Industry News: VW unveils first EV amid dieselgate scandal 

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Volkswagen boss Matthias Mueller is hoping the dieselgate scandal will be resolved soon despite a mounting number of lawsuits in the US and Australia taking action against the carmaker recently.

On the eve of launching its first ever electric vehicle (EV) at the Paris Motor Show yesterday, the German automaker says it is using “all available resources” to work its way through the ongoing dieselgate emissions cheating scandal.

“One year after the scandal erupted, it is and will remain an incisive turning point, a pivotal event in our history,” Mueller says. Continue reading “VW unveils first EV amid dieselgate scandal ” »

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Industry News: Changes at top level at Subaru Australia 

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Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior and director of sales and marketing Colin Christie have been promoted to new roles within the organisation.

Effective October 1, Senior becomes chief executive officer of Inchcape Australasia and Christie managing director of Subaru Australia.

Christie has worked with Inchcape for 20 years, the past nine exclusively for Subaru, where he has held senior roles in finance and aftersales, and most recently in sales and marketing. Continue reading “Changes at top level at Subaru Australia ” »

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Industry News: Holden ops, dealers unaffected by super-storm

holden-logoA one in a 50 year massive storm that left most parts of South Australia without electricity yesterday hasn’t dented GM Holden’s operations and has not affected SA-based dealerships.

Damage to infrastructure near Port Augusta at 3.48pm yesterday forced the whole electricity network to shut down, according to SA Premier Jay Weatherill. 

“There’s been minimal impact for Holden in general. The blackout occurred just after the days production ended and production resumed today with General assembly operating as normal,” GM Holden spokesperson Mark Flintoft told AutoTalk. Continue reading “Holden ops, dealers unaffected by super-storm” »

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Industry News: Victorian firms extend a helping hand to SA Holden workers

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South-west Victorian civic and industry leaders are leading a push for redundant car manufacturing workers in South Australia to be redeployed across the border.

The Glenelg Shire Council in south-west Victoria has partnered with the Committee for Portland and Portland-based logistics company Porthaul to entice workers at Holden’s Elizabeth plant to relocate.

The Elizabeth plant is due to shut its doors in early 2017, leaving more than 1000 staff out of work. Continue reading “Victorian firms extend a helping hand to SA Holden workers” »

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Industry News: New mobility options will impact the role of vehicles

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Fewer than one-third of people feel that alternative mobility solutions are practical for them according to Morpace’s 2016 MOVE (Mobility Options and Vehicle Engagement) study.

The study finds that 75% of respondents have at least heard of the ‘sharing economy’ concept; however, only 14% of respondents are currently engaged in some type of sharing service.

The study also found that those who are currently engaged in peer-to-peer transactions are those most likely to engage in the future.  Continue reading “New mobility options will impact the role of vehicles” »

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Industry News: Aussies trialing all-electric Fuso Canter in 2017


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Key Fuso Truck and Bus fleet customers in Australia will be trialing the all-electric Fuso eCanter in 2017.

Fuso revealed the third generation of the world’s first all-electric light-duty truck at the recent IAA Commercial Vehicles Show. The eCanter features an upgraded drive system and a new design.

A small series production run of the eCanter revealed in Germany will also be delivered to Fuso customers in Europe, the US and Japan next year. Continue reading “Aussies trialing all-electric Fuso Canter in 2017” »

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Industry News: German carmakers capitalise on 5G wireless communications

daimler reutersAudi, BMW, and Daimler have launched an alliance with mobile telecoms network equipment firms to create the 5G Automotive Association.

This partnership between Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm and the German carmakers is set to “develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardisation and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration,” the founders said in a statement.

This includes speeding up development of necessary infrastructure for next generation data hungry cars as well as in-car 5G connectivity to enable a wide variety of devices to connect up and operate via the internet. Continue reading “German carmakers capitalise on 5G wireless communications” »

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Industry News: Auction of cars used by pontiff for charity

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K1 pope number plateThree identical cars that Pope Francis used are being auctioned online to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need.

The pontiff was driven in three navy blue Volkswagen Golf cars during his July 27 to 31 stay in the southern city of Krakow in Poland for World Youth Day events. The cars bore the registration plates K1 POPE, K2 POPE and K3 POPE according to the Associated Press. Continue reading “Auction of cars used by pontiff for charity” »

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