Biofuels' Environmental Promise Falls Well Short

Mark Schneider | 16/03/2016 2:09:51 PM

Biofuels promised plenty of environmental benefits when their use became common in the US, Europe and elsewhere, but so far that promise has fallen well short of the reality. The idea of a carbon-neutral fuel that could be readily produced from plants, partially replacing non-renewable liquid fuels, spurred the Europeans to make a percentage of biofuel mandatory at filling stations throughout the continent. The EU wasn’t alone, with many other nations, including the US, mandating that a...

VW scandal highlights unrealistic lab tests

Mark Schneider | 8/10/2015 8:26:48 AM

Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal continues to damage the German brand, with its share price tumbling, the threat of legal action from VW owners and sales of VW diesels on hold in some European countries. VW has responded by shuffling its senior management and replacing its CEO, but VW diesel owners are still largely in the dark about what will happen to their cars. VW Australia still waiting Australian VW dealers are still waiting for information from Germany about the ...

A little maintenance prevents a winter of discontent

Jess Wallace | 26/03/2015 12:58:20 PM

With summer on the run and the colder, wetter days of winter looming, your thoughts may be turning to holidays in the snow, weekend getaways in the country or the blast of the siren heralding the start of another footy season.  Car maintenance probably isn’t uppermost in your mind at this time, is it? Well despite that it’s worth giving it some thought, because a bit of attention now can prevent a winter of discontent over the coming months.  Windscreen Wipers ...

The death of a car brand – 5 interesting car brand obituaries

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/03/2013 1:21:15 PM

Look online for dead car brands and you’ll see something remarkable; there’s hundreds of them. Hundreds of people throughout the years have built interesting but ultimately doomed car brands. Some have lasted more than a lifetime and some have barley even got their first car off the assembly line. After looking at the phenomenon we decided to make a list of the 5 most interesting car brand deaths. From the spectacular to the slow and painful we’ve covered a good number of to...

What maketh a road?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 22/02/2013 1:28:43 PM

In parts they are as wide as a football pitch and they cover the country in a seemingly endless network, but ask most how they are made and you’re greeted with blank stares. Like most areas, knowing more about roads, their variety and their composition can help you as a driver to manage your own experience on the roads. This is especially true when it comes to smaller and unsealed country roads. This week we looked at all things bitumen to understand a little more about the many veins a...

Animals and the road - Avoiding the worst case

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 2/11/2012 2:44:29 PM

“I had to swerve a little, there was a squirrel in the middle of the road” that was my response to a nervous driving test instructor who looked clearly shaken by the experience. “You know you shouldn’t swerve to miss an animal of that size” was his eventual reply. Needless to say I failed the test. From that day to this I’ve noticed that the information in the area is not always clear and advice on what to do can sometimes be lacking. What are the top tips ...

Top Ten Vehicle Importers to Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 19/10/2012 2:49:55 PM

There are a handful of products and services which manage to awaken a unique flavour of national pride. Many of these traded items break away from their respective marketing departments and become part of a national image. Food can do it, beers and alcohol can do it, but most significantly of all, cars almost always do it. So what's the state of play now? Who is beaming with national pride and who is curiously missing?  Some of the results are genuinely surprising.   The T...

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...

Blending in too well - ethanol in Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 20/07/2012 9:17:31 AM

Another week, another fuel article. We could be criticised for going into so much depth about one topic if it weren’t for the increasing public demand for alternatives to the petrol status quo. This week we turned our attention to ethanol. Whilst ethanol is an alternative to regular petrol, it does not fit into a like for like comparison like LPG or diesel does. This is because the fuel can be blended with other fuels (most notably petrol) to work with multiple engine types. The most pr...

The high octane debate, what petrol are you?

Fleetcare Fuel team and Maintenece team with Rory Deegan | 22/06/2012 9:47:45 AM

So we’ve all been there, staring blankly at the pump and thinking to ourselves “91 or 95?”. Despite how confusing this may look the explanation is relatively simple. The higher the number, the higher the level of octane. Most petrol engines can accept all types of petrol, however more and more manufactures are recommending specific types. It’s also worth pointing out that there are other specialist petrol fuels available which don’t trade only on their octane lev...

Budget 2012 for the car owner

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 10/05/2012 10:41:03 AM

There is no getting away from it; the Gillard government is very unpopular at the moment. The Labor party has a primary vote of 27 precent and things are simply not getting any better. With all of this playing on the minds of the Labor front bench, they have conceived what is called the “battlers budget”. While commentators up and down the country analyse the implications in general terms we have taken a closer look from an auto perspective.   The changes In truth t...

Kick starting the debate on lemon laws

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 20/04/2012 10:58:45 AM

“We pluck the lemons; you get the plums.” Pulled from a VW advert circa 1950 this is possibly one of the first mentions of the term “lemon” to describe a car which doesn’t live up to purchaser expectations. The question of what to do once you find out you have bought a “lemon” has persisted the world over. Add to this the fact that the topic itself has become something of a legal lucky dip depending on where you live.   What are Lemon Laws?...

Australia’s top ten most fuel efficient vehicles

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 23/03/2012 11:26:21 AM

You’ve been there before, staring at the pumps with the price going higher and higher all the while thinking to yourself; “wasn’t I here just yesterday”? Just this week warnings have rippled all around Australia on the subject of fuel prices. In this environment the statistic of litres per 100km has been getting a lot more air time at the water cooler. With this, and a healthy curiosity towards the subject, we set out to discover what cars were capable of running on a ...

Going green – The next steps to a greener fleet

Fleetcare Maintenance and Government Teams with Rory Deegan | 15/03/2012 11:36:28 AM

The 24th of June 2010 was a big day for Australia. Julia Gillard was sworn into office with the help of a handful of independents and, most importantly, the Australian Green Party. Suddenly ambitious green policies become a real prospect. Tax concessions for green fleet managers are currently thin on the ground however in the current political environment this may not remain the case. While the concept of including car drivers in any carbon policy is not currently on the table it is still ver...

Holiday driving a non-crash course

Rory Deegan and the Fleetcare Maintenance Team | 22/12/2011 1:50:23 PM

Beach parties, Santa hats, work holidays and the highest number of road fatalities for any 5 day period in the entire year, welcome to the Christmas holidays. While most of us enjoy our annual rituals and customs which come with the festive season, our high Christmas road deaths have, in our recent history, become something of an inevitability. The figures have decreased and the messages of caution are slowly but surely being listened to by an ordinarily sceptical Australian public, but more ...

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