Crisis, what crisis? Is the auto industry back to boom times?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 3/05/2012 10:46:50 AM

The 4th of December 2007 was a very cold day in Detroit. GM CEO Rick Wagoner woke up, joined the heads of Chrysler and Ford and drove to Washington to beg for the survival of their industry. Something was clearly rotten in the city of Detroit. While big changes and big progress has been made since that dark day the question still remains; Is the auto industry out of crisis yet? Is the crisis over? The short answer is yes, but nothing is ever that straightforward. While vehicle production...

Tips for the top – predictions for the top sellers of 2012

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 16/02/2012 12:10:53 PM

2011 was a year of radical change with uprisings, a new country in Africa, financial turmoil and financial miracles. The same, fortunately or unfortunately, could not be said of the Australian top ten selling vehicles. Other than a few re-models and a brief shuffle of the deck very little has changed in the last ten years. In this weeks blog we give our tips for the top in 2012 and, unless something very big comes along, we're predicting very little change.   Our tips for the t...

The New Toyota Camry 2012

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 3/02/2012 12:38:41 PM

“Same, same but different” those were the words of my colleagues from the corporate sales team on the all new Toyota Camry. Indeed the new Camry provokes an “I’ve seen this car before” response from the uninitiated while treating the seasoned Camry buyer to subtle yet wide ranging changes. While the changes are comprehensive they cannot be perceived as bold. However, considering the year Toyota has had and the relative success of the Camry they could be forgiven ...

The all new Holden Barina - Top ten material?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 23/09/2011 3:52:29 PM

Walking into the Melbourne docklands warehouse that hosted the Holden Barina launch I was immediately confronted with two vehicles. One was Holdens first attempt at the Barina, its boxy awkward frame reminded me of my mothers old 1980’s Ford Fiesta which would break down at the most inopportune of times (once on the beach as the tide was coming in). The other was the all new Holden Barina, which despite its less aesthetically pleasing predecessors offered a very unique and bold take on ...

Top selling cars of 2011

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 15/09/2011 4:00:22 PM

Click here for the year end update Jan 2012 Click here for the year to May 2013 results From cars, to computer games, to holiday destinations and everything in between, top ten lists are a favourite of hobbyists and enthusiasts the world over. From the fickle (the bar stool top ten) to the rigorous (top tens based on massive amounts of results and research), they reveal more and more about how we relate to the world around us and how we prioritise belongings, experiences and sometim...

A new middleweight contender - Hyundai Elantra

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 9/09/2011 8:51:22 AM

"No brand has taken such a massive leap over the past decade as Hyundai" those were the words of Acting Editor for Auto Express, Graham Hope. His words carried all the more gravity as Hyundai has just topped the list for “most improved” car manufacturer of the last 10 years in a survey carried out by the UK based magazine. These are very big achievements for the motor company which has, in the past, struggled with a “cheap” label which was strapped to it so m...

Vehicle life expectancy – What does it mean in 2011?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 2/09/2011 9:10:56 AM

Enacted in October 1960 the United States Trade Embargo on Cuba has had many impacts on the people of Cuba. The most interesting development from a car enthusiast’s point of view is the sheer levels of old cars clunking their ways around the islands road network. How is it that these old jalopy's are still succeeding in bringing locals from A to B after decades of continual use? This week I examine which cars last the longest and what vehicle life expectancy really means in a world ...

The real price of safety

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 3/09/2010 11:21:21 AM

An article caught my eye this week - ”Safety expert: don’t buy Camry Hybrid” (drive.com.au). The reason? It’s only a 4 star safety rating. I don’t know about you, but for a car around $41,000 for the basic model, I’d probably expect 5 stars. When I mentioned this to someone in the office they said, “Most cars are actually 4 star safety – you always have to pay extra to get 5.” This got me thinking and I decided to look into the multitude...

Hyundai i20 a Hit with the Ladies

Adam Pickering - Novated Lease Consultant | 29/07/2010 11:51:34 AM

The Hyundai i20 has recently been released in Australia and has been designed to attract busy ladies who are constantly on the go and looking for something stylish and agile to zip around in. I decided to interview two Fleetcare employees who fit the description and see their initial take on Hyundai’s latest edition.   Liz: The i20 packed a punch that I wasn’t expecting. Instantly surprised by the vast amount of space for such a small vehicle, I immediately felt com...

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