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    Lets get ready to rumble!


    Future Proofing Innovative Aussie companies making good

    Lightweighting What it means for bodyshops



    Exclusive Jackie Stewart on why Australia needs F1

    Kevin Snell Infiniti will do things differently


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    3AUGUST 2012

    06 FAIR DINKUM!Fair Work needs name change, say industry leaders

    08 THINK AHEADA sovereign wealth fund is critical to Australias future

    10 TRADING PLACESFantastic opportunities for parts manufacturers, says expert

    12 CONFUSION REIGNSNew Fair Work Australia President calls for name change

    14 MONEY MATTERS Are automotive apprentices paid too little?

    22 IN THE BIG CHAIRInfiniti Cars Australia General Manager, Kevin Snell

    26 LITTLE CLASSICS Take a peak at the production of a classic model car

    32 WELDING GEAR The low-down on this essential bodyshop staple

    36 BIGGEST LOSER Audis lightweighting and what it means for your bodyshop

    40 BRAKE SPECIAL The secretive art of brake pad manufacture

    44 SCAN TOOLSWhat technicians on the ground really think

    48 TECHNICALEngine management systems

    54 GREAT SCOT! F1 legend, Jackie Stewart: Youre nuts if you lose the AGP

    58 REVIEWSInfiniti FX50S, Infiniti M35h, Mercedes-Benz B 200 CDI, Ford Falcon EcoBoost, Toyota Aurion Prodigy, Husqvarna Nuda 900

    68 SERVICE DIRECTORYGoods and services at your fingertips

    70 PITSTOPCrossword, quiz, wordfind, Taillight Teaser, Bollocks, Horace Kope, Dereks Dipstick

    74 MYTHICAL MOTORSInnovation: Whats your next move?

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    Innovation revolution Innovation evolutionREVELATIONS BY FAIRFAX back in June that it was to reduce the broadsheet size of its major newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age to a tabloid (or compact size as Fairfax spin doctors would have it), that the media giant will attempt to make readers pay for online content, and even that regular printed newspaper runs may quickly become a thing of the past really didnt come as a surprise.The fact that News Limited followed suit with similar announcements days later only highlighted the difficulties these once highly successful companies are facing in the current climate.The world has been turning away from traditional media (print newspapers, even television) for some time now. And as readers eyes have been moving online, so have the advertising dollars. Newspapers around the world simply cannot afford to persist with their existing models which, in some cases, go back hundreds of years.So, after the hysteria around the Fairfax announcement that it will shed 1,900 jobs over three years and close down two major printing presses died down, common sense came to the fore.Yes, jobs will go, but that is better in the long run than the alternative: extinction. Fairfax is not out of the woods yet by any means, but by making necessary (and painful) changes, it may survive in the digital age and continue to generate and analyse news into the next century, rather than disappear within the next decade. Time will tell.

    The point here is that sometimes there is a need for revolution, and sometimes there is a need for evolution. Either way, change in your business is inevitable. The question for you is: What are you going to do about it?To avoid having to make a revolutionary change in your business (unless, of course, it has come to the point where it desperately needs it), Australian Automotives tip is to make small, but constant, meaningful change to the way you do things, and your business, too, may thrive for years to come.The biggest danger in todays ever-changing business climate is to sit still, ignoring the danger signs, and kid yourself that everything will be okay tomorrow. It wont.So, start today. Revise your business model, investigate your costings, look at getting a better deal from your (or another) bank, learn more about digital marketing, reward high achieving staff and do something about those who arent sharing your vision.Most importantly, do something. If you dont, the world will simply pass your business by and, instead of saying proudly: I made this happen, you will be left standing on the spot asking: What happened?

    David DowseyManaging Editor

    Australian AutomotiveManaging Editor: David Dowsey (03) 9829 1247

    Design & Layout: Gavin van Langenberg, Faith Perrett

    Database & Distribution: Mary Gouvas

    Contributors: Dr Richard Creighton-Smythe (retired), Nick Dalziel, Darren House, Horace Kope, David Purchase, Dr Rick, David Russell, Damien Slavin

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    Ian PorterIts an issue all bodyshops face, either today, or will face shortly in the future. With so many carmakers producing vehicles with various metals these days, those that dont

    equip and educate themselves will be left behind. Ian Porter investigates how these developments will impact on all panel beaters. How will it affect your business? Turn to page 36 to find out.

    Paul TuzsonPaul Tuzson, Australias foremost automotive technical journalist, writes for several leading car magazines, including Unique Cars and Street Machine. This issue, Tuzson

    investigates the mysterious world of brake pad development and validation (page 40). He also seeks out the opinions of those on the ground into what they really think of todays scan tools. Go straight to page 44 to read all about his findings.

    Rod ChapmanAustralian Automotives motorcycle expert, Rod Chapman, this issue, rides the Husqvarna Nuda 900 (page 66). Chapman has previously served as News Editor of Australian Motorcycle

    News and was Editor of British monthly, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure. He currently works for a number of Australias best motorcycling titles, including Motorcycle Trader, as a freelance journalist.

    Mark OastlerMark Oastler is founding editor of Australian Muscle Car and He is former editor of Street Machine and has also been a TV motorsport commentator for the Seven and

    Ten networks, a multiple winner of the Dunlop Media Award and writer for leading car magazines, including Auto Action, Unique Cars, Motor and Wheels. His debut for us, on page 26, investigates the fascinating world of model car development and production.

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    WORDS David Dowsey

    AUSTRALIAS LARGEST BUSINESS organisation, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), has called on the Gillard Government, and the panel reviewing the Fair Work Act, to minimise the damage to the reputation of the nations industrial rel