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February Industry News

Updated 28 February 2018


Government incentives may be on the way for electric vehicles in SA - Feb 27

The South Australian Labor Government promises five years free rego and no stamp duty on electric vehicles (EVS) - if re-elected. 

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Mitsubishi begs owners to replace potentially lethal Takata airbags - Feb 27

There is still more than 100,000 Mitsubishi-badged ticking time bombs on our roads, car maker warns

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Automotive wrap films market explored in latest research - Feb 27

This research report scrutinizes the Automotive Wrap Films Market comprehensively. It comprises the market's current size and trends. It also provides different types of product in the global market.

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Uber is pushing forward with its flying car plans and will host a Los Angeles event with demonstrations in May - Feb 27

In May, the ride-hailing company will host a special conference dedicated to the futuristic vehicles, a sign that Uber’s intentions to play a leading role in the nascent industry have not been dampened by the new management and investors who now control the company.

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Vic receives go-ahead for driverless vehicle trials - Feb 26

Driverless vehicles will be trialled around Victoria, after legislation on automated vehicle technology passed through parliament.

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Autonomous vehicle tech to focus on energy efficiency - Feb 20

Driving efficiencies associated with autonomous vehicles can offset the significant environmental impact of their sensing and computing subsystems in terms of energy consumption and carbon emissions.

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BMW and Nissan criticise lack of government support for electronic vehicles - Feb 20

BMW and Nissan join Tesla in imploring the government to increase electric vehicle (EV) incentives.

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Brabham Automotive brand announced launch - Feb 20

David Brabham has announced the return of his family name to the motoring world, with the imminent launch of Brabham Automotive.

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Electric Japanese hypercar does 0-100km/h in 1.9 seconds - Feb 20

An electric Japanese hypercar has set the car world alight after accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 1.9 seconds.

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Caltex Australia launches accelerator program - Feb 19

Caltex Australia is launching Caltex Spark, a new innovation initiative that will see them work closely with Startups and entrepreneurs. 

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Recalls for BMW, Mazda, Toyota - Feb 13

BMW Australia has added SUVs to the growing Takata airbag recall list, while Mazda recalls its 2 series small car and and Toyota/Lexus recalls airbag sensors.

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Car Industry resists Victorian government call for compulsory auto braking - Feb 13

AUSTRALIA’S peak motor industry body has resisted a call for automatic emergency braking (AEB) to become mandatory for all new cars sold in Australia.

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Autonomous future still unclear: Nissan - Feb 13

THE future roll out of autonomous vehicles is still relatively unclear, according to a senior Nissan executive, who acknowledged that the technology will have to be flexible and able to adapt to different regions around the world.

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Driverless shuttle bus at Glenelg will take passengers 1km from Moseley Square along the foreshore - Feb 13

DRIVERLESS vehicles are no longer just the talk of the town; they are here.

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Automotive vehicles to everything communications market insights shared in detailed report - Feb 13

This research analyzes the Global Automotive Vehicle to Everything (V2X) Communications Market by, manufacturers, regions, type, price, and application.

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This is the world's most advanced self-driving car - Feb 13

This is the world’s most advanced self-driving car. The SYMBIOZ is a concept car by Renault. It embodies what they believe cars will be like in 2030.

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Watch live as Elon Musk's Tesla disappears into deep space - Feb 13

Your plans for Valentine's Day should include a romantic dinner, a box of dark chocolates, and a live viewing of Elon Musk's SpaceX-launched red Tesla Roadster flying away into the distant darkness of space.

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Driverless cars could create new jobs in a welcome boost to Australia's motor industry - Feb 7

The race to market for widespread driverless cars may be on, but that doesn’t mean we’re anywhere near a deployable reality. Much of the initial hype has settled down, and the claims made by manufacturers and startups with regards to timelines have moderated. Interview with MTA Queensland CEO, Dr Brett Dale

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Petrol theft skyrockets in Mackay - Feb 7 

THIEVES made off with more than $25,000 worth of stolen petrol last year, statistics reveal, amid concerns about the worsening number of drive offs in the Mackay district.

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Hyundai joins Hydrogen Mobility Australia as founding member - Feb 7

Hyundai has joined the Hydrogen Mobility Australia body as one of its founding members, joining Toyota to help assist in the development and strategies for the move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Read More Here


Elon Musk is launching a Tesla into space - here's how SpaceX will do it - Feb 6

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled for launch on February 6, and the entire space industry is watching with anticipation.

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Toyota starts 2018 car sales race in style - Feb 5

The Australian economy must be doing pretty well…Australians are opening their wallets and buying new cars.

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VFacts: January 2018 new vehicle sales - Feb 5

New vehicle industry peak lobby group, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), reported a 4.3 per cent increase in sales and registrations for January 2018 compared to the same month last year.

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