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Mazda, Suzuki, Yamaha admit to improper emissions testing

Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha have joined a growing list of Japanese companies falsifying data, with all three admitting to improper fuel economy and emissions testing...

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BMW Group: Vikram Pawah announced as Australian CEO
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BMW Group: Vikram Pawah announced as Australian CEO

BMW Group has announced Vikram Pawah will take over from Marc Werner as Australia/New Zealand CEO on August 1. He'll be moving on from his role as BMW India's president, having joined the BMW Group in January 2017. His career in the auto industry spans more than 25 years. “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Vikram to his expanded role," said Hildegard Wortmann, senior vice president of BMW Group, Asia Pacific...


Holden: Dave Buttner confirmed as new MD
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Holden: Dave Buttner confirmed as new MD

Holden has announced Mark Bernhard will leave his role as managing director and chairman at the end of July, with Dave Buttner will step into his role. Bernhard has been at the helm since July 2015, having piloted Holden through its transition from local manufacturer to full importer, completed with the closure of Holden's Elizabeth manufacturing plant on October 20 last year...


Holden cuts 60 staff in Melbourne
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Holden cuts 60 staff in Melbourne

Holden has announced plans to cut around 60 jobs from its sales staff, amid a restructure of its sales and administration departments. The company has confirmed the employees were mainly be based at headquarters in Port Melbourne, and the cuts won't eat into its local design and engineering team...


Jaguar Land Rover appoints Mark Cameron as local managing director
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Mark Cameron as local managing director

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has appointed Mark Cameron its new Australian managing director, after Matthew Wiesner's abrupt departure in May. Cameron moves from his role as 'global experiential marketing director', having previously held senior leadership roles in Mazda UK's sales and marketing departments...


Detroit motor show could move to July or October
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Detroit motor show could move to July or October

The annual Detroit motor show – or North American International Auto Show, as it's known officially – could move from its traditional January start date, according to reports from local media. Detroit News reports the Detroit Dealers Association wants to move the event, which has been shrinking in the shadow of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, to later in the year, likely in July or October...


Senate Committee to investigate potential for local EV manufacturing
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Senate Committee to investigate potential for local EV manufacturing

A new Committee on Electric Vehicles has been formed in the Australian Senate, with the goal of lending "much needed momentum and leadership" to the push for electric cars Down Under. Headed by Tim Storer, Independent Senator for South Australia, the committee will explore the "economic, environmental and social benefits" widespread adoption of electric vehicles could offer for Australia...


Volkswagen planning short factory closures due to WLTP - report
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Volkswagen planning short factory closures due to WLTP - report

Volkswagen will close its factory in Wolfsburg for one or two days per week between August and late September, as it tackles problems caused by the new Worldwide Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Reports from Automotive News in Europe say Volkswagen told employees about the closures over email on Tuesday...


Toyota Australia posts $137 million profit
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Toyota Australia posts $137 million profit

Toyota Australia posted a $137 million after-tax profit for the 2017-18 Japanese financial year, ending March 31, despite wearing $147m in “restructuring costs” from the closure of its Altona factory last October. The tidy sum is up on the $99 million profit the company posted last financial year, a sum watered down by $131m in incurred restructuring costs depreciated over a four-year period...


Porsche buys Rimac stake
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Porsche buys Rimac stake

Porsche AG has purchased a 10 per cent stake in Croatian electric startup Rimac Automobili, creators of the Concept One and C_Two EV hypercars. The German sports car specialist made the announcement overnight, and says it plans to enter a "close collaboration" with the up and coming EV brand...


Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'
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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. The pairing wouldn't involve any equity sharing or "cross-ownership stakes", ruling out the possibility of a massive automotive alliance in a similar vein to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi or Peugeot Citroen (PSA)...


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...