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FCAI welcomes consultation on reducing CO2 emissions in light vehicles

11th February 2016

The Australian light vehicle industry supports a mandated target for new cars which is tailored to the Australian market, taking into consideration consumer choice, consumer driving conditions, market fuel and infrastructure. While the CO2 contribution of annual sales of new passenger cars, SUVs... More…

Consumers sold a dud on personal imports

10th February 2016

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is extremely disappointed in the Australian Government’s announcement that it will allow personal imports of ‘near-new’ motor vehicles from 2018. “The FCAI has repeatedly called on the Government to carefully consider the... More…

Strong start for new car sales in 2016

3rd February 2016

New car sales have started strongly in 2016, with Australians buying 84,373 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in January 2016; 2.7 per cent more than in January 2015. Releasing the January 2016 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said consumers continue to be the... More…

Australia’s motorcycle market steady in 2015

8th January 2016

Australia’s new motorcycle market was steady in 2015, with motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales reaching 108,711*—on par with 2014 figures.   Honda was the largest selling brand, holding 22.5 per cent of the total motorcycle, ATV and scooter market. In second place was Yamaha with... More…

New car sales reach record heights in 2015

6th January 2016

  Australia has a new car sales record with Australians buying 1,155,408 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in 2015. Vehicle sales in December 2015 totalled 99,616, up almost 3 per cent on December 2014 sales. The 1,155,408 sales are 1.7 per cent higher than the previous record... More…

Wishing ATV riders safe and happy holidays

16th December 2015

Summer holidays are a great time for Australians to be active and enjoy the outdoors. In regional and rural areas, this can mean riding an age appropriate ATV. This holiday period, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is reminding ATV riders that known safety practices, training and... More…

Genuine is best for a safe holiday road trip

11th December 2015

As one of the year's busiest travel periods approaches, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is reminding holiday motorists to ensure their vehicle is in peak condition, and that pre-trip servicing includes the use of genuine replacement parts. The FCAI's Genuine Is Best... More…

Letter to the editor (AFR) - Used imports

9th December 2015

(This letter was published in the Australian Financial Review on Wednesday, 9 December 2015) I'm disappointed with the article "Why does a $23,000 Audi in Auckland cost $35,000 in Sydney?" (December 4) which neglected to highlight the serious safety and other consumer protection issues associated... More…

New car sales top 1 million in November

3rd December 2015

New car sales topped 1 million in November, with the 98,639 sales recorded in the month bringing the year‑to‑date (YTD) total to 1,055,792. YTD, new car sales are 3.9 per cent higher than those recorded in the same YTD period in 2014. The month’s 98,639 sales are 6.9 per cent higher... More…

NSW Coroner’s recommendations on ATV safety

1st December 2015

The FCAI welcomes the NSW Coroner’s recommendations on ATV safety and is pleased the Coroner has promoted a number of known safety measures that can have a positive impact on ATV safety, including the serious matters of children on adult-sized ATVs; the wearing of helmets; carrying... More…

Australia’s premier motorcycle industry event opens tomorrow

19th November 2015

The latest and greatest new bikes and eye-catching riding displays will be in Homebush from tomorrow until Sunday, as part of the 2015 Sydney Motorcycle Show.   The Show is the premier event for Australia’s motorcycle industry and is owned by the Federal Chamber of Automotive... More…

New car sales up 3.4 per cent in October

5th November 2015

New car sales in Australia were strong again last month, with Australians taking home 94,321 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles: 3.4 per cent more than in October 2014. Year-to-date sales are up 3.6 per cent, reaching 957,153. With just two months left of 2015, new car sales are... More…

FCAI welcomes Ministerial Forum on vehicle emissions

31st October 2015

The FCAI welcomes the establishment of a Ministerial Forum to undertake a whole-of-government approach to addressing vehicle emissions. “We are pleased the Australian Government is looking to industries to provide real-world information on the important issue of emissions reductions,”... More…

FCAI welcomes new helmet laws for ATV users

30th October 2015

Helmets help keep ATV users safer when riding. The FCAI is pleased that the QLD Government has recognised this by mandating the use of helmets for all ATV riders on public roads, from November 1. ATVs are useful pieces of farm equipment that, when used appropriately, help farmers carry out their... More…

Fake wheels fail the safety test

26th October 2015

A set of fake wheels on sale in Australia have been shown to dangerously disintegrate at just 50km/h in testing. The test was carried out by the Australian automotive industry and saw Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific and GM Holden team up to demonstrate to consumers the serious safety risks that... More…

Road motorcycles continue to be a popular choice in 2015

8th October 2015

Road motorcycles continue to be a popular choice in 2015, with Australians purchasing 10,749 new road motorcycles in the third quarter of 2015—bringing the year-to-date total to 32,437. The 32,437 sales represent a 1.1 per cent increase of on YTD road motorcycles sales to September 2014.... More…

SUV Demand Continues to Drive Market in September 2015

5th October 2015

Sales of new motor vehicles in September continued the 2015 trend with growth up 6.8% compared to sales in September 2014. In total, Australians purchased 101,392 vehicles in September 2015, up 6,414 units compared to the previous September. Year to date new vehicle sales in 2015 now total... More…

FCAI disappointed with promotion of inaccurate star rating for ATVs

1st October 2015

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side vehicles (SSV) are highly-useful pieces of farm and recreation equipment that are used across Australia daily. These vehicles are not toys, they need to be used appropriately. The known safety practices and training currently promoted by the industry... More…

Small SUV sales boom in August 2015

3rd September 2015

  Australians bought 90,705 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in August 2015—2.9 per cent more than in August 2014. The 90,705 vehicle sales brings the year-to-date total to 761,440—3.2 per cent more than the same YTD period in 2014. Releasing the August 2015 new... More…

QLD Coroner’s recommendations on ATV safety

27th August 2015

The QLD Deputy State Coroner’s recommendations on ATV safety are strongly focussed on the promotion and take-up of known safety practices, which help keep ATV users safer when riding their vehicles. Welcoming Deputy State Coroner Lock’s recommendations, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber... More…

Mark Skaife joins Genuine Is Best

24th August 2015

Australian motorsport great Mark Skaife OAM has joined the call in raising awareness of the importance of using genuine parts in vehicle repairs with his appointment as the Genuine Is Best ambassador. The five-time Australian Touring Car champion and six-time Bathurst 1000 winner said it is... More…

New technology helping improve road safety

11th August 2015

Year-on-year improvements in vehicle technology are helping to improve the safety for Australians on national roads. Speaking about road safety in the lead up to the Senate Road Safety Inquiry public hearings in Canberra on Friday, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said new cars made for the... More…

FCAI welcomes Government consultation on 2030 emissions reductions targets

11th August 2015

New passenger cars, SUVs and light commercial vehicles contribute to only around 0.5 per cent of Australia’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions. While the contribution is low, vehicle manufacturers selling light vehicles in Australia are committed to developing and delivering new... More…