How cost competitive are cars in Australia?

David Michie | 18/02/2016 9:09:33 AM

How much do motor vehicles cost in Australia compared with other countries? Is it true that luxury cars are much more expensive than in other countries? Or is that just a pre-mining boom urban myth? The Fleetcare team decided to investigate these questions on your behalf. Using the most reliable new car price guides we could find for five different countries – Australia, USA, UK, Germany and South Africa – and armed with exchange rates courtesy of the Reserve Bank of Australia...

Forced marriages, bits on the side and strange couplings - anything goes in modern motor manufacturing

Mark Schneider | 1/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Vehicle manufacturing used to be such a polite, staid and straightforward affair with particular brands flying the flag for their home country, competing against one another and exporting to the world. Well times have changed – and how! Modern vehicle manufacturing is all about forced marriages, shifting liaisons, polygamy and other unlikely couplings between the manufacturers. Take Fiat, for example. The hot-blooded Italian, is now part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an unlikely...

Wheeling in the years series - Ford Falcon flew high in the 80s

Mark Schneider | 27/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

It took Ford 22 years to knock Holden off the perch as Australia’s top selling car, but in 1982 the Falcon edged out the Commodore and retained top spot for the next seven years. Between them the Falcon and the Commodore shared a quarter of the market for new cars in 1982. That may sound impressive, but it was a huge drop from the early 1960s where six-out-of-10 Australian cars were either Holdens or Fords. Ford and Holden executives today, however, would probably kill for the s...

Record car sales defy slowing economy

Mark Schneider | 21/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Australia’s economy may be slowing but you wouldn’t know it from the new car sales. In 2015 we bought new cars in record numbers – 1,155,408 of them in fact. Australians are really taking to the range of new models with their features and comforts in one of the world’s most competitive car markets. The high level of choice in the Australian new car market is delivering Australian consumers’ access to high-quality vehicles at record affordability levels,&r...

Australians still love their SUVs

Mark Schneider | 2/09/2015 3:08:10 PM

Australians’ love of SUVs shows no signs of cooling if the latest new car sales figures are any indication. While sales grew by around 3% overall in July 2015, SUV sales were up by no less than 13.4% for the month, contributing to an overall increase of 13.7% year-on-year. Where once sedans such as the Falcon or Commodore, or perhaps their station wagon equivalents, were the natural choice for the family’s set of wheels, today the SUV seems the natural choice. So what&...

Motoring joy on a novated lease

Mark Schneider | 5/06/2015 12:07:16 PM

One of the many great things about novated leases is that you get to choose the car you want. For many of us that’s a sensible set of practical family wheels for hauling the kids round on the weekends, doing the shopping and heading to the bush for holidays. But for more adventurous types the lure of owning a sports car proves irresistible. Well the good news is that the price of many sports cars has actually come down quite markedly, making the prospect of a bit of motoring excitem...

Most searched car brands in Australia for 2014

Jess Wallace | 9/01/2015 1:48:29 PM

When in the market to purchase a new vehicle, and you are looking up vehicle specs and prices, the easiest and most efficient way to find this information is to Google it. When we need information about a topic, turning to Google is now embedded into us as a way to find information quickly.  Searching Google for the most popular cars can be a great way to start your new car research. Do you know which car brands were the most searched in 2014 in Australia? We decided to compa...

Geneva Motor Show 2014 Highlights

Kirsten Brent | 24/03/2014 3:45:56 PM

The famous Geneva Motor Show just wrapped up in the Swiss city, running from the 6th to the 16th of March 2014. Geneva is one of the biggest events on the automotive calendar, with many major car makers unveiling new models and concept cars. We take a look at some of our favourite cars from Geneva, and some of the new cars that will be shaping our driving future. Audi TT Update and TT Quattro Sport Concept One of the most anticipated debuts from Geneva was undoubtedly that of the new ...

The car sales top 10 January to May 2013 – The year so far

Kirsten Brent | 21/06/2013 3:49:03 PM

One year is a long time in the world of the automotive industry – a lot can change in terms of popular models and sales figures. In what has become a tradition here at Fleetcare, midway through the year we examine the sales figures and make predictions about which models will be on top at the end of the year.  How do the 2013 sales figures differ from statistics taken at this time last year? We take a look at the state of play for the year so far and ponder what the sales chart wil...

Top selling cars in Australia 2012

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 18/01/2013 12:01:59 PM

Another year and yet another top ten list showcasing the top sellers. In what is becoming an annual article here at Fleetcare, we take the top ten selling cars and try to understand what they tell us about the habits of the Australian public. Last year we had the Mazda 3 at number 1 - would it hold its own? Could the Holden Commodore come back? Or perhaps a new contender could take the crown. As per usual, we look past the figures to find out what the table is telling us. In the past we looke...

Australias most searched car brands in 2012 -How the statistics stack up against sales data

Kirsten Brent | 21/12/2012 12:24:14 PM

If you’re in the market for a new car, and are looking up vehicle specs and prices, what do you do? Google it – anytime we need information about any topic we turn to Google, the world’s most popular search engine, to find our answers, and the topic of cars is no different. But do you know which car brands were the most searched in 2012? Google Zeitgeist compiled lists that best reflect the essence of 2012 from over one trillion searches that people typed into Google thi...

The top selling cars under the microscope - fuel economy

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/09/2012 3:41:31 PM

This Olympic season we were all introduced to something new. This year’s Olympic medal table got looked at through many new lenses, including medals per head of population, medals per funding dollar and so on. This got us thinking; perhaps we should take a deeper look at the usual top selling vehicles with a little more depth? With this in mind we decided to take the top 30 selling vehicles and make a list of the 10 least fuel efficient of the bunch. Pa...

The car sales top 10 January to June 2012 - The year so far

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 6/07/2012 9:28:59 AM

Predictions can be a dangerous activity to partake in. Sure, they can make events more interesting and yes, you can make a lot of money if you're good at it. However, there is another side, the embarrassing  “wow, I was way off” side. The halfway point is here. Miles off or not, it’s time to look back at those top ten car sales predictions from January and find out how we are doing so far.  Avid readers will know that the predictions (found here) were relativel...

Extra! Extra! Our top ten optional vehicle extras

Fleetcare Purchasing Department and Rory Deegan | 28/06/2012 9:42:26 AM

Ah the extras. From the inflatable aeroplane pillow to the marble counter top, they allow us to personalise and adapt to the world around us. They can be for safety, comfort or just for show. Whatever their purpose they play a big part in our lives and nowhere is this more evident than in the much discussed vehicle market. Vehicle extras have come a long way over the years, especially when you consider staples like seatbelts and airbags were once optional extras.   The top ten ...

The Big Ute Review - Mazda BT-50 4x4 Dual Cab XTR auto

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 23/02/2012 11:57:32 AM

Very tall. Very, very tall. That’s the first thing that struck me about the new Mazda BT-50. The second generation BT-50 is Mazda’s latest attempt to capture their own section of the utility market. With very serious existing competition from the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara and others, it’s very unlikely that Mazda’s new offering will turn the market upside down. The real question here is whether this new model is capable of turning heads and convincing the punters tha...

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