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CarAdvice podcast 141: We drive the Ford Falcon Holy Grail!

This week Mandy Turner is in Sydney for the EV mega test – listen out for the EV podcast special! – and is joined on the panel by Trent Nikolic and Tony Crawford. Geza emailed us at podcast@caradvice...

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Holden officially slams takeover talk but concedes it’s now a “challenger brand”
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Holden officially slams takeover talk but concedes it’s now a “challenger brand”

Holden boss Dave Buttner has officially dismissed talks of a takeover in the distribution of its cars – but in a shock move the former Number One has raised the white flag and admitted it is now a “challenger brand” in the wake of record low sales...


Opel to return to Australia, Holden to lose Commodore and Astra?
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Opel to return to Australia, Holden to lose Commodore and Astra?

German brand Opel could make a return to Australia in a move that would see Commodore and Astra vacate Holden showrooms and leave it with a range of SUVs and utes. The bold plan is one of two confidential proposals reportedly being discussed with General Motors and independent importer Inchcape, a UK-based firm which distributes Subaru, Peugeot and Citroen cars in Australia...


GM considering proposal to shut Holden office and switch to independent importer - report
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GM considering proposal to shut Holden office and switch to independent importer - report

Holden's head office could be closed by its parent company General Motors and switch to importing cars via an independent distributor, according to a confidential proposal revealed by the Australian Financial Review newspaper. UK-based firm Inchcape – the distributor of Subaru, Peugeot and Citroen cars in Australia – has reportedly approached General Motors to take over the distribution of Holden cars...


Holden halts Commodore, Equinox production as stock overflows
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Holden halts Commodore, Equinox production as stock overflows

The decision to halt production on two of Holden's most important models comes as new boss Dave Buttner, a respected industry veteran with more than 30 years under his belt, works to reverse the company's sales slide. VFACTS figures up to the end of September show Holden registrations are down by nearly 17,000 vehicles compared to the same period in 2017, with the bulk of that – almost 10,000 cars – being the new Commodore...


GM 'certainly capable' of bringing Cadillac to Australia
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GM 'certainly capable' of bringing Cadillac to Australia

General Motors (GM) hasn't ruled out another tilt at bringing Cadillac to Australia, suggesting its entire product cupboard is open to our market, provided the business case stacks up. Speaking with media in Port Melbourne, Mark Reuss, General Motors vice president and head of global product, said head office is "certainly capable" of putting right-hand drive Cadillacs on Australian roads...


General Motors has 'no exit plan' for Holden
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General Motors has 'no exit plan' for Holden

General Motors (GM) has reinforced its commitment to Holden and Australia, with Mark Reuss, ex-Holden managing director and current vice president at GM, describing Australia as a "worthwhile place to do business". Speaking after announcing an extra $28 million in Holden funding and 150 new jobs in autonomous and electric vehicle development Down Under, Reuss said it's "really tough to win here", but stressed the fact General Motors is along for the ride...


Holden announces $28 million for autonomy and EVs, 150 new jobs
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Holden announces $28 million for autonomy and EVs, 150 new jobs

General Motors (GM) has announced plans to make Holden a hub for engineering autonomous technology and electric vehicles, pouring an additional $28 million into local research and development, and promising 150 new engineering and design jobs. That takes the annual spend on research and design for Holden beyond $120 million, an increase of around 30 per cent, and will push the local design and engineering team to around 500 employees...


Holden: Buttner talks on return from retirement
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Holden: Buttner talks on return from retirement

Calling time last year on a four-decade career in the automotive industry – leaving his role at the top of Toyota Australia as it completed the transition from manufacturer to full-line importer – Buttner expected, proverbially, to retire to a quiet life on the farm...


CarAdvice podcast 112: How vibrations can make a driver drowsy
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CarAdvice podcast 112: How vibrations can make a driver drowsy

Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens, and Kez Casey join you this week. In car news, Holden has announced Dave Buttner as managing director, the 2019 Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 are getting a four-cylinder engine, and the Volkswagen Caddy Beach Camper is coming to Australia. Also, studies have found half of new car buyers don't prioritise safety, and the majority of buyers are keen on hybrids...


