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  HSV Introduces Limited Edition "GTS Maloo"
Darren - 11:02pm, 12/09/14 - News/Updates

Australia's leading performance car manufacturer, HSV, has confirmed details of an exciting new limited edition model - the GTS Maloo.

Just 12 months since the launch of the GEN-F GTS, the most powerful production car ever built in Australia, HSV is set to launch a limited edition GTS Maloo which adopts the much acclaimed 430 kilowatt / 740 Newton-metre 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA engine, as well as many of GTS's safety and performance technologies.

HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson commented, "We have been working on this project for a couple of years now. There are a number of unique elements required to integrate the LSA into the Maloo platform, and significant time in getting all the safety and performance technologies to operate effectively."

"Every time we launch a vehicle is an exciting time, but we believe the GTS Maloo is something special and sets a new benchmark in the performance market" Jackson said.

Complementing the LSA powertrain will be HSV's premium braking package - light - weight AP radical forged 6-piston brake calipers with 390mm (front) and 372mm (rear) 2-piece rotors.

In addition, and what is believed to be a global first for a utility, the GTS Maloo will be fitted with Torque Vectoring. Currently only fitted to a few exclusive global marques and HSV's GEN-F GTS, Torque Vectoring helps reduce understeer by generating a "rotational moment" in the rear axle when the vehicle is under power. The vehicle's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system detects the understeer event, applies braking to the inside rear wheel and transfers torque to the outside rear wheel.

The GTS Maloo's street presence will be clearly identifiable through the adoption of GTS's unique front fascia design that delivers both an aggressive stance and an extensive air-intake surface area to deliver the required engine cooling.

The GTS Maloo will be available with either a TR6060 (MG9 spec) 6-speed manual transmission with oil cooler and twin plate clutch, or an optional 6L90E 6-speed heavy duty automatic transmission with oil cooler.

HSV's unique Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), side skirts, twin-hump hard tonneau and performance sail-plane help complete the visual makeover and are complemented by light-weight 20" "Blade" forged alloy wheels presented in a new "Dark Stainless" finish. Shadow-chrome quad exhaust tips and a unique number plate surround paint-out combine to deliver an aggressive rear-end look with "LSA" and "GTS" badges adorning the tail-gate.

Concurrent with the launch of the GTS Maloo will be the introduction of two new colours to the HSV range: Some Like It Hot, a rich bronze/red, and Jungle Green, an iridescent olive green.

HSV Performance seats wrapped in Onyx leather trim, or the optional "Red Hot" leather trim, set off an interior which also features a broad range of driver convenience and safety technologies.

The GTS Maloo will feature HSV's Driver Preference Dial which facilitates the adjustment of the vehicle's ESC, Traction Control, Launch Control (manual transmission), Torque Vectoring, Electric Power Steering and new electric Bi-Modal Exhaust according to three distinct pre-set modes - Touring, Sport and Performance.

Head-up Display, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rain Sensing Wipers enhance the driver environment while the unique Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI) system provides the driver with all the performance data he or she will require.

Build of the GTS Maloo will be limited to just 250 vehicles (240 for Australia and 10 for New Zealand) with each build plate individually numbered.

Production is due to begin early November with vehicles expected to be available in dealerships later that month.

Source - HSV Media
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  Victoria records lowest annual road toll in 89 years
ari666 - 12:59am, 5/09/14 - News/Updates

looks like the hoon laws and speed cameras are working.

Quote:

Victoria's road toll last year was the state's lowest since 1924.

A total of 242 people died on Victorian roads last year, 40 fewer than in 2012.

There was a reduction in the number of young people involved in road trauma but a 38 per cent increase in the number of older drivers killed.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill says Victorians are getting the message about road safety.

"This would not have happened without the contributions of thousands of Victorians who have done their bit by heeding the messages," he said.

"Slowing down, not drinking and driving, taking rest breaks, putting the mobile phone away and belting up."

Roads Minister Terry Mulder says despite the results there is still plenty of work to be done.

"We know that we are only ever one bad week or one bad month away from losing those gains," Mr Mulder said.

"We need to continue to work together to come up with new initiatives and strategies to help us achieve our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries."

Police say the road toll data is provisional as some deaths may be removed or added.


Victoria records lowest annual road toll in 89 years - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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  Productivity Commission report relevant findings
ari666 - 12:59am, 2/09/14 - News/Updates

some interesting points about proposed upcoming changes to the importation of used passenger vehicles, as per the govt productivity report into automotive sector. not sure if i should be sharing this, so i reserve the right to take down this thread.

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This inquiry has concluded. The final report was sent to Government on 31 March 2014 and released on 26 August 2014.

The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into public support for Australia's automotive manufacturing industry, including passenger motor vehicle and automotive component production.

