Wheeling in the years series - Ford Falcon flew high in the 80s

Mark Schneider | 27/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

It took Ford 22 years to knock Holden off the perch as Australia’s top selling car, but in 1982 the Falcon edged out the Commodore and retained top spot for the next seven years. Between them the Falcon and the Commodore shared a quarter of the market for new cars in 1982. That may sound impressive, but it was a huge drop from the early 1960s where six-out-of-10 Australian cars were either Holdens or Fords. Ford and Holden executives today, however, would probably kill for the s...

Doctors campaign to make Autonomous Emergency Braking standard

Mark Schneider | 25/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Picture this: you’re driving the kids to school in stop-start peak hour traffic on the freeway and it’s already been a difficult start to the day. The kids are squabbling and carrying on in the back seat and all of a sudden there’s the sound of slapping, a scream and crying. Instinctively you turn around to tell them to sit quietly, stop fighting and behave themselves - or else. And as you turn back round to the front you discover the car in front has stopped and you...

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...

Roads Of Australia Series - Great Ocean Road is the world’s most spectacular war memorial

Mark Schneider | 5/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Roadside memorials are common enough in Australia, but did you know that one of Australia’s most famous roads is a memorial in itself? Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, which stretches for a spectacular 243 kilometres from Torquay to Allansford, was built by returned World War 1 soldiers as a permanent memorial to those who died in the conflict. The idea for a road along the coast linking the remote coastal settlements to Geelong was raised as far back as the 1880s. Until then ...

5 Top Tips To Stay Safe On The Roads This Festive Season

David Michie | 21/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

With the festive season upon us, many Australians will be taking to the roads to visit family members, go on holiday or celebrate with friends. And it’s a tragic fact that every year people die on the roads at this time of the year for reasons that are entirely preventable. How can you navigate your way happily and safely through the holiday season? Fleetcare,the leading fleet management company, offers the following advice: 1. Take driver fatigue seriously Around a quarter ...

Wheeling in the years series - American Giant, Ford, enters the market during the 1960's

Mark Schneider | 14/12/2015 10:31:24 AM

If Holden reigned as the undisputed king of the 1950s Australian car market, the 1960s saw the start of real competition when that other American giant, Ford, entered the market with the Falcon. It was the start of a protracted battle for the hearts and minds of Australian motorists that was to last for decades, sparking many bar room debates. Ford Falcon First Released November 1960 Ford released the Falcon in November 1960 but its first offering, the XK, was blighted with reliab...

Aussie invention had a full head of steam

Mark Schneider | 2/12/2015 9:09:15 AM

Australians are an inventive lot and never more so than when it comes to cars. We’ve invented the ute, race cam, which revolutionised car racing coverage, rack and pinion steering, the baby safety capsule and the panel van. They’ve all been remarkably successful, but Australia has also had its share of heroic auto engineering failures as well, and one of the most interesting was Ted Pritchard’s steam-powered car. What was the dominant form of propulsion in the early ...

Top tips to spot a bad novated lease provider

Mark Schneider | 23/11/2015 3:45:41 PM

Novated leases are the perfect way to get your hands on the vehicle you’ve always wanted, offering great savings and carefree motoring while your novated lease provider takes care of all those boring details for you. But not all novated leases are created equal, and while the right one will have you heading smoothly down the right road in the years to come, the wrong choice could see you heading down a long, winding, bumpy road pitted with unexpected potholes. 1. Pushy sales peo...

Roads Of Australia Series - Gibb River Road is a spectacular northern adventure

Mark Schneider | 18/11/2015 9:19:08 AM

It may not be a fast, smooth glide down a ribbon of bitumen, but a 4WD trek down Western Australia’s Gibb River Road is a real motoring adventure offering a trip back into Australia’s history through some of the most spectacular scenery the country has to offer. The road is a 660 kilometre journey through the heart of Kimberley cattle country passing through cattle stations that measure their size in thousands of square kilometres. It links Broome and Derby on the west coast t...

Fleetcare Customer Survey Results - Driverless Cars

David Michie | 10/11/2015 8:08:26 AM

68% of Australian drivers say they would be ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ likely to buy a driverless car in the future if money was not an issue. The latest Fleetcare Drivers Poll, conducted by leading fleet management company Fleetcare, reveals a very high level of acceptability of the new technology. The findings come just days ahead of the first driverless car trials to be conducted in Australia this weekend, as part of the International Driverless Cars Conference (5th and 6...

Wheeling In The Years Series - Australia’s own car was a hit from the start

Mark Schneider | 3/11/2015 12:36:04 PM

With the Second World War well and truly behind it, Australia in the 1950s was booming, with full employment and a high standard of living that was attracting immigrants from Greece, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and Germany. We were living the suburban dream where a house of your own and a car in the driveway was every Aussie’s ambition. And when it came to cars it had to be the dinky-di FJ Holden. The famous FJ wasn’t Holden’s first “all Australian car&rdquo...

The Guide To Residual Value - With Minimum Residual Value Table

Mark Schneider | 29/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

If you’re in the market for a new car then you probably already know about the benefits of novated leasing. A Fleetcare novated lease takes the hassle out of car ownership. You don’t have to find the money up front for the car of your dreams and your employer is effectively responsible for leasing it for you. The lease doesn’t just cover the purchase price of that new or used car, it covers all the maintenance as well – all those repairs and services as well as the...

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...

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