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...

Roads Of Australia Series - Hume Highway’s history reaches back to Governor Macquarie

Mark Schneider | 23/10/2015 10:01:35 AM

If ever a road was steeped in the history of Australian settlement it’s the Hume Highway connecting Australia’s two biggest cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Today it’s an essential route for road freight between the two cities, while also serving Canberra and Albury-Wodonga, but its origins were far more humble. In the early days of European settlement the Great Dividing Range proved an impenetrable barrier to the southwest of Sydney, with a geological feature, the Bargo Ra...

Roads of Australia series - Eyre Highway a long and not-so-winding road

Mark Schneider | 20/10/2015 9:20:24 AM

There aren’t many roads anywhere in the world where you can legally land an aircraft, but Australia’s Eyre Highway is one of them. A number of Royal Flying Doctor Service emergency landing strips are signposted along the Eyre Highway’s 1675 kilometres. You’ll see them marked out with “piano keys” painted on the road accompanied with turnaround areas for light aircraft. It’s another curious feature of one of Australia’s most remote highwa...

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...

Roads of Australia series - Stuart Highway a journey through Australia

Mark | 2/10/2015 10:24:01 AM

It’s one of Australia’s longest and loneliest stretches of road and it runs right through the heart of the country for almost 3000 kilometres, separating the west of the continent from the east. The Stuart Highway, which reaches from Darwin to Port Augusta commemorates the journey of John McDouall Stuart, the first European explorer to travel from south to north through central Australia, though it doesn’t exactly follow the route he took. Today’s smooth sealed...

Vehicle Thefts At Record Lows In Australia

Mark Schneider | 16/09/2015 10:31:48 AM

There’s some good news and bad news in figures on car theft in Australia. The good news is that car theft is at its lowest since records started in the 1970s, with 52,000 cars stolen in 2013/14 according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. That’s a big reduction from the peak year of 2000-2001, when 142,000 cars were stolen across the country. The bad news is that “professional” vehicle theft – where vehicles are stolen and not recovere...

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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&...

Slow but steady roll out for Australia's "electric roads"

Mark Schneider | 19/06/2015 11:10:34 AM

Australia has quite a way to go before an electric car becomes a practical proposition for anyone but the most city-bound motorists, but a couple of recent developments have eliminated “range anxiety” on some key routes. In April electric car maker Tesla announced that a supercharger station would be opened in Goulburn New South Wales by mid year, making it possible for Tesla owners to travel between Sydney and Canberra. Recharging their car is free. It’s part of Tes...

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Tesla Model S – The game changer

Jess Wallace | 23/03/2015 9:26:06 AM

Both a motor and a technology company, Tesla is set to make a big impression in the Australian automotive industry. Co-founded by Elon Musk, Martin Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning, JB Straubel and Ian Wright, Tesla is here to change the way Australians think of electric cars and push forward the future dynamics of the automotive industry.  A bit about Tesla Tesla Motors entered into the electric automotive industry in 2006. Its first vehicle – a Roadster, was an all-electric modi...

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Top five Motorsport Events in Australia for 2015

Jess Wallace | 27/01/2015 3:54:43 PM

As we draw closer to the end of January, a lot of keen motorsport fans are now starting to look forward to the numerous events which are coming up this year. Here we round up our top five motorsport events in Australia for 2015. V8’s The V8 Supercars Championship is one of the biggest if not the biggest motorsport event for Australia. In 2015 there will be 14 Championship events. The V8 Supercars Championship event races happen in all states of Australia and this year new broadc...

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AFL 2014 Most Memorable Moments

Jess Wallace | 26/09/2014 1:31:14 PM

It’s official. After this weekend the 2014 footy season will be over and fans will have to wait until early next year to get their next hit of a footy fix. MCG will be packed full of gold and red wearing fans who are hoping for their teams victory this Saturday night. With that in mind we thought we would reflect on the 2014 AFL season with six of the most memorable moments. 1) Giansiracusa confirms ‘super sub’ status After getting out to a six goal lead against Rich...

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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...

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...

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