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Car dealers lobby for assistance to continue to remain open
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5th Apr 2020
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Car dealers lobby for assistance to continue to remain open

New-car showrooms and used car lots across Australia remain open – some with reduced hours – however the Australian Automotive Dealers Association (AADA) says many will soon need some form of government assistance to keep operating. “Unfortunately, car dealers don’t qualify for many of the federal government’s stimulus packages because of their high turnover and staff levels,” said James Voortman, the CEO of the AADA.
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Joshua Dowling
Toyota HiLux bullbar designers use their skills to make medical masks
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4th Apr 2020
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Toyota HiLux bullbar designers use their skills to make medical masks

The team of Australians who design heavy duty accessories for the Toyota HiLux ute are now helping to make medical equipment to assist health authorities in the battle against the coronavirus. While local manufacturing of the Toyota Camry came to an end in 2017, the Japanese car maker retained a Melbourne-based design and engineering team to develop accessories for the Toyota HiLux and other off-road vehicles.
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Joshua Dowling
More than 1000 Australian manufacturers offer to help COVID-19 medical efforts
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3rd Apr 2020
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More than 1000 Australian manufacturers offer to help COVID-19 medical efforts

A national register calling for local manufacturing expertise has received more than 1000 submissions in less than a week, from businesses and companies – many with links to the automotive industry – keen to help tackle the coronavirus crisis by contributing to the production of medical supplies and other essential services.
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Justin Narayan
US eases fuel economy and emissions targets, China may follow
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2nd Apr 2020
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US eases fuel economy and emissions targets, China may follow

The US Government has completed a rollback of emissions targets in an attempt to support the car manufacturing industry – and it appears China may follow suit, according to reports from Reuters. Renewed emissions targets in the US will see the proposed mandatory five per cent annual increase in efficiency until 2026 – introduced by the previous Obama – reduced to just 1.5 per cent.
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Liam Murphy
2020 Nissan X-Trail pricing and specs
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2nd Apr 2020
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2020 Nissan X-Trail pricing and specs

Nissan has added some standard equipment to some models in its top-selling Nissan X-Trail lineup, as well as bumping prices up across the entire model-year 2020 range. Locally fit rear parking sensors will now feature on all 2020 ST-L, Ti and TL variants, while the TS and ST variants miss out on the feature.
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Susannah Guthrie