Fleet cars and staff cars - the SME need to know

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 9/02/2012 12:33:54 PM

There are a number of daunting aspects of starting up a new business. Tax, insurance, logistics and recruitment can seem like purpose built mazes designed to trap and punish the uninitiated. Fleet and staff cars have the unfortunate accolade of covering all of these confusing and at times infuriating areas. With this in mind we decided to list our top 5 things small business owners need to know about fleet cars and staff cars. 1. Encourage positive driver behaviour – This needs to b...

The New Toyota Camry 2012

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 3/02/2012 12:38:41 PM

“Same, same but different” those were the words of my colleagues from the corporate sales team on the all new Toyota Camry. Indeed the new Camry provokes an “I’ve seen this car before” response from the uninitiated while treating the seasoned Camry buyer to subtle yet wide ranging changes. While the changes are comprehensive they cannot be perceived as bold. However, considering the year Toyota has had and the relative success of the Camry they could be forgiven ...

A drivers guide to mobile phone use

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/01/2012 12:43:07 PM

Everything used to be so simple; a driver would set out on his or her journey and promise to call the office or house for further instructions or updates when they had reached their destination. With the possible exception of worrying about where to find a pay phone, drivers had very little to think about when it came to phones within their vehicles. Oh how things have changed. From the retro car phone to the modern day smart phone, in car communication has come a long way. With all this beha...

Collision avoidance systems a fleet managers new best friend

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/01/2012 1:44:22 PM

“The next thing I know my Mercedes had stopped, without hitting the car in front of me.” Those were the words of Google Senior Vice President, Vic Gundotra, who described his experience with collision avoidance technology in this YouTube video. Collision avoidance technology is quickly becoming a very serious selling point for some very forward thinking vehicle manufacturers. With this in mind we turn our attention this week to examples of this new and emerging technology and what...

Holiday driving a non-crash course

Rory Deegan and the Fleetcare Maintenance Team | 22/12/2011 1:50:23 PM

Beach parties, Santa hats, work holidays and the highest number of road fatalities for any 5 day period in the entire year, welcome to the Christmas holidays. While most of us enjoy our annual rituals and customs which come with the festive season, our high Christmas road deaths have, in our recent history, become something of an inevitability. The figures have decreased and the messages of caution are slowly but surely being listened to by an ordinarily sceptical Australian public, but more ...

Preparing for the worst – Planning for accidents

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 16/12/2011 1:55:32 PM

“I just froze, I had no idea of what to do. In my panic I scanned my thoughts for any piece of advice I had ever received about dealing with a car crash, but I couldn’t think of anything”. Those are the words of a shaken Adelaide resident who was involved in a minor vehicle collision earlier this year. The unfortunate fact is that very few people are in fact prepared for the worst and even fewer have a fool proof company procedure for dealing with collisions or car accidents...

Top 10 cars series; Indonesia's top selling cars

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 2/12/2011 2:10:51 PM

“Indonesia has the fourth biggest population on earth? That can’t be right”. That was my initial thought after discovering that Indonesia has a population of over 237 million people which is over 40 million more than its nearest competitor, Brazil. Along with this huge population, Indonesia also boasts very positive economic growth figures and even managed to post positive growth figures during the global financial crisis. These figures have hundreds of knock on effects for ...

Volkswagen fight for number 1 spot

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/11/2011 2:22:05 PM

It was 11.09am on a hot Perth morning at the VW drive day, my palms were sweaty and my heart was pounding, I was facing my first ever slalom time trial and I was nervous. As it turns out I posted an average speed and my trial went off without incident but that was just an aside. In the time waiting for my run at the course I had learned just how exciting VW and its future really is.   VW progress In the past few years VW has been growing its market share, slowly and quietly, in...

Top 10 cars series; Brazil's top selling cars

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 18/11/2011 2:30:46 PM

7.49% is a curious number, it doesn’t look significant, it doesn’t sound significant, but it is……very significant. 7.49% is the economic growth rate for Brazil in 2010. Considering that in 2010 the rest of the world virtually cried itself to sleep over their respective economic figures, 7.49% growth is nothing short of an economic miracle. It’s thanks to the confidence this brings that Brazils vehicle sales have increased by over 10% (year end figures not avail...

Top 10 cars series; China's top selling cars.

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 3/11/2011 3:00:05 PM

If India is a small car nation it must be then said that China truly is a nation obsessed with the sedan. Amazingly 9 out of the top 10 are what I would class as “medium” (bigger than a large hatch but no bigger than a Holden Commodore). Admittedly the top ten only represent some 2 million of a total of 18 million cars sold in 2010 however if anyone is in any doubt as to whether or not the other 16 or so million follows the same trend they need run a quick Google images for &ldquo...

Top 10 cars series; India’s top selling cars.

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 31/10/2011 3:07:40 PM

“Oh wow, it really does look like a bumper car” those were the words of one of my esteemed colleagues on first viewing the Tata Nano (its one of the cheapest and arguably one of the ugliest cars the world has ever seen). Produced and created in India the Nano is the perfect car to show how the Indian car market is completely enamoured with the small car. Top 10 makeup With almost all of their top ten being made up of small vehicles India can safely be categorised as a smal...

Fleet Manager Series - 6 surprising facts about road accidents

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/10/2011 3:23:54 PM

Misplaced focus is a dangerous thing, from not concentrating on the road to focusing too much on one aspect of cost control, it’s generally only in retrospect when you realise the error of your ways. Cost control in fleet management can be a classic example of this, while some fleet managers fixate on cutting the fuel costs a single collision can wipe out all these savings with the push of a pedal. With this in mind I reveal some of the more surprising facts about road collisions to giv...

Better things to do - Everything you need to know about driver distraction

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 29/09/2011 3:36:35 PM

“Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers.” Those are the words of the most up to date driver awareness advertising campaign beaming its way into our living rooms. As factually correct as this statement may be, it can be argued that statements like this, along with shocking images of crashes etc, may not be enough to equip drivers with the tools they need to avoid in-car distraction. This week I explore the subject of driver distraction with an aim towards deepening the understand...

The all new Holden Barina - Top ten material?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 23/09/2011 3:52:29 PM

Walking into the Melbourne docklands warehouse that hosted the Holden Barina launch I was immediately confronted with two vehicles. One was Holdens first attempt at the Barina, its boxy awkward frame reminded me of my mothers old 1980’s Ford Fiesta which would break down at the most inopportune of times (once on the beach as the tide was coming in). The other was the all new Holden Barina, which despite its less aesthetically pleasing predecessors offered a very unique and bold take on ...

Top selling cars of 2011

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 15/09/2011 4:00:22 PM

Click here for the year end update Jan 2012 Click here for the year to May 2013 results From cars, to computer games, to holiday destinations and everything in between, top ten lists are a favourite of hobbyists and enthusiasts the world over. From the fickle (the bar stool top ten) to the rigorous (top tens based on massive amounts of results and research), they reveal more and more about how we relate to the world around us and how we prioritise belongings, experiences and sometim...

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