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What cars did Aussies buy during the pandemic? Utes, utes and more utes
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5th Oct 2020
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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
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MG sales surge, moves closer to Top 10

Buyers on a budget have helped push the MG3 to the top of the sales charts in the city-car class – even though the vehicle only has a three-star safety rating. The MG3 costs from $16,690 drive-away, undercutting most rivals – especially since price rises were applied to other popular models such as the Kia Rio, Mazda3, Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift, all of which have a five-star safety rating.
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Joshua Dowling
Tesla could hit 'record deliveries' this quarter, according to leaked email – report
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21st Sep 2020
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Tesla could hit 'record deliveries' this quarter, according to leaked email – report

American electric car maker Tesla could be on track to achieve a record quarter for customer deliveries, according to a new report citing a leaked email from company CEO Elon Musk. According to media outlet Electrek, Musk issued a rallying cry to his employees over email, encouraging them to work hard in order to close out the third-quarter (Q3) of this year on a high note.
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Susannah Guthrie
Sales of US pick-ups surge despite market slowdown 
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6th Aug 2020
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Sales of US pick-ups surge despite market slowdown 

US pick-up sales in Australia are continuing at record pace, with Ram and Chevrolet posting big gains in the grip of the coronavirus crisis – and now the Melbourne facility that remanufactures them in right-hand-drive is struggling to keep up with demand. The Ram Trucks Australia assembly line has been running 24-hours a day, five days a week for more than a year – and the adjacent Chevrolet Silverado facility is also running at maximum capacity.
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Joshua Dowling
VFACTS: June 2020 new car sales, the complete report
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3rd Jul 2020
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VFACTS: June 2020 new car sales, the complete report

Australian new-car sales performed significantly better than expected in June, however the industry is still cautious about the recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown which saw the weakest May result in 23 years and the steepest April decline in at least 30 years.
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Liam Murphy