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Lexus bucks trend to post record sales in 2019

Lexus has entered its 30th anniversary year in Australia after setting an annual sales record in 2019. The luxury lifestyle brand achieved 9,612 annual sales, 585 more than the previous record set in 2016 and 9 per cent higher compared with 2018. Landmark annual sales were the culmination of several records set in 2019, including a record 721 sales in December and a record 2,505 sales in the fourth quarter that outpaced the same period in the previous year by 16.2 per cent. Lexus also recorded their highest-ever full-year SUV sales of 7,704 units, up 21.76 per cent on 2018. The… Read more »

Extra tax on electric cars hit for six

A new report from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia that suggests an additional road user charge on electric vehicles should be introduced is economically illiterate and should be rejected out of hand, according to the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC). The CEO of EVC, Behyad Jafari, says the vast potential of EVs to improve the nation’s air quality, energy security, and carbon output meant it was time to stop recycling the foolish idea of an additional tax. “Imposing an additional tax on EVs would be a disincentive, especially for the emerging mid-tier market,” Mr Jafari said. “Although this economically illiterate report somehow managed… Read more »

Ford says new Fiesta ST is almost here

The new generation Ford Fiesta ST will be on sale in Australian showrooms in in the first quarter of 2020. Fiesta ST brings a fully fledged Ford Performance hot hatch to customers, loaded with the latest technology and performance innovation derived from the company’s racing programs. These have seen the Fiesta claim multiple wins and drivers’ World Rally Championships. “The previous Fiesta ST was highly regarded, and we’ve had considerable interest from enthusiasts on the details of the new model’s arrival,” says Kay Hart, CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand. “We’re pleased to confirm the most comprehensively equipped, capable… Read more »

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New laws to improve vehicle safety and cut red tape

A new law is on the way which will help maintain and improve vehicle safety while expanding consumer choice and reducing red tape across Australia. The proposed legislation, the Road Vehicle Standards Bills, will be debated in the House of Representatives in coming weeks, says Paul Fletcher, infrastructure and citiesRead more »

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Funding ensures drive towards safer cars and roads continues

The Federal Government has marked National Road Safety Week by announcing the continuation of funding for the critical work of independent vehicle safety consumer organisation ANCAP for another five years. “The work of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is vital to improving the safety of vehicles on AustralianRead more »

Colorado LSX.

LSX: new addition to Holden’s Colorado stable

Holden has announced a new addition to the Colorado range with the 2018 Colorado LSX on sale across Australia from this month. First introduced in 2015, Colorado LSX connected with customers thanks to its stylish additions to its already capable and well-appointed donor model, Colorado LS. Adding to Colorado’s alreadyRead more »


In Commodore we trust: Holden offers seven year warranty

Holden is showing just how confident it is when it comes to its two newest recruits – the high-tech all-new Commodore and all-new mid-size SUV, Equinox – introducing seven-year/unlimited kilometres warranty, coupled with seven years roadside assist. “The all-new Commodore is the evolution of an icon and the feedback we’veRead more »

The next-gen Commodore

World award nomination bodes well for next-gen Commodore

Ahead of its Australian launch early next year, the next generation Commodore has been boosted with global automotive experts shortlisting the Opel Insignia for the 2018 World Car of the Year awards. Developed hand-in-hand with the next-generation Commodore, the Opel Insignia has received rave reviews in Europe since its introductionRead more »

Darren Chester with the chief executive of ANCAP James Goodwin launching the ANCAP Safety app

New app helps consumers focus on safety when buying new car

A new road safety app is set to help drivers make better choices and save lives on Australian roads. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and members of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) have launched the  new consumer information app developed to help Australians make saferRead more »

The next generation Commodore

Finishing touches for next generation Commodore

After months of local testing, Holden’s engineering team is now putting the finishing touches to the next-generation Commodore. The aim is to give it the distinctive ride and handling attributes expected of the Commodore nameplate. Following Holden’s most recent local test trip through the Victorian Alps, during which the engineeringRead more »