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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…

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…

FCAI media statement - harmonisation of ADRs with international standards

27th November 2014

The Australian Government is delivering red-tape reduction for Australian businesses through its commitment to bring Australia's vehicle safety and design rules into line with international standards.  
"The FCAI welcomes yesterday's announcement by Assistant Minister for... More…

New cars affordable and built for Australian conditions

7th November 2014

New cars are now more affordable than ever before—and many comparable cars are cheaper in Australia than in other major right-hand drive markets, such as Japan, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, according to a recent study. An analysis of comparable car prices in key right-hand drive... More…

New car sales expected to top 1.1 million in 2014

6th November 2014

Australians bought 91,236 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in October 2014, 1.5 per cent less than in October 2013. Year-to-date, Australians have bought 924,189 new vehicles, with the full-year market expected to top 1.1 million for the third year in a row. SUV sales... More…

Access to service and repair information

22nd October 2014

FCAI members have, for many years, provided independent repairers with access to automotive service and repair information. This fact is reflected in the findings of a 2012 Treasury review, which found that there is no evidence of consumer detriment relating to access to service and repair... More…

Sharing of service and repair information in the automotive industry

17th October 2014

A 2012 Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) review found that there does not appear to be any evidence of systemic consumer detriment regarding the sharing of service and repair information in the automotive industry. To ensure this continues to be the case, CCAAC recommended... More…

Motorcycle sales steady in 2014

8th October 2014

Road motorcycles continue to be a popular choice in 2014, with Australians purchasing 10,744 new road motorcycles in the third quarter of 2014—bringing the year-to-date total to 32,416. The 32,416 sales represent a 3 per cent increase on September 2013 sales. Releasing the 2014 third... More…

New car sales rise 2.5% in September

3rd October 2014

Australians bought 94,978 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles last month—2.5 per cent (2,316) more than in September 2013.  Releasing the September 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said sales continue to grow significantly in the SUV segment, with 14.6... More…

FCAI opposes Automotive Transformation Scheme cuts

24th September 2014

Reducing the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) will have serious consequences for the 45,000 workers directly employed, and the more than 100,000 workers indirectly employed in the automotive sector, around Australia. Calling on the Parliament to reject the ATS Amendment Bill introduced in... More…

FCAI Media Statement—Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act

4th September 2014

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Government’s Options Discussion Paper for the 2014 Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act, which was released today.  The Motor Vehicle Standards Act1989 is a complex piece of... More…

Vehicle market down in August

3rd September 2014

Australia’s new car market fell 5.5 per cent in August 2014, compared to August 2013, with 88,157 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold. Releasing the August 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said sales fell predominantly in the passenger car segment, with... More…