Category: Feature

MANUFACTURING FUND TO BRING AUSTRALIA INTO 21ST CENTURY

The Federal Government’s announcement in the May Budget that it will introduce an Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund recognises the value of Australia’s automotive industry and will help turbocharge Australian manufacturing into the 21st century. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries…

RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE TOP ELECTRIC VEHICLE MAKER

The Renault-Nissan electric vehicle alliance continues to go from strength to strength. The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling all-electric car in history; the Renault Zoe is performing strongly in Europe, and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is also contributing to sales. Including…

FLEET MANAGEMENT NOW A PROFESSION

The Australasian Fleet Managers Association (AfMA) has partnered with Swinburne University to develop a Diploma of Leadership and Management, aimed at providing the skills required by fleet managers and other automotive professionals. The course creates a pathway to a Graduate…

KANGAROOS THROW OFF DRIVERLESS CARS

The unusual way kangaroos move is making it difficult for autonomous vehicle sensors to identify them. Volvo Australia’s Technical Manager, David Pickett, recently told the ABC that kangaroos completely throw off the car’s animal detection system. “We’ve noticed with the…

BIG ADVANCE FOR WIRELESS CHARGING OF ELECTRIC CARS

If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway it would virtually eliminate concerns about their range and lower their cost, perhaps making electricity the standard fuel for vehicles. Now Stanford University scientists have overcome a major hurdle to…

BRITISH REPORT SEES BILLIONS IN DIGITAL MANUFACTURING

A British report commissioned by KPMG has highlighted the opportunity for the automotive industry to make billions of pounds over the next two decades by embracing digital manufacturing. The first-ever report on the potential of digital automotive manufacturing in the…

MERCEDES-MAYBACH LAUNCH NEW LUXURY ELECTRIC CONCEPT

Mercedes-Maybach last month launched its new concept vehicle, the Vision 6 Cabriolet, at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in California. The concept car is a glamorous luxury convertible that runs exclusively on electricity. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern…

VOLVO TO GO FULLY ELECTRIC BY 2019

Volvo plans to build only electric and hybrid vehicles, starting in 2019, making it the first major automaker to abandon cars and SUVs powered solely by the internal combustion engine. Chief Executive, Hakan Samuelsson, said the move was dictated by…

RECORD SALES MONTHS IN JULY, AUGUST

Australia’s motor industry has now posted five months of record sales for 2017, with August the fourth successive month of record gains and the highest August outcome on record, according to the motor industry’s official statistical service, VFACTS. The August…

3D SCANNER TO IMPROVE TYRE SAFETY

A Finnish tyre manufacturer has developed new 3D scanning technology to help drivers easily assess the safety of their tyres. A study of the safety-related aspects of tyre use showed that 25 percent of tyre-related accidents occurred because the tyre’s…