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Tracking the new kids on the block: the rising star cars of 2020
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7th Nov 2020
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Tracking the new kids on the block: the rising star cars of 2020

Introducing an entirely new nameplate to an established – and, some would argue, saturated – Australian new-car market carries an inherent risk. With a multitude of choices already on offer, any new model needs to offer a compelling package to take on the already established nameplates within a segment.
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Rob Margeit
VFACTS October 2020: New-car sales show strongest signs of recovery so far this year
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5th Nov 2020
7 min read

VFACTS October 2020: New-car sales show strongest signs of recovery so far this year

Australians are buying new cars at almost the same rate as this time last year – to pre-coronavirus levels – as the industry remains hopeful the worst is behind it and there is a clear road ahead. Official sales figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show new-car sales in October 2020 were down by just 1.5 per cent compared with the same month the previous year, with 81,220 vehicles reported as sold versus 82,456 in October 2019.
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Joshua Dowling
What cars did Aussies buy during the pandemic? Utes, utes and more utes
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5th Oct 2020
2 min read

What cars did Aussies buy during the pandemic? Utes, utes and more utes

Australia’s favourite workhorse utes are increasingly being used as weekend getaway cars. That’s the assessment from industry insiders trying to explain the unexpected surge in the sales of utes such as the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, and full-size US pick-ups such as the Ram 1500. “People can’t travel overseas so they’re treating themselves to a new car instead, and choosing one they can take on holidays here,” said a veteran car dealer with more than 20 years in the trade.
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Joshua Dowling
MG sales surge, moves closer to Top 10
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5th Oct 2020
2 min read

MG sales surge, moves closer to Top 10

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Joshua Dowling
News
5th Oct 2020
2 min read

MG sales surge, moves closer to Top 10

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Joshua Dowling
VFACTS September 2020: Ford Ranger tops sales charts for first time in three years as market slowdown continues
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5th Oct 2020
7 min read

VFACTS September 2020: Ford Ranger tops sales charts for first time in three years as market slowdown continues

The Ford Ranger ute was Australia’s top selling vehicle in September, overtaking the Toyota HiLux to become market leader for the first time in three years. The September 2017 and September 2020 results are the only time a Ford motor vehicle has been number one in the monthly sales charts in Australia since the Falcon last beat the Holden Commodore in August 2005.
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Joshua Dowling
VFACTS, August 2020: Hybrid car tops sales charts for first time ever 
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3rd Sep 2020
8 min read

VFACTS, August 2020: Hybrid car tops sales charts for first time ever 

A petrol-electric hybrid vehicle has topped the monthly sales charts for the first time in Australian automotive history – as Victoria’s strict lockdown restrictions kept the market in reverse during the coronavirus crisis. The Toyota RAV4 SUV was the nation’s top-selling vehicle for the second month in a row, but the hybrid version alone accounted for the overwhelming majority of sales – and was enough to lead the entire market in its own right.
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Joshua Dowling