Top 10 cars series; India’s top selling cars.

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 31/10/2011 3:07:40 PM

“Oh wow, it really does look like a bumper car” those were the words of one of my esteemed colleagues on first viewing the Tata Nano (its one of the cheapest and arguably one of the ugliest cars the world has ever seen). Produced and created in India the Nano is the perfect car to show how the Indian car market is completely enamoured with the small car. Top 10 makeup With almost all of their top ten being made up of small vehicles India can safely be categorised as a smal...

Fleet Manager Series - 5 numbers every fleet manager needs to know

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 21/10/2011 3:18:47 PM

Like every area of business, key numbers and success measurements are critical in fleet management. For our friend the salesperson, success measurements are usually straightforward and promotions are gained on the back of big numbers, but how does the fleet manager measure his or her successes? This week I look at 5 key measurements which should be front of mind with all fleet managers who are looking to move their fleet forward towards a more efficient and cost effective future. 1. Litre...

Fleet Manager Series - 6 surprising facts about road accidents

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/10/2011 3:23:54 PM

Misplaced focus is a dangerous thing, from not concentrating on the road to focusing too much on one aspect of cost control, it’s generally only in retrospect when you realise the error of your ways. Cost control in fleet management can be a classic example of this, while some fleet managers fixate on cutting the fuel costs a single collision can wipe out all these savings with the push of a pedal. With this in mind I reveal some of the more surprising facts about road collisions to giv...

Venturing into the unknown - Tips on driving overseas

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 7/10/2011 3:29:27 PM

“The only problem with Spain is all these foreign drivers” Those were the words of a naïve tourist (the “foreigners” he was refering to were the local Spanish) reporting on his Spanish holiday in an obscure 1980’s documentary. Whilst some may chuckle at his clear lack of perspective it must be noted that for many, driving abroad can be a harrowing and deeply alarming sensation and without adequate planning it can all go horribly wrong. This week I explore some of...

Better things to do - Everything you need to know about driver distraction

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 29/09/2011 3:36:35 PM

“Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers.” Those are the words of the most up to date driver awareness advertising campaign beaming its way into our living rooms. As factually correct as this statement may be, it can be argued that statements like this, along with shocking images of crashes etc, may not be enough to equip drivers with the tools they need to avoid in-car distraction. This week I explore the subject of driver distraction with an aim towards deepening the understand...

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 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...

Fleet Safety from a new perspective

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 29/07/2011 10:23:42 AM

Ask any health and safety officer and they’ll tell you, at length, how hard it is to get people to read and recall health and safety documents and policies. Unfortunately fleet safety policy is no exception to this and it would seem that the issue is further compounded by even longer documents which include such tedium champions as; insurance, in-car safety and the rules of the road. So how can fleet managers get their message across and reduce accidents, injury and at the same time pre...

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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...

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