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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…