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Stand by for more US-style pick-ups on our roads: our appetite for “full size” utes has exceeded all expectations, prompting the local factory to triple output to fill back orders...

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VFACTS: Five new car sales factoids from the first quarter
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VFACTS: Five new car sales factoids from the first quarter

New vehicle sales in Australia over the first quarter of 2019 fell 7.9% relative to the same period in 2018, to 265,538 units. This is the lowest Q1 tally since 2014, and marks 12 consecutive months of negative growth. You can read this reporter’s Q1 market breakdown here, discussing sales by segment, brand, region, fuel type and origin, as well as specific monthly reports for 2019 for January, February and March...


A.P. Eagers and AHG could merge, creating a car dealer superpower
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A.P. Eagers and AHG could merge, creating a car dealer superpower

A proposed merger lodged with the ASX would see Australia’s two biggest new-car dealer groups become one $1.8 billion entity, billed as ‘Australia’s leading automotive group’. Queensland-based A.P. Eagers today announced the conditional all-scrip offer to acquire remaining shares of WA’s Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) that it doesn’t already control...


VFACTS: Market sales report for Q1, 2019
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VFACTS: Market sales report for Q1, 2019

New vehicle sales in Australia over the first quarter of 2019 fell 7.9% relative to the same period in 2018, to 265,538 units. This is the lowest Q1 tally since 2014, and marks 12 consecutive months of negative growth compared to the same month in the preceding year...


VFACTS: Lowest March sales since 2014
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VFACTS: Lowest March sales since 2014

Worst first quarter and worst March tallies since 2014 12 successive negative months 'achieved' Only two of the top 10 brands grew their sales over March 2018: Mitsubishi (big at home in SA...) and Kia South Australia (up 9.4%) and Tasmania (up 6...


Australian Greens' EV targets, and the local car industry's response
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Australian Greens' EV targets, and the local car industry's response

The Australian Greens' proposals to dramatically grow sales of zero-emission vehicles (EV) and add a higher tax to internal combustion luxury cars have been met with a mixed response from key car industry stakeholders. The party, Australia's third-largest by votes as of the last federal election, has pledged to outright ban all internal combustion vehicles by 2030 ( a decade before France does the same, for example)...


Premium new car sales tumbling, here's the data
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Premium new car sales tumbling, here's the data

It’s no secret the Australian new vehicle market is struggling, after enduring 11 successive months of negative growth compared to the corresponding month in the preceding year. With factors like a weak housing market pinned with much of the blame, it should be no surprise luxury car brands are battling more than the more popular brands at the cheaper end of the market...


Finance and falling house prices affecting new car sales - Mazda
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Finance and falling house prices affecting new car sales - Mazda

The new car market is likely to dive further this year, with tougher rules on financing and the falling price of houses in the majority of capital cities around Australia having a negative impact. That's according to Mazda Australia's boss, speaking with CarAdvice at the Geneva motor show. February saw the biggest market slowdown since the Global Financial Crisis in Australia...


Kia's growth continues, closing the gap on Hyundai
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Kia's growth continues, closing the gap on Hyundai

Overall new vehicle sales continue to go backwards in Australia, but one brand that keeps bucking the trend is Kia, having doubled its sales between 2014-18 and continuing to climb so far in 2019 to boot. The ‘second’ Korean brand after Hyundai has gone from also-ran, to fast-growing upstart, to established brand hovering around the top 5 overall position in impressively rapid time, clawing its way ahead of Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Holden and Subaru in the process...


VFACTS: February 2019 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: February 2019 new vehicle sales

Top-three sellers all utes: HiLux, Ranger and Triton Mitsubishi third, Kia sixth and Holden tenth as top echelon shuffles around Light commercials take 23 per cent market share, passenger cars plummet Sales of Chinese cars up almost 130 per cent, Korean and US imports well down Mid-sized SUVs the most popular vehicle type once again New vehicle sales in Australia continued to hit the brakes in February, down 9...


Car sales hit the brakes in February 2019
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Car sales hit the brakes in February 2019

DEALERS are likely to be desperate to do a sharp price on a new car in March – traditionally the second-biggest month of the year for sales – after figures for February revealed the biggest market slowdown since the Global Financial Crisis. It is now 11 months in a row sales have fallen short of the same month the previous year — and even market leader Toyota has been hit hard...


NSW opposition plans to slug car buyers with the highest stamp duty in Australia
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NSW opposition plans to slug car buyers with the highest stamp duty in Australia

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley plans to increase stamp duty to the highest rate in the nation – to 7 per cent on vehicles priced above $100,000. This would be in addition to the 33 per cent Luxury Car Tax and 10 per cent GST already levied on cars in this price range...


Q&A: Talking with Australia's peak body for car dealers
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Q&A: Talking with Australia's peak body for car dealers

Our focus is to inform people about new cars, and in so doing we generally deal directly with carmakers and their representatives, plus representative body the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. But the auto landscape is a many-sided die, and one area where we have less focus is on the dealer network...


Australia's most dominant cars
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Australia's most dominant cars

Sales charts for the Australian car industry are broadly broken up into categories or segments, pitting like-for-like vehicles against one another. By analysing these segments it becomes clear a number of them are dominated by a single player. For every segment that’s closely fought between a number of competitors, there’s one that… isn’t...


Holden officially slams takeover talk but concedes it’s now a “challenger brand”
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Holden officially slams takeover talk but concedes it’s now a “challenger brand”

Holden boss Dave Buttner has officially dismissed talks of a takeover in the distribution of its cars – but in a shock move the former Number One has raised the white flag and admitted it is now a “challenger brand” in the wake of record low sales...


LNP backs calls for service data to be shared with independent repairers
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LNP backs calls for service data to be shared with independent repairers

The Liberal/National Party (LNP) has this morning released its consultation paper into the sharing of manufacturer vehicle service and repair information, backing the ACCC's calls to make it mandatory...


Opel to return to Australia, Holden to lose Commodore and Astra?
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Opel to return to Australia, Holden to lose Commodore and Astra?

German brand Opel could make a return to Australia in a move that would see Commodore and Astra vacate Holden showrooms and leave it with a range of SUVs and utes. The bold plan is one of two confidential proposals reportedly being discussed with General Motors and independent importer Inchcape, a UK-based firm which distributes Subaru, Peugeot and Citroen cars in Australia...


GM considering proposal to shut Holden office and switch to independent importer - report
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GM considering proposal to shut Holden office and switch to independent importer - report

Holden's head office could be closed by its parent company General Motors and switch to importing cars via an independent distributor, according to a confidential proposal revealed by the Australian Financial Review newspaper. UK-based firm Inchcape – the distributor of Subaru, Peugeot and Citroen cars in Australia – has reportedly approached General Motors to take over the distribution of Holden cars...


VFACTS: MG sales on the rise
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VFACTS: MG sales on the rise

MG may have a hallowed name, but it hasn’t really been relevant to Australians for a very long time, since it was a purveyor of iconic British drop-tops. That appears to be changing, however, with the company making some serious inroads thanks in large part to the ZS small crossover SUV. Take January 2019, a month in which it sold 503 cars, up 10-fold over the same month in 2018...


VFACTS: January 2019 sales wrap
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VFACTS: January 2019 sales wrap

Claimed new vehicle sales continued their downward trajectory in Australia over January, with the market down 7.4 per cent over the same month in 2018, to 88,851 units. This follows the trend from last year, when new vehicle sales went backwards for the first time in a few years after a strong start, and in which 10 of 12 months showed negative growth...