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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Are high-tech safety features a driving distraction?

Mark Schneider | 23/04/2018 11:09:28 AM

Today's cars come packed with an astonishing array of features that just a few years ago would have seemed like science fiction. Many of them, such as lane centring and automatic braking systems, are designed to keep us safe and secure on the roads. But what if all those features with their range of options, their buttons and all those things that beep at you were distracting you from the vital task of driving? Well that's the question that's been raised by an American survey ...

Counterfeit parts can cost dollars and lives

Mark Schneider | 16/04/2018 10:24:02 AM

Counterfeit car parts are threatening to cost Australian motorists thousands in repairs, but worse than that, it could cost them their lives. Oil filters, brake pads and airbag triggering devices are just some of the fake parts doing the rounds in a dodgy illegal industry thought to be worth almost $20 Billion worldwide. In many cases the parts look identical to the genuine product and come in packaging that so closely mimics them that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. ...

Five of the oldest safety features

Mark Schneider | 16/04/2018 8:24:21 AM

It's a sobering fact that the history of cars goes hand-in-hand with the history of road deaths. The first automotive fatality dates back to 1869 when the unfortunate Mary Ward was thrown from an experimental steam car and run over as it rounded a corner in Ireland. For much of that history vehicle safety has been something of an afterthought, but today, thankfully, safety is a central concern of most new car buyers, along with practicality, economy, style and price. But...

“Pimp your wheels” with a novated lease

Mark Schneider | 28/03/2018 4:09:09 PM

There’s nothing quite like the look, feel and smell of a new car, and of course a novated lease from Fleetcare is the perfect way to get it. You’ll save money on the purchase price and running costs while keeping more money in your pocket each pay day because the total cost of ownership comes out of your pre-tax wages, not your money after it’s been taxed. It’s the perfect way to get your hands on the new car you’ve always wanted. But why just stop there, bec...

Five futuristic safety features

Mark Schneider | 28/03/2018 8:26:24 AM

Car safety has come a long, long way in recent years with features that once seemed unimaginable now becoming commonplace. In a few years the technology available in today's hi-tech prestige vehicles will be standard equipment, or even compulsory, in even the most basic cars. Equipment such as pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and night vision systems will simply be taken for granted. So what's around the corner in vehicle safety? Let's take a look at five technolo...

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Are you overloading your ute?

Mark Schneider | 28/03/2018 7:37:02 AM

Isuzu Australia has done tradies and business people a great service by putting together a webinar, "Is Your Load Killing Your Ute" highlighting the dangers of overloading utes, and it's well worth watching. According to Isuzu's Simon Humphries many business owners are blissfully unaware of how easy it is to overload their utes. It's a common practice that puts drivers at risk and damages vehicles long term while increasing the likelihood of copping some pr...

Novated Lease Residual Value Explained

Jayde Ferguson | 6/03/2018 12:49:04 PM

For employees and drivers that are in need of a new car, Novated leasing has offered a practical solution. Almost everyone can relate to the struggles of forking out money for a big purchase. A Novated lease makes for an easy financial solution. When an employer provides salary packaging on a car, it allows the employee to lease the vehicle on behalf of the company, thus leaving the employer responsible for the lease. Combined with the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) from the Australian Taxati...

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Fleet buyers dominant in record vehicle sales

Mark Schneider | 27/02/2018 10:12:55 AM

Fleet buyers are really dominating new vehicle sales in Australia with 52% of new car purchases in 2017 accounted for by business, government and rental buyers. In all they bought some 584, 895 vehicles, not including an additional 36, 849 heavy commercial vehicles, according to VFACTS data. VFACTS breaks data down into Private, Business, Government and Rental, categories. While business buyers were up slightly at 2.6%, rental fleets really surged, increasing by 18.2%, or 10,963...

Electric trucks promise to slash running costs

Mark Schneider | 19/02/2018 1:44:28 PM

Tesla has promised to turn the trucking industry on its head with the development of a powerful new electric semi that promises dramatically reduced running costs. But as usual with Tesla, the glittering promise is qualified with a lot of "ifs, buts and maybes". The semi is undeniably big and impressive – "a beast" according to Tesla's Elon Musk that's designed for heavy-duty work. Apart from that not much is known about it apart from a claim that it will...

Safer automotive maintenance products welcomed

Mark Schneider | 24/01/2018 10:55:38 AM

It's a sad fact that more Australians are killed working on their cars than by Great Whites lurking in the surf. Each year around five Australians are killed by vehicles falling on them during maintenance, with a further 43 injured. It's a grim statistic that the Australian Government is keen to do something about. The government has recently strengthened safety standards on automotive maintenance products including motor vehicle recovery straps, portable ramps and vehicle sup...

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