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Confusion reigns around parallel car imports

21st April 2016

Australia’s competition watchdog today created more policy confusion around the parallel car imports debate and in doing so, contradicted previous announcements by the Minister. The Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Tony Weber, said the public statements made... More…

Australian automotive industry supports realistic mandated CO2 target

8th April 2016

The Australian automotive industry reaffirmed in its submission to the Federal Government’s Ministerial Forum on vehicle emissions its commitment to a mandated CO2 target that is relevant to Australia.  Welcoming the opportunity to work with the Government to consider ways to... More…

FCAI Response to Vehicle Emissions Discussion Paper

8th April 2016

A real and sustained reduction in vehicle emissions (both CO2 and pollutants) will only be achieved through an integrated approach that takes a whole-of-government approach to CO2 standards, vehicle pollutant emission standards, fuel quality standards and on-road vehicle operation.... More…

Positive start to 2016 for the Motorcycle and ATV Industry

7th April 2016

The motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and scooter market for the first quarter of 2016 was 1.6 per cent higher than the corresponding period in 2015.  These numbers include strong growth in off road (3.7 per cent), road (2.8 per cent) and ATV (2.7 per cent) segments of the market. ... More…

New Vehicle Sales Steady in March 2016

5th April 2016

Sales of new motor vehicles in March 2016 reached 104,512 units and year to date sales have passed the quarter million mark in 2016 with sales of 285,328. March 2016 sales are down slightly on March 2015 figures (0.5%) and year to date sales are up 2.8% on the same period in 2015.... More…

Australian automotive industry committed to reducing impacts of climate change

1st April 2016

Carbon emissions from new motor vehicles in Australia continue to decrease, with the national average for 2015 falling 1.9 per cent compared to 2014 figures. This decline is highlighted in the National Transport Commission’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity from New Australian Light... More…

New car sales up 6.7 per cent in February

3rd March 2016

Australians bought 96,443 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in February 2016, just over 6,000 (or 6.7 per cent more) than in February 2015. The strong start to the year has seen new car sales increase 4.8 per cent year-to-date. Releasing the February 2016 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief... More…

Clarification needed on alleged operator protective device mandate for ATVs

17th February 2016

The FCAI is calling for clarification following media reporting this morning that operator protective devices (OPDs, also known as Crush Protection Devices or CPDs) will become mandated on ATVs in Victoria. WorkSafe Victoria is quoted as saying that “While it will not be compulsory for... More…

CASR researchers urge ATV riders to follow known safety

12th February 2016

Researchers from The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) are urging ATV riders to undertake training, follow known safety practices and ensure their vehicle is appropriate for the task at hand. Welcoming the research report, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber... More…

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…

Australian school-based apprentice of the year says genuine is best

29th January 2016

Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year, motorcycle technician Brenden Williamson, has endorsed the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Genuine is Best initiative, which highlights the safety, performance and durability benefits delivered by genuine replacement parts. Competing... 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…

Toyota Australia confirms genuine is best

19th November 2015

  A Toyota Australia investigation into the supply of counterfeit brake pads purporting to be genuine, factory-certified parts has resulted in a locally-based online supplier undertaking a recall. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) applauds Toyota’s actions, which... 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…