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Mercedes-Benz managed to get ahead of its peers, especially BMW, in the luxurious premium sector when it unleashed the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Despite Mercedes’ bold move, BMW has yet to follow suit. But it might do so as its unit down under, BMW Australia, has been pleading with the German premium carmaker to come with a pickup that would challenge the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
Marc Werner, chief executive officer of BMW Australia, said in an interview with Car Advice that there is a real demand for pickup trucks in a number of global markets, such as Australia, South East Asia and Africa, as well as South America. He remarked that BMW simply cannot ignore this demand – not when chief rival Mercedes has entered the race.
During the interview, Werner told Car Advice that BMW Australia has been very pushy when it comes to utes or pick-ups, adding that the unit believes that the German carmaker should consider the matter. He remarked that BMW Australia has already taken the matter with the main headquarters, adding that BMW is already conducting studies. However, Werner said, it is remains too early to speak about the results of the investigation. He quipped that BMW Australia would be happy if BMW decides to build an ute for this market. Werner also said that BMW cannot just ignore or neglect market trends.Read the entire article BMW Australia begging headquarters to create a new premium pickup as demand grows
Less than a month ago, Toyota capped off its production in Australia, and now, Holden’s very last production model in the country has rolled off the assembly lines. This year marks the company’s 69th year of manufacturing in Australia, and Holden decided to organize a special private even for the hard-working men and women behind Holden and the media.
Holden is one of the oldest transportation companies in the world, and back in August 2008, they have already assembled their seven millionth vehicle. That is sixty years after the very first model was launched, and today, they have built over 7.6 million vehicles all in all. The last example Holden built in Australia is a Commodore Redline.
Mark Bernhard, Chairman and Managing Director of Holden, said in his statement that their company’s number one priority is to treat their people with respect and dignity, and he is proud to be able to achieve their goal during the transition. For him, it is a recognition of their dedication over the years. He then added that 85 percent of their people have transitioned over the years, and they have supported and worked closely with these people.Read the entire article Holden builds last model after 69 years of production
In Australia, factories of GM-owned subsidiary Holden, have closed and so the automaker is looking for ways to keep the fans of the performance brand loyal. Despite the fact that the Mustang is the current best seller as it continues to outsell other sports cars in the region, Holden Special Vehicles and Chevy will work together on a plan to introduce the Camaro to the Australian market next year.
In 2018, Chevrolet will be selling the Camaro SS through the same dealer network, according to Wheels Mag. Of course, HSV engineers will convert the left-hand drive Camaro into right-hand drive for Australia. Under the hood, it will still have the 6.2 liter V8, allowing it to produce 455 horsepower (339 kilowatts).
As usual, the Camaro won’t come cheap. In Australia, one could get it for $80,000 AUD ($62,675 USD). For comparison’s sake, the entry level Mustang with a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine starts at $44,990 AUD ($57,425 USD). On the other hand, for $57,499 AUD ($73,380 USD), customers can get the Mustang GT with a V8 engine that is paired with an automatic gearbox. According to GM, due to the $20,000 price difference, the Camaro and the Mustang are not to be considered direct competitors in the region.Read the entire article Chevy Camaro SS confirmed to reach the land down under in late 2018
People residing in the state of Victoria in Australia may soon find a number of Mercedes-Benz cars making rounds on the streets as police patrol cars. This comes as BMW Australia recently inked a partnership agreement to supply the police force in Victoria, Australia, with cars to be used as highway patrol units.
According to the agreement, BMW Australia will be supplying the Victoria Police with around 80 units of the BMW 530d diesel-powered sedans. The first batch of these BMW 530d Victoria Police Highway Patrol vehicles would be operational by early 2018, with the complete fleet (80 units) already on the service by the end of next year.
