Category Archives: Latest news

VASA member GB Auto goes viral with electric Toyota LandCruiser

THIS image of an Australian-spec Toyota 70 Series LandCruiser converted to electric drive was published online by VASA member GB Auto and went on to be shared almost 900 times on Facebook with 1200 comments and nearly 800 reactions. After … Continue reading

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Farrelley is new general manager of RRA

KYLIE Farrelley has been named as new general manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and successor to Michael Bennett, who will step down next month after 22 years. Farrelley joins RRA after almost 20 years at refrigerant manufacturer Arkema, having been an industry representative … Continue reading

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CoolDrive stocks tools, parts for hybrids and EVs

COOLDRIVE Auto Parts is supporting the growing number of hybrid and electric cars on Australasian roads with a range of 25 tools and chargers plus 180 related spare parts.  Among this offering is stock of Tolsten specialised tools such as … Continue reading

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AAAA to open Automotive Innovation Centres in Victoria and South Australia

THE Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) will establish state-of-the-art Automotive Innovation Centres in Victoria and South Australia to provide local automotive product designers and manufacturers with the tools, advanced technology, vehicles, expertise and the collaborative environment required to innovate, design and … Continue reading

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VASA members scoop Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards

A NUMBER of VASA members were among the proud recipients of prestigious Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards, held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne before an audience of 850 people. CoolDrive Auto Parts founder John Blanchard Senior (pictured below) was inducted … Continue reading

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See you in Melbourne at the Aftermarket Expo!

VASA is proud to be exhibiting at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo for the third consecutive time. Members are encouraged to say g’day at the VASA booth (number T36). Free registrations for this trade-only event are available at aftermarketexpo.com.au. More … Continue reading

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Hyundai Kona EV on sale: 449km range for $60K

IT HAS begun. The age of the affordable mainstream EV with range-anxiety-busting battery capacity is upon us. OK, at $59,990 plus on-road costs in Australia the Hyundai Kona EV is still a cool $24,000 more expensive than the equivalent petrol … Continue reading

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More Women in Leadership funding available

AN ADDITIONAL round of scholarship funding has been allocated for women in male-dominated sectors, with a particular emphasis on automotive. Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s automotive sector, … Continue reading

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Big shake-up of NZ training sector proposed

A PROPOSED national NZ Institute of Skills and Technology would take command of programme design, administration and enrolments for 16 polytechnic campuses and 11 industry training organisations (ITO) around New Zealand. ITOs would be replaced by employer-led Industry Skills Bodies … Continue reading

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Cautious welcome for Australian government’s repair information sharing consultation paper

THE Australian federal government has released consultation paper about mandating the sharing of vehicle service and repair information between car companies and independent repairers. Although this step toward a mandatory code has been broadly welcomed, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association … Continue reading

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