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California-based research firm JD Power has released the results of their Initial Quality Survey 2018 & we've brought you the key details!

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:48

The Catwalk: New car models due in 2018

We’re more than half way through the 5th month of year, so you may be wondering where all the time went in between your new year’s resolution and today. Unlike your green smoothie cleanse, your friends may actually want to know about these pending car releases;

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Compulsory Takata Airbag Recall - ACCC briefing: What dealers and other automotive industries must know!

Key Points:

  • Briefing to be held 28th May 2018
  • Speakers include ACCC, Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Advisers to the Takata Task Force)
  • Interested parties should register below (Free)

 

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MTA WA Divisional Manager Mark Curnow conducted a training night for “first responders” on Wednesday 2nd May, with the aim of educating emergency services on the specialised shut-down procedures for Electric Vehicles (EV) in the event of an accident.

The evening was held in the MTA WA’s Automotive Institute of Technology's advanced training workshop and allowed for detailed theoretical and practical demonstrations. [Photos at end of the article, full gallery is HERE]

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Friday, 27 April 2018 11:32

Where have our stars gone?

Some of the most respected car manufacturers are releasing models or variants that are receiving 3 or 4 star Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety ratings. We investigate the story behind the stars.

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Western Australia has seen growth in the "Warehouse" style dealership sector over the past 3 years, with the promise of a large range of vehicles, fixed pricing and low "sales pressure". Often coupled with lower vehicle margins, these businesses typically earn profits through aftercare products including finance, insurance, warranties and accessories.

WhichCar motoring news have reported that Toyota Dealerships in New Zealand are implementing a similar strategy in their new car sales departments, whereby the dealerships become retail stores and offer "made to order" solutions with fixed prices and less inventory on hand. The article, written by David Bonnici, states that the rollout is part of Toyota's "Drive Happy" project.

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Are we giving up the slang of a nation and importing another country’s icon?
With October 2017 marking the end of Australian production of the Commodore Ute and the last of the Falcon Utes being assembled in July 2016, manufacturers have been quick to champion the hero behind their sales success – namely dual-cab ‘Trucks’. Should we really welcome the term Truck and let our treasured Ute name be a piece of history?

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How the MTA WA can help you avoid fines and back-pay during the current audit sweep of WA.

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The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) today welcomed the final report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) 18 month Market Study into New Car Retailing and urged industry and government to now get on with adopting the recommendations and actions.

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The ACCC today released the final report from its market study of new car retailing in Australia. MTA WA and MTAA have provided significant input to the study and welcome the reports recommendations.

Members are able to access the full report HERE and read the ACCC's media release below.

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