Modern cars still can’t drive themselves

Mark Schneider | 30/08/2018 9:32:06 AM

If you’ve been awaiting the arrival of the first totally autonomous car then the latest news from America is bound to disappoint you. It seems you’ll need to be taking care, paying attention to the road and actually doing the driving for some time yet. America’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently tested five new vehicles with the latest semi-autonomous safety features and the results showed that car makers still have some way to go. The vehicles, the ...

ANCAP ad destroys cars and old myths head-on

Mark Schneider | 30/08/2018 9:31:55 AM

“I feel so much safer in my old car. It’s just so much better built and more solid than these new ones and I’m sure it will protect me better in a crash.” Some old motoring myths die hard, like that one. The truth, of course, is that virtually all new cars are safer than the old ones. The days when the only car makers making safety a priority were Volvo and Mercedes are long gone. Older vs Newer Corolla ANCAP, Australasia’s independent non-profit cras...

Cars to watch for in 2018

Mark Schneider | 29/06/2018 4:08:55 PM

2017 was an historic year for Australian motoring with the end of domestic vehicle manufacturing. Holden, Ford and Toyota are now importers of vehicles, rather than local producers. Nevertheless, there's a lot to look forward to in 2018, with a number of new models heading our way. Hyundai Ioniq Motorists looking for more sustainable vehicle options will be looking forward to the arrival of the Hyundai Ioniq range. The Ioniq will be offered in three forms: hybrid, plug-in hybr...

How long is too long for a novated lease?

Mark Schneider | 29/06/2018 4:05:10 PM

If you've been thinking about a novated lease for your next vehicle then you probably already know about the many advantages it offers. You know that it's the smart tax-effective way to get behind the wheel of a brand new car while keeping more money in your pocket each payday. That's because lease and running costs are paid from your pre-tax salary. But perhaps there's one question that you still haven't found an answer for: What's the ideal length of a novated le...

Our novated lease customers are a practical lot

Mark Schneider | 29/06/2018 4:04:51 PM

Fleetcare's novated lease customers are a practical lot judging by the popularity of dual cab utes and family-focused SUVs amongst them in 2017. Of the 10 most popular vehicle choices for novated leases last year there are four dual cab utes and four SUVs. Making up the remainder of the top 10 are Mazda's stylish, safe and well-equipped Mazda 3 and the sole traditional sedan in the list, the Holden Commodore. Those numbers reflect the demise of the traditional sedans like the Co...

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EOFY is the perfect time for a new operating lease

Mark Schneider | 25/06/2018 10:42:45 AM

The end of the financial year is always a good opportunity to turn your mind to those aspects of your business that may be put to the back of it at other times. I’m talking about finances and tax, of course. While it may sound a bit dull, it’s worth paying attention to. A bit of action now can set your business up for a healthy start for the financial year ahead. The action I’m talking about is taking out an operating lease before the end of financial year to take advantage ...

How to make the most of EOFY car deals

Mark Schneider | 25/06/2018 10:31:22 AM

It’s that time of year folks when you can’t turn on the telly without being bombarded with EOFY deals on new cars. EOFY, for the chronically acronym-averse, stands for End Of Financial Year. May and June are party time for carmakers as they launch an advertising blitz to entice you to buy their latest models so they can hit their all-important sales targets. They offer everything from discounts on the driveaway price to vehicles loaded with free extras, longer warranties and a...

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Six Formula 1 innovations you’ll find in road cars

Mark Schneider | 22/06/2018 2:21:02 PM

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo really blitzed the field on his way to winning this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, making Aussie sports fans hearts beat faster as he drove that crippled Red Bull car across the line. It was an amazing piece of driving in a car with a failing power unit, making everyone wonder how he’d go in a faster, more reliable car like the Mercedes. He’d probably be unbeatable. But even if you’d rather sit at home and watch paint dry than a Formul...

It’s not too late for Financial New Year’s Resolutions

Mark Schneider | 22/06/2018 1:58:38 PM

Hard to believe it but 2018 is almost halfway done. So how are those New Year’s resolutions you made in January looking? You know – the ones about losing some weight and improving your fitness? You’ve forgotten all about them? Oh dear! Well never mind, because a new financial year is about to roll around, giving you yet another chance to at least get your business in better shape for the year ahead, even if you haven’t lost any of that midriff yourself. Here’...

Are “talking” cars coming to Australia?

Mark Schneider | 28/05/2018 11:00:00 AM

The era of “talking” vehicles is almost upon us with Toyota announcing that it will start fitting its cars for the American market with sensor-based systems to communicate with other vehicles and road infrastructure from 2021. The technology is known as Dedicated Short-Range Communications Systems (DSRC) and according to Toyota it promises safer roads, fuel savings and better traffic flows. It’s similar to Bluetooth and allows vehicles to exchange information including s...

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Are fuel cell vehicles the future of motoring or just “mind-bogglingly stupid”?

Mark Schneider | 28/05/2018 10:00:00 AM

Hydrogen is the most common element on the planet and most carmakers seem convinced that hydrogen-powered cars are the future of motoring, but with a whole range of electric vehicles about to enter the market it’s worth asking the question: why the push for hydrogen? On the face of it hydrogen does offer advantages as a vehicle fuel. Unlike fossil fuels it’s theoretically a very clean fuel. Use hydrogen to drive your car and the only thing coming out of the tailpipe is water v...

Road Vehicle Standards Act

Mark Schneider | 28/05/2018 9:00:00 AM

Improvements to vehicle technology and the changes to the Australian vehicle market have led the Australian Government to replace the legislation governing the safety, environmental and anti-theft performance of new cars. The government is now consulting stakeholders, including fleet management organisations like Fleetcare, on the legislation before it goes to the parliament in 2018. The legislation is then planned to come into effect in 2019. We're particularly interested in the ...

Is Tesla about to be overtaken?

Mark Schneider | 28/05/2018 8:00:00 AM

Tesla may have successfully launched a car into space but back here on Earth it’s beginning to look like its competitors may be about to blast past the electric car innovator with electric vehicles of their own. History isn’t always kind to innovative companies who produce brilliant ideas only to have others pick them up and then run past them. Take Kodak for example. It invented digital photography, failed to capitalise on it and went bankrupt in 2012. On the other side of th...

Modern trucks make for safer roads says trucking industry

Mark Schneider | 26/04/2018 1:54:44 PM

A shocking rise in road deaths involving trucks in New South Wales has seen the truck industry's peak body call upon government and industry stakeholders to improve road safety measures. The Truck Industry Council (TIC) has backed calls by the Toll Group's Managing Director, Michael Byrne, for the federal government to create incentives for trucking businesses to upgrade to new, safer trucks. Road deaths involving trucks in NSW rose from 29 to 54 in 2017 – an increase of...

Mazda's new motor combines the best of petrol and diesel

Mark Schneider | 23/04/2018 1:44:02 PM

With diesel engines on the nose with legislators around the world the clever engineers at Mazda have been working to make petrol engines behave like diesels – but without the pollution that comes with them. In a world first they've created a compression ignition petrol engine that uses higher compression inside the cylinder, rather than a spark from a spark plug, to ignite the fuel. It's known as Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI). The higher compression of di...

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