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New Toyota Camry Made in Japan Will Be $10,000 More Expensive Than the Local Version


Australians will now start to feel the effects of the closure of local car plants with the pricing of the latest Toyota vehicle. The Toyota Camry made in Japan now has a recommended retail starting price of $31,000 drive-away. For more than two years, the price of the Camry as indicated on the Toyota website was at $26,990 drive-away. The…

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Ford Endura Confirmed as Successor to Territory for 2018


The Ford Endura will be the successor to the Territory, as confirmed by Ford Australia. The Endura, which is a large SUV, is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2018. The Endura is known as the Edge in other markets. Its name is short for “Endurance” and takes after other Ford SUV models with names that start with…

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New Subaru Forester Set for Launch on Second-Half of 2018


The Forester, Subaru Australia’s best-selling model, will have a new model coming up and expected to boost the sales of medium SUVs. It joins its rivals in their respective recent overhauls. Details on this fifth-generation Forester are still secret, but what we know is that it will break cover in the first half of 2018. The local launch is set…

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Australia New Vehicle Sales in October Up From Last Year


95,763 new vehicles were sold in October in Australia, according to The Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS report. It’s a 2.6 percent increase compared to the same month last year. The demand in the commercial sector was the reason for the increase. The demand for commercial vehicles still continue to hike with the light sector showing a considerable 18.5…

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HVIA Urges the Employment of Retrenched Automotive Workers


With the recent closure of car manufacturing units in Victoria, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) is encouraging its members to hire the automotive workers who lost their jobs. There are opportunities within the heavy vehicle and freight sector which will benefit skilled workers with experience in manufacturing. Incentives up to $7000 will be given to Victoria-based employers who will hire these…

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Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car to Be Sold in Australia


Toyota is set to bring its hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in the Australia. Kiyotake Ise, Toyota’s president of advanced research and development, announced this in an international media conference in Tokyo. Australia is among the several markets where the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle will be sold. Currently, the Mirai has been sold in very limited volumes in Japan, U.S., and Europe. Each Mirai…

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No Nissan Small Cars for Oz on Sight as Tokyo Motor Show Looms


Those who are waiting for new small cars from Nissan may have to wait until 2018 as there is no announcements yet of the brand’s re-entry into the small car market at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show. Recently, Nissan’s previous boss Richard Emery decided to drop Micra and Pulsar from the company’s local line-up. So far only the the GT-R…

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Last Automobile Plant in Australia Bids Farewell


Australia reluctantly said goodbye to its auto manufacturing industry as the last mass- produced car designed and built in the country rolled off General Motors Co.’s production line in Adelaide last week. The last car to be built by GM Holden Ltd. came 70 years after it has built its first. It was 1948 and the car was the FX Holden. GM Holden Ltd.is…

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Hyundai Ute May Be Launched in 2020


JW Lee, Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) chief executive officer, announced that Mr Eui-sun is very serious about putting the ute concept to production and is eyeing a 2020 launch. Mr Eui-sun is the son and “heir apparent” to Hyundai Motor Group global chairman Chung Mong-koo. “Our vice chairman has said recently, (and has) mentioned several times, about this type of…

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Tax Breaks, Access to Bus Lanes Needed to Get Australians to Buy Electric Cars


Electric cars accounted for just 0.1% of the new car sales in Australia in 2015. It’s a paltry figure compared to Europe, in which electric cars got 1.2% of new European Union car sales in the same year. It’s clear that Australians are still not convinced to go for electric cars. Australia Institute says that tax breaks and free access…

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