Tesla Model 3 "A Game Changer"

Mark Schneider | 28/04/2016 8:57:06 AM

It’s been described as “the fastest growing customer order book in the history of the automobile” and a “game changer” in the transition from the internal combustion engine to electric. Advance orders for Tesla’s Model 3, Tesla’s first affordable electric vehicle, soared past the 325,000 mark just days after release, representing a potential $US280 million and more in deposits alone to the Californian carmaker. If those orders all come to fruition tot...

Toyota's Setsuna Concept Car Is Cutting Edge

Mark Schneider | 12/04/2016 11:31:26 AM

Concept cars have been around since the 1930s as a way to showcase carmakers' cutting edge style and technology. Well Toyota's latest effort, its Setsuna concept car, has just given cutting edge a whole new meaning. In Setsuna's case cutting edge involves saws and chisels. Take a look at it. If it looks like it's made of wood there's a very good reason for that - it is, and not just any old plank lying out in the backyard. The Toyota Setsuna has been lovingly handcraft...

A Better Way To Manage Your Vehicle Fleet

Mark Schneider | 6/04/2016 4:01:15 PM

If you run a business then it pays to take a careful systematic approach to fleet management, rather than doing things in an ad-hoc manner. After all, the cost in time and money of purchasing fuel, buying, selling and maintaining vehicles, registration, insurance, FBT compliance, and the many other concerns with running a fleet can be a major drain on your energy when you’re just trying to get on with business. Think about it: you’re not in business to run a vehicle fleet are you,...

The Five Per-Cent Transport Solution

Mark Schneider | 5/04/2016 10:39:23 AM

Here’s a question for you: what costs you at least $15,000 to buy (and probably more) and is only used for its intended purpose five per cent of the time? The answer is probably sitting in your driveway, garage or maybe the car park at work right now. That’s right, it’s your car, and ninety five per cent of the time it’s just sitting there parked, going nowhere. That’s the typical figure of car use according to University of California Los Angeles economist profe...

Americans can't get enough of their big utes

Mark Schneider | 24/03/2016 9:07:14 AM

Everything’s big in America – especially those utes. One of the myths about the collapse of the American auto industry in the global financial crisis is that it was largely brought about by manufacturers sticking to huge gas-guzzling dinosaurs that no one wanted. The sales figures for 2015 should go a long way to dispelling that idea. The top three places are filled by the Ford F-Series, the Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge’s Ram 1500-3500. They’re all crew-cab utes (or p...

Petrol Prices Down World Wide

Mark Schneider | 22/03/2016 9:17:25 AM

The falling price of oil may have the world’s oil producers all hot and bothered but it’s a fair bet you’re smiling a little more at the pump each week with petrol prices dropping below $1 in some parts of Australia early this year. It’s a similar story all around the world with falling prices for petrol and diesel, with at least one notable exception: in Venezuela the price of petrol has gone up dramatically! By 6000 per cent, no less, and it’s all to do with th...

Biofuels' Environmental Promise Falls Well Short

Mark Schneider | 16/03/2016 2:09:51 PM

Biofuels promised plenty of environmental benefits when their use became common in the US, Europe and elsewhere, but so far that promise has fallen well short of the reality. The idea of a carbon-neutral fuel that could be readily produced from plants, partially replacing non-renewable liquid fuels, spurred the Europeans to make a percentage of biofuel mandatory at filling stations throughout the continent. The EU wasn’t alone, with many other nations, including the US, mandating that a...

Self-driving cars may be a boon for older drivers

Mark Schneider | 15/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

The conventional wisdom that young people are the early adopters of new technology while older folk struggle to come to grips with it may be turned on its head when it comes to self-driving cars. Tech giant Google, a leader in self-driving cars, believes the technology will be a godsend for older drivers who can no longer drive or who lack the confidence to get behind the wheel in city or suburban streets. The oldest person so far to travel in one of Google’s cars is 94 year-ol...

7 tips to become more mindful on the road

Mark Schneider | 10/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever arrived somewhere and, as you’ve stepped out of the car, reflected that you can’t actually remember how you got there? Following a familiar route, perhaps a daily commute, without even realising it you slipped onto auto-pilot? Caught up, perhaps, in other, more immediately demanding thoughts or conversations? According to a recent study in the USA which analysed over 42,000 hours of driving, 78% of crashes and 68% of near crashes unsurprisingly had some form of d...

Crumple Zones Save Lives

Mark Schneider | 8/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

The aftermath of car crashes is not a pretty sight. All too frequently the car or cars involved are a tangled mess of metal on the back of a truck even after relatively low speed collisions. The bad news is that the car may be a write-off, but the good news is that these days the driver and passengers are highly likely to have survived the crash relatively unharmed. It wasn’t always this way. In the bad old days when cars were rigid and strong drivers and passengers would freque...

Pay as you drive proposed for better infrastructure

Mark Schneider | 1/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

With Australia’s population now more than 24 million and growing rapidly, the country’s under-funded infrastructure – especially its road and rail networks – are groaning at the seams. From Sydney to Perth our cities’ roads are increasingly clogged, with traffic gridlock costing an estimated $16.5 billion in 2015, a figure that could soar to a staggering $53.3 billion by 2031 on current trends. Australia’s roads are funded through a combination of f...

Novated Leases and beating tax bracket creep

Mark Schneider | 26/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

If you’ve been working in the same job for quite some time and a promotion or pay rise is just around the corner, then you’re probably looking forward to some extra money in your pocket, right? Find out more Find out more But that sweet little pay rise might turn a little bitter if it pushes you into the next tax bracket, increasing the government’s tax take and leaving your pay packet a little thinner than you had expected. S...

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 ...

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