Industry

Australian vehicle sales for July 2012 – Veloster holding on

Aug 03, 2012

The official VFACTS figures for Australian new vehicle registrations for July 2012 are out, and, contrary to what most were anticipating, the Hyundai Veloster has managed to hold off the popular new Toyota 86. Overall,...

Volkswagen thinking of buying Proton; Lotus – report

Jul 26, 2012

Volkswagen Group really is an automotive giant. It currently owns nine passenger vehicle brands, including 19.99 per cent of Suzuki. Volkswagen is now apparently thinking of taking over Proton, and Proton-owned sports car brand, Lotus....

Lotus not attending 2012 Paris Motor Show

Jul 16, 2012

In light of the recent events, or shadow rather, it’s understood Lotus won’t be making an appearance at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. The company famously unveiled five awesome concept cars at the...

Subaru BRZ, Hyundai i30 awarded five-star ANCAP safety

Jul 13, 2012

Despite not actually being on sale in Australia yet, the Subaru BRZ has been tested by ANCAP in its latest round of evaluations, and has earned the full five-star rating. The BRZ joins the company’s...

Volkswagen to finalise purchase of Porsche on August 1

Jul 07, 2012

Volkswagen and Porsche have finalised plans which will see Volkswagen AG purchasing the remaining 50.1 per cent of Porsche SE on August 1. The German giant will buy Porsche for $5.44 billion. Porsche originally planned...

Australian vehicle sales for June 2012 – Toyota 86 hot favourite

Jul 04, 2012

The official VFACTS figures for Australian new vehicle registrations for June 2012 are out, with the Toyota HiLux once again out in front of the popular Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. According to the figures, 4308...

BMW and Toyota to co-develop new sports car

Jul 02, 2012

BMW and Toyota bosses meet up for a major press conference leading into the weekend, with the two companies looking to work together to develop new technologies. The most interesting news to come from the...

Toyota renews its call to remove the luxury car tax (LCT)

Jun 29, 2012

Toyota has expressed more disinterest in Australia’s luxury car tax, and has altered the price of one of its vehicles so that it falls below the new threshold. The Australian Tax Office will increase the...

Porsche vehicles to be built at Volkswagen plant

Jun 24, 2012

Under a new, leaner business plan, Volkswagen and Porsche will work closer together to save costs. The plan includes Porsche vehicles being built at Volkswagen facilities. The merger between Volkswagen and Porsche is continuing –...

Lexus, Porsche, Jaguar leaders in J.D. Power 2012 Initial Quality Study

Jun 22, 2012

Lexus has come out on top of the highly regarded J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) for the 2012 model year. This is the second year in a row the luxury Japanese marque has been...

Land Rover and Bowler announce brand partnership

Jun 21, 2012

Land Rover and Land Rover performance specialist Bowler have announced an official brand partnership deal which will see Bowler vehicles wearing a ‘powered by Land Rover’ badge. Both the current Bowler EXR rally car and...

Renault to introduce new upmarket brands; Alpine and Initial Paris

Jun 20, 2012

Renault is considering introducing two new upmarket brands, Alpine and Initial Paris, to assist with its plans to reduce dependence on European sales – a market that is dwindling. The French company is also looking...