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Electric car subsidies: how Australia compares to the rest of the world
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8th Aug 2020
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Electric car subsidies: how Australia compares to the rest of the world

Australian buyers pay substantially more for electric cars than motorists in Europe and the US, where generous government subsidies and strict emissions targets have forced prices down. While the financial incentives to purchase electric vehicles overseas can equate to as much as €12,000 ($AU20,000) per car, buyers in Australia get little to no taxpayer assistance.
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William Davis
Nissan announces American subscription service
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20th Feb 2020
2 min read

Nissan announces American subscription service

Nissan has joined the ranks of carmakers offering a subscription service in the US market, with the announcement of Nissan Switch. The ‘Nissan Switch’ program will be offered initially to consumers living within a 32km radius of downtown Houston, Texas as a proof of concept. “This program provides more choice, convenience, and flexibility,” Nissan North America said in a statement.
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Liam Murphy
Hyundai USA to make rear-seat reminder standard from 2022
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1st Aug 2019
1 min read

Hyundai USA to make rear-seat reminder standard from 2022

Hyundai will fit 'rear occupant alerts' as standard across its North American range from 2022 onwards, as it looks to cut the number of kids left in hot cars. The announcement was made on National Heatstroke Awareness Day in the USA, and follows a similar move from Nissan. Debuted in the Santa Fe, the rear-seat reminder system knows whether the back doors were opened before the car was started, and reminds the driver to check the rear seats when the car is turned off again.
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Scott Collie
Smart to exit the US
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29th Apr 2019
1 min read

Smart to exit the US

Daimler has confirmed Smart will leave the US and Canadian markets by the end of the 2019, but the automaker will continue to provide support for existing cars through its Mercedes-Benz dealership network. The German automaker told TechCrunch, "After much careful consideration, Smart will discontinue its battery-electric Smart EQ ForTwo model in the US and Canadian markets at the conclusion of MY2019".
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Derek Fung
Mercedes-Maybach GLS to be built in Alabama
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18th Mar 2019
2 min read

Mercedes-Maybach GLS to be built in Alabama

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the upcoming Maybach version of the new-generation GLS SUV will be built at its Alabama facility in the US. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO, Dietmar Exler, confirmed the news, describing the upcoming SUV flagship as a "halo car". "The Maybach brand "stands for luxury," he told the publication, "It will help build the Mercedes brand, no question."
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James Wong