BMW Australia will present the BMW 530d to Victoria Police in entry-level specs. According to Australian Web site Car Guide, this particular BMW 530d is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder unit that could deliver 195 kW (261 hp) of max output and 620 Nm of peak torque. This amount of power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the new BMW 530d to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. The 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the BMW 530d is very efficient as well – consuming just 4.7 liters of diesel per 100 km (combined cycle) and emitting only 124 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per km.Read the entire article Australia’s Victoria Police to ride in 80 BMW 530d highway patrol cars by 2018
Following the M3’s new facelift earlier this year, BMW is once again bringing something fresh to the table. In its newest offering, a cheaper version of the high performance sedan will be built exclusively for Australia. Apart from being the most affordable trim, the new BMW M3 Pure will come with the standard M Competition kit.
In Australia, the new entry level M3 can be bought for as low as 129,900 AUD. That makes it cheaper by 10,000 AUD than the regular M3. Customers can also save as much as 15,000 AUD as compared to the current M3 Competition’s MSRP. The M4 Coupe, on the other hand, comes at a starting price of 139,900 AUD.
BMW’s latest offer will surely attract more buyers since it is loaded with all the goodness of an M model at a lower price. The M3 Pure, though merely considered as a base model, still benefits from BMW’s wide range of standard equipment. This includes the M Competition tuning kit that helps increase the 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine’s output by as much as 19hp (14kW), all for a total of 444hp (331kW).Read the entire article BMW to sell cheaper M3 Pure for Australia
Because of the fact that local automobile manufacturer, Holden, has stopped production in the country. Australia is about to lose its homegrown muscle cars now that the Commodore has come its way as the Opel Insignia’s variant. However, Crossover Car Conversions, Australia’s leading import and conversion specialist since 1990, that has a wide array of choices from a Mustang, Camaro, to Ford GT, is offering a right-hand drive Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as an alternative.
But it isn’t that simple. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has a base price of $63,435 with a six-speed manual, and if you want a 10-speed manual, it will cost you $65,830. But it doesn’t end there. Having the car shipped all the way to Australia will means you’ll have to add shipping fees and local taxes. So, getting the ZL1 and then converting it to a right-hand drive will be very costly. In fact, simply swapping the steering wheel will cost you another $33,700 (44,000 Australian dollars), and after adding all the other costs, the Camaro will have a price tag price of around $115,000 ($150,000 AUD).
With a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that can yield up to 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (880 Newton-metres) of torque, the ZL1 is actually the fastest Camaro ever, having a top speed of 198 miles per hour (318 kilometers per hour). Furthermore, due to its 10-speed automatic rapid acceleration, it can shift much faster than a Porsche dual-clutch PDK - that in just 3.5 seconds, it can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour). The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is definitely one powerful machine.Read the entire article Costs of bringing in and converting Chevy Camaro ZL1 in Australia are very high
When Porsche announced the 911 R (991 generation), the brand said that this limited edition model would only have 991 samples. With the production model limited in number, it was easy to predict that the price of a Porsche 911 R would shoot up significantly in the open market. In fact, Porsche has sold out the limited edition version of the 911.
When it was still being offered as a new unit fresh from factory, the Porsche 911 R was fetching a starting price of $184,900 each. However, when options are availed and taken into account, a new Porsche 911 R would cost more than $184,900. But even if all options are added, a new Porsche 911 R wouldn’t have a price of nearly $1 million. But in the open market, a group is actually selling Porsche 911 R close to this humongous amount.
Here comes Supercar Advocates, a group that purchases, takes deliveries and reviews sports cars, and super cars including those made by Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. It is selling a Porsche 911 R – pretty new based on its somewhat pristine exterior appearance and its odometer figure – through Australian automotive sales Web site Carsales. According to Supercar Advocates, this unit is a 2017 Porsche 911 R that has been only driven for 68 kilometers – just the mileage you could get during delivery of a vehicle. Wrapped in white exterior finish, this limited edition sports car comes with 911 R stripes in green as well as green side stripes with Porsche script in black. Likewise, this Porsche 911 R being sold by Supercar Advocates features full bucket seats in leather.Read the entire article Aussie web site is selling Porsche 911 R with only 68 km on odometer for nearly $1 million
Apparently, the intellectual property authority in Australia looks at the logo of Chevrolet and sees a resemblance to the Red Cross symbol, not a bowtie. Since the already iconic wing-like Chevrolet Corvette flag badge features the Chevrolet bowtie, IP Australia is adamant to allow General Motors to use it in the Land Down Under.
