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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…

FCAI interim statement—PC report

26th August 2014

The FCAI welcomes the Australian Government’s comments, today, that they have no intention of allowing Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries’ old second-hand vehicles. The comments follow the release of the Productivity Commission’s final report for their... More…

Motor vehicle sales strong in July 2014

5th August 2014

Car sales were strong in July 2014, with Australians purchasing 89,867 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles—only 0.4 per cent or 368 cars less than the largest July on record (July 2013). Releasing the July 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said SUVs continue... More…

Consumers benefit from Australia’s competitive car market

2nd August 2014

Australia has a highly competitive new car market with 67 brands selling over 350 models. This high level of competition is benefiting consumers, with a vast majority of models sold in Australia for a cheaper price than other right-hand drive markets. These benefits are supported by new analysis... More…

ATV safety on farms

24th July 2014

This Farm Safety Week, the FCAI is reminding Australians that known safety practices and training help keep all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users safe when using their vehicles.  ATVs provide great benefits for farm owners/workers, allowing them to stand up for better visibility and dismount... More…

Road motorcycle sales strong in the first half of 2014

10th July 2014

Australians purchased 53,396 new motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and scooters in the first half of 2014, with road motorcycle purchases making up 40.6 per cent of these sales. While sales in the road motorcycle segment were up 2.2 per cent, total motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales were... More…

June 2014 vehicle sales bounce back

3rd July 2014

Australia’s new car market has bounced back from recent declines with new vehicle sales in June 2014 on par with June 2013 levels. Australian’s purchased 118,309 vehicles last month; only slightly less than the 118,758 sales recorded in June 2013. Releasing the June 2014 VFACTS... More…

FCAI disappointed with research report on light vehicle emissions standards

26th June 2014

The FCAI notes today’s release of the Climate Change Authority’s research report, Light vehicle emissions standards for Australia. Responding to the report, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said it is disappointing that the Climate Change Authority has not given appropriate recognition... More…

May 2014 new car sales figures

4th June 2014

Australia’s new car market fell 2.3 per cent in May 2014, when compared to May 2013; with 94,562 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold.  Releasing the VFACTS figures for May 2014, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said business purchases declined significantly in May,... More…

Government report demonstrates car industry commitment to reducing CO2 emissions

24th May 2014

Carbon emissions from new motor vehicles in Australia continue to decrease, with the national average for 2013 equal to 192 g/km—3.4 per cent lower than 2012 figures. This decline is highlighted in the National Transport Commission’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions from New Australian... More…

$900m cut undermines auto workers and business confidence

14th May 2014

The Australian Government has undermined the job security of tens of thousands of automotive manufacturing and supply chain workers with its plan to cut $900 million from the Automotive Transformation Scheme, at a time when Australia’s three domestic automotive manufacturers and their... More…

Reduced selling days impact new car sales in April

5th May 2014

New car sales were slow in April 2014 with Australians purchasing 80,710 new vehicles in what was a reduced selling month, owing to significant public holidays. The 80,710 sales represent a 5.2 per cent drop, when compared to April 2013 figures. Releasing the April 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief... More…

Motorcycle sales off to a slow start in 2014

8th April 2014

Motorcycle sales were down 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, with sales in the off-road motorcycle and scooter segments taking a significant hit—9.4 and 16.3 per cent, respectively—compared to sales in the same period of 2013. Road motorcycle sales; however, were strong, with... More…

Car sales strong in March

3rd April 2014

Car sales were strong in March with Australian's purchasing 97,267 new motor vehicles. Releasing the VFACTS figures for March 2014, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said large cars were a popular choice in March 2014, with purchases of large passenger cars up 24.5 per cent, and large SUVs up 9.7... More…

Car sales down in February 2014

5th March 2014

Car sales declined in February 2014 with Australians buying 86,818 new vehicles; 3,400 (3.8 per cent) less than in February 2013. Australia’s mining and manufacturing states had large falls with Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria recording 12, 5.7 and 4.1 per cent decreases,... More…

Media Statement from Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Tony Weber

10th February 2014

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is saddened by news today that Toyota will cease motor vehicle manufacturing in Australia by the end 2017.  Our thoughts are with the workers and their families at this difficult time. This is a very sad day for Australia. More…

Slow start for 2014

5th February 2014

Australians bought 82,285 vehicles in January 2014, 3.7 per cent less than in January 2013. The Mazda3 was the top selling car, with 4,561 vehicles sold. This was a significant 36 per cent increase on January 2013 sales. The Mazda3 was followed by the Toyota Corolla (Australia’s top selling... More…

Productivity Commission position paper undermines auto manufacturing

31st January 2014

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is disappointed with today’s Productivity Commission position paper into Australia’s Automotive Manufacturing Industry. While the FCAI will review the Paper in full, including its recommendations, it is unsurprising to note that the PC... More…

2013 motorcycle sales

8th January 2014

  Australians bought 113,289 new motorcycles, ATVs and scooters in 2013. Road motorcycles were the most popular choice, with almost 39 per cent of buyers taking a road bike home. Around 34 per cent of buyers purchased an off-road bike, almost 19 per cent bought an ATV and around 8 per cent... More…

Toyota Corolla, Australia’s top selling car in record 2013 market

6th January 2014

Australians bought a record 1,136,227 cars in 2013. The most popular choice was the Toyota Corolla, with 43,498 sales (3.8 per cent of the market). The Corolla was followed by the Mazda3 (42,082), Toyota HiLux (39,931) Hyundai i30 (30,582) and Holden Commodore (27,766).  Toyota also... More…

Keeping children safe on ATVs this holiday season

17th December 2013

Known safety practices, training and supervision help keep children safe when using ATVs (all-terrain vehicles). Summer holidays are a great time for children to be active and enjoy the outdoors. In regional and rural areas, this can mean riding an age appropriate ATV. "As the holidays begin, I... More…

Media Statement from FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber

11th December 2013

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is saddened by news today that Holden will cease manufacturing in Australia from the end of 2017. Our thoughts are with the workers and their families at this difficult time. More…

Small cars a popular choice in November

4th December 2013

The Toyota Corolla was Australia's top selling car last month, with 3,894 sold. The Mazda3 came in second (3,666), followed by the Toyota Hilux (3,368), Hyundai i30 (3,157) and Holden Commodore (3,097). The top five results highlight the growing popularity of small cars, with three of the five... More…

Australia’s premier motorcycle industry event opens tomorrow

14th November 2013

The latest and greatest new bikes, pristine classics and eye-catching riding displays will be in Darling Harbour from tomorrow until Sunday, as part of the 2013 Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show. The Show is the premier event for Australia’s motorcycle industry and is owned by the... More…

Car sales down in October

6th November 2013

Car sales were down in all states and territories except Tasmania last month, with national sales down 3.1 per cent. Releasing the October 2013 VFACTS report Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Chief Executive Tony Weber said the figures show private sales have increased 4.4 per cent... More…

Government’s FBT announcement

6th November 2013

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries welcomes the confirmation by Treasurer Joe Hockey and Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos that the Federal Government will not proceed with the previous Government’s FBT change, announced in July. This means the statutory formula method remains... More…

The real value of our automotive manufacturing industry

4th November 2013

The Australian economy would be $21.5 billion smaller if automotive manufacturing leaves the country in 2018. Melbourne and Adelaide will be heavily impacted with significant job losses and a long-term fall in gross regional product (GRP). Economic analysis by Monash University’s Centre of... More…

NSW Motor Dealers and Repairers Bill creates national inconsistency

30th October 2013

Motor vehicle distributors in New South Wales will be hit with confusing and nationally inconsistent regulations if the NSW Government’s Motor Dealers and Repairers Bill 2013 passes through Parliament in its current form. The Bill, introduced into NSW Parliament last week, is supposedly... More…

MOTORCYCLE SALES ON THE RISE IN 2013

8th October 2013

Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and scooter sales have risen almost one per cent this year, with almost 80,000 sold in Australia between January and September. The 79,949 sales are 0.8 per cent higher than in the same period last year. Releasing the motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales figures... More…

CAR SALES DOWN 2.1 % IN SEPTEMBER

3rd October 2013

Toyota was the top selling brand in the September market with 17,492 vehicles sold. Toyota also had the top two selling cars for the month—the Toyota Corolla with 3,443 and the Toyota Hilux with 3,341. The Mazda3 was the third top selling car (3,052 units), followed by the Holden Commodore... More…

FBT CHANGE SLOWS CAR SALES

4th September 2013

The automotive industry took a hit in August with sales down 0.2 per cent compared to August last year. Only 93,336 vehicles were sold. Prior to the Government's 16 July FBT change, vehicle sales had increased, on average, by around 4.8 per cent each month, compared to the same periods from 2012.... More…

JULY SALES UP FROM 2012, BUT LOWER THAN EXPECTED

5th August 2013

Sales of passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were strong in July 2013, totalling 90,235, yet lower than expected. Releasing the July 2013 VFACTS data, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Tony Weber said it is disappointing that even after only half a... More…

NEW CAR SALES EXPECTED TO DROP 10 PER CENT, WITH LOCAL MANUFACTURERS HIT THE HARDEST

29th July 2013

New car sales in Australia are expected to drop by 10 per cent or more annually, if the Rudd Government continues with its commitment to eliminate the FBT statutory formula method for salary-sacrificed and employer-provided cars.   “This is terrible news for car... More…

