News: Holden commits to one third Euro lineup

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Holden has announced plans to have over a third of its lineup sourced from General Motor’s European Opel division.

Executive vice president and president of GM Europe, Karl-Thomas Neumann, made the announcement at the opening of the Paris Auto Show.

“I’m very excited about the role our great products will play in the resurgence of the Holden brand, by being able to provide more than one-third of Holden’s future product line-up,” Neumann says. Continue reading “Holden commits to one third Euro lineup” »

Ford: Ford: 2014 Mondeo Titanium EcoBoost hatchback review

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It was 2008: the start of the global financial crisis, petrol hit US$100 per barrel and General Motors reported a record US$38.7 billion loss but arch rival Ford provided me with my first Mondeo experience. Since then, the Mondeo seems to have changed about as much as the attitude of the major banks: not very much. Continue reading “Ford: 2014 Mondeo Titanium EcoBoost hatchback review” »

News: Maserati to top 35,000 cars in 2014

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Maserati expects to sell more than 35,000 cars this year and reach its 50,000 sales target in 2015, subject to the availability of a new sport utility vehicle (SUV) to be launched late next year, the head of the brand tells Reuters.

For the end of the year Maserati will be significantly beyond 35,000, but not beyond 40,000 units. Maserati sold 15,400 vehicles in 2013.

Wester said the brand was still on track to launch the much awaited Maserati Levante SUV by the end of next year. It plans to build at least 25,000 of the Levante per year from 2016. Continue reading “Maserati to top 35,000 cars in 2014” »

News: TT wins Innovation of the Year

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In the international design competition for automotive brands, the new Audi TT has been crowned: ‘Innovation of the Year’.

The matrix LED headlights in the Audi A8 have also won the title of ‘Best of the Best’.

“With the new generation TT, we are making technology even more tangible for the driver – just as you would expect in a genuine sports car,” says Audi technical development management board member Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenburg. Continue reading “TT wins Innovation of the Year” »

News: Ranger just holds lead against Hilux

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There’s just 171 registrations keeping the Ford Ranger in front of the Toyota Hilux as the light commercial market heads into the final quarter of the year.

The Ford Ranger retained its position as the monthly top selling commercial model for September with 595 units sold (17% market share). The Toyota Hilux was the second best seller with 15% market share (526 units). This was followed by the Holden Colorado at 8% (280 units).

Year to date the Ford Ranger has retained the lead as the top selling commercial model with 16% market share (4435 units) followed by the Toyota Hilux, with 15% market share (4264 units). Continue reading “Ranger just holds lead against Hilux” »

News: Strongest new September sales yet

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Registrations of 11,840 new vehicles for the month of September is the strongest September result yet, since the Motor Industry Association started collecting records in 1975.

The 39-year record for new vehicle sales in September suggests purchases of new vehicles were unimpeded by the election during the month, says MIA chief executive David Crawford.

Sales of 3458 new commercial vehicles was also the strongest September on record, while 8382 new passenger vehicles for the month was the strongest September result since 1986. Continue reading “Strongest new September sales yet” »

News: Corolla remains on top

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September saw the perennial favourite Toyota model – Corolla – remain unchallenged for supremacy, but the Suzuki Swift has been kicked out of the top three passenger vehicles thanks to the arrival of another new Toyota passenger model.

Corolla was once again the top selling passenger model with 8% market share (629 units), followed by the Toyota Yaris on 4% (373 units) and the Holden Commodore on 3% (277 units).

The Corolla was also the top selling new vehicle model in September with 629 new registrations, followed by the Ford Ranger with 595, and the Toyota Hilux in 3rd with 526 registrations. Continue reading “Corolla remains on top” »

News: Target acquired for 308

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It is a bit of a cliché to write that the last French car should strike fear into the heart of the Germans, heck Citroen even ran an advertising series based on the concept when it launched the C5.

But dang it, I am going to.

The company is quite up front about its target. When speaking to members of the engineering team in Peugeot’s home base of Sochaux, France, the question of what they were benchmarking came up, and they was a single word clear cut answer. Continue reading “Target acquired for 308” »