Can a re-badged Toyota Australia President stop Holden from sinking without a trace in the Great Southern Ocean, or is it already too late?Read More
New car import laws mean you might soon be able to import privately your own new car - saving thousands. Predictably enough, the car industry has responded with a Himalaya of horseshit to the effect of: that’s a bad idea. But what's the truth?Read More
If Luxury Car Tax hit only the richest one per cent, we’d all be okay with that. But it doesn’t. Plenty of ordinary car buyers find themselves kicking the Luxury Car Tax tin. You could easily pay it, next time around. Cars are the only consumer item in Australia, with a levy imposed on their alleged luxury. Luxury Car Tax is out of step, and extortionate. This is what happens when too much fluoride leaches into the water in Parliament House...Read More
I want to make use of the EOFY sales and want to buy a Toyota Kluger GXL. It advertises the full drive away price (12 month rego and ctp) as around $55k. How much do you think I can realistically haggle it down to?Read More
Ralph, sorry to hear the lobotomy didn't go as well as expected. You're an idiot. One of the saddest things about the information age is its ability to give people like you a voice. You are an uninformed fool with an opinion.Read More
The Australian car industry is racing to oblivion
Making cars in Australia has gone steadily downhill since about 1970, although recently the pace of that decline has accelerated.
See also Why Holden Should Hang its Head in Shame.
Incredibly, in 1970, we managed to make 475,000 cars Down Under. During that decade, Australia produced a broad range of cars including Minis, Leylands, Valiants, Chryslers, Nissans, Renaults, and Volkswagens … as well as Fords, Holdens and Toyotas.
Fast Forward to 2011: Just 224,000 cars...Read More
Too much sucking on the taxpayer teat; not nearly enough viability, sales or job security. Here's the backstory
Holden should hang its head in shame. Stevie Wonder could see that this mob is preparing an Australian exit strategy, and yet it keeps begging for more public funding. Even this week, Holden has the gall, the arrogance, the extreme corporate hubris to do so within just a few days of sacking another 100 Australian workers.Read More
Queensland farmers' concessional loans are being described as a "hand up, not a handout". Whereas, at Fisherman's Bend in Victoria, where Holden's head office is based, handouts with no strings attached from Federal and state governments, are just a regular day in the office. Business as usual.Holden's not actually in the business of making cars any more. It's in the business of hosting subsidised 'jobs'. The cars are just an unfortunate cost of doing business.
Enough's enough - it's time to break this welfare dependency cycle. There's no way Holden's manufacturing operation can survive.Read More
In the market for a late-model used car? Bypass the retailer, and buy from the wholesaler. The discounts are huge. In this report I take you inside a public car auction, and we track the cars all the way to used car dealerships. Find out how much money you can save, by bypassing the dealer and going straight to the source.Read More
How Volkswagen Australia and its dealer network mis-managed public safety, destroyed brand loyalty and trust, and eroded public confidence in its cars and in its underlying corporate culture.
This is basically a textbook 'how not to' course in corporate mis-behaviour and demonstrates how little empathy exists within many corporate cultures.
One death, hundreds of outraged customers, thousands of potentially defective cars with lame duck DSG transmissions - all stonewalled by corporate denial.Read More
Two kinds of people go to motor shows: car perves and actual buyers. Shazza and Dazza climbing through a C 63 AMG might view the experience as somewhat more entertaining than a visit to Centrelink but they don’t really constitute an asset as far as the car company exhibitor is concernedRead More
Negotiating with a car dealer is like swimming with sharks. The dealer will do anything to get that signature on a contract and a deposit paid. He wants to wrap you up, right now, and he has a sophisticated armada of lies and half-truths at his disposal to get you across the lineRead More
Never take the dealer's word that the price he's offering is a great deal - he doesn't want to offer you a good deal because that would mean a bad deal for him. The dealer has a considerable array or resources deployed against youRead More
Buying is an endurance event – you meet sales guy, the sales manager, the finance guy, then the accessories guy. It seems like it’ll never end, and it’s all designed to wear you down – so the dealer’s three-phase vacuum cleaner can commence sucking your bank account dryRead More
The US Treasury has handed GM CEO Dan Akerson a $9 million slap in the face
Perhaps because of the pesky detail that General Motors still owes the US taxpayer the paltry sum of $25 billion, GM’s largest shareholder (the US Government) has stepped in and capped CEO Dan Akerson’s salary at just $9 million – less than half what the other big boys get paid.
GM CEO Dan Akerson
- $9 million income
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne
- $22.2 million income
Ford CEO Alan Mullaly
- $29.5 million income
Possible third fire-related recall in the wings for Holden Cruze, but we won't know until official US investigation winds up
Above: Overseas Cruze fire video captured by owner
Holden has declined to comment on the issue, telling Fairfax Media: "We're aware of an ongoing investigation happening in the US but can't provide any comment until the investigation is concluded." It claims there are no reports of similar Holden Cruze fires in Australia. We found a report of a Cruze fire this year here, but apparently nobody knows what caused that.
If a recall is forthcoming in Australia it will be the third Holden Cruze fire risk-related recall in the Cruze's short history Down Under: According to Product Safety Recalls Australia (ACCC) 10,462 Cruzes were recalled on 16 March 2010 for a potential fuel hose defect that could lead to fuel leaks in the engine bay (fire risk), and again just last year on 7 December Holden recalled a total of more than 25,000 vehicles (6512 of them Holden Cruzes) for another fuel line defect that could pose the risk of fire in its 2.0-litre diesel-powered vehicles. (This diesel Cruise fire risk problem doesn't pertain to the current US issue as the diesel powertrain is not used in the US Chevy Cruze.)
In 2011 Holden sold 33,000 Cruzes - a greater sales volume than Commodore.
Parliament erupts with Holden job-cut speculation despite ink only just drying on latest $275 billion taxpayer bailout
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill yesterday refused to tell Parliament how many jobs will be cut at Holden’s Elizabeth car manufacturing plant.
Holden won’t tell opposition leader Isobel Redmond how many jobs will go – and Jay Weatherill won’t tell the public, which footed the bail-out bill: “[I won’t] put in the public sphere any material that Holden has not,” he said
Why the large Aussie car is terminal – despite the $13 billion you paid to save it
The demise of locally built Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon sales is accelerating. Back in 2003, Ford sold 73,220 Falcons. At the end of 2010 Falcon sales had dropped to 29,516 Falcons – a reduction of 60 per cent in seven years. Then, in 2011, Falcon sales, incredibly, fell another 37 per cent – to just 18,741 units.
The Holden Commodore hit its stride in 2002, with 88,478 Commodores rolling out into the hands of buyers. Despite spending $1 billion developing the VE Commodore (some of it even GM’s own money), Commodore sales fells to 44,387 by the end of 2009 – a 50 per cent drop over seven years. A slight rise looked like the light at the end of the tunnel for Commodore in 2010 (one per cent, or an increase of 1569 sales). But that was short-lived: By 2011 Commodore was well established in a terrain-warning trajectory, too, finishing the year with just 40,617 sales – a year-on-year decline of 12 per cent.
The Ford Falcon limped out of the blocks in 2012