The federal government has taken firm action against General Motors by stopping $1 million in taxpayer funds after the company announced it will retire the Holden brand in Australia. GM Holden, which received financial support through the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS), had been deregistered under an order by Industry Minister Karen Andrews. Minister Andrews said … Continue reading Holden loses $1m in taxpayer funds after shutting Australian business
Supply chain companies which formerly supported car manufacturing in Australia remain in business, despite the closure of the Ford, Toyota, and Holden manufacturing plants, according to a government report released today by Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews. About 75 per cent of former supply chain companies remain in business following the closure of … Continue reading Australia’s transition away from car manufacturing going strong, says government
The potential for the automotive industry in Australia to rebound, or at least regrow, is the subject of research led by Francis Farrelly, professor of marketing at the RMIT College of Business. Farrelly will study the marketing, design, and innovation capabilities of Australian organisations operating in the automotive sector. Farrelly has so far seen a … Continue reading Research maps out Australia’s automotive ascent
Car manufacturer Hyundai has vowed to strengthen its compliance with consumer guarantee obligations under Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has accepted a court enforceable undertaking following constructive discussions with the South Korean company. “Through our new car retail market study, we identified industry-wide issues with the way car manufacturers were … Continue reading Hyundai to improve consumer guarantees approach – ACCC
China has suspended the production of 553 passenger vehicle models that have failed to meet the government’s fuel consumption standards, according to the state news agency Xinhua. The suspension was due to come into effect on January 1, it was reported, citing the China Vehicle Technology Service Centre. The models include products from several major domestic … Continue reading Fuel consumption standards force suspension of some Chinese car production
The manufacture of Australian-made cars has come to its end as General Motors Holden closes its Elizabeth production line in Adelaide for the very last time today. A private function marking the historic event has been planned for employees, past and present, following the official closure at midday. Holden fans also lined up outside the plant … Continue reading Holden factory closure marks end to Australian car manufacturing
The government of Victoria has helped a Sunshine West engine repair business create highly-skilled jobs for former automotive workers. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan met workers at Cornell Diesel and toured the company’s new state-of-the-art servicing facility. “We know Melbourne’s west has been hit hard by the end of local car manufacturing, and these … Continue reading New jobs for former auto workers in Victoria
The Andrews Labor Government is helping former automotive workers manufacture some of Victoria’s lifesaving fire and emergency response vehicles. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman visited R A Bell and Company in Sunshine North to meet the workers bringing these vehicles to life. R A Bell and … Continue reading Former QLD auto workers building emergency vehicles
Hilco Industrial Acquisitions B.V. has announced that it has begun the private treaty sale process on all machinery and equipment assets located at the Toyota manufacturing facility in Altona North, Melbourne. The Private Treaty sale begins immediately and is scheduled to run until the plant officially closes on October 3, 2017. Upon closing, Grays Online … Continue reading Toyota plant equipment sale marks end of Australian auto manufacturing
Indonesian manufacturers are hoping to break into Australia’s car import industry. “Australia barely has a car manufacturing industry,” Indonesia Automotive Industry Association chairman Yohannes Nangoi told Netral News. “It imports 1.2 million cars a year, but not a single one of them is imported from Indonesia. This should be seen as an opportunity.” According to … Continue reading Indonesia plans to capitalise on Australia’s dying auto industry
A Victorian vehicle manufacturing start-up aiming to produce the first Australian-made electric vehicles has been given a kick-start thanks to a new funding initiative by CSIRO. CSIRO Kick-Start is an initiative that offers dollar-matched funding of up to $50,000 to enable research projects for start-ups and small businesses that are on their way to becoming Australian success … Continue reading CSIRO backs Victorian electric vehicle manufacturing start-up
The latest State of the Nation Report featured a spotlight on the Australian automotive industry, painting a picture of the industry following the end of local car manufacturing. Despite the imminent closure of the Australian automotive manufacturing industry later this year (Holden and Toyota cease local manufacturing in October 2017), Australians are buying more cars … Continue reading The Australian auto industry post-manufacturing
Toyota will shift to a purely sales distribution model from 3 October when 2600 jobs will go from its Altona plant in Melbourne. According to the AFR, the car-maker announced the official closure timetable yesterday. Toyota Australia president Tony Buttner said that the Aurion vehicle will stop not be produced from August at Altona, while … Continue reading Toyota to shift to car distribution when 2600 jobs go
The UK automotive industry is set to receive £1bn worth of funding to help it develop an ‘engine of the future’.
Holden is asking the federal government for $265 million in extra subsidies from the federal government.
Audi is considering manufacturing certain models of its luxury cars in India.
Top Gear presenter James May has pledged his allegiance to the struggling Australian car manufacturing industry.
Around 400 Autodom employees have returned to work after the company entered voluntary administration last week and announced an indefinite halt to operations in three factories in Victoria and South Australia.
Bega Cheese group CEO Barry Irvin has suggested that government support to car manufacturers is costing food exporters opportunities in Asia.