GPS and Fleet Management

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/05/2011 2:02:55 PM

Since the American military released its first satellites in the “Block 1” launches back in 1979 the world of navigation has been forever altered. Long ago drivers relied on maps, intuition and local knowledge to get to customers and deliveries. Today when we peer into a police car or taxi we will see an entire dashboard of navigation and communication devices. Global positioning systems have changed the way we navigate, plan and forecast our own personal and business lives, but h...

Getting the most out of Fuel Cards

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 5/05/2011 2:14:38 PM

The humble fuel card has, for many Australian businesses, replaced company credit cards and cash in an effort to allow accounts departments generate a clearer picture of how much fuel is costing their respective businesses. Fuel cards simply add up all the fuel purchases made by a business and charge monthly through a standard invoice. While most businesses are content with the standard benefits (discounts, reduced administrative cost, reduction in fraud along with increased transparency ...

An Insight into the new Honda Hybrid

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 28/04/2011 2:19:14 PM

Review of new Honda Insight When the Toyota Prius exploded into life back in 1997 the world watched as Toyota took the rewards for responsible fuel efficient engineering. Since then other manufacturers have drooled over the sales figures and free publicity garnered by Toyota’s bold move. Hybrid is now a household term and copycat cars are fast flooding the market with near identical copies of the original. The Honda Insight is Honda’s current and, in my opinion, best attempt a...

Safety tips for Easter road trips

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 20/04/2011 2:22:29 PM

Easter is fast approaching and is the time of year that families travel far and wide to spend the long weekend together. In preparation for this busy time on the roads, we’ve put together some tips to ensure that you and your family have the safest Easter possible.   Prepare your vehicle Conduct a 5 point safety check on tyres, brakes, suspension, lights and restraints. Check your tyre pressure when your tyres are cold, as under inflation of tyres can cause exce...

2011 the year of the SUV?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 14/04/2011 2:26:58 PM

The main trend With new hybrid and electric models being trooped out by almost every major car manufacturer you would be forgiven for believing that the public was, en masse, moving away from large, noisy and relatively high emissions vehicles. This, however, is not the case according to last months FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries) vehicle sales report. Sports utility vehicles now make up 24.5% of all new vehicles sold in March of this year. The significance of this lay...

Holden on for a new Cruze

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 7/04/2011 2:31:48 PM

Since an emotional launch in Adelaide back in late February Australians have waited to hear the assessment of the new series 2 Holden Cruze. Would this second model build on the relative sales success of the first, or would it remind us of the disappointing Vectra range which Holden and GM would prefer to forget?   The changes Apart from a new grill, new bumpers and new wheels there isn’t much to distinguish the new Cruze from the one which left showrooms and forecourts w...

Pump prices pack a punch

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 1/04/2011 2:37:18 PM

Who would have thought 5 years ago that we would be paying $1.50 per litre at the petrol station? I certainly wouldn’t have. Gone are the days that a station was selling fuel for $0.98/L. How I wish those prices would come back! But times have changed, and so have prices. Now the average national petrol price is at $1.43 per litre, and it doesn’t look to be decreasing any time soon. We all rely on fuel in one way or another. These are just a few areas that the price rise has a...

Australian auto industry faces some speed bumps

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 18/03/2011 2:44:54 PM

As the devastating news of an earthquake and subsequent tsunami hitting Japan came across TV screens all over the world, so too did the images of the damage and catastrophe it had left behind. One of the scenes saw the new cars that were at the dock ready to be shipped overseas instead being dragged away by a strong and powerful wave. It soon became obvious that these terrible events weren’t just restricted to this one country, but they were going to affect the world, in more ways then ...

Does green really equal clean?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 10/03/2011 2:47:29 PM

Over the last few years we’ve seen the introduction of the ‘green’ car by the majority of large car manufacturers. The new way to show that you are doing your bit for the environment has been to get yourself one of these machines. Not only are you cutting your CO2 emissions, but you’re also getting more km’s out of your tank. Now really, who doesn’t like that? When you need to get somewhere (particularly a fair distance away) do you think “how muc...

Hyundai i40 Targets Fleet Market

John Hutchison | 4/03/2011 3:06:35 PM

The new Hyundai i40 has made its world public debut in Geneva this week.  In a recent news release from the BBC, Hyundai is looking to venture into the European fleet market with its new i40 series eco-friendly vehicle.   Features The i40 model and has been developed specifically for the European market and maintains the signature features from the i-range. In terms of performance Hyundai has placed a 140 HP 1.6L GDI engine for the entry level, while the top of the range i...

Safety vs Cost Control

John Hutchison - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/02/2011 3:21:20 PM

A question which is often avoided by car buyers, which is more important – keeping costs low or safety? Many people want to appear as if safety is their highest priority, however more often than not, they will often choose a vehicle based on low whole of life costs rather than the safety features. This is also a vital question for companies who own a fleet of vehicles. Businesses have the obligation of providing staff with a safe workplace, and if a vehicle is used for the purpose o...

Can your business save money with fuel cards

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 17/02/2011 3:25:09 PM

With the cost of living constantly going up, who wants to spend extra money on rising fuel costs? I certainly don’t. And I imagine most business owners would agree, especially those who own fleets of vehicles. If you think about it, when you add up how much is spent on fuel each month, the savings from discounted fuel could be significant. A popular solution amongst fleet owners for reducing monthly fuel expenses is fuel cards. How exactly do fuel cards work? Fuel cards work by ...

The rise of in-car technology

Cliona Kenneally - Marketing & Brand Manager | 11/02/2011 3:34:19 PM

In 1929, American Paul Galvin, the head of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, invented the first car radio. Customers were required to purchase the radio separately with the car as the first car radios were not available from car makers. Imagine how many people would cause a riot if they were told today that their car radios have to be purchased independently! Its hard to believe just how far we've come since then. Here at the Fleet Beat Blog we love hearing about all the gadgetry in n...

Driverless Cars - the future of automobiles?

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 3/02/2011 3:37:23 PM

Old movies like Back to the Future or TV series Knight Rider presented futuristic scenarios featuring flying or even talking cars. While outside of the movies we may not be quite there yet,  we are however taking a huge leap in the automobile industry with our latest breakthrough sensation – the robo-car. Yes, the robo-car. They are the vehicles built with their very own ‘brain’. However, unlike our organically compounded human brain, their artificial intelligence i...

Toyota to stay on top

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 27/01/2011 3:41:38 PM

There was a time when Toyota was an automotive leader in the global car industry by a country mile. No other company was able to compare to the staggering sales records, quality reputation, and loyal consumers Toyota had accumulated through-out its years of operation. However, given the year of recalls they had in 2010, what comes to mind now when you think of Toyota? Throughout 2010 as the news of the various worldwide Toyota recalls hit the ears of automotive enthusiasts, the once quali...

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