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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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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.

Demand takes Australian RHD RAM conversion operation to three shifts

11 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Demand for RAM Trucks in Australia and New Zealand means the local right hand drive conversion operation in Melbourne is moving to 24 hours a day, five days a week operation from 1 June 2019.

Australian March sales slip

5 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said new vehicle sales in Australia fell 7.1% to 99,442 vehicles during March.

Toyota Australia to redevelop factory site for hydrogen refuelling

19 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia, with funding assistance from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has announced plans to build a A$7.4m hydrogen centre at its former car manufacturing plant in Altona in west Melbourne.

Australian sales dip in February

6 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) reported sales of 87,102 new vehicles during February 2019 down 9.3% year-on-year.

Toyota Australia hack update

25 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Toyota Australia has provided a further update after news emerged last week that it was the victim of a cyber attack.

Toyota Australia hacked

22 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Toyota's Australian vehicle import company has been the victim of an attempted cyber attack.

Australia 2019 sales also start soft

5 Feb 2019 | Graeme Roberts

As in neighbouring New Zealand, January 2019 signalled a cautious start to the year for new vehicle sales in Australia, according to results released by the motor industry's statistical service, VFACTS. A total of 81,994 new vehicles were sold during the month, down 7.4% on the same period in 2018.

Australia 2018 sales down in 'challenging environment'

10 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Australia declined over a challenging 2018, according to results released by the motor industry's statistical service, VFACTS.

Scania and Rio Tinto trialing autonomous trucks in Australian mine

20 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

Scania is testing a new generation autonomous transport system at Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations in Western Australia.

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