Topic archives: automotive industry

Did Tesla just kill the petrol car?

April 6, 2016 9

Analysts have loudly declared the end of petrol-powered cars, following the announcement of Tesla's Model 3 electric car.

The proud history of Abbott government backflips

The proud history of Abbott government backflips

March 12, 2015 6

The Abbott government has decided it's going to give a handout to the car industry after all. Crikey takes a look back at some previous broken promises from a government with a very flexible spine.

Right decision, but Coalition car chaos shows need for economic vision

Right decision, but Coalition car chaos shows need for economic vision

December 12, 2013 17

The mishandling of the Holden decision by the Abbott government reflects the need for a real economic strategy -- one that perhaps only Joe Hockey could provide.

Shuttering Holden won’t cost underinvesting GM much

Shuttering Holden won’t cost underinvesting GM much

December 12, 2013

The small losses General Motors will take on closing Holden reflect how little it has invested in local production, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Road test: does this car and its makers deserve to be saved?

Road test: does this car and its makers deserve to be saved?

December 11, 2013 16

Crikey took a V8 SSV Commodore -- perhaps the last all-Aussie car -- out for a spin to contemplate whether Holden's manufacturing workforce is worth saving.

Good money after bad? Car industry figures tell the story

Good money after bad? Car industry figures tell the story

November 4, 2013 9

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

Jobs lost, but skills gained: lessons for Ford from Steel City

May 30, 2013 2

In three years 1200 Ford employees will lose their jobs. But with careful retraining and a pathway to new skills, they don't have to lose their livelihoods, writes economist and public servant Alicia Payne.

Who’s afraid of Ford’s closure? It was logical and no bad thing

Who’s afraid of Ford’s closure? It was logical and no bad thing

May 24, 2013 14

In the context of its struggling global operations, Ford's decision to shut up shop in Australia is logical. And recent economic history tells us it will have few repercussions, say Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

Ford closure is overdue and irrelevant to Australian manufacturing

May 23, 2013 28

The closure of Ford in Australia, announced today, is overdue and says little other than that a protected company lost touch with consumers. The eventual cessation of taxpayer bribes to Ford to maintain an uncompetitive production line is welcome news.

Parts maker Autodom collides into a multi-car pile-up

Parts maker Autodom collides into a multi-car pile-up

November 5, 2012 5

As car parts marker Autodom collapses, a report suggests car sales figures have been inflated. So why did we continue to pour massive subsidies into the auto industry?