Industry News: BMW CEO slams Aussie government for ignoring EVs

BMW Australia CEO Marc Werner has slammed the Turnbull Government for failing to provide a framework for electric vehicle consumption in Australia.

Calling out the lack of incentives for EV ownership, including financial incentives and infrastructure, Werner says the “time for talking” is over, reports Wheelsmag.com.au

“It’s time for some action. We need to break Australia’s embarrassing silence on environmental topics and start doing something,” he told a group of motoring journalists. Continue reading “BMW CEO slams Aussie government for ignoring EVs” »

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Industry News: MTAQ prepares for Carmageddon

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ) is urging the automotive industry to be aware that the greatest level of disruptive technology, since the inception of cars, is fast approaching.

On March 7, 2017, MTAQ will host Carmageddon, a one-day automotive innovation forum to analyse the issue of disruptive technology in the auto industry.

The theme is ‘Innovate or Detonate’ symbolising the concept that the industry needs to consider the technological advances and the opportunities they present, as either start-ups or existing Queensland automotive businesses. Continue reading “MTAQ prepares for Carmageddon” »

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Industry News: Ford introduces limited edition Ford Ranger FX4

Ford Australia is giving Ford Ranger fans another reason to celebrate with the introduction of the Ranger FX4.

It is the first XLT-based special edition for PX Ranger MkII.

The limited edition Ford Ranger FX4 will be priced at $58,915 (recommended manufacturer’s list price only) for the manual transmission version, while the automatic transmission version will be priced at $61,115. Continue reading “Ford introduces limited edition Ford Ranger FX4” »

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Industry News: Pentana Solutions appoints new CIO

Morrie Camporeale has been named as Pentana Solutions’ new chief innovations officer (CIO).

In his new role, Camporeale’s goal will be to deliver a mix of best of breed solutions to retailers, distributors and OEMs in a way that drives efficiency.

“I want to skate to where the puck is going to be, by continuing to develop automotive software that is intuitive, easy to use and in line with growing automotive trends,” he says. Continue reading “Pentana Solutions appoints new CIO” »

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Industry News: ‘Strong accreditation growth in late 2016’: NHVR

The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme is within reach of 10,000 accreditation modules completed and 100,000 vehicles accredited.

That’s according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) quarterly snapshot for October to December 2016.

NHVR chief executive, Sal Petroccitto, says it is great to see the increased growth in the scheme, which helps to create a safer road network for all road users. Continue reading “‘Strong accreditation growth in late 2016’: NHVR” »

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Industry News: Renault-Nissan now world’s largest maker of EVs

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Mitsubishi has helped the Renault-Nissan Alliance to solidify its position as the global leader in sales of battery-electric cars.

The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling all-electric car in history, while the Renault Zoe has achieved consistent strong sales in Europe.

At the same time, Mitsubishi has continued to sell its i-MiEV electric car, reports GreenCarReport. Continue reading “Renault-Nissan now world’s largest maker of EVs” »

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Industry News: Scania expanding operations in Thailand

Scania says Thailand is a key Asian market and it is expanding its industrial and commercial presence in the country.

The Swedish manufacturer is establishing a new assembly facility for trucks and bus chassis as well as a manufacturing plant for truck cabs in the Bangkok metropolitan region.

Scania will be seeking staff for production, logistics and purchasing as well as research and development. It is investing more than 21.2 million Euro in the project and operations are scheduled to start in 2018. Continue reading “Scania expanding operations in Thailand” »

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Industry News: McLaren moves chassis manufacturing to UK

McLaren Automotive is moving production of its carbon-fibre chassis from Austria to northern England, creating more than 200 jobs in the process.

The Sheffield-based facility will be built early this year at a cost of £50 million, with chassis production beginning by 2020.

“We have been investigating this for over two years,” a spokesman told Reuters. Continue reading “McLaren moves chassis manufacturing to UK” »

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Industry News: Auto manufacturing sector get new jobs, funds lifeline

The Australian government has committed to a number of measures to support the automotive industry after Toyota and Holden revealed end dates for local manufacturing.

It has invested $101 million of the $155 million in the Growth Fund for retraining workers. The Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment Programme, will help redundant auto workers find jobs after it opens in 2018.

Additionally, the Automotive Diversification Programme helps automotive supply chain firms enter new markets. It has generated $51 million in private sector investment. Continue reading “Auto manufacturing sector get new jobs, funds lifeline” »

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Industry News: UK’s EV charging falling behind numbers of cars

The number of chargers in the UK is falling way behind uptake of electric vehicles.

The UK’s public charging infrastructure is struggling to keep pace with EV uptake, reports Auto Express.

Electric and plug-in car ownership has soared from 2254 vehicles in 2012 to 85,983 at the end of last year. However, the number of charging points in the UK has increased only from 2883 in 1287 locations to 11,736 in 4243 locations during the same period. Continue reading “UK’s EV charging falling behind numbers of cars” »

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