FCAI WELCOMES COALITION ANNOUNCEMENT ON FBT CHANGES

19th July 2013

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) welcomes the Coalition's announcement today that it will oppose the Rudd Government's proposal to eliminate the FBT statutory formula method for salary-sacrificed and employer-provided cars, and it will not introduce this measure if it wins... More…

FCAI CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER VEHICLE FBT CHANGE

16th July 2013

The Australian Government’s decision to remove the statutory formula method for salary-sacrificed and employer-provided cars has dire consequences for Australia’s vehicle industry, both locally-made and imported. Automotive manufacturing is a scale industry, which requires long-term... More…

MOTORCYCLE SALES IN AUSTRALIA INCREASE 8 JULY 2013

8th July 2013

More than 53,000 motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and scooters were sold in Australia in the first half of this year, with Honda leading sales of road motorcycles and ATVs. Yamaha led sales of off-road motorcycles and Piaggio led scooter sales.  The industry sales figures release... More…

TOYOTA HILUX TOPS SALES FOR JUNE 2013

3rd July 2013

The Toyota Hilux has again topped the list for sales in Australian with 4931 sold in June 2013. These sales reflect the strength of the light commercial market. VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows the Toyota Corolla was second for sales in June... More…

ATV Safety

27th June 2013

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) encourages all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users to follow known safety practices including the use of a helmet, not riding an adult-sized ATV if they are under 16, not carrying more than the approved number of passengers, not using the ATV on terrain... More…

Toyota takes top spot for May 2013

5th June 2013

Toyota was the top selling marque for May 2013 and also had the top two selling models with the Hilux and Corolla.  Last month’s sales of 96,788 units represent a steady market compared to May 2012 with only a 0.7 per cent increase, according to official VFACTS data released today by... More…

NEW VEHICLE SALES UP 7.6% IN APRIL 2013

3rd May 2013

   Last month’s sales of new motor vehicles indicates continued strong demand, with April 2013 sales figures of 85,117 units up 7.6% on the April 2012 data according to official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).  The top five... More…

Industry supports safe use of ATVs

29th April 2013

Australia’s peak body for the automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) and its members, comprising the leading ATV distributors, have again called for responsible use of ATVs in response to Safe Work Australia’s call for fitting of Crush Protection... More…

MOTORCYCLE SALES REMAIN SOLID IN THE FIRST QUARTER

9th April 2013

Official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 25,848 new motorcycles, ATVs and Scooters were sold in Australia during the first three months of 2013. This is a slight decrease of 0.3 per cent (71 units) over the same period in 2012.  Both... More…

DEMAND FOR SMALL SUVs CONTINUES TO GROW

4th April 2013

Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) indicates sales of 97,400 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in March 2013, showing sales have steadied compared to the growth in monthly sales seen in January and February this year. While... More…

LIGHT COMMERCIALS LEAD THE CHARGE IN FEBRUARY CAR SALES

5th March 2013

Three of Australia’s top five selling vehicles were light commercials in February 2013 according to official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).  February 2013 sales of 90,218 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were up 5.2 per... More…

STRONG VEHICLE SALES CONTINUE IN 2013

5th February 2013

The new vehicle market has started the year with a solid result, following on from record annual sales in 2012. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 85,430 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in January (up 11.3... More…

MOTORCYCLE SALES FINISH 2012 ON A HIGH

8th January 2013

Official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 115,488 new motorcycles, ATVs and scooters were sold in Australia during 2012. This is an increase of 5.4 per cent (5,930 units) over the 2011 number. The Road motorcycle segment continued to drive... More…

New record set in 2012 new motor vehicle sales

4th January 2013

Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that a total of 1,112,032 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were delivered to customers during 2012. This is a new record and only the fifth time ever that more than one million... More…

Only part of the problem addressed with welcome ban of children on ATVs

20th December 2012

The peak body for the major ATV importers, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), welcomes Minister Bill Shorten’s initiative to ban children from using adult sized ATVs. FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said “An Adult sized ATV is not a toy and children under 16... More…

MOTOR VEHICLE INDUSTRY WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF INDUSTRY ADVOCATE

7th December 2012

The appointment of William Angove as the Automotive Supplier Advocate was welcomed by the industry’s peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Mr Angove was appointed to this newly-created position by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Industry and Innovation as... More…

Vehicle sales on track to reach 1.1 million in 2012

5th December 2012

For the first time ever, total new vehicle sales in Australia exceeded one million by the end of November, according to the official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).  Overall, 1,016,605 vehicles (cars, SUVs, light commercials and trucks) have... More…

Aussies’ love for SUVs continues in October

5th November 2012

Strong growth in vehicle sales continued in October, distinguished yet again by Aussie’s continued love for Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) according to the official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).  While sales of SUVs in all categories... More…

Strong growth continues for on-road motorcycles

9th October 2012

Official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 78,830 new motorcycles, ATVs and scooters were sold to the end of the third quarter of 2012. This is an increase of 2.1 per cent (1,604 units) over the same period in 2011.  The Road segment... More…

Strong niche market developing for alternative fuel vehicles

4th October 2012

New vehicle sales data released today show significant growth in the uptake of hybrid vehicles, albeit off a low base, and another strong month in overall vehicle sales.  Of the alternative fuel vehicles, passenger vehicles proved to be the most popular in September, growing by 191.4 per... More…

Government new vehicle purchases continue to decline

5th September 2012

New vehicle sales data released today show that government purchases continue to weaken with reductions in comparative monthly and year-to-date sales across all vehicle categories.  Overall, governments bought 22.5 per cent less vehicles in August this year than they did in August last year.... More…

ATV industry opposes rollover devices on safety grounds

13th August 2012

Australia’s peak body for the automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) together with the Australian All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) industry, comprising the leading distributors, have today called for proposals for the use of rollover devices on ATVs to be... More…

FCAI APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

9th August 2012

Mr. Tony Weber has been appointed Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Australia’s peak body for the automotive industry. Mr. Weber will commence his official duties as of September 10, 2012. Mr. Weber’s appointment follows an extensive executive... More…

Aussies’ preferred vehicles are small, sporty and diesel

3rd August 2012

Growth in sales of small Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) is rapidly outpacing larger SUV models in 2012 according to the official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).  While sales of SUVs in all categories have grown 31.9 per cent overall (42,802... More…

ROAD BIKES LEAD GROWTH IN 2012 MOTORCYCLE SALES

9th July 2012

Motorcycle sales in Australia increased in the first half of 2012, according to figures releases today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).  In the six months to the end of June, 51,952 motorcycles were delivered to Australian customers, representing an increase of 1,331... More…

New record for vehicle sales in one month

4th July 2012

June 2012 was the best ever month on record for vehicle sales, according to the official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). June is consistently the best performing month for sales (9 of the top 10 sales months), with the previous record set in June... More…

AUTO INDUSTRY WELCOMES FUNDING FOR WEBB DOCK WEST

19th June 2012

Australia’s automotive industry has welcomed yesterday’s announcement of $400 million funding by the Victorian Government to consolidate the import and export auto trade at Webb Dock West.  Responding to the joint announcement by the Premier Ted Baillieu and the Minister for... More…

New record for May vehicle sales

5th June 2012

A new record has been set for vehicle sales in the month of May, according to the official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).  Overall, 96,069 vehicles were sold in May 2012, an increase of 24.1 per cent (or 18,668 vehicles) compared to May... More…

FCAI looks forward to MAFTA opportunities

23rd May 2012

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the automotive industry’s peak body in Australia, would like to congratulate Dr. Craig Emerson, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, on the signing yesterday of the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA).   The FCAI... More…

EMERGING BUYER PREFERENCE FOR DIESEL SUVs

3rd May 2012

Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows an emerging buyer preference for diesel sports utility vehicles in the continuing strong market for SUVs.  Overall, 79,097 vehicles were sold in April, an increase of 6.6 per cent (or 4,833... More…

AUTO INDUSTRY WELCOMES WEBB DOCK DECISION

2nd May 2012

Australia’s automotive industry has welcomed the decision announced today by the Victorian Government to redevelop Webb Dock West. The decision will consolidate the automotive import and export trade by relocating it within the Port of Melbourne to the newly redeveloped Webb Dock West. FCAI... More…

2012 MOTORCYCLE SALES STRONG IN FIRST QUARTER

11th April 2012

Official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 25,526 new motorcycles, ATVs and scooters were sold in the first quarter of 2012. This number is an increase of 9.7 per cent (2,249 units) over the first quarter in 2011.  Sales to the... More…

SUVs CONTINUE TO DOMINATE AUSSIE CAR SALES

4th April 2012

Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows continued strong growth in vehicle sales for 2012 with 97,616 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold in March.  This is a 3.9 per cent increase (or 3,632 vehicles) compared to the same... More…

Speech by FCAI Chief Executive, Ian Chalmers, to Cars of Tomorrow Conference

14th March 2012

Good morning Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. I welcome this opportunity because it gives me a chance to not only participate in this excellent event, but also to reinforce the importance of the automotive industry to Australia, now and in the future. The Australian automotive... More…

