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Last Ford rolls off the line in Australia: what's next Down Under?
Last Ford rolls off the line in Australia: what's next Down Under?

Back in 2013, Ford made a sad announcement: as of October 2016, the company would stop manufacturing vehicles in Australia. Ladies and gentlemen, October 2016 is here, and earlier today, the last Australian-made Ford--a Falcon XR6 like the one pictured above--rolled off the assembly line. Ford's...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: owners opt for buybacks, not fixes & is a 3.0-liter fix coming?

Volkswagen has had another lousy week due to the ongoing Dieselgate scandal. Admittedly, there were a few bright spots thanks to Audi and Porsche, but those have been overshadowed by gloom and doom from the mass-market VW brand. Worst of all may be early data on the company's U.S. repair and...Read More»

‘Graham’ - Sculpture that represents a human evolved to survive car crashes
What a human evolved to withstand a car crash might look like

When it comes to auto safety, advocates Down Under really know how to drive a point home. A couple of years ago, the New Zealand Transport Agency (which is roughly equivalent to America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), created an emotionally powerful video about the dangers of...Read More»

E-paper traffic signs developed by Visionect
Australia Takes A Cue From Amazon, Rolls Out E Ink Parking Signs

Urban environments can get pretty complicated for motorists. Aside from the usual glut of stop signs, school crossings, and traffic lights, drivers also have to decipher a sometimes contradictory array of parking signs to figure out where they can and can't leave their rides. Part of the problem...Read More»

Rusted car, Strezlecki Track, Australia (via Wikimedia)
Australia's Auto Industry Is Dead: Could It Happen Here?

Today, Australia's auto industry was dealt a death blow. In a press release, Toyota Australia revealed "that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017 and become a national sales and distribution company." Toyota Australia's president and CEO, Max Yasuda, and Toyota Motor...Read More»

Australia's coat of arms
Toyota Ends Production In Australia: Auto Industry Down Under Is Officially Dead

Earlier today, Toyota announced that it would stop building cars in Australia in 2017. Toyota was the last major automaker with manufacturing facilities in the country, so its pull-out means that the auto industry in Australia is effectively dead. According to an official press release: "The...Read More»

Australia's coat of arms
The Death Of An Auto Industry: Ford, GM Pull Out Of Australia, Toyota May Follow

Two days ago, General Motors announced plans to stop manufacturing cars in Australia -- or, as GM put it in a carefully worded statement: As part of its ongoing actions to decisively address the performance of its global operations, General Motors today announced it would transition to a national...Read More»

Drowsy drivers warning sign (photo by Flickr user Phil Robinson)
Study: Drowsy Drivers Three Times More Likely To Have Auto Accidents

Every so often, it is our duty to remind you of the painfully obvious. This is one of those times. So please bear with us when we say: if you're sleepy behind the wheel, you're much more likely to be involved in an automobile accident than if you were wide awake. We can make such bold assertions...Read More»

Attention Powered Car, built by Emotiv & the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia
They Said It Couldn't Be Built: The World's First Attention-Powered Car

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a prototype device developed in Japan that can scan a driver's brainwaves, deterring theft and ensuring that the driver is awake and sober. According to Cnet, electronics company Emotiv and the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia have now announced...Read More»

Australia's coat of arms
After 88 Years, Ford Stops Making Cars In Australia

1925 was a pretty big year. It saw the birth of John DeLorean, Paul Newman, Johnny Carson, and Dick Van Dyke. F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925, and Adolf Hitler published Mein Kampf. And in Australia, Ford Motor Company began building Model Ts for eager drivers. Today, Ford...Read More»

Coffee
Go On, Have Another Cup: Caffeine May Reduce Auto Accidents

If you like coffee as much as we do, this Friday is about to get a whole lot better. Not only does java make a great eye-opener, but according to a report in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), it could also keep you safer on the road. That claim comes from researchers in Australia, who...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
DeLorean, Knight Rider, Beer: A Recipe For Awesome

Australia is a place far away from where I live, a place where I am told beer and the beech are a religion, high-powered cars are well loved, Mad Max movies are considered high art, and Australian Rules Football is seen as a peaceful, collegial sport. Whether you agree with those assertions or not...Read More»

Screencap from Australian Kia Sportage ad with Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio
Kia Punches Gen-X Men Squarely In Their Middle-Aged Guts

This morning, we planned out a great post about the milestone Google Maps' reached yesterday: over 100 million people are now using its mobile app, which could mean Very Bad Things for Garmin and other makers of aftermarket GPS hardware. Then we saw this Australian commercial for the Kia Sportage...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
Friendly Helpful Speed Camera To Ticket You, Then Text You Too?

We've written a lot about traffic enforcement cameras, both the ones that nail red-light runners and those that send automatic tickets to drivers who exceed the speed limit. Now a new wrinkle in evolving technology has been proposed: Wouldn't it be nice if the camera system not only sent you an...Read More»

Facebook promo for Volkswagen's Marco Polo game
On Facebook, Volkswagen Plays A Clever Game Of Marco...Polo

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned Volkswagen's Australian campaign for the revamped Polo, which consists of a dazzling, interactive website (which we love) and a TV spot featuring hipsters from space (which kind of creeps us out). Now there's a new, Facebook element to that Polo campaign, and we...Read More»

Screencap from Australian clip for the Volkswagen Polo
75% Of Hipsters From Outer Space Prefer The Volkswagen Polo

Hot on the heels of yesterday's rendering of the Volkswagen Polo R hatchback comes a new campaign to advertise the Polo in Australia. Things start off beautifully with a stunning VW microsite, then go seriously off the rails with a creepy, off-message video clip that positions the Polo as the car...Read More»

From the Toyota Yaris 'Clean Getaways' clip
Video: Racy Yaris Ad Vs. The Volt Dance. Which Is Worse?

Toyota's Clever Film Competition asked fledgling filmmakers to create ads for the Toyota Yaris. In the contest rules, Toyota stipulated that submissions couldn't "break the law", "portray the Toyota Yaris in a negative manner", "show reckless or careless driving", or "be immoral". After the...Read More»

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