The Commission was asked to:

examine national and international market and regulatory factors affecting the industry identify and evaluate possible alternative public support mechanisms identify any significant transition issues or adjustment costs that may arise from alternative support mechanisms or policy changes and how they might be best managed assess the significance of the capabilities within the industry, its direct employment and economic benefits, and its secondary impacts on other sectors of the economy quantify the costs and benefits of existing and alternative assistance mechanisms.

The Commission undertook public consultation, inviting public submissions and releasing a preliminary findings report to the public.



RECOMMENDATION 5.4

The Australian Government should progressively relax the restrictions on the importation of second-hand passenger and light commercial vehicles. The new regulatory arrangements for imported second-hand vehicles should be developed in accordance with the outcomes of the Australian Government’s current review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (Cwlth) and should:

• not commence before 2018, and ensure that reasonable advance notice is given to affected individuals and businesses, such as vehicle leasing companies

• be preceded by a regulatory compliance framework that includes measures to provide appropriate levels of community safety, environmental performance and consumer protection

• initially be limited to vehicles manufactured no earlier than five years prior to the date of application for importation

• be limited to second-hand vehicles imported from countries that have vehicle design standards which are consistent with those recognised by Australia.

• The Australian Government should remove the $12 000 specific duty on imported second-hand vehicles from the Customs Tariff as soon as practicable.



RECOMMENDATION 5.5

The Australian Government should accelerate the harmonisation of Australian Design Rules with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulations and the mutual recognition of other appropriate vehicle standards.

The Australian Government and all state and territory governments should justify any existing and future jurisdictional deviations from UNECE Regulations through comprehensive and independent cost benefit analyses.



RECOMMENDATION 5.6

The Australian Government should, in its forthcoming Taxation White Paper, consider:

• the removal of the five per cent tariff on imported passenger and light commercial vehicles after Ford, Holden and Toyota have ceased manufacturing motor vehicles in Australia

• the removal of the luxury car tax

• more efficient sources of government revenue with which to replace these measures.



RECOMMENDATION 5.7

• After Ford, Holden and Toyota have ceased manufacturing motor vehicles in Australia, the Australian, South Australian and Victorian governments should remove fleet procurement policies that require government agencies to purchase vehicles manufactured in Australia.



OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST:

• The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is currently reviewing the Motor Vehicle Standards Act. The Review will identify options to reduce regulatory burdens imposed on businesses by the Act, and improve its safety, environmental and anti-theft provisions. A Regulatory Impact Statement and public consultation processes are expected to begin in mid-2014

• There would also need to be an appropriate regulatory compliance regime covering the imported vehicles, with the expenses incurred by governments to be recouped on a cost-recovery basis. The Commission also considers that second-hand vehicle imports should be limited to source countries where vehicle design standards are consistent with those recognised by Australia. The Commission anticipates that the outcomes of the current Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act will provide insight into the appropriate regulatory framework for a future second-hand vehicle import scheme.

• In view of the impending closure of the motor vehicle manufacturing plants in Australia, it seems even less plausible that having some local set of ADR standards that differ from internationally accepted design standards could be justified taking account of all the costs compared to the benefits.
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  New Warranty Benchmark - 8yrs Infinite Km
PIR4TE - 12:53am, 20/08/14 - News/Updates

Tesla raises the bar for their liability regarding reliability of the electric car, makes automotive history:

[quote=Tesla CEO]The Tesla Model S drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack. That means the 85 kWh Model S, our most popular model by far, now has an 8 year, infinite mile warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit. There is also no limit on the number of owners during the warranty period.

Moreover, the warranty extension will apply retroactively to all Model S vehicles ever produced. In hindsight, this should have been our policy from the beginning of the Model S program. If we truly believe that electric motors are fundamentally more reliable than gasoline engines, with far fewer moving parts and no oily residue or combustion byproducts to gum up the works, then our warranty policy should reflect that.

To investors in Tesla, I must acknowledge that this will have a moderately negative effect on Tesla earnings in the short term, as our warranty reserves will necessarily have to increase above current levels. This is amplified by the fact that we are doing so retroactively, not just for new customers. However, by doing the right thing for Tesla vehicle owners at this early stage of our company, I am confident that it will work out well in the long term.
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  HSV to make GTS Maloo
Sphinx - 11:11am, 9/08/14 - News/Updates

Holden to build the world’s fastest ute | News.com.au

HOLDEN is poised to introduce what will become the world’s fastest ute — probably of all time — leaving a legacy likely to last decades after General Motors’ Australian factories close in 2017.

It will be the first — and the last — Holden ute that can accelerate to 100km/h faster than a Porsche.

The Holden Special Vehicles performance car division will ensure the humble homegrown ute goes out with a very big bang by installing the supercharged V8 from the $100,000 HSV GTS sedan, the fastest and most powerful car Australia has ever produced.
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