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Mitsubishi Australia planning new Adelaide headquarters

Mitsubishi Australia will build a new national headquarters at Adelaide Airport, with plans to shift the workforce to the new site by 2020. Although it considered moving to other states, Mitsubishi decided sticking with South Australia was the best way to maintain its current workforce...

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Autonomous shuttle trial headed for rural South Australia
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Autonomous shuttle trial headed for rural South Australia

A new autonomous trial focusing on elderly and mobility-impaired people is headed to regional South Australia, in a push to show how self-driving cars can operate in a rural environment. The trial will take place in Renmark, around three hours north-east of Adelaide, and was this morning announced by Stephan Knoll, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government in South Australia at the International Driverless Vehicle Summit (IDVS)...


Takata: Cars with alpha inflators will be un-registerable in South Australia
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Takata: Cars with alpha inflators will be un-registerable in South Australia

Owners of vehicles still fitted with the most dangerous 'alpha' Takata airbag inflators won't be able to register their car in South Australia from November 1. The move is the first of its kind in Australia, and will be enforced by the South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles...


Senate EV Inquiry Chair meets with industry ahead of hearings
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Senate EV Inquiry Chair meets with industry ahead of hearings

The upcoming Senate Inquiry into electric vehicles will meet today meet with the Electric Vehicle Council in Melbourne, ahead of formal written submissions closing on July 27. Led by South Australian Senator, Tim Storer, the inquiry will investigate the "economic, environmental and social benefits" of widespread electric vehicle adoption Down Under, using a Bloomberg report claiming 50 per cent of global new car sales will be electric as part of his inspiration...


Holden Commodore joins SA Police fleet
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Holden Commodore joins SA Police fleet

The Holden Commodore has been recruited by the South Australia Police, with "more than 100" set to join the state's enforcement fleet over the next two years. Holden has been supplying the SA Police with vehicles since 1948, with this latest agreement marking 70 years of service by the Lion brand...


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...


South Australian govt pledges to waive stamp duty and rego on EVs
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South Australian govt pledges to waive stamp duty and rego on EVs

The South Australian Government has pledged to cut stamp duty and offer five years free registration for electric vehicle buyers, should it be re-elected in next month's election. EV buyers would still be forced to pay some on-road costs – the Compulsory Third Party insurance premium, for example – but the scheme promises to save buyers of $40,000 electric vehicles a handy $1540 upfront and five instalments of $123 registration fees, for a total $2155 saving...


Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria
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Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria

Revised regulations could allow autonomous vehicles on California roads without a human minder in the driver seat next year, but it could be five or six years before we see similar tests on local roads. Proposed changes to the California DMV Driverless Testing and Deployment Regulations remove the need for “physical control by a natural person sitting in the vehicle’s driver’s seat” during tests...


Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing
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Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing

Holden has paid tribute to its local manufacturing history, as the Elizabeth Plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. The final Commodore – a VF II SS V Redline – rolled off the production line at 10:45 this morning, ending 69 years worth of locally-built GM products for the Australian market...


Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane
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Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane

Tesla has continued the expansion of its charging network in Australia, with five new Superchargers in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. A charge station in Horsham means the Supercharger link between Melbourne and Adelaide is now complete, while stations in Keith, Clare Valley and the Adelaide city centre are designed to allow Model S and Model X owners to travel between Adelaide and Brisbane without running flat...


The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion
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The Holden Dream Cruise: A fitting way to celebrate Australian engineering, ingenuity and passion

Part of the reason I fell in love with cars was because of Australia's take on engineering the perfect automobile for our roads. Since the late '70s, Holden, Ford, and Toyota have been busy creating cars that suit Australia and its tough conditions. The design directive was clear: big, fast and roomy...


SA driver licences going digital from October
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SA driver licences going digital from October

The South Australian Government has announced it will roll out technology to allow driver's licences to go digital from October. Available to anyone in South Australia with a learner's permit, provisional, full, or heavy vehicle licence, the new feature is optional and is accessible through the mySA GOV smartphone application...


French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide
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French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide

Navya, a French company specialising in autonomous shuttle buses, will establish its Asia-Pacific headquarters and a new factory in Adelaide. In announcing the "partnership" with Navya, South Australian premier Jay Weatherill said: "Establishing a driverless car vehicle operation here in South Australia is the perfect bridge connecting our past in traditional vehicle manufacturing and our future in advanced manufacturing in a clean, carbon neutral environment...


Inside Holden's Elizabeth plant

Inside Holden's Elizabeth plant

We already know that, come October 20, operations at the long-standing Holden plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, will cease. That's old news – we've known since January...


South Australia opens doors to public driverless car tests with new laws
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South Australia opens doors to public driverless car tests with new laws

South Australia has become the first Australian state to legalise controlled testing of driverless cars on public roads, with new laws announced today. The news follows confirmation last year that the South Australian government would review a proposal to welcome road-focussed autonomous technology projects to the state, as part of a new program that also included the launch of the inaugural Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) in November...


Speed limit on busy Adelaide street cut to 10km/h after council blunder
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Speed limit on busy Adelaide street cut to 10km/h after council blunder

The speed limit on one of Adelaide’s busiest streets has been cut to little more than walking pace because its new $4 million surface is dangerously slippery when wet. The Advertiser reports speed limits on the western end of Hindley St will remain at just 10km/h indefinitely after vehicles failed skid resistant safety tests on the freshly paved surface...


Holden exit "won't crash" South Australian economy, says Deloitte
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Holden exit "won't crash" South Australian economy, says Deloitte

The planned closure of Holden's manufacturing operations in 2017 will slow but "won't crash" South Australia's economy, according to a new economic report. Despite the local car maker's impending exit, Deloitte Access Economics' quarterly Business Outlook report predicts continued annual economic growth in the state of around one per cent for the next four years – about half that of the rest of the country...


Industry minister dismisses SA premier's post-Holden plan as pre-election stunt
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Industry minister dismisses SA premier's post-Holden plan as pre-election stunt

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has dismissed South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill's post-Holden plan for the state as a pre-election stunt with no substance. Weatherill yesterday announced his rescue plan for workers displaced by Holden's decision to cease production by the end of 2017, proposing 14 initiatives targeted at re-skilling and re-employing workers and supporting the diversification of industries and employment opportunities in South Australia...


Greg Combet to head SA automotive industry transformation taskforce
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Greg Combet to head SA automotive industry transformation taskforce

Former federal government minister Greg Combet has been appointed South Australia's automotive transformation coordinator in a role that will see him oversee the evolution of the industry over the coming years. The appointment follows Holden's announcement that it will end production at its Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia - and its Port Melbourne engine plant in Victoria - at the end of 2017...