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Case unveils first electric backhoe loader

CASE Construction Equipment has unveiled the industry’s first all-electric backhoe loader, the 580 EV. The US-based manufacturer says its new machine, the show model of which was dubbed “Project Zeus”, offers the performance of a diesel equivalent in conjunction with … Continue reading

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Perth firm helping Bentley with e-drive axle

AUSTRALIAN advanced materials company Talga has announced that it will be supporting the development of a new electrified axle for Bentley Motors. It is not yet known whether this will feature in an updated plug-in hybrid Bentayga SUV that is … Continue reading

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Porsche reveals HVAC tech details of 911 drop-top

PROMOTIONAL materials from car manufacturers rarely go into detail regarding the HVAC or thermal management technology of their products but high-end German brands such as Porsche and Audi sometimes publish something for VASA members to geek out on.  The latest Porsche 911 … Continue reading

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Recordings of free auto-AC webinars now online

A SERIES of free online automotive air-conditioning webinars that took place in early June are now available to view online. Topics covered include system diagnosis, variable displacement compressors and the future of refrigerants, delivered by Michael Ingvardsen, who is president of VASA’s continental counterpart MACSPartners … Continue reading

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Workshops hard-hit by COVID-19 but appreciate government assistance, optimistic about future

THE automotive service and repair industry has experienced a downturn caused by COVID-19 that is worse than that of the retail sector and almost as deep as that facing hospitality, according to survey data from the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.   However, Australian workshops … Continue reading

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NZ Warrant of Fitness (WoFs) extensions could have dire consequences for COVID-hit workshops

AS PART of national COVID-19 relief measures, the New Zealand Transport Agency is allowing vehicle owners a reprieve on mandatory Warrants of Fitness (WoFs) checks until October 10, but the NZ Motor Transport Association warns this could result in years of havoc for both … Continue reading

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Latest automotive refrigerant survey from RRA

SINCE 2013, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia has worked with VASA member workshops to conduct regular surveys of which refrigerants are installed in vehicles that are having air-conditioning work done at metropolitan and regional locations around the country. The study records how many vehicles are charged with … Continue reading

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Refrigerant Reclaim Australia launches educational video series

ALTHOUGH it may be preaching to the converted among VASA members, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia has launched a series of videos aimed at raising awareness of the important role played by HVACR technicians and contractors in preventing environmental damage. Presented in … Continue reading

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COVID-19 advice and support for automotive repair businesses

UPDATED: June 2, 2020 with NZ resources and AAAA webinars The below advice is largely based on information produced by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and as such is relevant to Australian businesses only. AAAA has also kindly agreed to … Continue reading

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AAAA, HVIA push for auto repair and parts to be classified ‘essential business’

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia are campaigning for the government to include automotive parts and repair services on the ‘essential business’ list, enabling them to remain open under lockdown conditions in order to support emergency … Continue reading

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