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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.

ANALYSIS - 2016 Mitsubishi L200 Triton

26 Feb 2016 | Glenn Brooks

In the UK, Mitsubishi is effectively an SUV specialist, best known for the Shogun SUV, and more recently, for the highly successful Outlander plug-in hybrid. In a few markets, however, this is a mainstream brand. In Australia, the aged Lancer sells surprisingly well but the real local success story is the Triton, a pick-up that doubles as a family car.

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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.

Australia slaps $10m fine on Ford over faulty automatic transmissions

26 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has been hit with a A$10m penalty in connection with dual clutch automatic transmissions fitted to several vehicle models sold in Australia and could still face class-action lawsuits from disgruntled current and former vehicle owners.

Australia sees Q1 sales growth

11 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A record March result of 106,988 sales delivered a strong 4.4% first quarter growth for the Australian new vehicle market according to the motor industry’s official statistical service VFACTS.

New Toyota powertrain tech appears in redesigned Corolla

23 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New engine and transmission technology announced by Toyota in February will make its debut in the Corolla sold worldwide which, outside Europe, where it will be sold as the Auris, will feature a two-litre Dynamic Force direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine as well as new manual and CVT automatic transmissions.

Australian sales remain on the up in 2018

5 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's new vehicle sales grew 6.1% year on year in the first two months of 2018, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Australian government orders 2.7m vehicle Takata airbag recall, NZ MIA asks for help

1 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's assistant minister to the treasurer, Michael Sukkar, has issued a compulsory recall for all 2.7m vehicles on the country's roads with defective Takata airbags, following an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) safety investigation.

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