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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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Malaysia's Sime Darby acquires luxury dealerships in Australia

12 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby Bhd has agreed to acquire three major car dealerships in Australia for a total of AU$112m (US$77m), according to local reports.

Infiniti calls it quits down under

2 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's is yanking its premium brand Infiniti from Australia late in 2020 after almost a decade, a local media report said.

Toyota Australia to start future Takata recalls ahead of schedule

2 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia has announced it will initiate future Takata recall campaigns ahead of schedule for approximately 82,756 Yaris sedan, Corolla and Avensis vehicles to replace previously installed front passenger inflators.

Australia US$10m EV road charging fund

29 Aug 2019 | Simon Warburton

Australia's Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced A$15m (US$10.1m) in funding to Evie Networks to roll out an ultra-fast battery EV charging network along the country's roads.

NRMA opens 20th EV fast charging station

22 Aug 2019 | Simon Warburton

Australia’s National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) has reached a milestone in Bega with the launch of its 20th Electric Vehicle Fast Charging station, marking the halfway point in its A$10m (US$7m) commitment to build one of the country's largest fast charging networks.

Australian sales slump slows a little

15 Aug 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Australian auto industry reported 83,184 sales for July 2019, a 2.8% decrease year on year.

"Tough market" depresses June Australia sales

17 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Australian new vehicle sales fell in June reflecting, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said, "tough market conditions".

Toyota Australia boosts full year profit

26 Jun 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA), now well freed of the shackles of local manufacturing, has posted an after-tax profit of A$206m for the year ending 31 March 2019.

May Australia sales fall 8.1%

5 Jun 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said May new vehicle sales in Australia reached 92,561, a decrease of 8.1% year on year.

Toyota Australia will use autonomous vehicles in new warehouse

22 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia together with Toyota Material Handling Australia and Toyota Fleet Management will be introducing a fleet of autonomous autopilot vehicles in its new Altona warehouse from the start of operations in 2020.

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