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 Indonesias top selling cars UPDATE 2012 & 2013

Kirsten Brent | 9/08/2013 1:40:15 PM

2012 was a big year for the Indonesian car market – for the first time in history over one million vehicles were registered in a single year. This figure is hardly surprising considering the large jumps in market growth over the last few years – in 2012 car sales were up 25% on 2011 and 46% in 2010. With the country’s vehicle sector growing at such a rapid rate, the top ten is more interesting than ever as we watch car makers compete for a chunk of this massive market. While...

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...

The power of 24/7 Information

Kirsten Brent | 8/07/2013 10:18:38 AM

In today’s global society where everyone is constantly connected by the Internet, the world of business has also become more global in nature than ever before. Because of the differences in time zones and the round-the-clock nature of modern living, resolving issues and spotting problems at any hour is more important than ever. The power of 24/7 information allows business owners to be constantly connected to every aspect of their companies, and fleet management is no exception. The...

The car sales top 10 January to May 2013 – The year so far

Kirsten Brent | 21/06/2013 3:49:03 PM

One year is a long time in the world of the automotive industry – a lot can change in terms of popular models and sales figures. In what has become a tradition here at Fleetcare, midway through the year we examine the sales figures and make predictions about which models will be on top at the end of the year.  How do the 2013 sales figures differ from statistics taken at this time last year? We take a look at the state of play for the year so far and ponder what the sales chart wil...

Holden’s Battle against Cheap Import Cars

Kendall Broun - Marketing & Brand Manager | 7/06/2013 12:35:47 PM

The trend against locally made cars in Australia has been strong for quite some time, with buyers looking more favourably at cheaper imported models and there appears to be no sign of this abating. Australia’s strongest local car brand Holden, owned by General Motors, is finding it increasingly hard to compete with competitors, especially overseas manufacturers.  According to released this year, Australians bought more Hyundai vehicles than Holden in March 2013; something that...

The modern approach to road trip planning

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 31/05/2013 11:51:10 AM

The road trip is a sacred ritual carried out by all self-respecting motorists, but is it keeping up with the times? Ask most people how they plan their road trips, and you’ll get a variety of answers from the haphazard to the old school. Only rarely do you find someone who is using the best tool of all, Google maps. Yes, most will use it, along with a sat nav to get some directions and alternative routes, but would you think of using it to learn and discover more about the route itself?...

Budget 2013 for the road users of Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 21/05/2013 10:59:57 AM

It’s that time of year again, the days get shorter, the animals find their hiding spots for the winter and the fiscal credibility of the federal government is scrutinised on the merits of the commonwealth budget. This year’s budget was, by most accounts, coloured by the intense election year rivalry which has taken over almost every story coming from the capital. This said, there were still some interesting take always to chew on. As we did last year, this week we take a look at the ...

Car Batteries–Tips and information

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 10/05/2013 10:35:20 AM

The car battery brings about a very odd thought pattern in the human mind. Thought of intensely, almost mythically, when its going wrong, yet completely forgotten and taken for granted the second it starts to work again. Why do we have such a strange relationship with this “it’s heavier than it looks” essential car component? After looking online I think I have the answer; we simply know little or nothing about it. With this in mind, we decided this week to work with our mainte...

No More Bulldust–The history of Australian roads

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 6/05/2013 10:20:25 AM

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Australia’s roads are a massive part of the landscape and it seems the more we write about them, the more interesting they and their history become. After writing a number of articles on the topic, we decided to write a piece on the history of our roads. How were they built, when were they built and how the country built such a huge network of roads in such a short timeframe. It’s easy to forget the impact of a fully rolled ...

Fuel Cards for Small Business - How why and where you’ll save money

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 30/04/2013 10:14:26 AM

At times, the troubles of managing a small business can be overwhelming. Every entrepreneur eventually realises that running a business is about more than simply going to the wall with a great idea. Logistics, employee management, taxes, and production problems will pose obstacles along the way. The wise small business owner will find ways to simplify and streamline their operation, minimising these problems as much as possible. Fuel Management For businesses that have employees on th...

Walk ride drive: Safety tips for interacting with other road users

Kirsten Brent | 18/04/2013 10:08:19 AM

The roads are home to a wide variety of people and vehicles – pedestrians, cyclists, cars, trucks, motorcycles – the list goes on. With so many users vying for space on the roads, it is no wonder that some drivers get confused and overwhelmed by rules and etiquette when dealing with other road users.   To avoid this uncertainty leading to road rage or accidents, it is important to be aware of how to share the road with pedestrians and other motorists. We have some tips for dri...

Fleet finance options explained

Kirsten Brent | 11/04/2013 8:46:26 AM

When looking for ways to finance your vehicle fleet, it is easy to get bogged down in technical jargon, making it difficult to break down the facts and get a clear and simple comparison. In deciding which finance method is best for your fleet and business, it is important to fully understand the differences between the different funding options. This article aims to make the decision process easy, laying out the different types of finance options available to fleets. The different types o...

Saloon or sedan - vehicle types explained

Kirsten Brent | 22/03/2013 2:43:24 PM

When it comes to vehicles these days, buyers have so much choice. The same can be said for vehicle types – buyers are spoilt for choice, with everything from subcompact city cars all the way up to people movers. Whatever your needs, chances are you’ll find the perfect vehicle to fulfil your requirements. However, all this choice has also lead to some confusion about which vehicles fall into which categories, and what the vehicle type actually means. We decided to look at vehicle type...

The death of a car brand – 5 interesting car brand obituaries

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/03/2013 1:21:15 PM

Look online for dead car brands and you’ll see something remarkable; there’s hundreds of them. Hundreds of people throughout the years have built interesting but ultimately doomed car brands. Some have lasted more than a lifetime and some have barley even got their first car off the assembly line. After looking at the phenomenon we decided to make a list of the 5 most interesting car brand deaths. From the spectacular to the slow and painful we’ve covered a good number of to...

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