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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 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.

Australia 2018 sales off to a strong start

21 Feb 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Motor vehicle sales across Australia got off to a strong start in 2018 with record breaking sales in January, according to the local trade association.

Toyota Australia develops three new Hilux variants

21 Feb 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Although theirs are actually built in Thailand (ours in Europe come from South Africa), Toyota Australia claims three new 'halo' HiLux variants due out Down Under next April "have a strong Aussie accent due to an extensive development program carried out by the company's Melbourne based designers and engineers".

Australia 2017 sales another record

23 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's motor industry has achieved another record year of sales in 2017, according to official statistical service, VFACTS. The industry posted a record December result to reach a 12 month total of 1,189,116 units, an increase of 0.9% over 2016. This was the fourth record in five years.

RHD Chevrolets returning to Australia

13 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Right hand drive Chevrolet models are returning to Australia (and likely New Zealand) with local conversions by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV).

Australia car sales head for another annual record

8 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Record November sales have kept the Australian motor industry on target for another best selling year, according to the latest results released by the industry's statistical service VFACTS.

Australian sales soar as local car manufacturing ends

6 Nov 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Small cars and SUVs, together with continued strong demand for light commercials, drove Australia's new vehicle market to record sales in October, ironically the month in which local General Motors brand Holden ended local production after 69 years. Earlier in the month, Toyota built its last car, ending a run that began with local KD kit assembly in 1963.

Bosch Australia now specialises in trailer safety control

10 Oct 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Bosch Australia has survived the end of Australian car manufacture and transfer of ABS manufacture to Asia by becoming the group specialist in Trailer Safety Control (TSC) for fitment to caravans and trailers equipped with electric brakes and towed by passenger vehicles.

GM to launch OnStar in Asia Pacific markets

10 Oct 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Holden, which ends local manufacture on 20 October, is to introduce General Motors' OnStar service in 2019 and become the regional hub for OnStar in Asia Pacific.

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