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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 wit...


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 over...


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...


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, deliv...


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Ford Australia 2019 Focus 'likely' to come from Europe - report

15 Sep 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Australia will import the redesigned 2019 Focus small car, but not from China, as will be the case in North America, a local media report said.


Nissan Casting Australia wins Leaf parts contract

14 Sep 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Though it ended local manufacture and closed its factory in 1994, Nissan Motor has continued to cast metal components in Australia and its Melbourne foundry has won contracts to make parts for the redesigned 2018 Leaf, according to local media.


Kiwi new vehicle sales continue to rise

5 Sep 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New car and commercial vehicle sales records in New Zealand continued to fall as the industry passed 100,000 registrations during August, the shortest time this milestone has been reached in a calendar year.


SAIC's LDV readies ute range for Australia

4 Sep 2017 | Graeme Roberts

SAIC commercial vehicle brand LDV is launching its new pickup truck ('ute' or 'utility') in Australia, a key market for this type of vehicle.


Another record 2017 sales month in Australia

8 Aug 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's motor industry posted its fourth month of record sales for 2017 with July as its third successive month of record gains, according to results the official statistical service, VFACTS.


After bumper June, NZ July sales flat

3 Aug 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association said registrations of 11,631 new vehicles in July 2017 were up marginally by 0.5% year on year.


Australian regulator goes after Ford over automatic transmissions

1 Aug 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it had begun proceedings against Ford Australia alleging that it engaged in unconscionable and misleading or deceptive conduct, and made false or misleading representations in its response to customer complaints about a dry dual clutch automatic transmission sold Down Under for about five years.


Australian lawsuit seeks refund for cars with Takata airbags

26 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A lawsuit has been filed in Australia against Toyota, Mazda and Honda, seeking refunds for cars fitted with Takata airbags, according to local reports.


Australia enjoys June vehicle sales bounce

6 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

In the final year of local production, with GM and Toyota set to close their factories in October, vehicle sales in Australia set a record monthly result in June, according to VFACTS statisticians.


Sales records set again in New Zealand

3 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Boosted by an annual agricultural show, registration of 15,985 vehicles in New Zealand in June set records both for that month and for any month of the year.



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