People privy with the matter told Australian auto magazine Wheels that since 2013, GM has been trying to make the Chevrolet Corvette logo a legal trademark in Australia. However, IP Australia dropped GM’s trademark application in 2016. The main reason for the move was that IP Australia believes that Chevrolet’s bowtie logo is a close representation of the Red Cross, which according to the Geneva Conventions Act 1957, could only be used during times of conflict in order to indicate that people or vehicle bearing it shouldn’t be shot.
There are some problematic areas with IP Australia’s reason for dropping the trademark application for the Chevrolet Corvette logo. For instance, Chevrolet’s logo isn’t a cross, but a bowtie. Moreover, its color isn’t red. There is nothing that bans the use of a cross, as long it isn’t a red cross on a white background. On the Chevrolet Corvette emblem, the Chevrolet bowtie logo – in gold color -- is located on the red flag along with a silver/white fleur-de-lis. Unfortunately for GM, IP Australia sees the golden bowtie as a red logo, as well as the red background on one of the flags as a white background.Read the entire article GM still cannot use Corvette logo in Australia due to Red Cross resemblance
The Chevrolet Cruze is coming to Australia. But it won’t be known as the Chevrolet Cruze. Instead, it will bear the Holden badge and get the Astra moniker. The 2017 Holden Astra is due to arrive at dealerships in Australia in May this year.
While the Holden Astra Sedan is derived from the United States-designed Cruze, the sedan boasts of significant input in terms of design and engineering from General Motor’s Australian unit. Thus, Holden is making sure that the 2017 Astra sedan would greatly appeal to customers in Australia thanks to its local flavors.
It has been typical for Holden to pick a vehicle from GM’s wide global lineup and endow it with Australian essence. In fact, the new Holden Commodore is just a re-badged Australian version of the Opel Insignia Grand Sport. As for the Holden Astra sedan, GM Australia’s design team worked hard to ensure that its styling is in line with the general looks of the Holden Astra lineup that already includes the Astra sedan and coupe. In fact, the new Holden Astra sedan serves as an expansion of the Holden’s small car lineup.Read the entire article 2017 Holden Astra is a Chevrolet Cruze wrapped with Australian flavors
The declining Australian automobile industry suddenly made us want to reminisce about the hottest Aussie cars from yesteryears. In case you haven’t heard of the news yet, Toyota, General Motors and Ford will soon stop producing their cars in Australia, which is sad.
Over the years, we’ve seen some of the best automobiles that only came from here. Some of those cars were not even rebranded or brought to the US. Still, these hot models became synonymous to Australian car industry just like Cadbury is for chocolate.
The Aussies practically coined the term “ute” for utility vehicle. So we think the hottest “ute” deserves a mention here too.Read the entire article Top 5 Hottest Aussie-built Cars
Having a Ferrari in your garage is something you can be proud of. This is much expected as driving a Ferrari gives a new meaning to the word “exclusive.” This is typified by the fact that each Ferrari costs a lot of money and only a handful are willing shell out cash in mid-six digits. Although crafting a Ferrari car requires time, it doesn’t however take too long before customers receive their units.
Lately, however, Ferrari has been receiving a deluge of orders for its vehicles and has been hardly keeping up with production. This was disclosed by Herbert Appleroth, chief executive of Ferrari Australasia during the Australian launch of the turbocharged V8-powered GTC4 Lusso T. Appleroth admitted that no thanks to high demand for the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, Ferrari needs at least year before it could deliver the units to customers in some areas in Australia. This means that if an Australian customer now places an order for the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, the wait would probably end only in 2018 or even later.
