The Perth Motor Show 2011; A review

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/08/2011 9:37:09 AM

The Perth Motor Show returned to the Perth Convention Centre after a 3 year break to mixed reviews, tentative expectations and guarded optimism. The show was engaging and enjoyable but cost cautiousness on behalf of the organisers (and car manufacturers) was evident as some more fun motor show elements were absent.   Highs and lows While the motor show was largely a successful venture with their event managers reporting the attendance in the 30,000 region it has to be said that...

The Electric Car - Where to now?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 19/08/2011 9:51:23 AM

"With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015". Those were the words of US president Barack Obama during his state of the Union speech in January of this year (2011). But is this a modest or ambitious goal? This week I set out to find out more about electric vehicles; their past, their present and their future with a specific fleet focus.    A ...

Speed Cameras: A change in the game?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 11/08/2011 10:04:38 AM

So what happened in New South Wales? Following a performance audit written by the NSW Auditor General, 38 cameras were deactivated after the author of the audit found that they did not make a “statistically significant” impact on road safety. The importance of this is in the fact that it marks a change in the way politicians in Australia assess the requirements for speed cameras. Previously there were really only two major opinion groups; “speed cameras are a money makin...

Hybrid vs Diesel - a new auto comparison

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 22/07/2011 10:29:44 AM

Like everyone who stares blankly at listings on car sales websites, I too am overcome with the sheer level of choice. From hatchback to convertible, manual to automatic and all the other choice criteria the number of options for the car seeker can become very confusing. While most of these options are fairly self explanatory there are a few which always confuse in terms of a definite winner. The choice of diesel versus hybrid is, for me, top of this confusion pile.   Why buy either...

What will the Carbon Tax mean for fleet?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 15/07/2011 10:34:57 AM

Big news events don't usually fall on Sundays. Normally our news anchors, politicians and journalists have the good grace to leave us all more or less alone on our traditional day of rest, however like it or not Sunday’s event was anything but normal. Placing a price on carbon emissions (if the measure passes in parliament) is possibly one of the most fundamental changes in Australian government policy in decades and has the potential to fundamentally change the way Australian busin...

What makes a good mine vehicle?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 8/07/2011 10:43:15 AM

When we think of mine vehicles, images of super dump trucks, diggers and equipment hauling mega machines come to mind. However there is another vehicle strutting its stuff all over mines in Australia; the mine ready four wheel drive (4WD). For obvious reasons a conventional vehicle will simply not suffice in the tough, rugged, dangerous and changeable environment of a living mine. So what makes a long living, sturdy and reliable mine 4WD?   What’s required? With mining ve...

Japan The need to know parts and deliveries update

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 17/06/2011 12:08:40 PM

This year’s natural disasters in Japan have caused some of the largest devastation the world has ever seen. With these disasters came loss of life, loss of property and, for many of the survivors, loss of livelihoods. While we all come to terms with the tragedy it is important not to forget the progress which is being made by the resilient Japanese car makers. The table below gives us some understanding of the obstacles which must, and are being overcome to return the bruised industry b...

Depreciation; Do you know how much it's costing you?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 10/06/2011 1:08:02 PM

Intricate financial modelling is not the first thing to spring to mind when you consider buying a new car……but it really should be. Choosing the wrong vehicle can cost thousands of dollars and leave many burnt fingers. The inconvenient truth is that the lifetime cost of a vehicle does not take centre stage in most vehicle purchase decisions; immediate cost, styling and other considerations usually take precedence.   What causes fast or slower depreciation? The dep...

What makes a popular fleet car?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 2/06/2011 1:15:18 PM

Car popularity has always been an issue of debate and popularity amongst fleet cars is a similarly contentious subject. Does popularity really mean quality and reliability, or does it mean something altogether less reassuring? For most, any given car's popularity is a combination of factors, some emotional and some practical, but is it possible to separate the two contributors? Without segmenting the fleet industry too much (the industry varies from tool of the trade cars to all range...

How will the Carbon Tax affect pump prices?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 26/05/2011 1:23:21 PM

The art of negotiation has a long and distinguished history. While in a political sense it gathers most attention during coalition formation talks, it does have the capacity to crop up at any time or place in most societies. The current negotiations and wrangling over the terms and conditions of a proposed carbon tax may (and most likely will) create a new chapter in Australian negotiation history. Fleet Managers will be well advised to stay updated on these developments as the prospect of a ...

FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax) Changes Budget 2011

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 17/05/2011 1:52:50 PM

This year’s budget change relating to Novated Lease FBT rates on company vehicles has been much talked about since the release of the budget information last week. On our blog this week we wanted to outline these changes for our readers whilst addressing the most common questions relating to the new system. The overhaul will, over a four year time frame, end the lower rates of FBT liability for those who drive in excess of 24,999 kilometres per year. The change to those over th...

GPS and Fleet Management

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/05/2011 2:02:55 PM

Since the American military released its first satellites in the “Block 1” launches back in 1979 the world of navigation has been forever altered. Long ago drivers relied on maps, intuition and local knowledge to get to customers and deliveries. Today when we peer into a police car or taxi we will see an entire dashboard of navigation and communication devices. Global positioning systems have changed the way we navigate, plan and forecast our own personal and business lives, but h...

2011 the year of the SUV?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 14/04/2011 2:26:58 PM

The main trend With new hybrid and electric models being trooped out by almost every major car manufacturer you would be forgiven for believing that the public was, en masse, moving away from large, noisy and relatively high emissions vehicles. This, however, is not the case according to last months FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries) vehicle sales report. Sports utility vehicles now make up 24.5% of all new vehicles sold in March of this year. The significance of this lay...

Holden on for a new Cruze

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 7/04/2011 2:31:48 PM

Since an emotional launch in Adelaide back in late February Australians have waited to hear the assessment of the new series 2 Holden Cruze. Would this second model build on the relative sales success of the first, or would it remind us of the disappointing Vectra range which Holden and GM would prefer to forget?   The changes Apart from a new grill, new bumpers and new wheels there isn’t much to distinguish the new Cruze from the one which left showrooms and forecourts w...

Pump prices pack a punch

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 1/04/2011 2:37:18 PM

Who would have thought 5 years ago that we would be paying $1.50 per litre at the petrol station? I certainly wouldn’t have. Gone are the days that a station was selling fuel for $0.98/L. How I wish those prices would come back! But times have changed, and so have prices. Now the average national petrol price is at $1.43 per litre, and it doesn’t look to be decreasing any time soon. We all rely on fuel in one way or another. These are just a few areas that the price rise has a...

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