October: the end of Australian auto manufacturing

October marks the end-date of automotive manufacturing in Australia, with Toyota’s announcement in late January that it would close its Altona plant on 3 October, finishing Australian production of its vehicles, and Holden to end manufacturing on 20 October. The…

EMISSIONS CUTS COULD HIT MOTORISTS

A new study revealing Australian cars are not as fuel-efficient as previously thought could have costly ramifications for motorists, as the Federal Government proposes changes to emissions standards. The research, commissioned by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), shows new vehicles…

EFFICIENCY PAPERS WELCOMED

The FCAI has welcomed the release of discussion papers seeking to improve the efficiency of light vehicles and vehicle emissions through better fuel standards. FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said the industry had always firmly supported a mandated target for…

TAKATA EXECUTIVES INDICTED

A US grand jury has indicted three former Takata executives for allegedly defrauding car makers by using misleading test reports on the company’s rupture-prone airbags. Takata executives Shinichi Tanaka, Hideo Nakajima and Tsuneo Chikaraishi face criminal charges for conspiracy and…

STINGER TO BE NEW COP CAR?

Kia plans to submit its new Stinger sedan for consideration as a possible police vehicle. The Stinger was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but is not due to arrive in Australia until September. The model Kia hopes…

VEHICLES AUSTRALIA’S MOST VALUABLE IMPORTS

For the second consecutive year, vehicles were Australia’s most valuable imports. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Composition of Trade Australia 2015-16 revealed that imports of passenger motor vehicles were worth $21.5 billion over the year, following an increase…

SOLID JANUARY START FOLLOWS INDUSTRY’S RECORD YEAR

Motor vehicle sales across Australia got off to a solid start in January, with the month’s sales nudging ahead of the same period last year and a rise in activity among private purchasers. Total sales for January, including passenger cars,…

SALES OF GERMAN CARS OVERTAKE AUSTRALIAN-MADE

Last year, for the first time ever, Australians bought more German cars than they did locally-produced models. Figures supplied by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that of the 1,178,333 new vehicles sold in Australia in 2016, 87,392…

MAZDA RECOGNISES OUTSTANDING DEALERS

Mazda Australia has recognised 15 Mazda Dealers for delivering exceptional customer service and customer satisfaction. The Mazda Master Dealer Awards 2016 rewarded dealerships in the areas of business processes, people development, sales results, financial management and customer satisfaction. New South…

Global record for sales in 2016

2016 was another record year for global car sales, with growth of 4.8 per cent from 2015 results. Consumers worldwide bought 88.1 million passenger cars and light commercials in 2016. It was the fastest rate of growth since 2013, but…