Researchers expose VW security flaw

Mark Schneider | 11/11/2016 8:17:31 AM

Concerns about the vulnerability of modern cars to hacking attacks have been heightened by the news that four researchers from the University of Birmingham have replicated the master keys for millions of VWs built since 1995. The computer security research team used $40 worth of freely available electronic equipment to reverse engineer VW’s encrypted master keys, allowing them to unlock the cars. And it’s not just VWs, it’s others from the VW group as well, including Sea...

Forced marriages, bits on the side and strange couplings - anything goes in modern motor manufacturing

Mark Schneider | 1/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Vehicle manufacturing used to be such a polite, staid and straightforward affair with particular brands flying the flag for their home country, competing against one another and exporting to the world. Well times have changed – and how! Modern vehicle manufacturing is all about forced marriages, shifting liaisons, polygamy and other unlikely couplings between the manufacturers. Take Fiat, for example. The hot-blooded Italian, is now part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an unlikely...

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...

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...

Most searched car brands in Australia for 2014

Jess Wallace | 9/01/2015 1:48:29 PM

When in the market to purchase a new vehicle, and you are looking up vehicle specs and prices, the easiest and most efficient way to find this information is to Google it. When we need information about a topic, turning to Google is now embedded into us as a way to find information quickly.  Searching Google for the most popular cars can be a great way to start your new car research. Do you know which car brands were the most searched in 2014 in Australia? We decided to compa...

The world’s most valuable and powerful car brands

Kirsten Brent | 24/02/2014 2:32:26 PM

When it comes to brand recognition, car brands have to be near the top of the list. It is almost impossible to escape automotive advertising on TV or online, or leave home without seeing many different car badges on vehicles. Auto manufacturers also have some of the most valuable brands in the world – hardly surprising considering that the global automotive industry had revenues of $918,644.4 million in 2012. So which car brands are the most valuable, and which are the most powerful? We...

Top selling cars in Australia 2013

Kirsten Brent | 7/01/2014 8:24:59 AM

It’s hard to believe that a New Year is upon us already, and here at Fleetcare that means one thing – our annual roundup of the previous year’s car sales figures. As we all know, a lot can change in a year, or even in six months in the automotive world as shown by our mid-year analysis. So which cars appealed to the Australian public in 2013? We take a look at the sales figures and what they mean for the automotive industry heading into 2014. Top 10 best-selling vehicles 20...

Top ten car series; Chinas top selling cars UPDATE 2013

Kirsten Brent | 16/08/2013 1:10:21 PM

When examining automotive sales in other countries, it is hardly surprising that one of the first countries that come to mind is China – they are the largest country in terms of population after all, with over one billion people. Along with their rapidly industrialising economy and culture also comes an increase in car sales. When comparing the top ten of 2013 so far to the 2010 sales figures it is interesting to see a complete shakeup of the top ten. Because of the drastic changes,...

Top 10 car series; Brazil’s top selling cars UPDATE 2012 & 2013

Kirsten Brent | 16/07/2013 2:36:48 PM

In 2011 we took a look at the top ten selling cars in Brazil and marvelled at how their economy was booming in the face of the global economic meltdown. Brazil's economy has gone from strength to strength since our last article. This is even more evident when looking at the countries car sales figures. The new car market in Brazil was up 6% year-on-year in 2012, placing it as the 4th largest car market in the world. The country saw a record breaking 3,634,421 new car registrations, an...

Australias most searched car brands in 2012 -How the statistics stack up against sales data

Kirsten Brent | 21/12/2012 12:24:14 PM

If you’re in the market for a new car, and are looking up vehicle specs and prices, what do you do? Google it – anytime we need information about any topic we turn to Google, the world’s most popular search engine, to find our answers, and the topic of cars is no different. But do you know which car brands were the most searched in 2012? Google Zeitgeist compiled lists that best reflect the essence of 2012 from over one trillion searches that people typed into Google thi...

The top selling cars under the microscope - fuel economy

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/09/2012 3:41:31 PM

This Olympic season we were all introduced to something new. This year’s Olympic medal table got looked at through many new lenses, including medals per head of population, medals per funding dollar and so on. This got us thinking; perhaps we should take a deeper look at the usual top selling vehicles with a little more depth? With this in mind we decided to take the top 30 selling vehicles and make a list of the 10 least fuel efficient of the bunch. The list rules Usi...

The car sales top 10 January to June 2012 - The year so far

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 6/07/2012 9:28:59 AM

Predictions can be a dangerous activity to partake in. Sure, they can make events more interesting and yes, you can make a lot of money if you're good at it. However, there is another side, the embarrassing  “wow, I was way off” side. The halfway point is here. Miles off or not, it’s time to look back at those top ten car sales predictions from January and find out how we are doing so far.  Avid readers will know that the predictions (found here) were relativel...

Extra! Extra! Our top ten optional vehicle extras

Fleetcare Purchasing Department and Rory Deegan | 28/06/2012 9:42:26 AM

Ah the extras. From the inflatable aeroplane pillow to the marble counter top, they allow us to personalise and adapt to the world around us. They can be for safety, comfort or just for show. Whatever their purpose they play a big part in our lives and nowhere is this more evident than in the much discussed vehicle market. Vehicle extras have come a long way over the years, especially when you consider staples like seatbelts and airbags were once optional extras.   The top ten ...

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