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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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The Motor Trade Association of WA has taken aim at the CCI WA over the fight to retain payroll tax exemptions for trainees and apprentices which the McGowan Government has announced they will scrap.

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

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The RAC has announced plans to test driverless passenger vehicles, in conjunction with French autonomous vehicle manufacturer Navya.

The trial, expected to start in April, will test several driverless passenger Autonom vehicles that are designed as an on-demand shared mobility service, bookable through a smartphone app.

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Senator Nick Xenophon says the Federal Government needs to urgently act on recommendations made by a Senate Inquiry in December 2015 to address critical skills shortages currently crippling large parts of the automotive sector.

Governments normally have three months to respond to Senate Inquiry recommendations, but have failed to do so here.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:33

FCAI Driverless cars a 'fair way off'

The peak body for carmakers in Australia has poured cold water on the rush for fully autonomous cars, telling a government hearing that vehicles which require no input from drivers are "a fair way off".

Ashley Wells, director of policy for the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, told a Federal Government committee examining driverless vehicles that the technology will continue to be phased in slowly by carmakers in coming years.

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IHS Automotive predicts that by 2020, around 152 million connected cars will be generating up to 30 terabytes of data every day. Businesses that will be able to properly use this treasure will obviously be on a roll; so it’s worth talking about the ways this information can be used and what will be required for it.

Digital technologies are changing the world. Things are no longer just ‘things’ – they are turning into information and media centres connected to the Internet, joined into networks and gaining new capabilities all the time.

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