Consumer choice drives car fleet CO2 profile

14th March 2012

FCAI Chief Executive, Ian Chalmers, noted today that significant improvements in vehicle technology have resulted in new cars in the Australian market recording their lowest ever carbon dioxide emissions. Mr Chalmers highlighted this achievement while responding to a report from the National... More…

AUSSIES’ LOVE FOR SUVs BRING STRONG NEW CAR SALES

5th March 2012

Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows a second strong month for 2012 with 85,723 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold in February. This is a 6.0 per cent increase (or 4,827 vehicles) compared to the same month in 2011. Taking... More…

FCAI Annual General Meeting & Annual Dinner 2012

2nd March 2012

Details for the FCAI Annual General Meeting & Annual Dinner - Monday 7th May 2012 Date:Monday 7 May 2012 Venue:Parliament House, Canberra Time:Board Meeting 2-3pm Annual General Meeting 3-5pm FCAI Dinner 7-10pm I look forward to providing further information about these events in the... More…

Australian auto industry thanks Senator Carr

1st March 2012

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has thanked outgoing Minister for Manufacturing, Senator Kim Carr, as he moves to the Human Services portfolio under the ministerial changes announced today by the Prime Minister. “Senator Kim Carr has consistently been a passionate and... More…

SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN VEHICLE CO2 EMISSIONS

7th February 2012

Significant improvements in vehicle technology have resulted in new cars in the Australian market recording their lowest ever carbon dioxide emissions. The National Average Carbon Emission (NACE) figure for 2011 is 206.6 grams of CO2 per kilometre – down 2.8 per cent compared to the 2010... More…

STRONG START TO NEW VEHICLE SALES IN 2012

3rd February 2012

The new vehicle market has started the year with a solid result, thanks mostly to Australians’ growing preference for sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 76,783 passenger cars, SUVs and... More…

MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY FINISHES 2011 IN STRONG POSITION

9th January 2012

Motorcycle sales in Australia continued to grow significantly in the final months of 2011, according to official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). A total of 109,067 new motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and scooters were delivered to... More…

NEW VEHICLE SALES TOP THE MILLION MARK IN 2011

5th January 2012

The Australian new motor vehicle market has staged a remarkable comeback in the second half of 2011 to finish above one million calendar-year sales for only the fourth time in history. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows that a total... More…

FCAI welcomes review of Queensland quad bike laws

22nd December 2011

The manufacturers of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs, also known as quad bikes) welcome the Queensland Government’s move to strengthen safety requirements for the use of ATVs on farms. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), which represents all major importers of ATVs, has... More…

FCAI elects new President

13th December 2011

Australia’s peak body for the automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has elected Mr Bob Graziano as its incoming President and Chairman of the Board. Mr Graziano will assume the FCAI President’s role effective from January 1, 2012. Mr Graziano is the... More…

FCAI welcomes Senator Carr as Minister for Manufacturing

12th December 2011

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed the retention of Senator Kim Carr as the Minister for Manufacturing in the new ministry announced today. The automotive industry’s peak body also welcomed the addition of the industry and innovation portfolios to those... More…

Australia can be part of the golden age of manufacturing

7th December 2011

Delivering the televised address at the National Press Club of Australia today, Mr Mike Devereux, FCAI President and Chairman and Managing Director of GM Holden, said that Australia stands at a fork in the road and must invest in the nation’s capability to design, engineer and build if we... More…

National Press Club Address, 7 December 2011

7th December 2011

FCAI President, Chairman and Managing Director GM Holden, Mike Devereux ‘Make it in Australia: why car manufacturing matters’   The product you never imagined Vice President, Steve Lewis, ladies and gentlemen and viewers at home, thank you for the opportunity to address the... More…

STRONG NOVEMBER CAR SALES POINT TO STRONG END TO THE YEAR

5th December 2011

The prospects of the Australian automotive industry topping one million sales this year have been boosted by a strong vehicle sales performance in November. According to VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries 88,654 cars, trucks and buses were sold last... More…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY CAUTIOUSLY WELCOMES TPP ANNOUNCEMENT

22nd November 2011

FCAI urges the Australian Government to ensure it achieves genuine reciprocal market access for Australian automotive manufacturers through bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements.  While FCAI welcomes the involvement of Australia in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), this... More…

FCAI President to address the National Press Club of Australia

11th November 2011

On Wednesday 7 December, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries President Mike Devereux will address the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra. This will be the first time since 1979 that the national body representing motor vehicle manufacturers and importers has had the... More…

MOTOR VEHICLE SALES GROW IN OCTOBER

4th November 2011

Strong motor vehicle sales results in the final months of 2011 have put the industry firmly on track to reach one million sales this year, according to Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) chief executive Ian Chalmers. Official VFACTS data shows 85,196 new vehicles were sold in the... More…

MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY REPORTS STRONG GROWTH IN THIRD QUARTER OF 2011

13th October 2011

Motorcycle sales in Australia continued to grow significantly in the third quarter of 2011, according to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). In the nine months to the end of September, 77,129 motorcycles were delivered to Australian customers,... More…

MOTOR VEHICLE SALES GROW IN SEPTEMBER

7th October 2011

Sales of new motor vehicles in Australia grew strongly in September, according to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Official VFACTS data shows 86,819 new vehicles were sold in the month of September, an increase of 2.1% (1765 vehicles) over the same... More…

FCAI APPOINTS CHIEF EXECUTIVE

11th September 2011

Ian Chalmers has been appointed chief executive of peak industry body the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Mr Chalmers’ appointment follows the resignation of former FCAI chief executive Andrew McKellar in July this year. He will commence official duties as of Monday 19 September... More…

NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES RISE SIGNIFICANTLY IN AUGUST

5th September 2011

New motor vehicle sales rose significantly in August 2011 compared with the same month last year, according to official figures released today by the FCAI. 88,082 new vehicles were sold during August, representing an increase of 7.3% (or 5,960 vehicles) over August 2010. “These positive... More…

MOTOR VEHICLE SALES FALL AGAIN IN JULY

3rd August 2011

Consumer uncertainty and continuing supply constraints resulting from the Japanese natural disaster have led to soft vehicle sales in July, according to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Official VFACTS data shows 80,991 new vehicles were sold in July,... More…

FCAI APPOINTS ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE

18th July 2011

Stephen (Steve) Payne has been appointed acting chief executive of peak industry body the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Former CEO Andrew McKellar has resigned to join the Australian Automobile Association. Mr Payne has strong automotive experience. He formerly headed the division of... More…

MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY REPORTS STRONG GROWTH IN FIRST HALF OF 2011

14th July 2011

Motorcycle sales in Australia increased in the first half of 2011, according to figures releases today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). In the six months to the end of June, 50,379 motorcycles were delivered to Australian customers, representing an increase of 1501 units... More…

CARBON TAX IMPACT ON CAR INDUSTRY COMPETITIVENESS

12th July 2011

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has warned that the proposed carbon price will add to industry costs and undermine competitiveness. “Our analysis indicates that the initial carbon price of $23 a tonne will... More…

MOTOR VEHICLE SALES FALL IN JUNE

5th July 2011

Supply constraints held June motor vehicle sales down to their lowest level in eight years, according to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Official VFACTS data reveals that 96,157 new vehicles were sold in June, 11.6 per cent fewer than last... More…

INDUSTRY SUPPORTS EURO 5 EMISSIONS STANDARDS

14th June 2011

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body representing the Australian automotive industry has endorsed the phased introduction of Euro 5 vehicle emission standards, commencing from November 2013, as announced by the Australian Government today.   “This is a... More…

MAY CAR SALES AFFECTED BY TSUNAMI IMPACT

3rd June 2011

Weaker new vehicle sales in May have been compounded by the impact of the Japanese tsunami on the availability of some models and components./p> Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) for May 2011 show that new car sales were weaker for the third... More…

FBT ON MOTOR VEHICLES

12th May 2011

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, accepts the Government’s move to introduce a flat rate for FBT on motor vehicles.   “The industry acknowledges that the existing approach, using a kilometre-based... More…

POTENTIAL IMPACT OF A CARBON PRICE ON THE AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

12th May 2011

The Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC) established by the Federal Government has announced a proposed carbon price mechanism that could see a fixed carbon price introduced as early as 1 July 2012, with the price increasing annually at a pre-determined rate. The intention is that this... More…

NEW VEHICLE SALES SEASONALLY DOWN IN APRIL 2011

9th May 2011

The April holiday season of Easter and Anzac Day has contributed to a slowdown in new motor vehicle sales for the month. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) today showed that 74,214 new vehicles were sold in April, down 8.8 percent compared with... More…

ATVs AND SCOOTERS LEAD MOTORCYCLE SALES FIGURES

8th April 2011

Official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) provide some cause for optimism that motorcycle sales are at a turning point. In particular ATV and Scooter sales have grown, however the industry remains concerned that Off-road and Road bike sales are still below... More…

VEHICLE SALES SOFTER IN MARCH

5th April 2011

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 93,984 new vehicles were sold in March 2011, down by just under 1 per cent compared with the same period twelve months ago.  "Notwithstanding slightly lower sales during the month, the demand for... More…

PRIVATE BUYERS LEAD THE CHARGE IN NEW VEHICLE SALES

3rd March 2011

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 80,896 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in February (down 1.6 per cent or 1,323 vehicles compared to the same month in 2010). "This is a solid result reflecting the strong... More…

SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN VEHICLE FUEL EFFICIENCY

1st March 2011

Significant improvements in vehicle technology have resulted in new cars in the Australian market recording their lowest ever carbon dioxide emissions. The National Average Carbon Emission (NACE) figure for 2010 is 212.6 grams of CO2 per kilometre - down 2.7 per cent compared to the 2009 figure... More…

SMALL CAR PROVIDES LARGE BOOST TO VEHICLE MANUFACTURING

28th February 2011

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), is encouraged by today's announcement of new investment in local vehicle manufacturing. GM Holden has begun Australian production of the Cruze - the first small car to be... More…

CAR INDUSTRY REASSURED BY GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE

10th February 2011

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has been reassured by the guarantee from the Australian Government that it will not seek further reductions in support to the industry. The industry met with Prime Minister Julia... More…

OPPOSITION CUTS WOULD SEVERELY DAMAGE CAR INDUSTRY

8th February 2011

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has criticised an Opposition plan to cut vital funding from the automotive industry. “This is an ill-advised proposal and would severely damage the local vehicle manufacturing... More…

ROBUST START TO NEW VEHICLE SALES IN 2011

3rd February 2011

The new vehicle market has started the year with a solid result albeit down slightly on last year due to a significant decrease in sales in Queensland. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 73,584 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial... More…

INDUSTRY DISAPPOINTED BY ABOLITION OF GREEN CAR INNOVATION FUND

31st January 2011

The peak automotive body the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has indicated its disappointment at the Government’s decision to abolish the GCIF, announced today. “It is a bitterly disappointing decision and one which is to be regretted”, FCAI Chief Executive, Andrew... More…

MOTORCYCLE SALES ON THE REBOUND

12th January 2011

Official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 105,766 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles were sold last year - a decrease of 8.9 per cent (10,354 units) over 2009. "The market showed early signs of a recovery in the last quarter of 2010... More…

NEW VEHICLE SALES TOP THE MAGIC MILLION

6th January 2011

The new vehicle market continued to outperform other economic indicators during 2010 to post its second highest annual sales figure and record more than one million units for only the third time in history. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows... More…

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – METT PTY LTD

16th December 2010

Mett Pty Ltd has been named the 2010 Supplier of the Year as part of awards organised by the peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). “The award is recognition of the vital importance of competitive, innovative and... More…

VEHICLE SALES CONTINUE TO OUTPERFORM OTHER ECONOMIC INDICATORS

3rd December 2010

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) showed that 87,342 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in November, up 1.8 per cent (or 1,509 vehicles) on the same month in 2009. “These figures show new car sales continue to outperform... More…

OECD REPORT BASED ON FLAWED ANALYSIS

15th November 2010

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), is disappointed with the flawed analysis of the automotive industry published at the weekend by the OECD. “The OECD report reproduces a chart which utterly misrepresents the... More…

NEW CAR SALES HOLD THE LINE IN OCTOBER

4th November 2010

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) showed that 80,925 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in October, up 0.1 per cent (or 112 vehicles) on the same month in 2009. "This is a solid result with sales on a par with the good figures... More…

THIRD QUARTER MOTORCYCLE SALES RESULT

14th October 2010

The motorcycle market is showing signs of stabilising following the difficulties of the financial downturn and a colder than usual winter. Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 73,749 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold in the... More…

NEW CAR SALES ACHIEVE A RECORD SEPTEMBER RESULT

5th October 2010

Strong sales across most segments have resulted in a record monthly sales result for September and prompted the industry to upgrade its annual forecast to more than one million units. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) showed that 85,054 passenger... More…

AUSTRALIAN CAR MANUFACTURING RECEIVES WELCOME BOOST

10th September 2010

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed new investment announcements by local car makers that provide encouraging signs for vehicle production and exports. Toyota Australia has announced it will invest around... More…

SUV SALES DRIVE NEW CAR MARKET HIGHER IN AUGUST

3rd September 2010

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) showed that 82,122 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in August, up 12.1 per cent (or 8,835 vehicles) on the same month in 2009. “This is a strong August result with sales of SUVs... More…

SOLID NEW VEHICLE SALES RESULT IN JULY

4th August 2010

Strong demand from private buyers and sustained interest in SUVs has resulted in another solid month of new vehicle sales. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) showed that 82,376 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in July, up 9.3... More…

INDUSTRY SUPPORTS PROPOSAL TO SCRAP INEFFICIENT CARS

24th July 2010

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has given its support to a proposal to offer motorists a $2,000 rebate to switch to new, safer and more fuel efficient vehicles. “The car industry welcomes any move to support... More…

HALF YEARLY MOTORCYCLE SALES RESULT 2010

9th July 2010

Road bikes remain the most popular form of two-wheeled transport despite an overall drop in the number of people buying new motorcycles. Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 48,842 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold in the six... More…

JUNE CAR SALES ACHIEVE ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH

5th July 2010

The new vehicle market posted a new record monthly result in June to round off a strong mid-year sales result. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) showed that 108,722 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in June, up 5.7 per cent... More…

NEW CAR MARKET MAINTAINS STRONG SALES MOMENTUM

3rd June 2010

The new car market posted a record May sales result with all vehicle segments performing strongly. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) showed that 89,218 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in May, up 18.3 per cent (or 13,777... More…

STRONG SALES IN APRIL BOOST CAR MARKET

5th May 2010

Solid sales across all vehicle segments have resulted in the second highest April result on record. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 81,401 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in April, up 27.3 per cent (or 17,436... More…

NEW PRESIDENT – FEDERAL CHAMBER OF AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES

5th May 2010

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has elected GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux, as its new President. Mr Devereux replaces Alan Batey who stepped down as Holden Chairman and MD and FCAI President to take up a senior position with General Motors in the... More…

SOFT START TO THE YEAR FOR MOTORCYCLE SALES

12th April 2010

Official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 23,211 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles were sold in the first quarter of this year – a decrease of 12.2 per cent (3,215 units) over the same period in 2009. “This has been a slow... More…

NEW VEHICLE MARKET POSTS RECORD MARCH RESULT

7th April 2010

Strong sales across all vehicle segments has resulted in a record monthly sales figure for March, eclipsing the previous record set in 2007 by 352 vehicles. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 94,744 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial... More…

PRIVATE BUYERS HELP LIFT NEW CAR SALES

3rd March 2010

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 82,219 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in February, up 17.1 per cent (or 11,978 vehicles) on the same month in 2009. "This is a very strong result and provides further evidence... More…

NEW ONLINE CALCULATOR MAKES BUYING A NEW CAR EASIER

1st March 2010

Shopping around to buy a new vehicle will become easier and more user-friendly with vehicle brands introducing a new online price calculator to provide customers with an all-inclusive “drive away” price. The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal... More…

CAR EMISSIONS REACH NEW ENVIRONMENTAL MILESTONE

16th February 2010

The Australian new vehicle market has reached a new environmental milestone with average carbon dioxide emissions the lowest on record, helped by improvements in engine technology. The National Average Carbon Emission (NACE) figure for 2009 is 218.5 grams of CO2 per kilometre – down 1.8 per... More…

STRONG START TO THE YEAR FOR NEW CAR SALES

3rd February 2010

The automotive industry has started the year on a positive note with a significant increase in the number of new vehicles sold during January. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 74,864 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were... More…

SOLID RESULT FOR MOTORCYCLE SALES IN 2009

11th January 2010

Official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 115,981 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles were sold last year – a decrease of 13.6 per cent (18,298 units) over 2008. “Given the circumstances, this is a very solid result,”... More…

NEW VEHICLE MARKET ENDS STRONG YEAR WITH RECORD DECEMBER

6th January 2010

The new vehicle market ended the year strongly to record annual sales that well exceeded industry forecasts with many of the additional sales attributed to the Federal Government's business tax break. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that... More…

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – SUMITOMO AUSTRALIA GROUP

4th December 2009

Sumitomo Australia Group has taken out the top honour at the Supplier of the Year awards organised by the peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). The awards ceremony was held at the Melbourne Town Hall with guests of honour,... More…

TAX BREAK SPURS EXCEPTIONAL NEW CAR SALES RESULT

3rd December 2009

Businesses taking advantage of government tax incentives to purchase light commercials and SUVs have helped the November new vehicle market rise by almost 20 per cent. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 85,833 passenger cars, SUVs and... More…

AUTO INDUSTRY WELCOMES CRACKDOWN ON PORT MONOPOLY

3rd December 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has welcomed an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) decision to impose tough new conditions on port facilities operator, Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT).... More…

VEHICLE EMISSIONS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE

23rd November 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has welcomed a report from the National Transport Commission (NTC) that highlights the improvement in emissions from new vehicles. “The report confirms the industry is ahead... More…

CAR SALES RISE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN A YEAR

5th November 2009

The October new car market provides evidence of a broadening economic recovery with sales up on a year ago for the first time in 16 months. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 80,813 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold... More…

MOTORCYCLE BUYERS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ECONOMIC INCENTIVES

12th October 2009

Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 82,601 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold in the nine months to September – a 14.4 per cent decline compared to the same period in 2008. “The motorcycle market has faced a period... More…

FURTHER SIGNS OF CONSOLIDATION IN THE NEW VEHICLE MARKET

6th October 2009

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 78,131 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in September 2009. “This was a good month with a stronger than expected result,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.... More…

