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Auto repair gridlock: parts backlog ratchets up pressure on mechanics

Auto repair gridlock: parts backlog ratchets up pressure on mechanics

Car owners requiring repairs are facing lengthy delays as mechanics struggle to acquire parts just as COVID-19 fears lead many to shun public transport and get behind the wheel.

  • by Henrietta Cook

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Bike lane backlash needs to back-pedal
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Bike lane backlash needs to back-pedal

The plan for 100 kilometres of pop-up bicycle lanes in Melbourne has angered some, but it makes sense.

  • by Jon Faine
Cherokee Nation chief calls on Jeep to stop using name of his tribe

Cherokee Nation chief calls on Jeep to stop using name of his tribe

The chief of the Cherokee Nation in the United States has called on American carmaker, Jeep, to retire the Cherokee nameplate from its range of popular SUVs.

  • by William Davis
Iconic Kombi taking travel-starved Australians to the roads

Iconic Kombi taking travel-starved Australians to the roads

Thomas Fleck’s 1973 Kombi holds a special place in his heart.

  • by Sam Purcell
Seeing life through the rear-view mirror isn’t always pretty
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Opinion

Seeing life through the rear-view mirror isn’t always pretty

Since getting my driver’s licence at the age of 17, I’ve always had a problem with one aspect of being behind the wheel.

  • by Danny Katz
Affordable Chinese electric vehicles to be sold in Australia from 2022

Affordable Chinese electric vehicles to be sold in Australia from 2022

Australian importer to sell electric cars online only.

  • by Justin Narayen
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How Holden nearly became a Chinese brand

How Holden nearly became a Chinese brand

Holden was considering a plan to rebadge Chinese cars to keep its showrooms open in Australia.

  • by Joshua Dowling
Auto dinosaurs show they’re not dead yet as carmakers’ shares rally

Auto dinosaurs show they’re not dead yet as carmakers’ shares rally

A year ago, investors had pretty much given up on the big global carmakers. Shares of Daimler, General Motors and Ford were at 10-year lows. The pandemic looked like it would seal their fate. But it turns out the old behemoths may not be doomed just yet.

  • by Jack Ewing
The car industry is betting its future on batteries

The car industry is betting its future on batteries

As automakers like General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford make bold promises about transitioning to an electrified, emission-free future, one thing is becoming obvious: They will need a lot of batteries.

  • by Jack Ewing and Ivan Penn
No speed limit and no rules (except don’t overtake on a curve)

No speed limit and no rules (except don’t overtake on a curve)

It is illegal to drive over the speed limit on Australian roads. At open race track nights at Eastern Creek, drivers with a taste for speed can drive as fast as they like.

  • by Julie Power and Nigel Gladstone
‘Never seen anything like it’: The used car market’s wild coronavirus ride

‘Never seen anything like it’: The used car market’s wild coronavirus ride

Used car prices are up by almost 40 per cent and mechanics are booked solid in “ridiculous” pandemic market conditions.

  • by Zach Hope