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Did Fairfax help kill the car industry? A victory of sorts for the AFR

The government did little to save the automotive manufacturing industry, knowing the media would have its back. Economist and former Financial Review reporter Jason Murphy reckons his former editor played his part.

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New GM boss unlikely to change her mind on Australian closure

The new CEO of General Motors is unlikely to reverse the company’s reported decision to close its Australian operations — she’s the one who made it, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Good money after bad? Car industry figures tell the story

The federal government is wrestling with a “good money after bad” dilemma, as it decides whether to continue subsidies to Australia’s car industry.

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Get Fact: is the car industry right on fringe benefits changes?

The car industry claims in press advertisements that changes to fringe benefit tax rules could “directly affect” 528,000 Australians. Are they right? Crikey puts it to the test.

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Automotive sector pleads: we need this tax rort

The car industry claims it needs a tax rort to stay alive — it’s time to take this parasite off taxpayer life support. Fiddling with vehicle fringe benefits tax is a decent start.

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One handout too many: General Motors should go back to Detroit

It’s time to end automotive assistance. General Motors’ demand for a wage cut shows this is one industry not worth keeping, say Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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The only way to save the car industry? Crack down on emissions

Australia’s car industry is floundering because it does not make fuel-efficient cars that people will buy. If it’s going to be saved, writes researcher Anna Mortimer, something has to give.

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High emissions, low demand: why we should stop bankrolling cars

How can taxpayers be expected to bankroll the car industry without any public debate, accountability and scrutiny on current operations, writes Anna Mortimore, a lecturer in revenue and tax law at the Griffith Business School.

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Kohler: Toyota’s tragic mining collision

The job cuts at Toyota this week — based on performance criteria — was a direct consequence of the mining boom and the high Australian currency.

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Essential: strong support for manufacturing assistance and pokies reform

There’s strong support for mandatory pre-commitment from voters, and they also back handouts for the car industry.

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Car sales snap out of reverse

Despite the ending of some tax assistance for small to medium businesses on June 30, car sales jumped up in August.

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Salon | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Left, that’s the right side to drive on. Right?

For the first time in over 30 years, a country is to change the side of the road they drive on. Samoa will soon drive on the left, which might prove a win for the Australian car industry.

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Baltimore Sun | ENVIRONMENT|

Waste watermelons could power cars

Scientists may have found a use for the 800 million-odd pounds of watermelon left in US farmers’ fields each year: the fruit could be used to create ethanol for use in cars.

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NY Times Business | COMPANIES|

Get ‘em while they’re down!

The new vanguard of Asian automakers, Hyundai and Kia, is attempting to break the fortress of American car-making: Detroit.

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Car sales on the up thanks to tax break

Australian car sales jumped in May in the first monthly rebound since the start of last year.

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China Daily | MARKETS|

China’s revs up for European success

Is China’s car industry defying the global downturn in the all-important European market?

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The Big Money | COMPANIES|

Prius: just another word for hybrid

When people think hybrid, they still think Toyota’s Prius. Perhaps that’s why Honda’s Insight hybrid alternative isn’t setting the market on fire, despite being priced lower.

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New York Times | COMPANIES|

The end of car dealers — but who replaces them?

Today the majority of car buyers go online before they set foot in a dealership, and they might travel 50 or 100 miles to find the car they want at the price they are willing to pay.

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The Big Money | COMPANIES|

Are new cars old news in the US?

The New York Times is asking today: “Can American drivers live without that new-car smell?” The Big Money wraps the newspapers’ perspective.

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Green Car Reports | ENVIRONMENT|

Ferrari goes hybrid; car world in a spin

Hold onto your (prancing) horses, kids, ‘cause the men from Maranello are indeed readying a hybrid system for future Ferraris, which will most likely launch in 2015 or thereabouts, says John Voelcker.

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Questions for Graeme Samuel on national car pricing

The ACCC has created a massive hiccup in the car market threatening car companies with criminal proceedings if they release national indicative car prices to the media, writes John Mellor.

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Car sales accelerate, economy gets into gear

There’s another statistic which supports the belief that the Australian economy is travelling a bit better than we suspect at the moment.

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CNNMoney | COMPANIES|

GM to shut 13 car plants for summer

General Motors will shut down 13 of its 20 North American plants for several weeks of the US summer to allow its dealers to sell through their inventories.

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Springwise | ENVIRONMENT|

Open source eco-car, designed by wiki

By making the blueprints for an eco-car publicly available under an open source licence, the automative industry is getting a taste of what collaboration could mean for the future of car design.

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German carmakers headed for the scrapheap

A German government subsidy for consumers to trade in their cars for new models seemingly isn’t enough to spare domestic carmakers from financial pain.

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