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SUV SALES SURGE IN SOFT OCTOBER MARKET

5th November 2018

Overall national sales of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) continued to climb in October, despite the overall vehicle market in Australia declining over the month, according to the latest data released today by the motor industry’s statistical service, VFACTS. National vehicle sales for... More…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY APPLAUDS QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT’S LEADERSHIP ON “ALPHA” AIRBAGS

1st November 2018

The Queensland Government is showing strong and courageous leadership in issuing Defect Notices to owners of over 2,000 vehicles fitted with dangerous “alpha” type Takata airbags says Australia’s peak motor industry body.   The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries... More…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY WELCOMES RATIFICATION OF THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

31st October 2018

Australia’s automotive industry has welcomed the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11).  Australia’s ratification of the eleven-nation agreement paves the way for commencement before the end of the year. The Federal... More…

5,100 VEHICLES AFFECTED BY TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL RECTIFIED EACH WORKING DAY

30th October 2018

Australians have checked the status of more than 4.55 million* vehicles on the automotive industry’s Takata Airbag recall website www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au since it was launched in late July 2018. Since the Takata Airbag recall has become mandatory, the FCAI’s data shows that over... More…

AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS PROGRAM A WELCOME INVESTMENT IN THE INDUSTRY OF THE FUTURE

17th October 2018

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, of a $5 million program to encourage graduate engineers to work in Australia’s automotive industry. In addition to helping... More…

RED TAPE REDUCTION TO HELP NSW BUSINESSES ADAPT TO FUTURE CHALLENGES

8th October 2018

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed the announcement by the NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean, of measures to lessen the burden the regulatory burden on small automotive businesses.   The package is forecast to save the sector... More…

TOUGH MOTORCYCLE MARKET CONDITIONS ENDURE THROUGH THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2018

5th October 2018

Australia’s motorcycle and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)/Side-By-Side Vehicle (SSV) market has fallen 6.2 per cent at the end of the third quarter of 2018. National sales data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries showed the third quarter 2018 year-to-date result at... More…

INDUSTRY WELCOMES ENHANCED, YET CONSISTENT, ENGAGEMENT ON FUTURE VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

5th October 2018

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) welcomes the $9.7 million announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack of the establishment of the Office of Future Transport Technologies. The new Office builds on and enhances the existing Transport Technologies Future... More…

RISING SUV SALES AS THE MARKET SOFTENS IN SEPTEMBER

3rd October 2018

Despite continuing increases in national sales of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in September, the overall vehicle market in Australia declined over the month, according to the latest data released today by the motor industry’s statistical service, VFACTS. National vehicle sales for... More…

INDUSTRY APPLAUDS SA GOVERNMENT DECISION ON ‘ALPHA’ AIRBAGS; URGES ALL STATES AND TERRITORIES TO FOLLOW SUIT

10th September 2018

The bold decision by the South Australian government to refuse registration to owners whose vehicles are fitted with dangerous “alpha” type Takata airbags should be adopted right across the country, says Australia’s peak motor industry body. The Federal Chamber of Automotive... More…

SUV SALES POWER AHEAD DESPITE MINOR MARKET DECLINE

6th September 2018

National sales of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) continued to power ahead in August, despite a small decline in the overall market according to the latest data released today by the motor industry’s statistical service VFACTS. National vehicle sales for August reached 95,221, down 1.5 per... More…

INDUSTRY WEBSITE CLOCKS UP MORE THAN 1.2 MILLION AIRBAGS CHECKED

8th August 2018

The Australian motor industry’s innovative web tool used to check whether a vehicle’s airbag inflator is affected by the Takata recall has recorded more than 1.2 million responses in the first week since going “live”. The website www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au was developed as... More…

MOTOR VEHICLE SALES FALL IN JULY

3rd August 2018

The Australian motor vehicle industry experienced a 7.8 per cent decline in sales during July 2018 compared with July 2017, according to the latest data released by the motor industry’s statistical service VFACTS. Only four light vehicle sales segments produced gains during the lean July in... More…

AUTO INDUSTRY CALLS ON MOTORISTS TO CHECK FOR FAULTY TAKATA AIRBAGS

31st July 2018

Takata Airbag Recall website launched: IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au 19,500 critical Takata ‘alpha’ airbag inflators are still on Australian roads 1.6 million vehicles in Australia need to have their faulty Takata airbag inflators replaced by December 2020 Older vehicles in hot and humid... More…

NSW QUAD BIKE SUBSIDY MISDIRECTED

9th July 2018

An extension to the NSW Government’s Quad Bike Safety Campaign subsidy scheme by NSW Minister Matt Kean last week is seen as further compounding an issue which the industry believes is far better addressed through encouraging known safety practices, not unproven methods. The Federal Chamber... More…

SCOOTERS SURGE AS MARKET DIPS

6th July 2018

Scooters are undergoing a sales resurgence despite the overall national motorcycle market recording a 5.9 per cent decline for the first six months of 2018 compared with the same period last year. Scooters were the only segment to show improvement with a 10.9 per cent increase, albeit off a low... More…

SUV SALES HOLD UP IN LOWER JUNE RESULT

4th July 2018

The Australian market for new vehicles slowed in June compared with the same period in 2017, with the total market down 2.9 per cent, according to the latest data released today by the motor industry’s official statistical service, VFACTS. Notably, the three top-selling vehicles during June... More…

CONSUMER PREFERENCE CARRIES MORE WEIGHT IN EMISSIONS DISCUSSION

12th June 2018

A report released today by the National Transport Commission (NTC) supports the motor industry’s view that the purchasing preferences and driving needs of Australian vehicle buyers must be an important consideration in any future emissions target discussion. The Federal Chamber of... More…

RISE IN SUV SALES DEFIES MARKET DIP

6th June 2018

Sales of Sport Utility Vehicles defied the overall market trend last month with three of the four SUV segments recording gains during May compared with the same month last year. Small, medium and upper large segment SUVs gained ground in May despite a 2.1 per cent overall market decline for the... More…

MERCEDES-BENZ CHIEF HEADS UP FCAI BOARD

25th May 2018

Australia’s peak motor industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, has elected a new President. The new FCAI President is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd, Horst von Sanden. Speaking for the first time in his new... More…

MANDATORY DATA-SHARING UNNECESSARY – AND REQUIRES HUGE RESPONSIBILITY AND INVESTMENT

15th May 2018

Australia’s peak automotive industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has challenged assertions that lack of access to service and repair information is putting jobs at risk in the automotive aftermarket. With over 17 million cars presently on Australian roads,... More…

TWO RESIGNATIONS EXPOSE FLAWS IN PROCESS BY ATV SAFETY REVIEW BODY

7th May 2018

One of the world’s foremost ATV engineers has resigned from a national safety review body, stating that the body’s assessment of a star rating system was flawed, as no critical evaluation was permitted during the group meetings, and that the outcomes were pre-determined. The expert... More…

SUVS DELIVER APRIL MARKET MOMENTUM

3rd May 2018

The sales of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) continued to provide strong momentum to Australia’s new car market last month, with total April sales down slightly on last year but year-to-date sales running 3.3 per cent ahead of 2017. Total industry sales for April were 82,930, which is 0.2... More…