The good news about car affordability in Australia

Mark Schneider | 23/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Fleetcare’s Global Affordability Index is certainly an eye-opener with its comparison of car prices around the globe. It shows that while Aussies are paying about the same price for smaller economy cars as car buyers in other countries, it’s another story when it comes to utes and luxury cars. Such big disparities hardly seem fair, but it’s not all bad news. A bit of history gives an interesting perspective to Australian car prices. Comparing the dollar values of cars o...

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How cost competitive are cars in Australia?

David Michie | 18/02/2016 9:09:33 AM

How much do motor vehicles cost in Australia compared with other countries? Is it true that luxury cars are much more expensive than in other countries? Or is that just a pre-mining boom urban myth? The Fleetcare team decided to investigate these questions on your behalf. Using the most reliable new car price guides we could find for five different countries – Australia, USA, UK, Germany and South Africa – and armed with exchange rates courtesy of the Reserve Bank of Australia...

SUV’s a hit in the wilds of Europe

Mark Schneider | 16/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Australians love their SUVs. We’ve taken to them with gusto, with SUVs now comprising approximately one-in-three new car sales across the land. Whether it’s the promise of getaways in the outback or their sheer family-friendly practicality, it seems Aussies can’t get enough of them. But we’re not alone. Europeans have also taken to them with relish, finding 4WD’s the perfect choice for tackling the great outdoors of London, Berlin, Paris, Rome and beyond. In ...

Car industry owners series - Fiat has been stirring motoring passion for over a century

Mark Schneider | 3/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Few mainstream vehicle manufacturers fire up the motoring passions like Fiat, which has been responsible for such classic cars as the tiny Fiat 500, the stylish 124 Sport, the Dino 2000 Coupe and the quirky X1/9. Somehow Chrysler doesn’t seem to stir quite the same passions outside America, but nevertheless the merged Italian-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group is now the seventh largest automaker in the world, owning not just Fiat and Chrysler, but Alfa Romeo, Dodge and Jeep. ...

Forced marriages, bits on the side and strange couplings - anything goes in modern motor manufacturing

Mark Schneider | 1/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Vehicle manufacturing used to be such a polite, staid and straightforward affair with particular brands flying the flag for their home country, competing against one another and exporting to the world. Well times have changed – and how! Modern vehicle manufacturing is all about forced marriages, shifting liaisons, polygamy and other unlikely couplings between the manufacturers. Take Fiat, for example. The hot-blooded Italian, is now part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an unlikely...

Wheeling in the years series - Ford Falcon flew high in the 80s

Mark Schneider | 27/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

It took Ford 22 years to knock Holden off the perch as Australia’s top selling car, but in 1982 the Falcon edged out the Commodore and retained top spot for the next seven years. Between them the Falcon and the Commodore shared a quarter of the market for new cars in 1982. That may sound impressive, but it was a huge drop from the early 1960s where six-out-of-10 Australian cars were either Holdens or Fords. Ford and Holden executives today, however, would probably kill for the s...

Doctors campaign to make Autonomous Emergency Braking standard

Mark Schneider | 25/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Picture this: you’re driving the kids to school in stop-start peak hour traffic on the freeway and it’s already been a difficult start to the day. The kids are squabbling and carrying on in the back seat and all of a sudden there’s the sound of slapping, a scream and crying. Instinctively you turn around to tell them to sit quietly, stop fighting and behave themselves - or else. And as you turn back round to the front you discover the car in front has stopped and you...

Record car sales defy slowing economy

Mark Schneider | 21/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Australia’s economy may be slowing but you wouldn’t know it from the new car sales. In 2015 we bought new cars in record numbers – 1,155,408 of them in fact. Australians are really taking to the range of new models with their features and comforts in one of the world’s most competitive car markets. The high level of choice in the Australian new car market is delivering Australian consumers’ access to high-quality vehicles at record affordability levels,&r...

Is the internal combustion engine facing electrocution?

Mark Schneider | 18/01/2016 8:24:44 AM

The emergence of electric cars, such as the upmarket Tesla Model S and the more modest Nissan Leaf, have many pundits asking whether the days of the internal combustion engine are inevitably numbered. Electric cars are nothing new, as we revealed in the September 2015 edition of Fleettorque. Indeed, at the beginning of the motoring era electric vehicles dominated the market. Today there’s resurgence in electric vehicles, albeit a fairly modest one so far. While Tesla remains the...

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Roads Of Australia Series - Great Ocean Road is the world’s most spectacular war memorial

Mark Schneider | 5/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Roadside memorials are common enough in Australia, but did you know that one of Australia’s most famous roads is a memorial in itself? Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, which stretches for a spectacular 243 kilometres from Torquay to Allansford, was built by returned World War 1 soldiers as a permanent memorial to those who died in the conflict. The idea for a road along the coast linking the remote coastal settlements to Geelong was raised as far back as the 1880s. Until then ...

Kangaroos and insurers both grateful to Volvo

Mark Schneider | 29/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kangaroo collisions are the bane of country motorists, damaging cars and causing great distress to the driver, not to mention the poor hapless creature on the receiving end, while costing millions in repairs each year. So far technology aimed at deterring them, such as the Shu Roo or whistle contraptions on bumpers have proven ineffective, but now those clever Swedes at Volvo are developing technology to avoid our biggest marsupial. Volvo has impeccable credentials to develop such a s...

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5 Top Tips To Stay Safe On The Roads This Festive Season

David Michie | 21/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

With the festive season upon us, many Australians will be taking to the roads to visit family members, go on holiday or celebrate with friends. And it’s a tragic fact that every year people die on the roads at this time of the year for reasons that are entirely preventable. How can you navigate your way happily and safely through the holiday season? Fleetcare,the leading fleet management company, offers the following advice: 1. Take driver fatigue seriously Around a quarter ...

Ford Falcon XR8 vs Santa’s sleigh

Mark Schneider | 15/12/2015 11:53:32 AM

Christmas is looming and the excitement is building around the world with children eagerly anticipating Santa’s arrival with presents for all. He’s been doing the job for centuries now, using the same old faithful sleigh with Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen putting in the hard yards with the reindeer power up front, with occasional help from young Rudolph. Perhaps after all those countless Christmas deliveries it’s time for Santa to ...

Wheeling in the years series - American Giant, Ford, enters the market during the 1960's

Mark Schneider | 14/12/2015 10:31:24 AM

If Holden reigned as the undisputed king of the 1950s Australian car market, the 1960s saw the start of real competition when that other American giant, Ford, entered the market with the Falcon. It was the start of a protracted battle for the hearts and minds of Australian motorists that was to last for decades, sparking many bar room debates. Ford Falcon First Released November 1960 Ford released the Falcon in November 1960 but its first offering, the XK, was blighted with reliab...

Renault-Nissan alliance grows from strength to strength

Mark Schneider | 8/12/2015 8:31:45 AM

Merged car companies, unlikely international alliances and shared platforms are the new black when it comes to making cars. There’s Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai Kia and Volkswagen – which owns a slew of other makers - to name just a few. Many of these merged groups came out of the 2007-8 Global Financial Crisis which hit the American manufacturers particularly hard, with Chrysler, Ford and General Motors all being baled out by the government. One motoring giant however, Renault-...

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