Industry News: Mercedes Benz plans EV production alongside ICE cars.

mercedes-benz-logoxGerman carmaker Daimler plans to build its new electric vehicles in existing Mercedes plants by integrating them with the production of cars with internal combustion engines (ICE), the group says.

“In this way, we are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by electric mobility, and are significantly limiting the required investment,” Mercedes-Benz Cars production chief Markus Schaefer says.

Daimler says its Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands planned to launch more than 10 electric cars by 2025, with zero-emission vehicles accounting for 15 to 25% of Mercedes sales. Continue reading “Mercedes Benz plans EV production alongside ICE cars.” »

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Industry News: Cox appoints CEO and chairman to lead new company

Gary Martin

Gary Martin

Cox Automotive Australia has announced the appointment of Gary Martin as its chief executive and Greg Duncan (OAM) as chairman of the board
of management, from March 1, 2017.

John Bailey, president of International, Cox Automotive says: “The appointment of Gary and Greg, who are both well respected leaders of the Australian car sector, underlines the importance Australia plays in Cox Automotive’s global strategy.”

Gary Martin will lead Cox Automotive Australia as their very first chief executive. He is well known in Australian automotive industry circles, and is currently based in the US leading Xtime, a Cox Automotive company. Continue reading “Cox appoints CEO and chairman to lead new company” »

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Industry News: GUD Auto division grows 10%

GUD MD Jonathan Ling

GUD MD Jonathan Ling

GUD Holdings has revved up first-half performance in its automotive parts division, with sales increasing 10% on the prior year’s level.

Automotive, which includes Ryco oil, air and fuel filters and Narva accessories, was a bright spot for GUD’s six months to December 31, with earnings up 10% from a year ago to $35.9 million.

Activities during the period that contributed to this result include further growth in Brown & Watson from new Narva products launched in conjunction with the 2016 catalogue and growing sales of Ryco Japanese truck filters. Continue reading “GUD Auto division grows 10%” »

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Industry News: Launch Edition Audi Q2 lands Feb 24

The first new Audi Q2 launch editions are arriving in Australia, just weeks ahead of the official launch of Audi’s compact SUV.

The limited edition Q2 will feature elements from the Q2 Edition shown in Europe last August, such as, quantum grey paint, black and Manhattan grey exterior details and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Managing director of Audi Australia, Andrew Doyle, believes the all-new Q2 compact SUV will open up the brand to younger buyers. Continue reading “Launch Edition Audi Q2 lands Feb 24” »

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Industry News: Bosch to pay $431M to customers dealers from Dieselgate scandal

BoschGerman car parts maker Bosch will pay out compensation to US buyers and dealers of Volkswagen-made diesel cars affected by the ‘dieselgate’ scandal.

Under a settlement agreement, Bosch will settle the most substantial part of the criminal law proceedings pending in connection with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel models sold in the United States for US$327.5 million (AUD$431.7 million), The AFP reports.

Bosch, the world’s largest car parts supplier with 2016 revenues of 73.1 billion Euros, is accused of helping Volkswagen hide the existence of sophisticated software included in diesel engines to minimise emissions during regulatory testing. Continue reading “Bosch to pay $431M to customers dealers from Dieselgate scandal” »

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Industry News: VW plans 2-3 million EVs a year

Volkswagen is among the few major automakers who are committed to the mass production of electric vehicles.

Undoubtedly pushed by the backlash of the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, the German automaker invested heavily in its new MEB platform for electric vehicles last year and announced plans to build 2 to 3 million all-electric cars a year and unveil 30 new models by 2025.

The company has since unveiled a few concepts using the platform and they are now laying out their design direction for EVs in more details. Continue reading “VW plans 2-3 million EVs a year” »

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Industry News: Final Aussie-made Commodore range unveiled

The last ever Aussie made Commodore has been released and will feature a number of new style and performance upgrades.

Holden says it expects a high demand for the model range and has encouraged customers to order any personally configured MY17 Commodore vehicles via their local Holden dealer before April 2017.

All vehicles ordered after are subject to availability. Continue reading “Final Aussie-made Commodore range unveiled” »

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Industry News: Australia’s most valuable import in 2016: Vehicles

Car importsVehicles topped the list of most valuable Australian imports for the second year in a row, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Composition of Trade Australia 2015-16.

Imports of passenger motor vehicles were worth $21.5 billion over the year, following an increase of 15.1% in the previous year.

Cars accounted for 7.9% of Australia’s merchandise imports for the year, and showed a five-year increase of 7.4%. Continue reading “Australia’s most valuable import in 2016: Vehicles” »

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Industry News: Senator calls for plan B to deal with car manufacturing transition

Senator Nick Xenophon

Senator Nick Xenophon

Senator Nick Xenophon says the announcement by Toyota to cease car production by October highlights the jobs emergency now facing southern Australia in the absence of an automotive transition plan.

Toyota has announced staff numbers will drop from almost 3900 to 1300 when it stops manufacturing and moves most of its white-collar workforce to Melbourne.

Senator Xenophon has long campaigned for the Australian Government to have a comprehensive automotive transition plan when car making finally ends this October, with Toyota and Holden ceasing production. Continue reading “Senator calls for plan B to deal with car manufacturing transition” »

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Industry News: Toyota closes its doors in October

The final day of car production for Toyota Australia’s Altona manufacturing plant will be Tuesday October 3 2017, the company has revealed.

As part of the shutdown process, the plant will stop building Aurion vehicles in August, Camry hybrid vehicles in September and Camry petrol vehicles in October.

The company will continue operating both AM and PM shifts until the final closure date. Continue reading “Toyota closes its doors in October” »

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