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October Industry News


Updated 25 October 2017

Autonomous vehicle market for luxury segment worth 126,774 units by 2030 according to new research report - Oct 25

North America is projected to dominate the autonomous vehicle market for luxury segment, by volume, in 2025. 

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Toyota trawling wreckers for Takata airbags - Oct 25

Toyota is trawling wrecking yards to eliminate faulty Takata airbags from unintentionally being sold.

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Electric vehicle wiring harness industry illuminated by new report - Oct 25

Electric vehicle wiring harness is composed of wires, connectors and terminals which run throughout the entire vehicle and transmit information and electric power.

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Audi CEO: Level five autonomy possible in 'a few years', but many hurdles remain - Oct 25

Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, says he expects level five self-driving cars to be technologically feasible in the next few years, but many roadblocks remain.

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Australia still capable of mass car manufacturing, says industry group - Oct 25

Australian industry would still have the capability and expertise to mass produce vehicles should a manufacturer ever decide to return production Down Under.

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GM killed Holden SUV - Oct 25

Plans for Holden to develop a rival for the Ford Territory SUV that would have been sold here and overseas were scuppered by General Motors in the USA. 

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Study finds growing acceptance of self-driving cars - Oct 24

The latest survey of car drivers on handing over control to their vehicles has found an increasing number of people are accepting of self-driving cars. 

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Machines must think like humans to build trust - Oct 24

If humans are to ever fully trust driverless cars to make decisions for them, these autonomous systems need to be able to understand how humans problem-solve in ways that sometimes defies machine logic. 

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Almost 50,000 Australian vehicles recalled due to engine defect - Oct 17

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced almost 50,000 cars in Australia will be recalled due to a dangerous mechanical defect.

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Fewer jobs to be lost after Holden closure - Oct 17

The South Australian government says fewer jobs than first thought will be lost in the auto supply chain after the closure of Holden. 

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Australian vehicle recalls across seven brands - Oct 17

A string of recalls have been been issued by manufacturers for a range of different issues, with owners being urged to bring their vehicles in for repair. Affected brands include Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Hyundai, Ssanyong and Mercedes-Benz.

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Tesla sacks hundreds of workers on Model 3 stall - Oct 17

Tesla Motors, which recently missed its production target on the high-profile "Model 3," has dismissed hundreds of employees following annual performance reviews, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

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Electric future for the Australian Automotive Industry - Oct 16

The Australian automotive industry is at a crossroad. One path continues on a trajectory of decline, with skills and jobs losses, the other path forges a new path of stability, workers’ rights and innovation.

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Automotive transformation scheme must continue - Oct 16

Earlier this month, the last Australian-built Camry rolled off Toyota’s production line at Altona in Victoria. And shortly, the last Australian-built Commodore will emerge from Holden’s assembly plant at Elizabeth in South Australia.

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To Uber or not? Why car ownership may no longer be a good deal - Oct 15

We’ve conducted an analysis of the all-in cost of car ownership, and we found that mobility services such as ride-hailing and ride-sharing apps – which few people today would consider their main mode of transportation – will likely provide a compelling economic option for a significant portion of Americans.

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Increased support for automotive workers - Oct 15

Automotive workers will be able to access a greater range of wellbeing and resilience services to help them manage change, and transition to new employment, following to an additional $600,000 in funding from the State Government and GM Holden. 

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More Mercedes-Benz vehicles added to seat-belt recall - Oct 10

New reports states that the recall will be expanded to include another 223 vehicles sold in Australia. 

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Tesla CEO admits company is in "production hell" - Oct 10

Tesla's usually upbeat CEO, Elon Musk, has admitted via Twitter that his company has run into trouble getting the mass-market Model 3 into full series production. 

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More details of Mitsubishi's e-Evolution Revealed - Oct 9

Mitsubishi has provided further details on the e-Evolution concept ahead of its official unveil at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. 

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Have your say: What new driving laws are needed to support driverless cars? - Oct 9

The National Transport COmmission (NTC) is seeking input from road transport agencies, police, and industry on the amendments needed to current driver laws for the safe introduction of automated vehicles. 

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Holden finalising contracts at SA automotive factory - Oct 9

A purchaser for General Motors Holden's Elizabeth manufacturing site in Adelaide has been selected following a six-month search. 

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Nissan Japan recalls 1.2 million cars for failed inspections - Oct 9

Nissan Japan has recalled all new cars it has sold in Japan over the last three years, after discovering dealers failed to correctly undertake pre-delivery inspections. 

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The rise of autonomous vehicles could significantly change future driving laws - Oct 9

An Australian report suggests that drink-driving laws should not apply to people if they use self-driving cars, when the technology comes of age. 

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Electric car owners 'can driver for free by letting energy firms use battery' - Oct 3 

Electric car owners will be paid for letting an energy company use their vehicle's battery in a pioneering scheme to increase take-up of the cleaner vehicles and help power grids manage the growth in green energy. 

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Toyota and Holden factories to close, end of the line for autoworkers - Oct 2

Australia has mass-produced cars for decades, but that will all end this month.

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Tesla says it's halfway done building the world's biggest battery - Oct 2

Tesla is making serious headway on its massive battery project in South Australia. 

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In the long run, Uber will cut 40,000 jobs in London - Oct 2

Uber is working on a driverless car network that could eventually replace all 40,000 Uber drivers in London. 

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Lyft will eventually have a fleet of self-driving fords - Oct 2

Lyft has partnered with Ford to bring self-driving vehicles to the ride-hailing service by 2021. 

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Top five electric cars charging in 2018 - Oct 2

The most exciting green vehicles coming in the next year. 

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Nissan says recalling 1.2mil cars in Japan - Oct 2

Yokohama (Japan) (AFP) - Nissan said Monday it was recalling some 1.2 million cars in Japan that had failed to meet domestic rules on final vehicle inspections.

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Ford, Lyft Team up to bring self-driving cars into mainstream - Sept 29

Ford and ride-sharing company Lyft has announced a new partnership that will see both parties work together to bring self-driving cars further towards mainstream public acceptance. 

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