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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…