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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…