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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…