Matters are worse for practically all other vehicles in Ferrari’s stable – placing an order now would mean a lag time of nearly two years. This means that a customer who placed an order for the Ferrari 488 GTB, Spider, or California T would need to wait until late 2018 before he or she could take delivery of the unit.Read the entire article Surprising high demand prompts Ferrari schedule deliveries to start in 2018 at the earliest
Audi Australia has loaned a new Audi S7 Sportback to the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police Force, allowing them to continue their work in a series of community and youth engagement programs. The new Audi S7 Sportback will also will also make an appearance at a number of events around Lake Illawarra LAC.
Audi’s loan of a new Audi S7 Sportback to the Lake Illawarra LAC will cover 12 months. This new agreement comes after and is considered an extension of a previous loan of an Audi RS 4 Avant.
The loaned Audi S7 Sportback is wrapped in a livery picked from a design contest organized in 2015 by Audi Australia on its Facebook page. The winning livery for the Audi S7 Sportback was voted by almost 800 people. It is powered by a 4.0 TFSI Biturbo V8 engine that could deliver up to 331 kW (450 hp) of output and 550 Nm (405 pound-feet) of torque.Read the entire article 2017 Audi S7 Sportback is put to good use in Australia as a police car
Nissan revealed plans to celebrate its first win on the Australian Touring Car Championship. The brand expects to run its #23 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar while sporting a stunning retro design. Nissan will participate in the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama scheduled from October 8 to 11 at Bathurst, Australia.
Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore will race the #23 NISMO Nissan Altima V8 in the same color as that of the 1990 Nissan Skyline HR31. This race marks the 25th year since Jim Richards used the 1990 Nissan Skyline in winning the 1990 championship.
During the eight-round 1990 ATCC, Richards used the Skyline for the first six rounds before switching to the Nissan GT-R R32 for the last two. Even then, Richards won three rounds with two of those rounds racing the Skyline.Read the entire article Nissan fits retro livery on Altima V8 Supercar to celebrate 25th anniversary of ATCC win
Ford unveiled today the last Falcon Ute and announced that it will produce it in Australia until October 2016, when the company will close the Land Down Under facility. The all-new 2015 Falcon Ute gets the same design philosophy as the standard model and is offered with 16-inch steel wheels but also body-coloured front bumper and door handles.
The model you see in the photos is the XR6 and arrives with 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers and LED daytime running lights. In addition, the 2015 Falcon XR6 gets the SYNC2 infotainment system, a digital radio DAB+, climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio, 8-inch colour screen, WiFi hotspot and the voice control system called ‘Karen’.
Under the hood, the vehicle carries an inline-six 4.0-liter petrol engine that generates 261 hp (195 kW) and 391 Nm (288 lb-ft) of torque. Moreover, Ford offers 4.0-liter straight-six EcoLPi engine generating 265 hp (198 kW) and 409 Nm (302 lb-ft) of torque.Read the entire article 2015 Ford Falcon Ute debuts in Australia
Ford Australia introduced its most powerful GT sedan ever, the FPV GT F, powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that generates 351 kW or 477 hp as well as 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque. What’s more interesting is that the V8 engine found on the GT F also features an overboost function in the engine management system that promises to deliver 15% more power is the prevailing conditions are available.
According to Ford, the new FPV GT F pays homage to the legendary Falcon GTs of the late 1960s and early 1970s, while the output was specifically chose as a reference to the iconic 351 cubic-inch 5.8-liter V8s found on the original Falcon GT models.
As a result, each model will carry an individual build number. Collectors and Falcon GT enthusiasts already reserved plenty of models and very few GT F sedans remains available. Just 500 FPV GT F sedans will be built for the Australian market, while an additional 50 will be built for New Zeeland.Read the entire article 2014 FPV GT F pays homage to the legendary Falcon GTs
General Motors is cutting its production in South Korea after losing a very valuable market in Europe, but is looking to shift its products to new export markets like Australia. GM Korea has been in hard times since last year. Following an announcement of a $7.3 billion investment into its Korean operations in February 2013, GM Korea’s labor union launched a strike demanding for higher pay and lesser working hours.
