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New car sales up 6.4% in June and 3.3% YTD

3rd July 2015

Australia’s 2015 new car market has topped half a million, with the 125,850 new cars sold in June 2015 bringing the 2015 year-to-date total to 578,427. The 125,850 sales represents a 6.4 per cent increase on June 2014 sales figures; and the 578,427 YTD sales are 3.3 per cent higher... More…

Repair concerns as long weekend sees more than 6000 vehicles in crashes

30th June 2015

Australia's automotive industry has alerted motorists about the potential for sub-standard repairs and the use of non-genuine parts after it was revealed more than 6000 vehicles were involved in accidents over the recent Queen's Birthday long weekend. Data supplied by insurance companies... More…

Light commercial vehicles dominate top five in May

3rd June 2015

Australians bought 93,327 new cars in May 2015—1.3 per cent less than in May 2014. Year-to-date, sales remain strong, with the 452,577 new car sales recorded for the January to May 2015 period representing a 2.5 per cent increase on figures recorded for the same year-to-date period in... More…

Genuine is best

1st June 2015

Australian motorists have a new resource at their fingertips with the website genuineisbest.com.au launching today. The website provides consumers with important information about keeping their vehicle safe through the use of genuine parts in collision and general repairs, and services. The... More…

Automotive Transformation Scheme

14th May 2015

The FCAI welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement, through the 2015–16 Budget, that there is no policy change to the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS). This follows Minister Ian Macfarlane’s announcement, in March 2015, that the Government is committed to maintain... More…

David Blackhall awarded FCAI Life Membership

8th May 2015

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has recognised the significant and invaluable contribution David Blackhall has made to the Australian automotive industry by awarding him Life Membership of the Chamber. “FCAI Life Membership is a prestigious award given to members who... More…

FCAI participates in post-2020 greenhouse gas emissions target consultations

7th May 2015

The Australian automotive industry is committed to making a strong contribution to national efforts designed to reduce the impact of climate change. Over the past decade, CO2 emissions from new light vehicles have decreased by 22 per cent. With the increasing commitment by manufacturers to... More…

Australian automotive industry looks to the future at 2015 FCAI AGM

6th May 2015

The Australian automotive industry discussed its exciting future on Tuesday, when the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries held its Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner, in Melbourne. Discussing the current policy environment, emerging issues and future technologies, representatives from... More…

New car sales up 3.5% YTD

5th May 2015

New car sales rose 1.2 per cent in April 2015, with Australians buying 81,656 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles—946 more than in April 2014. Year-to-date, sales are up 3.5 per cent.   SUV sales rose 17 per cent, compared to April 2014, and light commercial sales rose 3.4... More…

FCAI response to AFR article on car prices

20th April 2015

The Australian Financial Review’s simplistic analysis of car prices across countries, as published on 17 April 2015 (Cheaper cars under import plan, p3), is misleading as it does not compare like vehicles; rather, it disregards specification levels and features and compares... More…

Carbon emissions from new motor vehicles continue to fall

18th April 2015

Carbon emissions from new motor vehicles in Australia continue to decrease, with the national average for 2014 falling 2.4 per cent compared to 2013 figures. This decline is highlighted in the National Transport Commission’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity from New Australian Light... More…

The Government’s misguided view on car imports will hurt Australian consumers

16th April 2015

The Australian Government’s complete disregard for the serious consequences that would flow from a plan to allow Australian consumers to personally import new motor vehicles is irresponsible and short-sighted.  Calling for the Government to carefully consider the facts before making a... More…

Off-road motorcycles a popular choice in 2015

9th April 2015

Australians showed their love for off-road motorcycling in the first quarter of 2015, with sales of off-road motorcycles up 2 per cent on first quarter 2015 figures. The 7,715 off-road bike sales represented just over 31 per cent of the total motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and scooter... More…

New car sales up 8% in March 2015

7th April 2015

Australia’s new car market was very strong in March 2015, with sales up 8 per cent on March 2014 figures. The total 105,054 sales is the largest March sales market ever recorded. The strong results coincide with the March 2015 release of CommSec’s Car Affordability Index, which found... More…

Staying safe on ATVs this Easter and school holidays

1st April 2015

As we approach the Easter break and with school holidays occurring or soon to commence around Australia, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is reminding Australians that known safety practices and training help keep all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users safe when using their vehicles.... More…

FCAI thanks retiring President Bob Graziano

19th March 2015

FCAI President and Chairman Bob Graziano has announced that he will retire as President and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited, effective 1 April 2015. Mr Graziano joined the FCAI Board in 2010, assuming the role of FCAI President in 2012. “We thank Mr Graziano for the leadership,... More…

FCAI welcomes Government announcement on Automotive Transformation Scheme

10th March 2015

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries welcomes Minister Macfarlane’s announcement of the Australian Government's commitment to maintain the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) in its original form as legislated. FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said this commitment provides... More…

February new car market highest on record

4th March 2015

Australia has had its highest ever February new car sales result with Australians purchasing 90,424 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in February 2015. Sales figures for last month were 4.2 per cent higher than February 2014 figures. The 90,424 new car sales brings the... More…

SUVs a popular choice in January 2015

4th February 2015

Australia’s new car market has had a solid start to the year with new car purchases for January 2015 on par with January 2014 figures. This follows a strong sales year in 2014, with sales being the second highest ever. Australians bought 82,116 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial... More…

Road motorcycle sales finish strong in 2014

12th January 2015

Australia’s new motorcycle market ran a solid race in 2014, with total motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales reaching 111,599—only 2.2 per cent lower than 2013 figures. Road bike sales were strong, increasing 1.5 per cent compared to 2013 and accounting for 39.9 per cent of the total... More…

2014 new car sales results

6th January 2015

The Australian new car market has topped 1.1 million for only the third year ever, with Australians buying 1,113,224 new cars in 2014. The close race between last year’s top seller, the Toyota Corolla, and the Mazda3 came to an end with 422 more Australians taking home the Toyota... More…

Industry agreement to help car owners be better informed

16th December 2014

The FCAI and AADA continue to show their commitment to consumers and the Government following the 2012 Treasury review of access to service and repair information, through the signing of an industry principles agreement.  Signing the agreement, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber and AADA... More…

New car market reaches 1 million in November

3rd December 2014

Over 1 million new cars have been sold in Australia this year, with national sales for November 2014 reaching 92,232. While sales for the year are down 2.2 per cent, the FCAI expects full-year (2014) sales to top 1.1 million.  Releasing the November 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive... More…