KEY LEGISLATION UNDERPINS JOBS AND AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION

16th September 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has welcomed the passage of a key element of the Federal Government’s New Car Plan for a Greener Future; the Automotive Transformation Scheme. “The passage of this... More…

CAR INDUSTRY URGES SENATE TO SUPPORT CRUCIAL LEGISLATION

14th September 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has urged the Senate to get behind the industry and support legislation establishing a crucial element of the Federal Government’s New Car Plan for a Greener Future; the... More…

PRIVATE BUYERS RETURNING TO CAR SHOWROOMS

3rd September 2009

The latest new vehicle sales data shows private buyers have begun returning to showrooms in greater numbers adding to the demand from businesses who continue to take advantage of stimulus measures. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that... More…

CHANGES TO THE COMPONENT DONATION PROGRAMME

31st August 2009

The Component Donation Programme (CDP) was established by vehicle manufacturers to provide a facility to donate engines and components so that students can undertake their TAFE studies with the latest technology. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) will now operate the successful... More…

NEW PRESIDENT – FEDERAL CHAMBER OF AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES

31st August 2009

The Executive Committee of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has elected incoming GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Alan Batey, as its new President. Mr Batey replaces Mark Reuss who stepped down as Holden Chairman and MD and FCAI President to take up a senior executive... More…

SUPPLY CHAIN VITAL TO AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

26th August 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), welcomes the quick action that has been taken to keep component manufacturer ACL trading. “A reliable supply chain is vital to the success of the Australian automotive... More…

CAR INDUSTRY URGES SUPPORT FOR CRUCIAL LEGISLATION

19th August 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has urged the Federal Opposition not to delay or frustrate the passage of legislation establishing a crucial element of the Federal Government’s New Car Plan for a Greener... More…

BUSINESS SALES CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A BOOST TO CAR MARKET

5th August 2009

The latest new vehicle sales data shows business sales remain strong and there have been improvements in the small car, sports car and SUV segments. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 75,333 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles... More…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY REJECTS ANTI-COMPETITIVE PORT FACILITIES

27th July 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to reject port facilities operator, Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT), application to be allowed to... More…

HALF YEARLY MOTORCYCLE SALES RESULT 2009

7th July 2009

Sales of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) have remained strong, despite a fall in overall motorcycle sales for the first half of the year. Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 55,500 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold in the six... More…

BUSINESS SALES BOOST CAR MARKET IN JUNE

3rd July 2009

The latest new vehicle sales data shows encouraging results with clear signs the market has been boosted by strong, additional demand from business sales. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 102,847 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial... More…

CAR INDUSTRY COMMITTED TO FURTHER CO2 REDUCTIONS

2nd July 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), supports the COAG decision to conduct an evaluation of options to lower carbon emissions from vehicles. "The automotive industry is committed to reducing vehicle emissions and... More…

VEHICLE SAFETY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE

23rd June 2009

Australians continue to embrace lifesaving Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems with the technology fitted to almost seven out of ten new vehicles. Latest figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 65.6 per cent of new passenger cars and Sports Utility... More…

BUSINESS TAKES ADVANTAGE OF TAX BREAK ON NEW VEHICLES

3rd June 2009

There is positive news in the latest vehicle sales figures with increased business purchases providing a much-needed confidence boost to the market. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 75,439 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles... More…

AUSTRALIA HOSTS INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE CONFERENCE

20th May 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has this week hosted the International Motorcycle Manufacturers’ Association (IMMA) General Assembly in Melbourne. “This is the first time Australia has hosted an IMMA... More…

BUSINESS TAX BREAK PROVIDES A BOOST FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

14th May 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has welcomed the passage of legislation that will provide a tax break for new investment, including the purchase of business vehicles. “The industry welcomes the timely,... More…

FEDERAL BUDGET PROVIDES BIG SAVINGS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES WHO BUY A NEW VEHICLE

12th May 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), says the Federal Government’s Budget decision to increase and extend the investment tax break for small business provides a valuable incentive for new vehicle sales.... More…

INDUSTRY PREPARES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO TAKE TO AUSTRALIAN ROADS

8th May 2009

The peak body representing manufacturers and importers of new vehicles, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has taken steps to prepare for the introduction of plug-in electric and electric-hybrid vehicles into the Australian market. The FCAI has established an Electric Vehicle... More…

FALL IN APRIL NEW VEHICLE SALES

5th May 2009

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 63,965 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in April 2009 – down 23.9 per cent (20,096 vehicles) compared to the same month in 2008. “While the figures confirm that market... More…

MOTORCYCLE SALES FALL DURING FIRST QUARTER

9th April 2009

Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 26,241 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold to the end of March – a 15.5 per cent decline compared to the same period in 2008. “There are signs that the motorcycle market has... More…

FIRST QUARTER NEW VEHICLE SALES RESULT

3rd April 2009

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 75,650 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in March 2009 – down 17.1 per cent (15,635 vehicles) compared to the same month in 2008. “This result is certainly down on a... More…

NEW VEHICLE SALES FALL 21.9 % IN FEBRUARY

4th March 2009

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 70,241 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in February 2009 - down 21.9 per cent (19,657 vehicles) compared to the same month in 2008. "This result is consistent with the trend of... More…

NEW CAR MARKET DOWN 18.5% IN JANUARY

4th February 2009

The continuing impact of the global financial crisis forced a downturn in new vehicle sales during January but the industry hopes new fiscal measures will help stabilise the market. Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 67,079 passenger... More…

BREAKTHROUGH AGREEMENT FOR FUTURE MOTOR SHOWS

3rd February 2009

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), organiser of the Sydney motor show and organisers of the Melbourne motor show, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), and its new car division, AADA (Vic), are pleased to announce the formation of a Motor Show Joint Venture. The... More…

INDUSTRY ENDORSES MOTORCYCLE SAFETY INITIATIVE

29th January 2009

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has thrown its support behind a Victorian initiative to promote motorcycle safety. "The industry endorses the program and acknowledges its positive role in raising awareness of... More…

MOTORCYCLE SALES SOAR TO RECORD LEVELS

14th January 2009

Motorcycle sales set a new record in 2008 with increasing numbers of Australians turning to two-wheeled transport. Official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 134,112 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles were sold last year – an... More…

STRONG FINISH FOR NEW VEHICLE SALES IN 2008

6th January 2009

For the second year in a row and only the second time ever, Australians bought more than one-million new vehicles during a calendar year. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 1,012,164 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles... More…

BREAKTHROUGH INVESTMENT FOR THE CAR INDUSTRY

22nd December 2008

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has hailed GM Holden’s announcement that it will produce an all-new small vehicle in Australia as a positive step forward for the industry. “This is a breakthrough for... More…

DECISIVE ACTION ON AUTOMOTIVE FINANCING

5th December 2008

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has welcomed measures announced by the Federal Government to address the emerging liquidity problems facing the car industry. "This is a decisive response to extraordinary... More…

CAR SALES FALL FURTHER IN NOVEMBER

4th December 2008

New vehicle sales fell in November, reflecting a further softening of economic conditions as a result of the global financial crisis. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 71,617 cars, trucks and light buses were sold in November -... More…

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR: DENSO AUSTRALIA GROUP

27th November 2008

Denso Australia Group has won the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Supplier of the Year Award for 2008. The prestigious event was held in Melbourne on November 26 and hosted by the FCAI's President, Mr Mark Reuss with guest of honour, the Treasurer of Victoria, Mr John Lenders MP... More…

SPIRITS HIGH AT SYDNEY MOTORCYCLE SHOW

26th November 2008

Two wheel enthusiasts flocked to the 2008 Sydney Motorcycle Show in their thousands, enjoying the most extensive range of manufacturers and exhibitors on record, as well as a star-studded entertainment line-up. 26,995 visitors made their way through the doors at the Sydney Showground from Friday... More…

CONFIDENCE BOOST FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAR INDUSTRY

20th November 2008

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has welcomed Ford Australia's decision to continue producing engines at their Geelong plant. "This is great news for Australia's vehicle manufacturing industry and provides everyone... More…

VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN THE AUSTRALIAN CAR INDUSTRY

10th November 2008

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), says the Government's response to the Bracks Review will help underpin future investment and innovation in the automotive industry. "These measures provide a significant vote of... More…

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS IMPACTS NEW VEHICLE SALES

6th November 2008

A drop in new vehicles sales during October reflects the broader slowdown in the Australian and world economies as well as reduced access to wholesale and consumer finance. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 79,105 cars, trucks and... More…

MOTORCYCLE SALES RISE TO RECORD LEVELS

16th October 2008

FCAI Chief Executive, Mr Andew McKellar Record numbers of Australians are turning to two-wheeled transport for everyday commuting and recreation. Official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 96,281 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles... More…

NEW VEHICLE SALES REFLECT SLOWING ECONOMY

3rd October 2008

New figures show that vehicle sales remained softer in September, reflecting the broader slow down in the Australian economy. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 80,938 cars, trucks and buses were sold in September – down 3.1... More…

LUXURY CAR TAX LEGISLATION IS DEEPLY FLAWED

24th September 2008

The peak body representing the Australian car industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), says the legislation agreed to by the Senate, imposing an increase in the luxury car tax is deeply flawed. "This tax hike was always bad policy and the various conflicting amendments... More…

