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Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company have signed a memorandum of understanding ahead of a possible 'strategic alliance', which could see the two automotive giants team up to develop commercial vehicles...

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GM names first female Chief Financial Officer
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GM names first female Chief Financial Officer

Dhivya Suryadevara has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for General Motors (GM), becoming the first woman in the role since the company's foundation in 1908. Suryadevara has been vice president of corporate finance at GM for the past 11 months, having first joined the US giant in 2005, and replaces Chuck Stevens in the role of CFO...


Tesla to lay off nine per cent of workforce
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Tesla to lay off nine per cent of workforce

Tesla will cut thousands of jobs in search of reduced costs and strong profit margins, as part of a restructure promised by Elon Musk last month. In an internal email to staff, the company's CEO said the cuts were "almost entirely made from [its] salaried population and no production associates were included" which, if the email is to be believed, shouldn't impact Model 3 production numbers...


Land Rover Discovery production moving to Slovakia from 2019
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Land Rover Discovery production moving to Slovakia from 2019

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will move production of its Discovery SUV to Slovakia from early next year, the company has confirmed this week, in a bid to prepare its Solihull, UK, facility for a new generation of electric vehicles (EVs)...


GM and Honda pair up on next-gen batteries
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GM and Honda pair up on next-gen batteries

General Motors and Honda have announced a partnership to develop advanced battery components, in an attempt to speed up the rollout of electric cars that are attractive to consumers. The agreement will see the two companies collaborate on development of GM's next-generation battery systems, with Honda to source its battery modules from the American giant...


Nissan announces 2022 sustainability plan
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Nissan announces 2022 sustainability plan

Nissan has announced its first-ever sustainability plan as part of its M.O.V.E. to 2022 program, with the goal of decreasing its CO2 emissions from new cars by 40 per cent before 2022 compared to levels in 2000. According to the company, this is the first time it has created a 'comprehensive' sustainability plan, designed to unify its 'environmental, social and governance' initiatives...


Toyota, Suzuki to collaborate on model sharing, green drivetrain tech
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Toyota, Suzuki to collaborate on model sharing, green drivetrain tech

Last week Toyota and Suzuki announced the next steps in their emerging partnership, with the initial focus being India and emerging markets in Africa, along with three key areas of co-operation. Discussions will begin immediately on how Toyota and Denso, its wholly owned parts supplier, can provide "technological support" to Suzuki in its quest to develop a "compact, ultra-high efficiency drivetrain"...


Mercedes-Benz Australia CEO elected as FCAI president
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Mercedes-Benz Australia CEO elected as FCAI president

Horst von Sanden, Mercedes-Benz Australia CEO and managing director – pictured above talking with CarAdvice's Mike Costello – has been elected president of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), replacing Matt Callachor, Toyota Australia president, in the role. It should come as no surprise to hear what von Sanden will be targeting during his time in charge...


Mazda appoints new CEO, prioritises USA
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Mazda appoints new CEO, prioritises USA

Akira Marumoto has been named CEO of Mazda, and will take over from Masamichi Kogai on June 26, assuming he gains shareholder approval. Marumoto (above) is being elevated into the company's top job from his role as head of Mazda's North American operations, a position he has held since 2013...


Nikola sues Tesla over Semi truck design
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Nikola sues Tesla over Semi truck design

Nikola has filed a lawsuit against Tesla, claiming the Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle (EV) firm copied the design of its One fuel-cell truck for the Semi. The company is suing for US$2 billion ($2.66b) over alleged copying of design elements like the One's wraparound windscreen, aerodynamic fuselage design, the mid-entry door to the cabin, and front fender...


VFACTS: April 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: April 2018 new vehicle sales

Australia’s new vehicle market cooled off in April after a record first-quarter to the calendar year, with the industry’s VFACTS figures reporting 82,930 cars and trucks sold, down 0.2 per cent over the same month last year. One-third of the way into the sales year, the market tally sits at 374,468 units, up 3.3 per cent over 2017’s all-time record figure...


Subaru admits to manipulating fuel and emissions data
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Subaru admits to manipulating fuel and emissions data

Subaru has confirmed around 900 vehicles produced between December 2012 and November 2017 have had "certain measurements" like fuel economy and emissions data "inappropriately altered" following an internal investigation...


Volvos could soon have Mercedes-Benz engines – report
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Volvos could soon have Mercedes-Benz engines – report

Swedish manufacturer Volvo could soon feature engines from the Mercedes-Benz range, according to a new report out of Germany. Manager Magazin claims the German marque's parent, Daimler, is considering working closer with Volvo's Chinese parent Geely – it's also worth noting Geely's boss and principal owner, Li Shufu, owns a 9.7 per cent share in Daimler...


Tesla Model 3 production halted
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Tesla Model 3 production halted

Tesla has paused Model 3 production for up to five days, as it seeks to improve automation processes in its Fremont, California, factory. According to a report in BuzzFeed, the break in production came as a surprise to employees, who have allegedly been forced to use annual leave or stay home without pay...


GM cuts 1500 jobs in Ohio
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GM cuts 1500 jobs in Ohio

General Motors has announced job cuts at its manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio, with as many of 1500 workers being laid off. The Lordstown factory is a main producer of the Chevrolet Cruze, which posted a sales decline of over 30 per cent between 2014 and 2017...


Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 jobs in the UK - report
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Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 jobs in the UK - report

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has cut 1000 jobs at its Solihull base this week, according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar reports the British manufacturer has restricted the layoffs to agency workers, with JLR citing a decline in diesel vehicle sales for the decision...


Volkswagen Group management shuffled under new CEO
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Volkswagen Group management shuffled under new CEO

Volkswagen Group has announced a significant executive restructure, as it chases "more efficient" management under new CEO, Dr. Herbert Diess. As reported earlier this week, Matthias Muller has 'stepped down' from his position as CEO, less than three years after taking on the role amid the Dieselgate storm...


Suzuki tops customer satisfaction survey in Australia
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Suzuki tops customer satisfaction survey in Australia

Suzuki has taken top spot in Canstar Blue's latest customer satisfaction survey for 2018 for new cars, beating out the likes of Mazda and Toyota. Conducted by local firm Canstar Blue, the survey rates Suzuki a maximum five stars in the areas of overall satisfaction, reliability and value for money...


Volvo Car Australia announces Nick Connor as Managing Director
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Volvo Car Australia announces Nick Connor as Managing Director

Volvo Car Australia has at last installed a new managing director, this week appointing company veteran and inaugural Polestar boss Nick Connor to the role. Connor replaces Kevin McCann, who resigned from the company in November, and McCann's temporary replacement as acting managing director, Stephen Connor (no relation)...


VFACTS: February 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: February 2018 new vehicle sales

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is reporting a 7.8 per cent year-on-year increase in sales and registrations for February. VFACTS data released today reveals 95,999 cars were sold in the shortest month of the year, compared to 89,025 for the same period last year. Sales for 2018 are sitting on 184,550 – up 10,615 sales or 6...