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The Barnawartha biodiesel plant in north east Victoria has the potential to drive Euro 6 engine sales, slash carbon emissions and improve fuel security. Opened this week with the capacity to produce up to 50 million litres of renewable biodiesel made from animal and vegetable waste oil, Just Biodiesel has revived the de-commissioned ex-Australian Renewable Fuels plant which financially collapsed in 2016. The plant can make blends from as little as 5% up to 100% biodiesel, with as much as an 83% reduction in carbon emissions from well-to-wheel. Scania Australia says its Euro 5 trucks with factory-specified conversions can safely
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Used car ‘dealer’ Andrew Fraser-Scott has been found guilty of breaching Australian Consumer Law by overcharging customers for unroadworthy vehicles. His AFS Corporation, which operated a chain of automotive businesses “Cartel Dealers”, “Brisbane Dealer Auctions” and “Turn Key Auto Services & Inspections”, has pleaded guilty to 11 breaches of the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014 (MDCA) and 66 breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Fraser-Scott was fined $30,000 while AFS Corporation copped a $20,000 penalty, while also being ordered to repay over $33,000 to compensate affected consumers, in addition to $283,700 in redress compensation ordered to be repaid by
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A chief executive of one of Britain’s biggest car dealers has quit after less than three months after disagreeing with the board over its focus on used cars. Mark Herbert of Pendragon clashed with Pendragon’s board over strategy. Herbert’s background is in selling new cars, but the board want to focus on used cars and online selling. As a result, Herbert left on June 30 “by mutual agreement.” “As a result of the change to the management team, it is envisaged that the strategic update originally scheduled for late September will now be postponed until the appointment of a new
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China’s largest used car e-commerce company, Uxin’s shares surged over 14%. Uxin and Golden Pacer, a Chinese financial technology platform, announced a term sheet to aid online financing. Golden Pacer is valued at over US$789M in market capitalisation. Uxin will strip loan facilitation-related business to the company in exchange for $100M and some Golden Pacer shares. Golden Pacer will help facilitate loans for Uxin’s online used car transactions and. Uxin will inspect and valuate Golden Pacer’s used car financing transactions. “After the divestiture and through the business corporation with Golden Pacer, we will be able to focus all of our
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The Lotus Evija electric hypercar’s “target” output of 1470kW will make it the most powerful production car the world has ever known, stripping the title from Bugatti’s mighty Chiron. The $3 million machine was launched overnight in the UK also with the title of the first all-electric British hypercar and the first fully electrified Lotus powertrain in the company’s 67-year history. At 1680kg the Evija is insanely light thinks to a carbon-fibre chassis which houses a 70kWh battery pack developed with Williams Advanced Engineering and is capable of charging at 800kW where the fastest current DC chargers are capable of
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Mazda’s haloed SkyActiv engine has been issued a recall by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which affects nearly 19,000 vehicles. A software fault has been discovered which Mazda Australia says could cause major power loss, and inability to restart the engine, potentially posing a danger if the vehicle suddenly stops in traffic. According to the recall notice published on the Product Safety website, the powertrain control module, responsible for controlling cylinder deactivation “may not operate correctly”. If the fault arises, it “may cause an Intake Valve Rocker Arm to move out of position and make contact with other internal
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Pickles Auctions is hosting a massive all-luxury used car auction next week. On Monday July 29 from Pickles’ Kingsgrove Rd, Belmore location, 50 sports cars, SUVs and sedans from Ferrari, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Bentley – among many more – will be up for auction. Ages ranges from late-model 2017 Range Rovers, 2018 Bentleys and Beemers, to a classic 1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit or 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera from the 993 generation. The auction is still open for registering attendance with inspections open from Saturday July 27 9-4pm and on the day of the auction from 12pm. It’s a change
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News and opinion website ‘Best in Aus’ has ranked what it describes as the “top and leading” franchised and independent used dealerships in the City of Churches. The list is based on a business review checklist which factors in business history, services provided, media, opening hours, social media and website quality, feedback and reviews, and awards. In no particular ranking, Lakeside Nissan in Pooraka, Dave Potter Honda in Glenelg South, and Adelaide Vehicle Centre with five sites across the capital’s south-east win the accolade of Adelaide’s best dealers. A customer named “Chip J” described Lakeside Nissan, a dealership just 10 years
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The future of the Mercedes-Benz X-class is being called into question following claims in Europe it could be dropped from production. Automotive News Europe is reporting the brand’s parent company, Daimler, is looking to make the move to reduce costs amid profit warnings, according to its sources.  Daimler recently downgraded its earnings outlook by up to 4% for the 2019 financial year in light of costs associated with a diesel emissions breach and Takata airbag recall. However, New Zealand manager of PR and corporate communications for the brand, Blake Vincent, told Stuff the reports are just “speculations” and the X-class will remain a
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BMW Group Australia is set to expand its 3 Series model line-up with a new introduction. The new 3 Series Touring will go on sale in Australia from October 2019 and is being released 32 years from the debut of the first BMW 3 Series Touring. The sixth and latest generation is equipped with enhanced practicality, new interior and exterior design features, and driver assistant technologies. An upgraded powertrain and new chassis technology are included in the Touring. The Touring differentiates from the previous models in terms of design and compared to the predecessor, the Touring has a 76mm increase

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