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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 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…

MOTORCYCLE MARKET DOWN 1.2 PER CENT IN FIRST QUARTER

6th April 2018

  Australia’s motorcycle market fell 1.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, with all the market categories except for scooters affected by the slight decline. Data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries revealed 21,614 motorcycles, ATVs and scooters were... More…

RECORD MARCH AND STRONG FIRST QUARTER GROWTH FOR INDUSTRY

6th April 2018

A record March result of 106,988 sales delivered a strong 4.4 per cent first quarter growth for the Australian new vehicle market according to the motor industry’s official statistical service VFACTS. Australia’s new vehicle market grew 1.5 per cent in March, compared with the same... More…

WARY EYE NEEDED ON CHILDREN'S ATV SAFETY THIS EASTER

29th March 2018

Don’t be looking elsewhere and allow an Easter tragedy; keep a close eye when children are out riding ATVs over the coming holiday break. The ATV industry’s representative body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), is urging parents to watch over and supervise younger... More…

MARKET GROWTH CONTINUES DURING FEBRUARY

5th March 2018

Australia’s new vehicle market grew 6.1 per cent in the first two months of 2018 compared with the same period last year. Last month’s industry total of 95,999 was an increase of 7.8 per cent over February last year and lifted the 2018 year-to-date cumulative total to 184,550. This... More…

INDUSTRY THROWS ITS RESOURCES BEHIND COMPULSORY AIRBAG RECALL

28th February 2018

The motor industry’s peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), said the industry would move “heaven and earth” to satisfy the requirements of the compulsory Takata airbag recall announced today by the Federal Government. “The safety of our customers... More…

INDUSTRY PRAISE FOR SA GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE ON EV REGISTRATION

23rd February 2018

The South Australian Government’s decision to waive vehicle registration and stamp duty on new electric vehicles for five years as an incentive to reduce transport emissions is the kind of initiative which should be adopted across Australia, according to the motor industry’s peak... More…

STRONG JANUARY SALES FOLLOW RECORD YEAR

5th February 2018

Motor vehicle sales across Australia got off to a strong start in 2018 with record-breaking sales in January.  This follows on from a record year in 2018. Total sales for January, including passenger cars, SUVs, light and heavy commercial vehicles totalled 88,551 (up 4.3%) for the month in... More…

Newer cars will save lives

31st January 2018

Following the release of the AAA’s progress report on the National Road Safety Strategy, Australia’s peak motor industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, has again thrown its support behind calls to eliminate both vehicle tariffs and the luxury car tax to make... More…

HONDA MAINTAINS 2017 OVERALL LEAD IN TOUGH MARKET FOR MOTORCYCLES

5th January 2018

Australia’s motorcycle and ATV/SSV market fell 9.3 per cent in 2017 although total industry sales stayed above 100,000 for the full calendar year. National sales data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries showed the 2017 result at 104,111, compared with 114,770 in... More…