Likewise, the appreciating South Korean has undermined the competitiveness of GM's exports from the country. And then in December 2013, GM decided to pull Chevrolet from Europe, which left GM Korea dealing with 150,000 units of excess capacity.
Sergio Rocha, president and chief executive of GM Korea, managed to negotiate compromised with unions on slumping production and implemented white-collar buyouts. He also saw GM Korea post record sales of 151,341 vehicles in South Korea in 2013, giving the carmaker a 10-percent share of the country’s auto market.Read the entire article GM Korea looking to export products to new markets like Australia
Toyota Motor Corp. will halt its carmaking operations in Australia in 2017, following announcements by Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. of plans to pull out from the country. Toyota, which has been in Australia since 1963 and employs around 2,500 manufacturing jobs, cited high manufacturing costs, a strong Australian dollar and low economies of scale for its decision to pull out.
The carmaker’s decision effectively marks the end of an Australian car industry as local consumers opt for cheaper imports no thanks to the small scale of local sites and an Australian dollar that surged almost 50 percent against the US dollar from 2009 to 2012. Ford disclosed in May that it would stop output in October 2016, while GM, though its Holden unit, would halt production in 2017.
"Once Ford and Holden went, it was always going to be hard for the last one to survive," said Stephen Walters, JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s chief economist in Australia. He added that there will be “spillover effects” in terms of employment lost in the car industry itself and related industries.Read the entire article Toyota to stop building cars in Australia in 2017
Ford Motor Co. would trim output in Australia by a third, a move that will affect 300 jobs in June. In 2013, Ford disclosed plans to close its two sites in Australia in October 2016, attributing the decision to a strong currency and high costs. General Motors Co. followed suit in December 2013 and announced that it would also terminate its car manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017.
The announcement means that by that year, Toyota Motor Corp. would become the only global carmaker producing in Australia. "We are continuing to match production with demand and that will mean we are reducing production by about a third in June with related job losses," Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood told reporters, citing slumping sales.
"We'll continue to work with the teams to get into the exact details but it will be about 300," he remarked.Read the entire article Ford to cut Australian production by a third in June 2014
The decision of General Motors to stop producing Holden vehicle in Australia by 2017 has been met with anger, sadness and resignation. However, GM has made it clear that while Holden production will cease in Australia – no thanks to high costs and strong local currency -- the brand with the "lion and stone wheel" logo will remain in the country.
"Holden is here to stay," GM Holden Chief Executive Mike Devereux remarked after announcing the planned production halt. Easing consumer’s negative reactions to Holden’s production pullout will definitely be a public relations nightmare for GM, but the carmaker’s independent brand experts are confident that Holden will not only survive the public relations nightmare but they expect the iconic brand to be one of the most valuable assets GM has built in the country.
“The fact that they're no longer made here will cause some dissatisfaction and backlash but there'll still be a lot of people who like them," said Danny Samson, professor of management at Melbourne University. He remarked that Holden is a very well regarded brand, noting that there is “no way you'd want to throw it away."Read the entire article GM hopes Holden will endure in Australian market despite pullout
Australia is setting up an A$100-million ($89 million) fund to support regions that will be affected by the decision of US carmaker General Motors to stop production in the country by 2017. The fund will also directly support workers affected by GM’s decision. GM recently announced that it would end vehicle and engine production in Australia by the end of 2017 – a huge blow to the country’s already struggling auto industry – citing high costs, a strong Australian dollar and a small, yet fragmented and very competitive local market.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is introducing the fund and related programs to help the country shift from heavy industrial manufacturing to "higher value-added" production.
"In the end, no government has ever subsidized its way to prosperity," Abbott remarked, adding that Australia government will hate to consider requests for subsidies. “We will be very loathe to do for businesses in trouble, the sorts of things that they would be doing for themselves."Read the entire article Australia to set up fund to help regions affected by GM exit
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