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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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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.

Lexus partners with Queensland for connected vehicle trials

20 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Lexus Australia said it had become the first vehicle brand to partner with the Queensland government in a trial of advanced technologies designed to improve road safety and reduce congestion, fuel consumption and emissions.

Australian car importers eye TPP FTA benefits

7 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's freshly ratified Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, scheduled to come into force at the end of this year, will benefit multiple automakers in the now import-only market, according to a local media report.

Australian sales soften in October as SUVs continue rise

6 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Overall national sales of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in Australia continued to climb in October, despite the overall vehicle market declining over the month, according to the latest data released from statistical service VFACTS.

Chargefox raises US$11m for Australia EV stations

23 Oct 2018 | Simon Warburton

Australian start-up, Chargefox has raised A$15m (US$11m) to start building Australia's largest open, ultra-rapid network of charging stations for electric vehicles.

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.

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