Following World War I, the car manufacturers were able to return to consumer products and the concerns of their everyday customers. As a result, many important innovations appeared which greatly improved the driving experience. This included Anti-freeze which allowed the cars to be used year-round; four-wheel braking systems, along with hydraulically activated brakes and power steering. The emergence of synchro-mesh gears also made driving easier and more enjoyable.
Cars were still being imported into Australia, although both Ford and General Motors had assembly plants here. There were no truly Australian-made cars – designed for driving under Australian conditions – until 1948 when the Holden FX appeared.
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