SENATORS URGED TO REJECT TAX HIKE - AGAIN

15th September 2008

The peak body representing the Australian car industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has urged the Senate to again reject the proposed increase in the luxury car tax. "The proposed tax hike is bad policy and will cause significant harm to the Australian automotive... More…

Car industry welcomes vote against tax hike

4th September 2008

The peak body representing the Australian car industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), says the Senate’s decision not to allow the increase in the luxury car tax is an economically responsible move. “This was always bad policy and the Senate was right to reject... More…

Slowdown in New Vehicle Sales

3rd September 2008

Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 77,324 cars, trucks and buses were sold in August - down 10,882 vehicles (12.3%) compared to the same month last year. Year to date new vehicle sales are up 0.7 per cent on the same time last... More…

Tax Hike Hammers Car Market and Government Revenue

3rd September 2008

New figures show the proposed increase in the luxury car tax has had a devastating impact on new vehicle sales. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is deeply concerned about the proposal to impose a tax hike on motorists at a time when there are clear signs of an economic... More…

LUXURY CAR TAX INCREASE WOULD BE ECONOMICALLY IRRESPONSIBLE

28th August 2008

For a printer friendly version of this Press Release, please click here. The peak body representing the automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has warned of the damaging consequences to the Australian economy if the Federal Government ignores the evidence put to... More…

REVIEW OUTCOME IS CRITICAL TO CAR INDUSTRY FUTURE

15th August 2008

The peak organisation representing the automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has used the release of the Review of Australia's Automotive Industry to highlight the importance of the continued development of a sustainable, innovative and competitive Australian... More…

New Vehicle Sales Soften in July

5th August 2008

Australian new vehicle sales softened in July, reflecting broader economic conditions and the impact of the proposed luxury car tax increase. Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 83,976 cars, trucks and buses were sold in July -... More…

Car Industry Makes Significant Contribution to Economy

31st July 2008

  The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has reinforced the critical importance of car manufacturing to the Australian economy as the Federal Government receives the Review of Australia’s Automotive Industry, headed by Steve Bracks. “The automotive industry is... More…

Lifesaving Technology Now Fitted to More Than Half of New Vehicles

24th July 2008

Australians are quickly embracing lifesaving Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems, with more than half of new vehicles sold in June having the technology fitted. Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that the combined proportion of passenger cars and... More…

Senators urged to end the luxury car tax uncertainty

22nd July 2008

The peak body representing Australia’s automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has today provided evidence to a Senate committee highlighting the growing incidence of the luxury car tax. “When the threshold was introduced in 1979, only 2.5 per cent of... More…

Motorcycle Sales on Track for Record Year

8th July 2008

National motorcycle sales have set a new record in the first half of 2008 as more Australians turn to two wheels for transport and recreation. Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) reveal that a record 64,186 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)... More…

Records tumble as car market reaches new heights

3rd July 2008

The Australian motor vehicle market has set new half year and fiscal year records, despite rising interest rates and fuel prices. Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 542,695 new cars, trucks and buses were sold in the first six... More…

"Luxury" tax hike impacts vehicle sales

3rd July 2008

Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show the Federal Government's planned increase in the rate of the luxury car tax has had a significant impact on vehicle sales. The increased tax hike was scheduled to take effect from July 1 and official sales figures... More…

Car buyers must not be held to ransom

24th June 2008

For a printer friendly version of this press release, please click here. The car industry is concerned and deeply frustrated at the planned retrospective implementation of the Luxury Car Tax increase. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) says advice from the Australian Taxation... More…

Automotive industry welcomes inquiry into luxury car tax

18th June 2008

"Safety on the road is a necessity, not a luxury"Â said Mr McKellar Chief Executive, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries       For a printer friendly version of this press release, please click here. The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the... More…

New President - Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

16th June 2008

For a printer friendly version of this press release, please click here. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) President, John Conomos AO, has announced he will step down from the leadership role when he retires as Chairman Emeritus of Toyota Australia on June 30. As a result, the... More…

Australia embraces new green car opportunities

10th June 2008

For a printer friendly version of this press release, please click here   The peak body representing the car industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), says Toyota's decision to begin production of a hybrid Camry in Australia from 2010 is a significant and exciting... More…

Car industry can meet the Prime Minister's challenge

5th June 2008

For a printer friendly version of this press release, please click here. The Australian automotive industry has assured the Prime Minister it can meet the challenges of producing more environmentally friendly vehicles.   The peak body representing the car industry, the Federal Chamber of... More…

Productivity Commission research is flawed

5th June 2008

The automotive industry is concerned and disappointed that the Productivity Commission has ignored a number of key factors when conducting economic modelling of Australia's largest manufacturing industry. The peak body representing the industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries... More…

Fuel prices driving motorists to car showrooms

4th June 2008

For a printer friendly version of this Press Release, please click here.     FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said new motor vehicle sales were relatively strong in May, despite the impact of rising fuel prices and interest rates. Australian new motor vehicle sales remained strong... More…

Car buyers need certainty - not rushed policy

28th May 2008

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has urged the Federal Government not to proceed with the proposed increase in the rate of the so-called Luxury Car Tax. As reports in the media today suggest, this issue should... More…

Competitive policy needed to secure future car industry opportunities

19th May 2008

For printable version of this Press Release please click here. The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has handed its submission to the Review of Australia’s Automotive Industry 2008, headed by Steve Bracks. "We... More…

Australian Motor Show announces Supercar Central

12th May 2008

The ultra-rare Pagani Zonda Roadster one of the stars of Supercar Central at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show. The 2008 Australian International Motor Show this October will feature an innovative new attraction called Supercar Central. Supercar Central is a new concept for Australian... More…

Luxury car tax should be abolished - not increased

11th May 2008

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has expressed concern that the Federal Government will raise the rate of the Luxury Car Tax in this week’s Budget. "This tax is unnecessary and discriminatory and should be... More…

Car market posts another record despite rate rises

5th May 2008

Australian motor vehicle sales achieved an all time April record, with car buyers apparently still undeterred by recent rises in interest rates. Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that a total of 84,061 cars, trucks and buses were... More…

Tribute to Geoff Polites

21st April 2008

STATEMENT BY JOHN CONOMOS AO President of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries On behalf of all in the Australian automotive industry, I pay tribute to Geoff Polites, who passed away at the weekend. Mr Polities’ career in the automotive industry spanned nearly 40 years, during... More…

Tribute to the Hon. John Button

8th April 2008

Click here for a printer friendly version of this statement. STATEMENT BY MR JOHN CONOMOS AO President of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries On behalf of all within the Australian automotive industry, I pay tribute to former Labor Senator, the Hon. John Button. Senator Button, as... More…

Road bikes heading for another record year

8th April 2008

Click here for a printer friendly version of this press release. Motorcycle sales have set a new record in the first quarter of 2008 as Australians continue to turn to two wheels in greater numbers. Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) reveal that 30,460... More…

SUV's and light trucks drive strong first quarter

3rd April 2008

Motor vehicle sales in Australia ended the first quarter 3.3 per cent up on the same period in the all-time record year of 2007. FCAI Chief Executive, Andrew McKellar (pictured) said the market was yet to see any definitive effect on sales fro mthe recent interest rate rises. Australian motor... More…

National Average Carbon Emissions (NACE)

31st March 2008

Overview. National Average Carbon Emissions (NACE) for all new light vehicles sold in Australia for 2007 was 226.1 g CO2/km. This continues the decline in carbon emissions of new vehicles, placing the industry well on track to achieve its target of an average 222 g CO2/km by 2010. Background.... More…

Car industry achieving lower emissions

31st March 2008

New research shows the fuel efficiency and carbon emissions of new motor vehicles have improved markedly in recent years. According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the National Average Carbon Emissions (NACE) for new light vehicles in Australia has reached a new low.... More…

Automotive industry welcomes discussion paper

31st March 2008

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has welcomed the release of a discussion paper from the Australian Government's Review of the Automotive Industry. "This review provides an important opportunity to take stock of... More…

Car market accelerates despite interest rates

5th March 2008

FCAI Chief Executive Mr Andrew McKellar: "The February sales result shows that underlying demand from private buyers and business remains very robust." Sales in both January and February have set records for those months, building on a record annual total of more than one million new cars in... More…

FCAI welcomes auto industry review

14th February 2008

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed a major review of Australia's automotive manufacturing industry by the Federal Government, calling for a renewed policy framework to ensure future local model development. Pictured is FCAI chief executive Andrew McKellar. The... More…

A record year for motorcycle sales

17th January 2008

FCAI Chief Executive, Andrew McKellar: "It is likely that motocycle sales are also being driven up by rising fuel prices, which have prompted a whole new generation of commuters to learn to ride." Australian motorcycle sales have grown again, setting a new annual record in 2007. Figures released... More…

2007: A milestone year for motor vehicle sales

7th January 2008

FCAI Chief Executive, Andrew McKellar: "One milion new motor vehicles sales in a country of 21 million people is an impressive achievement by the Australian automotive industry." Australians have for the first time bought more than one million motor vehicles in a single calendar year. VFACTS... More…

