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Cash for clunkers: new calls to get old cars off the road – UPDATE
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4th May 2020
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Cash for clunkers: new calls to get old cars off the road – UPDATE

UPDATE: This story, originally published May 5, has been updated with manufacturer comment. The car industry is preparing to lobby the Federal Government to introduce a “cash for clunkers” scheme to improve road safety and help the market recover from the longest sales slump since the Global Financial Crisis.
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Joshua Dowling
Car industry calls on finance companies to ease restrictions
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3rd May 2020
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Car industry calls on finance companies to ease restrictions

Finance companies are key to the recovery of new-car sales in Australia after industry experts claim they have “strangled” business during the coronavirus crisis by knocking back loan applications that should have been approved. As soon as the nation went into COVID-19 lockdown, most car finance companies introduced strict new lending measures that meant most dealers could not buy new stock to sell – unless there was a customer-paid deposit for the vehicle.
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Joshua Dowling
Exclusive: New-car showrooms may close on Sundays in metro Sydney
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13th Apr 2020
4 min read

Exclusive: New-car showrooms may close on Sundays in metro Sydney

Showrooms across metropolitan Sydney – Australia’s largest new-car market – are poised to close on Sundays and shift to six-day trading to fall into line with the rest of the nation, as a special investigation by CarAdvice has found staying open seven days does not necessarily sell more cars.
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Joshua Dowling
Why the brakes have been slammed on new-car sales
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4th Jul 2019
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Why the brakes have been slammed on new-car sales

ANALYSIS New-car sales have hit the brakes in the biggest slowdown since the Global Financial Crisis a decade ago – and the federal election hasn’t provided the “bounce” the industry was counting on. While there was an initial surge reported in the days that followed the May ballot, the bounce has turned into a dead ball, according to industry analysts.
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Joshua Dowling
Australian Greens' EV targets, and the local car industry's response
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28th Mar 2019
4 min read

Australian Greens' EV targets, and the local car industry's response

The Australian Greens' proposals to dramatically grow sales of zero-emission vehicles (EV) and add a higher tax to internal combustion luxury cars have been met with a mixed response from key car industry stakeholders. The party, Australia's third-largest by votes as of the last federal election, has pledged to outright ban all internal combustion vehicles by 2030 ( a decade before France does the same, for example).
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Mike Costello