Toyota Drifts to the Dark Side. Oh what a feeling….

Bowan Spanbroek | 15/02/2010 3:53:30 PM

Every day seems to bring more bad news for the automotive giant Toyota with 4.5 million vehicles recalled internationally, a class action law suit, a congressional hearing starting in America and an award for energy efficiency being stripped in Japan. Their main woes are coming from the US, also Toyota’s region of highest growth. But it seems the US is the source of the underlying problem, and where Toyota began to lose their way. Toyota has been a benchmark for quality and reliabil...

How to hold on to Your Employees During the Upcoming Boom in WA

Bowan Spanbroek | 8/02/2010 3:56:09 PM

If you live in WA you will know three things about the resources industry. It’s hard work, it pays well and there is always someone hiring. All three facts contributed to the skills shortage of 07, putting the power in the employee’s court. Job hopping became rife with miners and tradespeople picking and choosing positions that suited them and skilled labourers making a mass exodus from the eastern states. Anyone in upper management knows that when you lose an experienced empl...

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Geely enters the market low but aims high

Bowan Spanbroek | 29/01/2010 3:58:28 PM

This year we will see the introduction of the third Chinese Automotive brand to the Australian market. Geely is set to bring 3 models into Australia via John Hughes ‘Chinese Automotive Distributors’ Company. Initially it will be WA that receives the first 1.5 litre MK models, with dealerships in North Perth and Mandurah releasing possibly in May.Hughes is currently recruiting dealerships over east to distribute the new brand nationally. The aggressive pricing of the MK and Pan...

Survival of the Fittest: The competitive environment after the GFC

Bowan Spanbroek | 25/01/2010 4:00:56 PM

Darwin’s law of Natural Selection came into play in the Auto industry this year, with the GFC testing all manufacturers flight or fight responses. If a companies value proposition didn’t add up in 2009 then they were subject to the laws of nature, with only a handful posting positive sales.The down turn really showed the underlying demand for brands. Those who where not thriving in 2008 where left behind to be eaten by this new economic threat.   Top of the food chain ...

Car production takes a dive

Bowan Spanbroek | 11/01/2010 4:04:05 PM

Australian car production has slumped to a low of 225,713 vehicles produced in 2009, a staggering 100,000 fewer cars than 2008. The high Australian dollar has hindered the already diminished demand from foreign importers in the US and Middle East. On top of this local producers are hurting from the recent tariff cut that has lowered foreign importers costs considerably. These combined factors mean local producers will be relying heavily on tax-payer funded assistance in the coming year, w...

December 2009 hits an all-time record for car sales! Pity about the rest of the year…

Bowan Spanbroek | 7/01/2010 4:07:12 PM

A last minute rush from business owners seeking the investment allowance resulted in a record December, with 88,708 vehicles sold (15.9% up on last December). The main contributors were vans, 4x2 and 4x4, all receiving significant growth in sales. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry (FCAI) forecasted 880’000 vehicles being sold for 2009, however December pushed the auto industry well past the line with 937,328 new cars sold, a positive result in the context of a recession! ...

5 safety tips for country Christmas driving

Bowan Spanbroek | 17/12/2009 4:09:15 PM

Christmas is a great time of year to venture out into the Australian countryside for a break with the family. So please read these 5 simple tips to ensure you have a safe and happy Christmas trip. 1. Turning off the road. When turning right, across traffic, have your wheels pointed straight ahead rather than right. This way, if hit from behind you will not be knocked into oncoming traffic. 2. Road Trains. Impatience with large trucks has caused many road fatalities in the past. Never...

10 reasons why your fleet needs GPS tracking

Bowan Spanbroek | 11/12/2009 8:34:29 AM

GPS Fleet Tracking 101 GPS tracking uses a satellite linked device to update vehicle information at regular intervals (usually around 20sec). Information includes, date, time, location (latitude & longitude) heading direction, altitude and travelling speed. This information is then delivered to the fleet manager, keeping managers updated on their fleet’s status 24 hours a day 7 days a week, from anywhere with an internet connection. GPS software packages come equipped with a...

Is the auto industry climbing back up the mountain or tripping over an anthill?

Bowan Spanbroek | 9/12/2009 8:43:07 AM

With the release of the October figures from ABS the automotive industry looks as if it’s turning around. October marked the third consecutive month of growth with a 3.7% increase for new car sales. Encouraged by the extension of the small to medium business tax rebate, business’s rather than consumers seem to be fueling this sales resurgence. This is positive news when compared to our British counterparts who sustained a drop of 6.7% in new car production compared to October ...

Tarriff Cuts: Will Mazda zoom ahead in 2010?

Bowan Spanbroek | 27/11/2009 8:46:14 AM

January 1st could be bringing more than a champagne induced headache for car companies operating under the current Free Trade Agreement. An importation tariff cut of 5% is being introduced in the New Year. This will further flatten the playing field for those companies that import their entire car line outside of the Free Trade area such as Mazda and Porsche. The tariff reduction is from 10% to 5%, giving importers one of two options, pass on the savings to consumers or increase their pro...

Fleet Safety: Are you steering your company towards a productivity iceberg?

Bowan Spanbroek | 17/11/2009 8:48:32 AM

We all know the tragic price families and friends pay because of mobile phone usage on the road. But now there is another cost being identified, the loss in productivity for big business. You could be sailing along fine at the moment but all fleet managers should stop and peer into the distance to avoid a productivity disaster. What does the iceberg look like? Heinrich’s Accident Pyramid proposes that for every 300 unsafe acts, 29 minor injuries and one major injury occur. A recent ...

Holden’s Incredible Hulk

Bowan Spanbroek | 21/10/2009 8:54:10 AM

This year Edward Norton and Lou Farigno aren’t the only one showing off some green muscle. Holden’s new ‘MY10’ Commodore takes a progressive step away from previous gas guzzling models with a greener, more powerful 210kw engine. Who says that the environmentally friendly driver has to sip chai latte and drive a Hybrid? Holden’s new SIDI technology (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) reduces previous carbon emission rates by a whopping 12%. This allows those of ...

5 steps to reduce fleet emissions

Bowan Spanbroek | 21/10/2009 8:50:57 AM

The prospect of saving on operating costs and reducing your carbon footprint is too good to pass up. By implementing these five simple steps you can reduce your fleet overheads while enhancing your company’s environmental image. 1. Measure Your Fleet – Obtain an accurate picture of you current emissions rate. Gaining a clear and accurate picture of your company’s current emission output is obviously the first step in reducing carbon emissions and saving your companies ru...

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