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Holden struggles as GM plans future models

25 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series looking at what's coming for GM's many brands and a couple of its Chinese joint ventures has so far covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC, Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac. The last piece in the General Motors puzzle is Holden.

ANALYSIS - Holden's future under GM and Groupe PSA

5 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Over the last five years, GM has slipped from second place in Australia to its current fourth position. General Motors Holden fears that with the closure of only car plant near Adelaide in October, the brand could slide further.

New Tucson helps Hyundai to outsell GM Holden

11 Mar 2016 | Glenn Brooks

How often do we hear of GM being humbled by Hyundai? That’s what’s been happening in Australia in recent weeks, as the Korean brand has overtaken Holden to claim third position. Much of the reason is the new Tucson.

ANALYSIS - 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport

9 Mar 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Jaguar Land Rover had a record month for worldwide sales in January. Now comes news that February was even better, with a year on year gain of 31%. Leading the success was the Discovery Sport, the 100,000th example of which has just been delivered, 500 days after production of this SUV commenced.

ANALYSIS - 2016 Infiniti QX70 crossover coupé

2 Mar 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Can what we now call the QX70, the car that started life as the FX, really be almost eight years old? It’s still selling strongly too, deliveries in its largest market rising by 25% in February.

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Gilbarco Veeder-Root buys slice of fast charger maker Tritium

11 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Fortive Corporation's Gilbarco Veeder-Root has taken a minor stake in Tritium, the Australian DC electric vehicle charging infrastructure specialist.

SUVs rise as Oz sales soften

9 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Despite continuing increases in national sales of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in September, the overall vehicle market in Australia declined over the month, according to the latest data from the motor industry's statistical service, VFACTS.

Toyota Australia opening solar powered parts warehouse

2 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia said it was demonstrating its commitment to renewable energy through a substantial investment in solar power generation for its newest and largest parts warehouse.

GM expanding Australian R&D with 150 engineers

21 Aug 2018 | Graeme Roberts

It may have axed local manufacturing and shrunk its dealer network but General Motors' Australian outpost is adding 150 engineers - taking the workforce to 500 - to work on developing future technology for autonomous vehicles and electric powertrains.

Continental buys Australian retail group

21 Aug 2018 | Graeme Roberts

KMART Tyre & Auto Service, part of the Wesfarmers group, has been sold to German tyre company Continental for A$350m, according to an Australian media report.

Australian sales off 3% in June

4 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australian new vehicle sales fell 2.9% year on year in June, according to motor industry official statistical service VFACTS.

SUV sales rise defies Australian market dip

6 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Sales of sport utility vehicles defied the overall market trend in Australia last month with three of the four SUV segments recording gains during May 2018 compared with the same month the previous year.

Toyota Australia again books record SUV volume

5 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota's local unit said it was "riding the crest of Australia's wave of SUV popularity", selling an industry record of over 7,500 SUVs last month, reflecting the trend to this type of vehicle in Europe and the US.

Ateco launches RHD Ram 1500 in Australia

5 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's Ateco Group has completed its first Ram 1500 pickup truck right hand drive conversion at its dedicated 'production' line in Melbourne.

SUVs dominate as Australia sales slow

8 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Sales of SUVs continued to provide strong momentum to Australia's new car market last month, according to Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) VFACTS data.

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