Category: Feature

INDUSTRY REPORT FEATURE: AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND DISRUPTION

Today’s motor vehicles represent perhaps the most sophisticated technology owned by most consumers. Automotive technology is, however, on the cusp of greater change which could revolutionise not only transport but urban planning, government policy, work and society in general. The…

CAN I INTEREST YOU IN A SUBSCRIPTION?

Selling cars is a tough business – and it might get even tougher, with a generation of consumers more willing to see a vehicle as a service and the technology available to deliver on that promise. Several manufacturers have sniffed…

THE RISE OF THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming cheaper and more efficient, and their benefit to the environment can’t be overstated. To speed up the adoption of these vehicles, several nations have announced plans to ban the sale of non-electric vehicles, effectively putting…

ELECTRIC VEHICLES AT ELIZABETH PLANT?

Just months after Holden closed its doors, the UK billionaire who saved the Whyalla steelworks is looking to bring car manufacturing back to Adelaide’s northern suburbs. SA Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, said Sanjeev Gupta’s company, GFG Alliance, recently approached the State…

NORWAY: ELECTRIC AND HYBRID SALES TOP TRADITIONAL

Sales of electric and hybrid cars in Norway last year outpaced those running on fossil fuels, cementing the country’s position as a global leader in the push to restrict vehicle emissions. Norway, a major oil exporter, would seem an unlikely…

MANDATORY AUTOMATED BRAKING?

In the wake of research showing the technology can reduce rear-end crashes by 38 percent, VicRoads is mounting a campaign to make automated emergency braking standard for all Australian vehicles. Automated emergency braking, which is already being fitted into many…

CHINESE MAKER ATTEMPTS TO REVOLUTIONISE CAR EXPERIENCE

Chinese startup Nio is redesigning the electric vehicle (EV) from the inside out in an effort to eliminate the chore of driving and make transportation a truly comfortable experience. A number of car manufacturers – including industry veterans like Volkswagen…

TOYOTA’S EXIT PARTY

Thousands of Toyota Australia staff attended closing-down celebrations at the company’s Altona manufacturing plant in October, marking the last shift for 3,000 workers after 54 years of manufacturing in Australia. Production line workers, supervisors, engineers and managerial staff watched a…

BRISBANE FUEL RIP-OFF

An investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has found that Brisbane motorists are paying too much for fuel – a combined $50 million per year. ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims, said a lack of competition was behind the…