Car market charges towards million mark

6th December 2007

FCAI Chief Executive, Andrew McKellar: "The Australian motor vehicle market appears to have been unfazed by the November interest rate raise and the timing of the Federal election." The Australian motor vehicle market is charging towards an annual record in excess of one million sales, following... More…

2007 Supplier of the Year

23rd November 2007

Mr Neil Kitamiya, Managing Director, Denso Australia Group accepting the Supplier of the Year Award from Mr John Conomos AO, President, FCAI Denso Australia Group won the FCAI’s Supplier of the Year Award for 2007 at a dinner held at Zinc at Federation Square, Melbourne on 21 November. The... More…

Motor industry refutes media claims

9th November 2007

The peak industry body of the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, has refuted claims published today in The Australian newspaper. The article in The Australian claimed that the Australian motor industry has warned the Government that the viability of 'two... More…

Strong SUV sales boost October car market

5th November 2007

FCAI Chief Executive, Andrew McKellar: "The Suv market has rebounded stronlgy as brands have launched new general models." A boom in the sales of SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) and a rebound in passenger car sales combined to deliver a record sales result for the automotive industry last month.... More…

Small car sales throttle back in September

3rd October 2007

FCAI Chief Executive, Andrew McKellar, said that the decline in passenger car sales in September 2007 was narrowly based and entirely due to slower sales in the small car segment. A slight decline in the sales of small passenger cars has taken some of the heat out of the booming Australian motor... More…

August car market withstands rate rise

5th September 2007

The automotive industry has withstood any immediate impact from the recent interest rate rise by posting record sales for the month of August. Official industry figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that 88,206 cars, SUVs and trucks were sold last month - an... More…

Electronic stability control uptake grows strongly

28th August 2007

The Lexus GS 430 featuring VDiM (Vehicle Dynamics integrated Management) which is the Lexus version of electronic stability control. The availability of potentially lifesaving electronic stability control (ESC) systems on new motor vehicles is spreading quickly. Figures released today by the... More…

Family cars boost motor vehicle sales

3rd August 2007

Family car buyers have helped the Australian motor vehicle market continue its record run, according to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). VFACTS figures for July show that a record 86,291 cars, trucks and buses were sold last month - up 8729... More…

Motorcycle market heading for record year

20th July 2007

FCAI Chief Executive, Andrew McKellar says diversity is healping the overall motorcycle market produce its solid and consistent sales growth The motorcycle market is on target for another record year after achieving sales of more than 60,000 for the first half of 2007. Official retail sales... More…

Scooter industry refutes AAMI claims

20th July 2007

Grand Prix racer Casey Stoner obtained his scooter L-Plates after doing the compulspru rider training course at Newcastle, NSW. The scooter industry has dismissed claims that motor scooters are the new menace on the road. AAMI Insurance had claimed in a national media release issued on 18 July,... More…

Australia passes million motor vehicle milestone

4th July 2007

Australians have for the first time bought more than a million new motor vehicles in a financial year, according to retail sales figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). The VFACTS figures show that a total of 1,004,097 were sold in the 2006-2007 financial... More…

Family car sales drive record motor vehicle market

5th June 2007

Resurgent sales of Large cars and Sports Utility Vehicles have kept the Australian motor vehicle market on its record path. Official sales figures for May released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 88,597 vehicles were sold - an increase of 5140 or 6.2... More…

Auto industry criticises Queensland tax grab

30th May 2007

FCAI chief executive Peter Sturrock has criticised the Queensland state government for its decision to increase stamp duty on motor vehicle transfers. FCAI chief executive Peter Sturrock has criticised Queensland Premier Peter Beattie's announcement that the Queensland state government will... More…

Two-wheel sales continue to surge

29th May 2007

Motorcycle sales continue to accelerate as more Australians turn to two wheels. Official retail sales figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 38,331 motorcycles, scooters and ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) were sold for the first four months to April 30 -... More…

Auto industry urges stamp duty relief

29th May 2007

FCAI Chief Executive Peter Sturrock has urged the South Australian Government to cut stamp duty on new vehicle purchases in the South Australian state budget to be handed down on 7 June. Such a move would encourage the uptake of newer vehicles with more advanced safety features and improved... More…

Boom month pushes car market towards magic million

3rd May 2007

FCAI chief executive Peter Sturrock said that, on the present bullish sales trends, it was very likely that by the end of 2007 the Australian market would reach one million annual motor vehicle sales for the first time ever. Australian motor vehicle sales are on course towards a new all-time... More…

All-Time Record First Quarter for Car Sales

4th April 2007

Australians bought a record number of cars, trucks and buses in the first quarter of 2007, according to official retail sales figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Figures compiled by auto industry statistician VFACTS show that 255,068 vehicles were... More…

Industry Welcomes $500M Green Car Fund

15th March 2007

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has cautiously welcomed the Federal Opposition's proposal to implement a $500 million Green Car Innovation Fund. "We believe this is a constructive initiative which will encourage the Australian car industry to increase its future investment in the... More…

Ethanol Testing Confirms Motor Industry View

12th March 2007

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says the results of testing to establish the suitability of ethanol-blended petrol in motor vehicles has confirmed the accuracy of the information on the FCAI's website. The testing program, commissioned by the Australian Government and conducted by... More…

Record Motor Vehicle Sales in February

6th March 2007

The Australian automotive industry has shaken off the effects of last year's petrol price volatility and interest rate rises to post an all-time record sales total for the month of February. Official VFACTS retail figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that... More…

FCAI Offices Affected by Storm Damage

2nd March 2007

The offices of FCAI were affected by the recent hail storm in Canberra and due to severe flooding, temporary office accommodation is being sought. All phone lines and email access are unavailable at this stage, and it is recommended that you contact staff via their mobile phones. More…

FCAI Announces New CEO

16th February 2007

The President of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), John Conomos AO, has announced the retirement on 1 June 2007 of FCAI Chief Executive Peter Sturrock. Mr Sturrock will be succeeded by the FCAI's current Director - Government Policy, Andrew McKellar. The FCAI is the motor... More…

Scooter Riders Must Observe Laws and Common Sense

13th February 2007

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has thrown its weight behind moves by Gold Coast police to crack down on scooter riders who fail to comply with road rules. The FCAI, which represents members of the motorcycle industry, including scooter importers and distributors, said that... More…

Significant Automotive Export Boost

8th February 2007

The Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Peter Sturrock, has welcomed today's announcement by GM Holden about the company's new Pontiac G8 export program to the United States. "This announcement is an important boost for the Australian automotive manufacturing... More…

Motor Vehicle Sales Fast Start to the Year

5th February 2007

The Australian automotive industry has made a storming start to 2007, notching up record sales in January. Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 76,936 new cars, trucks and buses were sold last month - an increase of 6933 or 9.9... More…

Bike boom hits all-time heights

25th January 2007

Australian motorcycle sales have hit all-time highs as increasing numbers of commuters and lifestyle enthusiasts turn to two wheels. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that sales of motorcycles grew for the fourth year in a row, hitting a record... More…

Motor Vehicle Sales Second Highest on Record

4th January 2007

The Australian automotive industry has posted its second highest annual sales total on record. Preliminary figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that a total of 962,521 cars, trucks and buses were sold in Australia in 2006. This figure is expected... More…

Car industry endorses GCC FTA negotiations

15th December 2006

FCAI Chief Executive, Mr Peter Sturrock has strongly endorsed the Australian Government' decision to seek free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). 'Collectively the GCC countries are the largest export market for Australian-made motor vehicles. Australia... More…

Autoliv Australia Wins Top Car Industry Award in 2006

8th December 2006

Now in its 20th year, the Supplier of the Year Award, made annually by the FCAI, is one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry. Judged by the Purchasing and Supply Directors of the four vehicle manufacturers — Ford, Holden, Mitsubishi and Toyota, the Award... More…

Another good month for light cars as market heads for strong finish

5th December 2006

Sales of light cars and Sports Utility Vehicles have helped the Australian motor vehicle market to a strong monthly result in November. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that a total of 83,297 cars, trucks and buses were sold last month - down... More…

Motor Vehicle Market Rebounds in October

3rd November 2006

Motor vehicle sales in Australia have rebounded over the last month thanks to surging demand for light cars and encouraging sales of family sedans and sports utility vehicles (SUVs). VFACTS results released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that October sales... More…

Small Sales Car Boom Softens in September

4th October 2006

The long-running boom in small and car sales is showing the first signs of slowing according official motor industry figures released today. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industrie's VFACTS report shows that sales in the Small passenger car segment fell by 1.8 per cent last month compared... More…

Motor Vehicle Sales Dip in August

5th September 2006

5 September 2006 Australian motor vehicle sales dipped slightly in August as the effects of high fuel prices and rising interest rates combined to discourage some buyers from car showrooms. Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that... More…

Vehicle Stability Control Spreading Quickly

14th August 2006

The popularity of electronic stability controls (ESC) in passenger motor vehicles is growing rapidly as the automotive industry makes the safety technology available on a wider selection of models. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that, during... More…

Motor Industry Welcomes LPG Subsidy

14th August 2006

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement of an LPG Autogas conversion subsidy. Private vehicle buyers will be able to receive a tax-free grant of $1000 for the purchase of new LPG-dedicated or dual-fuel vehicles and $2000 for the... More…

