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...

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...

Fleet cars and staff cars - the SME need to know

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 9/02/2012 12:33:54 PM

There are a number of daunting aspects of starting up a new business. Tax, insurance, logistics and recruitment can seem like purpose built mazes designed to trap and punish the uninitiated. Fleet and staff cars have the unfortunate accolade of covering all of these confusing and at times infuriating areas. With this in mind we decided to list our top 5 things small business owners need to know about fleet cars and staff cars. 1. Encourage positive driver behaviour – This needs to b...

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 ...

A drivers guide to mobile phone use

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/01/2012 12:43:07 PM

Everything used to be so simple; a driver would set out on his or her journey and promise to call the office or house for further instructions or updates when they had reached their destination. With the possible exception of worrying about where to find a pay phone, drivers had very little to think about when it came to phones within their vehicles. Oh how things have changed. From the retro car phone to the modern day smart phone, in car communication has come a long way. With all this beha...

Buying second hand cars for Novated Leases

Fleetcare Novated Lease Team and Rory Deegan | 18/01/2012 12:55:41 PM

Did you know that it is possible to salary sacrifice a second hand car with novated leasing? However, as with any new car or outright second hand purchase, it is important to do your research before salary packaging any vehicle. We have put together a second hand vehicle buying checklist along with a few other tips so you have peace of mind when leasing a second hand vehicle. The second hand checklist Do your research – Knowing what to expect from a vehicle i...

Collision avoidance systems a fleet managers new best friend

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/01/2012 1:44:22 PM

“The next thing I know my Mercedes had stopped, without hitting the car in front of me.” Those were the words of Google Senior Vice President, Vic Gundotra, who described his experience with collision avoidance technology in this YouTube video. Collision avoidance technology is quickly becoming a very serious selling point for some very forward thinking vehicle manufacturers. With this in mind we turn our attention this week to examples of this new and emerging technology and what...

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 ...

Preparing for the worst – Planning for accidents

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 16/12/2011 1:55:32 PM

“I just froze, I had no idea of what to do. In my panic I scanned my thoughts for any piece of advice I had ever received about dealing with a car crash, but I couldn’t think of anything”. Those are the words of a shaken Adelaide resident who was involved in a minor vehicle collision earlier this year. The unfortunate fact is that very few people are in fact prepared for the worst and even fewer have a fool proof company procedure for dealing with collisions or car accidents...

Fleet Manager Series - Outsourcing the big question

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 9/12/2011 2:02:59 PM

Anyone involved in managing a fleet of any size knows it’s a difficult and at times thankless task. Managing everything from fuel to FBT (fringe benefit tax) reporting it can seem that the work itself conspires to inexplicably build up at the most inconvenient and conflicting of times. With all this im mind we decided that this week we would write an article especially to help the small fleet manager (this is generally under 50 cars) understand the full spectrum of tasks which are demanded...

Top 10 cars series; Indonesia's top selling cars

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 2/12/2011 2:10:51 PM

“Indonesia has the fourth biggest population on earth? That can’t be right”. That was my initial thought after discovering that Indonesia has a population of over 237 million people which is over 40 million more than its nearest competitor, Brazil. Along with this huge population, Indonesia also boasts very positive economic growth figures and even managed to post positive growth figures during the global financial crisis. These figures have hundreds of knock on effects for ...

Volkswagen fight for number 1 spot

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/11/2011 2:22:05 PM

It was 11.09am on a hot Perth morning at the VW drive day, my palms were sweaty and my heart was pounding, I was facing my first ever slalom time trial and I was nervous. As it turns out I posted an average speed and my trial went off without incident but that was just an aside. In the time waiting for my run at the course I had learned just how exciting VW and its future really is.   VW progress In the past few years VW has been growing its market share, slowly and quietly, in...

Top 10 cars series; Brazil's top selling cars

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 18/11/2011 2:30:46 PM

7.49% is a curious number, it doesn’t look significant, it doesn’t sound significant, but it is……very significant. 7.49% is the economic growth rate for Brazil in 2010. Considering that in 2010 the rest of the world virtually cried itself to sleep over their respective economic figures, 7.49% growth is nothing short of an economic miracle. It’s thanks to the confidence this brings that Brazils vehicle sales have increased by over 10% (year end figures not avail...

Fleet Manager Series - The tyre article

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 11/11/2011 2:53:24 PM

“Ok today we’re going to talk to you about tyres, the presentation is 40 minutes long and we have tea, coffee and pastries for you guys”. Those were the words of a supplier of ours who was showing us his company’s new tyre range. I remember thinking that 40 minutes was a hell of a lot of time to talk about tyres, I mean how much can be said about black rubber circles? How wrong I was. I left the meeting convinced that there must be hundreds of fleet managers who are wrong...

Top 10 cars series; China's top selling cars.

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 3/11/2011 3:00:05 PM

If India is a small car nation it must be then said that China truly is a nation obsessed with the sedan. Amazingly 9 out of the top 10 are what I would class as “medium” (bigger than a large hatch but no bigger than a Holden Commodore). Admittedly the top ten only represent some 2 million of a total of 18 million cars sold in 2010 however if anyone is in any doubt as to whether or not the other 16 or so million follows the same trend they need run a quick Google images for &ldquo...

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