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Ford offers free pick up and drop off for servicing and recalls during COVID-19
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3rd Apr 2020
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Ford offers free pick up and drop off for servicing and recalls during COVID-19

Ford Australia has announced it will offer free home pick up and drop off of vehicles for customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. The service is available for routine servicing and warranty repairs from now until 30 June 2020 – to be initially offered at selected dealerships. Supplementing the service, Ford will also take extra measures to disinfect ‘major touch points’ of vehicles.
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Liam Murphy
VFACTS: March 2020 new car sales
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3rd Apr 2020
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VFACTS: March 2020 new car sales

New vehicle sales took a hit in March, as you might expect, although it wasn't the cataclysmic drop some might have projected. VFACTS data compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries released today shows that car sales fell by 17.9 per cent compared to March last year, to 81,690 sales. You have to return to 2009, at the height of the global financial crisis, to find a lower figure for March. That year there were 75,650 new cars sold.
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Mike Costello
2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Series II coming in May
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2nd Apr 2020
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2020 Suzuki Swift Sport Series II coming in May

The Suzuki Swift Sport pocket rocket will be getting a round of updates in May. The Series II model gets blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert safety systems, plus heated side mirrors. Outside there's a new hero orange/black two-tone paint option, and inside a digital speedo will be added. There are no mechanical changes, meaning the 103kW/230Nm 1.4-litre turbo engine continues, sending torque to the front wheels through six-speed manual or automatic transmission options.
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Mike Costello
Kia overtakes Hyundai for the first time in Australia 
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1st Apr 2020
3 min read

Kia overtakes Hyundai for the first time in Australia 

South Korean car maker Kia has overtaken its sibling rival Hyundai in the monthly sales race for the first time – 24 years after arriving in Australia. According to preliminary figures for March – one of the slowest months in memory for new-car sales due to coronavirus lockdowns – Kia posted a sales increase to rank fourth outright behind market leader Toyota, Mazda in second and Mitsubishi in third.
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Joshua Dowling
Volkswagen is losing up to $3.6 billion a week, despite shutdown
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1st Apr 2020
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Volkswagen is losing up to $3.6 billion a week, despite shutdown

German carmaker Volkswagen has claimed it is still spending €2 billion (AU$3.6 billion) per week during the coronavirus outbreak, despite having suspended European production last month. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told media that the business is still operational – however running at a loss, as reported by Automotive News. He put the business’s operational costs at approximately €2 billion (AU$3.6 billion) each week, however did not allude to net loss.
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Liam Murphy