Fleetcare Customer Survey Results - Driverless Cars

David Michie | 10/11/2015 8:08:26 AM

68% of Australian drivers say they would be ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ likely to buy a driverless car in the future if money was not an issue. The latest Fleetcare Drivers Poll, conducted by leading fleet management company Fleetcare, reveals a very high level of acceptability of the new technology. The findings come just days ahead of the first driverless car trials to be conducted in Australia this weekend, as part of the International Driverless Cars Conference (5th and 6...

Wheeling In The Years Series - Australia’s own car was a hit from the start

Mark Schneider | 3/11/2015 12:36:04 PM

With the Second World War well and truly behind it, Australia in the 1950s was booming, with full employment and a high standard of living that was attracting immigrants from Greece, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and Germany. We were living the suburban dream where a house of your own and a car in the driveway was every Aussie’s ambition. And when it came to cars it had to be the dinky-di FJ Holden. The famous FJ wasn’t Holden’s first “all Australian car&rdquo...

The Guide To Residual Value - With Minimum Residual Value Table

Mark Schneider | 29/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

If you’re in the market for a new car then you probably already know about the benefits of novated leasing. A Fleetcare novated lease takes the hassle out of car ownership. You don’t have to find the money up front for the car of your dreams and your employer is effectively responsible for leasing it for you. The lease doesn’t just cover the purchase price of that new or used car, it covers all the maintenance as well – all those repairs and services as well as the...

Wheeling in the years series - Holden and Ford still top of the pops in the 1970s

Mark Schneider | 27/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

In the 1970s Abba were top of the charts, the kids were glued to the new colour TVs watching Countdown every weekend and Holden was telling us that “we love football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars” in one of the most annoying advertising jingles of the decade. It was largely true, however, with Aussies remaining loyal to General Motors until 1977 when the Ford Falcon finally knocked Holden’s Kingswood/Premier combination off the top of the perch. The battle be...

Roads Of Australia Series - Hume Highway’s history reaches back to Governor Macquarie

Mark Schneider | 23/10/2015 10:01:35 AM

If ever a road was steeped in the history of Australian settlement it’s the Hume Highway connecting Australia’s two biggest cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Today it’s an essential route for road freight between the two cities, while also serving Canberra and Albury-Wodonga, but its origins were far more humble. In the early days of European settlement the Great Dividing Range proved an impenetrable barrier to the southwest of Sydney, with a geological feature, the Bargo Ra...

Roads of Australia series - Eyre Highway a long and not-so-winding road

Mark Schneider | 20/10/2015 9:20:24 AM

There aren’t many roads anywhere in the world where you can legally land an aircraft, but Australia’s Eyre Highway is one of them. A number of Royal Flying Doctor Service emergency landing strips are signposted along the Eyre Highway’s 1675 kilometres. You’ll see them marked out with “piano keys” painted on the road accompanied with turnaround areas for light aircraft. It’s another curious feature of one of Australia’s most remote highwa...

NASA’s flying all-terrain campervan is out of this world

Mark Schneider | 15/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

Those of us of a certain age will be alarmed at the realisation that it’s been well over 40 years since men walked on the moon for the last time. In fact walking was only part of what astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt got up to on the lunar surface. On the Apollo 17 mission they drove a Lunar Rover almost 36 km during their three-day stay on the moon. The Lunar Rover looked like an electric beach buggy. It could carry two astronauts, some equipment and lunar samples....

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VW Australia suspends diesel sales

Mark Schneider | 13/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

It’s taken two weeks for Volkswagen Australia to respond to the diesel emissions “defeat device” controversy, but the company has now announced that it will suspend sales of some of its Australian vehicles until the issues are addressed. Meanwhile the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said the company faces potential legal action if it’s broken consumer laws and misled car buyers. Fines The “defeat devices” are illegal in...

VW scandal highlights unrealistic lab tests

Mark Schneider | 8/10/2015 8:26:48 AM

Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal continues to damage the German brand, with its share price tumbling, the threat of legal action from VW owners and sales of VW diesels on hold in some European countries. VW has responded by shuffling its senior management and replacing its CEO, but VW diesel owners are still largely in the dark about what will happen to their cars. VW Australia still waiting Australian VW dealers are still waiting for information from Germany about the ...

Fleetcare Driver Poll results - VW emissions scandal

David Michie | 5/10/2015 9:04:32 AM

68% of drivers say that the VW emissions scandal will affect their possible future purchase of a VW car according to the latest Fleetcare Drivers Poll conducted by leading fleet management company Fleetcare. 42% of drivers said that the emissions-cheating revelations would affect their possible VW purchase ‘Very much’ with a further 26% saying it would put them off ‘To some extent.’ Underlining the financial impact of the emissions revelations, 71% of drivers s...

Roads of Australia series - Stuart Highway a journey through Australia

Mark | 2/10/2015 10:24:01 AM

It’s one of Australia’s longest and loneliest stretches of road and it runs right through the heart of the country for almost 3000 kilometres, separating the west of the continent from the east. The Stuart Highway, which reaches from Darwin to Port Augusta commemorates the journey of John McDouall Stuart, the first European explorer to travel from south to north through central Australia, though it doesn’t exactly follow the route he took. Today’s smooth sealed...

What’s the problem with VW diesel emissions?

Mark Schneider | 24/09/2015 1:34:03 PM

Volkswagen has been in the news recently and for all the wrong reasons. American environmental watchdogs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have discovered that VW’s diesel vehicles’ low exhaust emissions aren’t what they seem. Under pressure VW have admitted that their diesels are equipped with software that detects when its cars are being tested for emissions and turns on pollution controls when that’s hap...

Speeding around the world series - China

Mark Schneider | 24/09/2015 12:28:38 PM

With its crowded streets and clogged roads, China might seem an unlikely place to get a speeding ticket, but China has a lot of road deaths and the government is cracking down on bad drivers, with speeding and alcohol a major focus. China relies heavily on speed cameras to detect speeders, so rather than being pulled over by a traffic cop with all lights flashing, you’re likely to receive a ticket in the mail with a demand for payment if you’re caught speeding. Or perhaps ...

Vehicle Thefts At Record Lows In Australia

Mark Schneider | 16/09/2015 10:31:48 AM

There’s some good news and bad news in figures on car theft in Australia. The good news is that car theft is at its lowest since records started in the 1970s, with 52,000 cars stolen in 2013/14 according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. That’s a big reduction from the peak year of 2000-2001, when 142,000 cars were stolen across the country. The bad news is that “professional” vehicle theft – where vehicles are stolen and not recovere...

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Speeding around the world series - Germany

Mark Schneider | 9/09/2015 8:38:49 AM

Speed kills, but not on Germany’s autobahns Speed limits have been in the news in Australia lately with the controversy over the Northern Territory’s decision to expand open speed limits, but how do Australia’s speed limits compare with the rest of the world? Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a look at speeding around the world, starting with those freewheeling Germans with their famous autobahns where you can barrel down the road at any speed you like. O...

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