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...


Toyota Australia confirms top-end management changes in shift to import business
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Toyota Australia confirms top-end management changes in shift to import business

Toyota Australia has announced a number of changes to its 2018 team, with key leadership saying their goodbyes at the end of this year. Those will include current president, Dave Buttner, along with sales and marketing director Tony Cramb - both major figures in the business globally and familiar identities in the industry...


Toyota confirms October 3 end for Australian production, Holden the last to go
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Toyota confirms October 3 end for Australian production, Holden the last to go

Toyota, Australia’s biggest-volume car-maker and exporter, has announced the date when it will close its Camry and Aurion factory in the western Melbourne suburb of Altona. The date has been confirmed as October 3 this year, which is in line with expectations. This means Toyota’s local plant will shut its doors 17 days before Holden closes its factory near Adelaide, leaving the Lion brand as the last one standing...


Toyota Mirai hydrogen trio moves to Australia
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Toyota Mirai hydrogen trio moves to Australia

The hydrogen-fuelled Toyota Mirai is back in Australia once again, but even if its polarising styling sings to you, you won't be buying one. Just three examples of the Mirai have come to Australia - this time for a few years - with a focus both on exposing the company's local offices to the technology expected to power its future, and also to promote that same concept in the local market...


Lexus Australia appoints Peter McGregor to CEO role: Hanley rejoins Toyota in sales role
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Lexus Australia appoints Peter McGregor to CEO role: Hanley rejoins Toyota in sales role

Lexus Australia welcomes a new Chief Executive Officer this week, with Peter McGregor stepping into the role as successor to outgoing CEO Sean Hanley. McGregor comes to the job from Toyota where he worked in marketing, franchise development, regional operations and product planning...


Toyota Mirai: hydrogen fuel cell vehicle lands on Australian roads
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Toyota Mirai: hydrogen fuel cell vehicle lands on Australian roads

Correction: 07/10/15 — The video mentions that the Mirai is Australia's first proper hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. That honour in fact goes to the Hyundai ix35 FCEV, which you can read about here. Toyota Australia has given the first local example of the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle a special welcome at an event in Melbourne...


2016 Toyota HiLux pricing and specifications
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2016 Toyota HiLux pricing and specifications

Pricing and specifications for the 2016 Toyota HiLux have finally been revealed. The launch of the new, eighth-generation Toyota HiLux ute comes at a crucial time – there has been more activity in the light-commercial vehicle segment this year than in recent memory, with new models and updates all taking the shine off what has been the best-selling model in the segment for years...


Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle headed to Australia next month
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Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle headed to Australia next month

The Toyota Mirai will be showcased at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Sydney next month. Unveiled for the first time last year, the Mirai is already on sale in Japan and will soon launch in North America and Europe. Australia will be one of the first countries outside these regions to experience the Mirai – the company’s first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell vehicle...


Toyota Australia returns to profit
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Toyota Australia returns to profit

Toyota Australia is back in the black after posting a $194 million profit after taxes for the 2014/15 financial year end — as per Japanese practice —on March 31, 2015. Major factors contributing to these results were good local and continued strong export vehicle sales — Toyota Australia is our biggest car exporter — with 264,947 Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in 2014/2015, and “efficient cost management”...


Toyota backs Camry sales to stay strong until end of local production
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Toyota backs Camry sales to stay strong until end of local production

Toyota Australia is hopeful of maintaining current levels of Camry and Aurion sales between now and the end of local production in 2017. Speaking at the line-off ceremony for the new-look, 2015 Toyota Camry at the Altona production plant in Melbourne, Toyota Australia president Dave Buttner (pictured below) said the company planned build 90,000 cars per year over the final three years of production and was hopeful of maintaining the current 30:70 domestic-to-export sales ratio...