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Global semiconductor shortage threatens to further delay new car production
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14th Jan 2021
2 min read

Global semiconductor shortage threatens to further delay new car production

A global semiconductor shortage – caused by the coronavirus crisis – is threatening to slam the brakes on vehicle assembly lines around the world. For now, the impact on new-car deliveries in Australia is unclear, but the shortage has already paused vehicle production in Japan and the UK. The silicon electrical circuits are used in a wide range of vehicle systems, including cell phone integration, heads-up displays, autonomous driving aids, and infotainment.
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William Davis
Victorian automotive businesses you can support right now
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29th Oct 2020
3 min read

Victorian automotive businesses you can support right now

Victoria's automotive industry has returned to work after months of lockdown, with businesses in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria once again permitted to operate at full capacity. And if you've been sitting on your hands waiting to get your car maintenance checklist ticked off, there's never been a better time.
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Susannah Guthrie
Victoria's coronavirus lockdown rules: Your car questions, answered – UPDATE
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26th Oct 2020
10 min read

Victoria's coronavirus lockdown rules: Your car questions, answered – UPDATE

Victorians remain in the grips of ongoing coronavirus restrictions, relying on often-confusing weekly announcements from Premier Daniel Andrews to learn of the changes in both Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Below, we've answered some commonly asked questions about Melbourne's latest coronavirus lockdown rules and how they pertain to drivers. If we've missed anything, let us know in the comments section.
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Susannah Guthrie
A quarter of Victoria's dealership staff could lose their jobs, survey finds – UPDATE
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7th Aug 2020
4 min read

A quarter of Victoria's dealership staff could lose their jobs, survey finds – UPDATE

UPDATE, 7/8/2020: Australian car dealers have welcomed the government's recent changes to the eligibility criteria for its extended JobKeeper scheme, which will allow previously ineligible dealerships to apply for ongoing financial support.
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Susannah Guthrie
Victoria Police high-tech cameras to spot cars from COVID hotspots
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2nd Jul 2020
2 min read

Victoria Police high-tech cameras to spot cars from COVID hotspots

Victoria Police will use automatic number plate recognition cameras – fitted to the roof of the latest highway patrol cars – to detect vehicles from postcodes in COVID-19 lockdown. The technology – normally used to detect unregistered vehicles, unlicensed drivers, and cars likely to be driven by wanted persons – is also able to spot vehicles that have left their area.
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Rob Margeit