Holden dealers unite against General Motors to negotiate better compensation deal
Holden’s national network of 185 dealers – operating 203 showrooms – have appointed law firm HWL Ebsworth and forensic accountants KPMG to negotiate with US car giant General Motors over compensation offers they claim are “grossly inadequate” and not a fair reflection of the financial impact on their businesses and staff.
Honda kills its only electric model sold in the US
Honda has withdrawn its sole electric vehicle (EV) offering – the Clarity, which is also sold as a plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered vehicle – from the United States market after only three years of sale in the region.
The Clarity name will continue but with a plug-in electric variant and hydrogen-powered variant – the latter only available in California.
According to a report from Statist, there were approximately 245,000 full-electric vehicles sold in the United States in 2019.
Mercedes-Benz Vans has given its Vito a substantial mid-cycle update to keep it sharp against the Volkswagen Transporter, Ford Transit Custom, and Renault Trafic.
Australian examples to be sold from the first quarter of 2021 will get a new frontal design, a touchscreen in the cabin, and more active safety features including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and active cruise control.
Toyota's hybrid cars breaking Australian sales records
Toyota Australia’s move to broaden its petrol-electric hybrid range is paying off, with the company hitting a new high-water mark despite the ongoing drop in car sales as a whole.
Toyota has reported 7957 of its hybrid cars as sold this year, 166 per cent up over the first two months in 2019. Almost a quarter of cars sold by the company this year are hybrids.
The Toyota GR Yaris hot-hatch could cost as much as $60,000 when it goes on sale in Australia at the end of this year – if pricing out of the UK is a guide.
Toyota UK pricing for the rally-inspired all-wheel-drive GR Yaris released last week, lists the base-model GR Yaris (the variant due to be sold in Australia) at £29,995 (AU$59,955) including on-road costs.