing 2.7 per cent over the same month in 2014. The July figures of 92,308 units take 2015’s cumulative annual total to 670,735, up 3.2 per cent. Monthly VFACTS figures show that July was business as usual: the swing to SUVs continues — these vehicles grew 13...