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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...

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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...


VFACTS Flashbacks: January in history
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VFACTS Flashbacks: January in history

Every month, the latest VFACTS report sends CarAdvice into meltdown. Last month, the HiLux and Ranger maintained their spots atop the sales charts, continuing Australia's love affair with the dual-cab ute. But it wasn't always this way. Here's a look at VFACTS data from January 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 for a better understanding of how the average Australian buyer's preferences have changed...


Stricter fuel standards set to bring cleaner cars to Aussie roads
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Stricter fuel standards set to bring cleaner cars to Aussie roads

A report from the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions has suggested adopting stricter fuel standards in Australia, including tighter controls on sulphur. Should they pass, proposed changes to the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 would make it easier for manufacturers to sell more efficient European cars reliant on higher-quality petrol than currently offered Down Under...


Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade agreement opens door for cheaper imports
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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade agreement opens door for cheaper imports

Australia appears likely to sign a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, ending the five per cent import duty imposed on cars from Mexico and Canada in the process. The agreement, dubbed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, has been revived after a backflip from Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland...


Toyota Australia welcomes Matthew Callachor as new CEO
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Toyota Australia welcomes Matthew Callachor as new CEO

Toyota Australia has announced Matthew Callachor as its new president and CEO this week, shortly after Lexus's local arm announced its new boss. Callachor, 56, has a 36-year career with Toyota, including stints in the US and Japan. For the last 18 months Callachor served as the company's local vice president, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, product planning, corporate services and finance divisions...


Lexus Australia welcomes Scott Thompson as new CEO
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Lexus Australia welcomes Scott Thompson as new CEO

Lexus Australia has this month welcomed Scott Thompson as its new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Peter McGregor as head of the Japanese luxury marque's local arm. Thompson returns to Australia after two years as a senior executive with Toyota and Lexus in the US, working as the general manager of marketing for Toyota Motor Sales USA from early 2016...


Audi Sport gets new boss following Winkelmann departure
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Audi Sport gets new boss following Winkelmann departure

Michael-Julius Renz has been appointed head of Audi Sport, taking over from . Winkelmann will be starting as president of Bugatti on January 1, having served as CEO of Audi Sport since March 2016. Meanwhile, Renz will take over at Audi Sport on March 1, 2018, after working as president of Audi Sales in China since 2015...


New rules to crack down on vehicle recalls, open door for left-hook hypercars
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New rules to crack down on vehicle recalls, open door for left-hook hypercars

Proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act promise to bring low-volume hypercars to our roads, crack down on car resellers over missed recalls and punish dodgy dealers for misleading consumers. The planned tweaks, published today in an 'exposure draft' ahead of debate in Federal Parliament next year, are the biggest in 30 years...


October 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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October 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales grew 2.6 per cent in October compared to the same month last year, keeping the market narrowly on track for an all-time annual record in 2017. VFACTS figures provided by industry lobby group, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), recorded an all-time-high 95,763 sales last monthly, taking the yearly figure to 984,931 units with two months left to run — up 0...