Autonomous Car Tech Forging Ahead

Mark Schneider | 5/04/2017 8:54:57 AM

Electric car sales may have stalled but the autonomous vehicle revolution looks set to overtake the motoring world with quite astonishing speed. Around the world carmakers, technology firms and governments are scrambling to embrace the strange new world of autonomous motoring. Computer giant Intel recently bought autonomous vehicle technology firm MobileEye in a $15.3 billion deal. MobilEye's technology for data analysis, machine learning, localisation and mapping for driver assistanc...

Tesla Model 3 "A Game Changer"

Mark Schneider | 28/04/2016 8:57:06 AM

It’s been described as “the fastest growing customer order book in the history of the automobile” and a “game changer” in the transition from the internal combustion engine to electric. Advance orders for Tesla’s Model 3, Tesla’s first affordable electric vehicle, soared past the 325,000 mark just days after release, representing a potential $US280 million and more in deposits alone to the Californian carmaker. If those orders all come to fruition tot...

Record car sales defy slowing economy

Mark Schneider | 21/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Australia’s economy may be slowing but you wouldn’t know it from the new car sales. In 2015 we bought new cars in record numbers – 1,155,408 of them in fact. Australians are really taking to the range of new models with their features and comforts in one of the world’s most competitive car markets. The high level of choice in the Australian new car market is delivering Australian consumers’ access to high-quality vehicles at record affordability levels,&r...

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...

Australians still love their SUVs

Mark Schneider | 2/09/2015 3:08:10 PM

Australians’ love of SUVs shows no signs of cooling if the latest new car sales figures are any indication. While sales grew by around 3% overall in July 2015, SUV sales were up by no less than 13.4% for the month, contributing to an overall increase of 13.7% year-on-year. Where once sedans such as the Falcon or Commodore, or perhaps their station wagon equivalents, were the natural choice for the family’s set of wheels, today the SUV seems the natural choice. So what&...

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 10 cars series; India’s top selling cars UPDATE 2012 & 2013

Kirsten Brent | 4/10/2013 11:13:04 AM

With over one billion residents, India has the second highest population. With so many people and such a large country (the seventh largest by area), it is hardly surprising that they also have one of the largest automotive sectors in the world. India car sales reached a new high in 2012, up a whopping 14% year-on-year compared to 2011. With the Indian car market growing so rapidly, how do the 2013 sales to July and full 2012 sales compare with previous year’s figures? We did a comp...

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 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...

Top selling cars in Australia 2012

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 18/01/2013 12:01:59 PM

Another year and yet another top ten list showcasing the top sellers. In what is becoming an annual article here at Fleetcare, we take the top ten selling cars and try to understand what they tell us about the habits of the Australian public. Last year we had the Mazda 3 at number 1 - would it hold its own? Could the Holden Commodore come back? Or perhaps a new contender could take the crown. As per usual, we look past the figures to find out what the table is telling us. In the past we looke...

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