Worlds Apart: Australian vs European car market

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 18/11/2010 10:41:07 AM

Europe. The continent many Australians consider the epitome of exuberance. With the delectable cuisine, the breath-taking views, and the ancient historical attractions how could anyone say otherwise? However, its no secret the struggles that the European economy has faced in recent times. With record car sales just been announced on this side of the globe I decided to look further into how their car market is faring. While Australia has been enjoying impressive new car sales figures, Euro...

Holden Barina Spark - An ideal first car

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 12/11/2010 10:43:51 AM

Do you remember your first car? I imagine some people would not have many pleasant recollections of their first bought as a teenager. However, the stereotype of the first car is fast approaching a revolution. This week at Fleetcare, we have had the amazing opportunity to cruise around in the new Holden Barina Spark for a whole week. The low price is definitely the first draw card, but delving further than first glance we found many more.   Exterior: With a chic appearance oozin...

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Is 3 star safety satisfactory?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 5/11/2010 10:47:15 AM

In September we posted a blog about the real price of safety, taking a look at the cars that state they have 5 stars, yet require you to pay extra for that 5th star. This tweaked my curiosity to monitor the ANCAP safety ratings and I happened to come across something a little worrying.  Let’s start by stating the obvious. When searching for a vehicle for your fleet, what are some of the general features you look for? Possibly good fuel efficiency,  the number of airbags, i...

Driver education or ISA device?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 29/10/2010 10:50:18 AM

Over the past 6 months, the RTA has been trialling an Intelligent Speed Adaption (ISA) device that warns people when they are driving over the speed limit by beeping until they decrease their speed. According to the RTA, this device could help prevent 35 deaths and around 1500 injuries, although it is not going to be made a compulsory installation. The majority of the time, people know they are speeding. It’s hard to be 20km/h over the limit and not notice. So why do people speed? I...

Sydney Motor Show Stoppers

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Co-ordinator | 20/10/2010 10:53:12 AM

In a day full of elegance champagne and super models these rough edged rouges showed that the Sydney Motor Show isn’t just for super car prototypes. These exciting previews signal 2011 as a year for a shake up in the Utility and Jeep categories.   Ford Ranger The new “one world, one ford” branding is doing great things across all categories and the utility is no exception. With bulky F150 styling and a payload of over 1500kg the styling is also backed up by le...

Cruze vs Corolla

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 15/10/2010 10:56:01 AM

Starting with the first look, the Cruze is a definite improvement on the mini 4WD it started out as once upon a time. Sleeker styling and a professional looking clean cut exterior, it definitely looks like its worth much more than its price tag (starting at $20,990). Looking at the Corolla, it has a sturdier, squarer appearance than the Cruze but doesn’t really jump out at you. Looking at the fuel economy there is a slight difference in the fuel consumption of each. The Corolla has ...

Misfuelling - The cost to fleets

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 8/10/2010 11:01:13 AM

With an ever increasing choice at the petrol pump and an array of coloured nozzles, some only slightly different, it can be easy to confuse Unleaded 91 for Unleaded 95 or even 98 (I know I always have to triple check what I’m putting in). Sure, it’s ok if you get the unleadeds mixed up every now and again, but what if you drive a diesel car? For fleet drivers who change from petrol cars to diesel cars regularly, it’s pretty easy to get mixed up. And if you’re quietly t...

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 ...

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