Fuel Prices and Model Changes Shape Car Market

3rd August 2006

Australian motor vehicle sales in July were down just 1.4 per cent despite record fuel prices, concerns over interest rates and the one-off effects of the major changeover of two locally manufactured models. Official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries... More…

Motorcycle Sales Race to Half Year Record

24th July 2006

  Australian motorcycle sales have set a new half yearly record as commuters turn to two-wheelers in increasing numbers. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that 52,379 road bikes, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold in the six months... More…

Small cars drive half yearly motor vehicle sales

5th July 2006

Strong sales of small cars have helped the automotive industry to an encouraging sales result in the first half of 2006. Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that in the six months to June, a total of 483,160 motor vehicles were sold in... More…

Car Market Down Slightly in May

5th June 2006

The Australian motor vehicle market remained slightly softer in May, with sales finishing just 0.6 per cent down on the record for the month set last year. According to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) a total of 83,457 cars trucks and buses were... More…

Car Market Turns Down as Petrol Prices Bite

3rd May 2006

Record petrol prices appear to be taking a toll on the new motor vehicle market according to official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). The Chamber’s VFACTS figures for April show that overall sales were down 10.2 per cent on the record for the... More…

Motorcycles Return to the Road in Sales Boom

2nd May 2006

Motorcycle sales in Australia are continuing to accelerate as riders return to public roads in record numbers. Following a record 2005, the latest figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that motorcycle sales have grown by a further 20 per cent in the first quarter of the... More…

Motor Vehicle Market Rebounds in March

5th April 2006

The Australian motor vehicle market has shown its resilience by setting a new record for the month of March. The industry shrugged off a slight sales dip in February to record a total of 87,156 last month - up 0.6 per cent on the previous record set in 2005. At the end of the first quarter... More…

John Conomos AO Elected President of The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

31st March 2006

The Australian automotive industry’s peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has elected a new President. Mr John Conomos AO, the Executive Chairman of Toyota Australia, was elected the new President of the FCAI and succeeds Mr Tom Gorman, President of Ford Australia,... More…

Small Cars Lead in Softer Motor Vehicle Market

3rd March 2006

The growth in sales of light cars continued in February against the background of a general softening in the Australian motor vehicle market. Official VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 77,466 vehicles were sold last month - a drop of... More…

Smallest Cars Biggest Winners in January Sales

3rd February 2006

Sales of the smallest passenger cars boomed in January as the Australian motor vehicle market continued on its record-setting way. According to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), a boom in Light cars helped to push the total market to a new January... More…

Australian Motorcycle Sales Cruise into the Record Books

2nd February 2006

For the first time in three decades Australian motorcycle sales have exceeded 100,000 in a year. According to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), motorcycle sales achieved 102,142 in 2005 - an increase of 14.3 per cent compared to the 89,374 sales in... More…

New Car Sales Record

5th January 2006

Australians bought more cars and trucks in 2005 than ever before to set an all-time motor vehicle sales record of 988,269, according to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). It was the fourth successive year of market growth. Demand since 2001 has... More…

Small Cars Push Motor Vehicle Market Towards Record Year

5th December 2005

Another record month of small and light car sales has all but ensured that the Australian motor vehicle market is heading for its fourth straight annual sales record. According to VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), a total of 83,538 new cars,... More…

Motor Industry Gears up for End of Year Sales Push

4th November 2005

4 November 2005 Australian motor vehicle sales dropped slightly in October, interrupting a run of record monthly results that have pushed the market to new heights this year. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 76,118 motor vehicles were sold... More…

Scooters Lead Motorcycle Sales Surge

28th October 2005

The booming popularity of scooters has put the Australian motorcycle industry on track for a big increase in annual sales in 2005. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that, for the year to the end of September, motorcycle sales were 67,735 - an... More…

Automotive Industry Support for Workplace Reforms

10th October 2005

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has offered its support for the WorkChoices package announced by the Federal Government yesterday. "We are pleased to see the additional level of detail that is now available about the proposed reforms" said FCAI Chief Executive, Peter Sturrock.... More…

Record Month as Small Car Sales Boom

5th October 2005

5 October 2005 The Australian motor vehicle market continues to head towards a new annual record, driven by a big increase in demand for smaller cars and light trucks. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 84,440 vehicles were sold in September... More…

Consumers need to be informed about ethanol suitability

22nd September 2005

Thursday, 22 September 2005 "It is essential that Australian vehicle owners must be accurately informed about the suitability of vehicles to operate on ethanol blended petrol," said the Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Mr Peter Sturrock. He was commenting on the... More…

Sydney Car Terminal Closure: More Traffic, Few Jobs

8th September 2005

A plan to relocate car imports from Sydney's Darling Harbour to far-flung Port Kembla will add thousands of truck movements to crowded Sydney roads and cost New South Wales jobs, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). The FCAI says the automotive industry... More…

Fuel prices fail to slow booming car market

5th September 2005

The Australian motor vehicle market seems almost certain to set its fourth annual straight sales record, following booming sales in August. According to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), 86,179 cars, trucks and buses were sold last month - an... More…

Motorcycle Sales Data - Top 10 (excluding ATVs) January - June 2005

4th August 2005

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4th August 2005

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4th August 2005

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4th August 2005

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Small Car Sales Boost car Market in July

3rd August 2005

3 August 2005 Booming sales of small cars have boosted the Australian new car market to near-record levels in July. According the VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), a total of 78,299 cars, trucks and buses were sold last month, up 1.6 percent... More…

Motorcycle Sales Show Strong Growth

3rd August 2005

3 August 2005 Motorcycle sales in Australia grew strongly in the first six months of 2005, according to official industry sales figures released today. The overall market increased by 8.3 per cent, compared to the same period in 2004. The Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive... More…

Banned Bikes no Barrel of Monkeys

1st August 2005

1 August 2005 The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) supports the Victorian Government's decision to ban the sale of so-called monkey bikes , provided that the decision does not impinge on the sale of legitimate mini-bikes by reputable motorcycle manufacturers. The Motorcycle... More…

All New Aston Martin Opens Line-up for Australian Motor Show

29th July 2005

    28 July 2005 Aston Martin's new Porsche-rivalling small car, the V8 Vantage, has made an early bid to become the star of this year's Australian International Motor Show. Show organisers have confirmed that the stunning two-seater coupe will make its Asia-Pacific debut at the Sydney... More…

Speech by Mr T Gorman - FAPM Annual Convention, July 21st 2005

27th July 2005

Grant, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning and thank you for the introduction, and the very kind invitation to be with you in Queensland this morning. I'm very happy to be at this beautiful facility and, at least for a short while, to be away from the cooler winter... More…

Car Industry smashes all-time sales records in June

5th July 2005

The Australian automotive industry has for the first time sold more than 100,000 motor vehicles in a single month, staying on course to smash the annual sales record set last year. According to VFACTS figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), 101,907 cars,... More…

Car Sales Strong in May

3rd June 2005

The Australian motor vehicle market has continued to generate strong growth, posting its fifth consecutive monthly record of the year in May. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 83,730 vehicles were sold last month - an increase 7 per cent on... More…

Motorcycle Sales Boom Rides On

19th May 2005

Motorcycle sales in Australia are continuing to grow rapidly, according to retail figures for the first quarter of 2005 released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. A total of 21,336 road bikes, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold to the end of March - an... More…

Motor Vehicle Market Powers Ahead in April

4th May 2005

Australian motor vehicle sales continued at record levels last month, powered by strong demand for small cars and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show 76,330 vehicles were sold last month, beating the record set the previous... More…

Industry Calls for Continued Consultation on China FTA

19th April 2005

The automotive industry has called for the Australian Government to continue to consult closely on all relevant issues arising from forthcoming FTA negotiations with China. FCAI Chief Executive, Peter Sturrock, has said that Australia must approach these negotiations with the objective of... More…

Car Market Achieves Record First Quarter Sales

5th April 2005

The Australian motor vehicle market has shrugged off an interest rate rise and rising petrol prices to post a record sales result in March. According to official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, 86,426 cars, trucks and buses were sold last month - 0.4 per... More…

Holden Pips Toyota as Car Market Surges to Another Record

3rd March 2005

Holden has narrowly outsold long-time market leader Toyota as the Australian motor vehicle market continues its relentless sales growth. Figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show that Holden sold 15,193 vehicles in February - just 63 vehicles ahead of Toyota -... More…

Motorcycle Sales Accelerate in 2004

17th February 2005

Motorcycle sales have accelerated to reach their highest level in more than two decades according to figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. The FCAI says 89,374 motorcycles were sold in Australia last year - an increase of 15,702 or 21.3 per cent over 2003. "This was... More…

Record Start to New Year for Car Sales

3rd February 2005

The surging new car market has maintained its momentum into the new year with record sales in January. According to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, 69565 new cars, trucks and buses were sold last month - a 7.4 per cent increase on the record set in... More…

Car market soars to third straight annual record

6th January 2005

The Australian motor vehicle industry soared to its third consecutive annual sales record last year. According to official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, 955,229 cars, trucks and buses were sold in 2004. The total smashed the sales record set in 2003 by... More…

August Car Sales Set New Record

3rd September 2003

Record sales of motor vehicles in August have brought the total number of cars and trucks delivered in this year to close to 600,000, with one third of the sales year still to go. Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries today reveal Australians bought 76,173 vehicles in... More…