Nissan Dualis Drive Day: Shifting my perception of light SUV’s

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Co-ordinator | 4/10/2010 11:11:20 AM

The new cross over segment that has been emerging over the past 4 years is somewhat of an enigma in the fleet industry. Is it a 4WD is it an SUV or is it a wagon? No it’s a light SUV or a family crossover or maybe a compact SUV……. I think. Whatever you name it, the growth in this segment is impossible to ignore with a massive 35% growth year to date (source: VFACTS). But is that growth just from young families and people with too many dogs or has fleet started to see value...

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Is Accelerated Wear and Tear Testing Good Enough?

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Co-ordinator | 4/10/2010 11:09:14 AM

When people say "Your Ferrari 458 Italia is smoking" you normally think they’re talking about the Victoria Secret model in the passenger seat, not the back wheel thats combusted and is burning your body work like newspaper.  This tragedy has been effecting millionaires across the globe (I know heart breaking for the poor little fella’s) with a fault in the glue connecting the wheel arch. Apparently it catches on fire after excessive use……...  ...

Speed Cameras: Life savers or money makers?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 17/09/2010 11:13:17 AM

Recently in some UK counties, fixed speed cameras have been switched off due to cost cutting. In some states in Australia they have been introduced (WA being the newest recipient). If they save lives, why switch them off? If they don’t save lives, why have them?   Do speed cameras really save lives? Research in the UK has shown that there has been a 70% reduction in speeding at fixed speed camera sites (caradvice.com.au). However, what is to say that people don’t ju...

Review: Kia Cerato Koup

Peter Shelley - Maintenance | 9/09/2010 11:18:29 AM

I must admit the first thing that attracted me to the Kia Cerato Koup was its eye catching sporty exterior teamed with the added bonus of a reasonable price tag. When approaching the car you’ll notice its tough looking front bumper with an open air dam, supported by large fog lights either side. It also has a mesh-like radiator grille which adds to its sporty image. Once in the cabin I was just as impressed with the interior, as in some cars this can put a dampener on the great exte...

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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...

Not Another Green Article!

Cliona Kenneally - Marketing Communications Manager | 27/08/2010 11:24:36 AM

Before you think “oh no, not another blog about green driving”, we’re not here to introduce a new age, super energy efficient, bio fuelled, electricity powered, emission free, hovercraft/car/green machine. We’re just reminding our readers that you don’t need to run out and buy a Prius, Leaf or Tesla to ease your environmental conscience. There are a lot of everyday old school practices that are the most effective methods of reducing your carbon footprint. In ...

6 Steps to Great After Sales Service

Casey Cascarino - Client Services | 20/08/2010 11:33:36 AM

You’re having one of those days where nothing seems to be going your way. Then to top it off, your mobile phone/laptop/car/washing machine suddenly stops working. While trying your best to hold in your frustration, you call the after care number to see if someone there can help you fix your product. You wait for what seems like hours on hold, but just incase the next person out there has the same problem, you stay on the line. Then when someone finally speaks to you, they are rude, ...

Mobile Apps Changing the Way We Drive

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 13/08/2010 11:37:20 AM

Ever seen Kitt from KnightRider in action and wished you had a car like that?  It might have seemed like a fantasy 20 years ago, but with technology these days it seems a car like this might not be too far off! The capability of the mobile phone is ever increasing, and now they can impact the way you use your car. With their downloadable applications you can now drive safer, reduce your carbon footprint and even find where you parked your car (when you could have sworn you parked in bay ...

Has Toyota Caused a Rukus?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 5/08/2010 11:42:26 AM

The Toyota Rukus- a car created to revive Toyota’s presence with the younger market, particularly with Gen Y.  But has it succeeded as of yet?   With approximately 150 of these vehicles selling each month, around 55% of the buyers have been between 20-40 years old, an age group which usually makes up less than 50% of Toyota’s customers. However, a point that is interesting to note is that when the figures are broken down, more than 40% of Rukus customers have been pa...

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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Accident Management: The argument for outsourcing

Lauren Heerey - Accident Management Consultant | 22/07/2010 11:56:49 AM

A driver is on their way to a drop off point and has just pulled up at a set of lights, when “BANG”. Yep, the person texting on their mobile in the car behind has forgotten to brake. Unfortunately accidents are a part of life if your company has a large fleet. If you are responsible for your company’s fleet, what is the management process when an incident like this occurs? Obviously the first step is to make sure everyone is ok, but when the dust settles if you manag...

Is Speeding in Moderation OK?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 14/07/2010 11:59:55 AM

Speeding is bad.  That is what we have all been taught from a young age.  “Don’t ride your bike too fast, you will fall off” and “don’t run around the pool, you will slip” are words most mothers have used at least once, warning their children of the consequences of speed, no matter what the mode of transport is. It seems counter intuitive that the Queensland Government is now looking at introducing new rules in their learner’s driving te...

June 2010 New Car Sales: movers & shakers

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Co-ordinator | 9/07/2010 12:02:29 PM

This time last year it was all doom and gloom for the automotive industry, but unprecedented growth has brought us from an all time low to possibly setting an all time high with 1.1million sales forecasted this year. The impacts of the GFC have caused big shifts in consumer trends. Here are some of the movers & shakers of the auto industry over the past year & the reasons they have succeeded where others have failed.   Movers & Shakers Segment ...

What is Unsafe Driving Costing Your Company?

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Co-ordinator | 5/07/2010 12:10:47 PM

Road accidents are now the most common form of work-related death, injury and absence from work in Australia (Safety climate & driver safety at work: integrating fleet management & OHS). The annual cost of road traffic injury is estimated to be over AU$500 million and related property damage increases this figure to over AU$1 billion (Travelsafe34, 2002) These two facts show the enormous social & financial impact unsafe driving practices have on Australia every year. With ...

Suzuki Left off 'The First Car List'

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Coordinator | 24/06/2010 12:29:51 PM

Despite being under $15000, having 6 airbags, ESP & an ANCAP rating of 4 stars the Suzuki Alto was excluded from ‘The First Car List’, a government initiative aimed at getting young drivers in safer cars. Rather confusing considering a 1989 Peugeot 404 made it on the list. Nothing against Peugeot’s but which car would you feel safer in? The reason for leaving the Alto off the list is that only second hand cars are allowed. Suzuki and other manufacturers are mystified...

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