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Toyota LandCruiser showroom blackout until 300 Series arrives

The Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series will disappear from Australian showrooms within a few months – creating a sales blackout before the next-generation Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series is due to arrive later this year...

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Australian Toyota GR Yaris TV ad pulled after a tiny skid on private property
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Australian Toyota GR Yaris TV ad pulled after a tiny skid on private property

The Toyota GR Yaris has caught the attention of the advertising standards authority in Australia, after it received a complaint about a TV commercial that depicted the hot hatch experiencing a momentary loss of traction as it drove out of a shed on a private property...


VFACTS 2020 WRAP: New-car sales recovered in December, amid lowest year since 2003 
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VFACTS 2020 WRAP: New-car sales recovered in December, amid lowest year since 2003 

Australian new-car sales surged in the last two months of 2020 as the nation came out of COVID-19 lockdowns – and the automotive industry is now grappling with stock shortages as a large proportion of buyers treated themselves to a new vehicle to holiday at home amid international travel restrictions...


VFACTS 2020: Toyota Camry top-selling mid-size sedan for 27th year
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VFACTS 2020: Toyota Camry top-selling mid-size sedan for 27th year

The Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon may have been consigned to the history books, however the Toyota Camry has outlasted them and gone from strength to strength, becoming the top-selling medium-size sedan in Australia for the 27th year in a row. Even at the height of their powers, the longest winning streak for the Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon was 15 years – when the Commodore led the market until 2011...


VFACTS 2020: Chinese brands MG, LDV, Great Wall, Haval post big gains 
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VFACTS 2020: Chinese brands MG, LDV, Great Wall, Haval post big gains 

Amid an overall market slump Australians bought a record number of Chinese cars for the second year in a row in 2020, according to official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. A total of 30,696 cars made in China were reported as sold in Australia last year, an increase of 70...


VFACTS 2020: Nissan Patrol, Toyota LandCruiser post sales gains as Aussies holiday at home
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VFACTS 2020: Nissan Patrol, Toyota LandCruiser post sales gains as Aussies holiday at home

The Nissan Patrol has posted its highest sales since this generation model arrived in 2013 – and the Toyota LandCruiser wagon also posted significant gains amid a market slump, and despite its final full year of production. According to official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Nissan reported 2820 examples of the Y62 Patrol as sold in 2020, a dramatic increase of 44...


VFACTS 2020: Isuzu D-Max posts sales record, waiting time still up to six months
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VFACTS 2020: Isuzu D-Max posts sales record, waiting time still up to six months

The new-generation Isuzu D-Max ute has posted its best monthly sales result of all time in Australia – however even that has not been enough to reduce waiting times which now stretch up to six months. Official sales figures for 2020 released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show Isuzu reported 2409 examples of the D-Max ute as sold in December, which was its highest monthly result since June 2017 (when 2388 were sold)...


VFACTS 2020: Record year for hybrids, electric cars 0.2 per cent of sales
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VFACTS 2020: Record year for hybrids, electric cars 0.2 per cent of sales

A record number of hybrid cars were sold in Australia in 2020 – almost twice as many as the year prior – as electric vehicles continued to represent just 0.2 per cent of the market. Official 2020 new-car sales figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 60,417 hybrid vehicles were reported as sold last year, an increase of 93...


VFACTS 2020: Holden over and out with just 28 sales in December
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VFACTS 2020: Holden over and out with just 28 sales in December

Holden reported 16,688 cars as sold in its final year – posting just 28 sales in December 2020 – after US car giant General Motors announced the retirement of the brand in February 2020, ending its 72-year run. The 2020 result represents Holden’s lowest sales tally in 71 years – since 1949, its first full year of manufacturing after producing just 524 cars at the end of 1948, according to historical data unearthed by CarAdvice from the Australian Bureau of Statistics...


VFACTS 2020: Toyota HiLux tops the charts for the fifth year in a row
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VFACTS 2020: Toyota HiLux tops the charts for the fifth year in a row

The Toyota HiLux ute maintained its title as Australia’s favourite car after notching up its fifth win in a row, according to official sales figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. The 2020 result also marks the 20th year in a row the Toyota HiLux has been Number One in the Northern Territory, the 14th year in a row it has been the top-seller in Queensland, and the 13th year in a row at the top of the sales charts in West Australia...


VFACTS 2020: Toyota Corolla Australia’s top-selling passenger car for eighth year in a row
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VFACTS 2020: Toyota Corolla Australia’s top-selling passenger car for eighth year in a row

The Toyota Corolla has retained its title as Australia’s favourite passenger car for the eighth year in a row, although it has found itself under attack from other models – and continues to battle the buyer shift to SUVs...


2021 Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain price rises amid severe stock shortages
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2021 Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain price rises amid severe stock shortages

The Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain ute just got more expensive as of 1 January 2021, with the price increasing by $1000 to $59,990 drive-away. Isuzu says it will honour customer orders placed at the original launch offer price of $58,990 drive-away, however new buyers who walk into a showroom from now on will be quoted the higher price of $59,990 drive-away (not including metallic paint, which adds $500)...


Tesla sells record 500,000 cars globally in 2020
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Tesla sells record 500,000 cars globally in 2020

Electric car specialist Tesla has fallen just shy of 500,000 sales globally for 2020, however the tally of 499,550 deliveries and a production run of 509,737 are both records for the brand. Buoyed by the Tesla Model 3 sedan, its most affordable vehicle to date, Tesla posted its eighth year in a row of growth, more than doubling its output and sales in just two years (see table below)...


NSW to switch to unmarked mobile speed camera cars
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NSW to switch to unmarked mobile speed camera cars

The NSW Government will soon adopt the sneaky tactics used by other states – using anonymous-looking unmarked speed camera cars parked on the side of the road, and removing the bold reflective signage on some of its existing vehicles...


Cyclist deaths are up by 47 per cent – and we need your help to stop the carnage
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Cyclist deaths are up by 47 per cent – and we need your help to stop the carnage

The coronavirus crisis has reduced the deaths of drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and pedestrians across Australia over the past five years – and NSW reported its lowest road toll in 97 years, since 1923. However, disturbingly, the national data shows a dramatic rise in the number of cyclist deaths in the past 12 months, presumably as more people in the community relied on food delivery riders during lockdowns...