Is the auto industry climbing back up the mountain or tripping over an anthill?

Bowan Spanbroek | 9/12/2009 8:43:07 AM

With the release of the October figures from ABS the automotive industry looks as if it’s turning around. October marked the third consecutive month of growth with a 3.7% increase for new car sales. Encouraged by the extension of the small to medium business tax rebate, business’s rather than consumers seem to be fueling this sales resurgence. This is positive news when compared to our British counterparts who sustained a drop of 6.7% in new car production compared to October ...

Tarriff Cuts: Will Mazda zoom ahead in 2010?

Bowan Spanbroek | 27/11/2009 8:46:14 AM

January 1st could be bringing more than a champagne induced headache for car companies operating under the current Free Trade Agreement. An importation tariff cut of 5% is being introduced in the New Year. This will further flatten the playing field for those companies that import their entire car line outside of the Free Trade area such as Mazda and Porsche. The tariff reduction is from 10% to 5%, giving importers one of two options, pass on the savings to consumers or increase their pro...

Holden’s Incredible Hulk

Bowan Spanbroek | 21/10/2009 8:54:10 AM

This year Edward Norton and Lou Farigno aren’t the only one showing off some green muscle. Holden’s new ‘MY10’ Commodore takes a progressive step away from previous gas guzzling models with a greener, more powerful 210kw engine. Who says that the environmentally friendly driver has to sip chai latte and drive a Hybrid? Holden’s new SIDI technology (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) reduces previous carbon emission rates by a whopping 12%. This allows those of ...

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