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Labor pledges to save auto manufacturing jobs

Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten says a Labor Government would spend $59 million on saving manufacturing jobs after Holden, Ford and Toyota cease production in Australia. Mr Shorten has promised a $17.5 million funding boost to help South Australian manufacturing…

SHOULD YOU SELL YOUR DEALERSHIP?

Previously we have questioned the future of the retail automotive store, noting the increasing move to online showrooms and a growing willingness of customers to shop for vehicles in cyberspace. With significant changes coming in the automotive industry over the…

ASIC SCRUTINISING MOTOR VEHICLE DEALERS’ INSURANCE PRODUCTS

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has warned that it could take action to restrict and more closely monitor the practice of Automotive Dealers selling or brokering insurance products as part of motor vehicle sales. ASIC’s warning comes as…

MAX KIRWAN MAZDA WINS MAJOR INDUSTRY AWARD

Max Kirwan Mazda has been hailed as Victoria’s best new car Dealer. Based in Preston, Max Kirwan Mazda was a big winner at the inaugural VACC Industry Awards held at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, on Saturday, 7 May. Max Kirwan…

VALE MICHAEL TYNAN – A GIANT OF THE INDUSTRY

The Australian retail automotive industry has lost one of its giants with the death of Michael Tynan OAM after a long battle with cancer. Terry Keating (Chairman) and the Board of AADA expresses sincere condolences to the Tynan family. Michael…

WANT MORE AFFORDABLE CARS? EASY – TAX THEM LESS

One of the reasons behind the Federal Government’s decision to allow the parallel importation of near-new vehicles is the belief that cars in Australia are too expensive. Retail automotive industry leaders argue that the Government could help lower prices by…

DEALER PROFITABILITY AT 1.5%

The Deloitte Dealer Profitability Report for November 2015 shows that the average Australian Dealer profitability, as measured by net profit as a percentage of sales (NP%S), was 1.5% in November 2015. The result was 0.2 percentage points down on the…

THE BATTLE FOR VEHICLE-GENERATED DATA

We live in the Information Age. Anyone with a passing association with marketing will be aware of the ‘D-word’: data. The battle for who owns the data generated by vehicles shapes as one of the most significant in the automotive…

MORE MANUFACTURING JOBS TO GO

Up to 140 workers at Adelaide auto component manufacturer SMR Automotive will lose their jobs as the company restructures in anticipation of Holden’s exit from the local manufacturing industry in 2017. The job losses – 30 full-time and 110 contractors…