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Industry agreement to help car owners be better informed

16th December 2014

The FCAI and AADA continue to show their commitment to consumers and the Government following the 2012 Treasury review of access to service and repair information, through the signing of an industry principles agreement.  Signing the agreement, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber and AADA... More…

New car market reaches 1 million in November

3rd December 2014

Over 1 million new cars have been sold in Australia this year, with national sales for November 2014 reaching 92,232. While sales for the year are down 2.2 per cent, the FCAI expects full-year (2014) sales to top 1.1 million.  Releasing the November 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive... More…

FCAI media statement - harmonisation of ADRs with international standards

27th November 2014

The Australian Government is delivering red-tape reduction for Australian businesses through its commitment to bring Australia's vehicle safety and design rules into line with international standards.  
"The FCAI welcomes yesterday's announcement by Assistant Minister for... More…

New cars affordable and built for Australian conditions

7th November 2014

New cars are now more affordable than ever before—and many comparable cars are cheaper in Australia than in other major right-hand drive markets, such as Japan, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, according to a recent study. An analysis of comparable car prices in key right-hand drive... More…

New car sales expected to top 1.1 million in 2014

6th November 2014

Australians bought 91,236 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in October 2014, 1.5 per cent less than in October 2013. Year-to-date, Australians have bought 924,189 new vehicles, with the full-year market expected to top 1.1 million for the third year in a row. SUV sales... More…

Access to service and repair information

22nd October 2014

FCAI members have, for many years, provided independent repairers with access to automotive service and repair information. This fact is reflected in the findings of a 2012 Treasury review, which found that there is no evidence of consumer detriment relating to access to service and repair... More…

Sharing of service and repair information in the automotive industry

17th October 2014

A 2012 Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) review found that there does not appear to be any evidence of systemic consumer detriment regarding the sharing of service and repair information in the automotive industry. To ensure this continues to be the case, CCAAC recommended... More…

Motorcycle sales steady in 2014

8th October 2014

Road motorcycles continue to be a popular choice in 2014, with Australians purchasing 10,744 new road motorcycles in the third quarter of 2014—bringing the year-to-date total to 32,416. The 32,416 sales represent a 3 per cent increase on September 2013 sales. Releasing the 2014 third... More…

New car sales rise 2.5% in September

3rd October 2014

Australians bought 94,978 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles last month—2.5 per cent (2,316) more than in September 2013.  Releasing the September 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said sales continue to grow significantly in the SUV segment, with 14.6... More…

FCAI opposes Automotive Transformation Scheme cuts

24th September 2014

Reducing the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) will have serious consequences for the 45,000 workers directly employed, and the more than 100,000 workers indirectly employed in the automotive sector, around Australia. Calling on the Parliament to reject the ATS Amendment Bill introduced in... More…

FCAI Media Statement—Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act

4th September 2014

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Government’s Options Discussion Paper for the 2014 Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act, which was released today.  The Motor Vehicle Standards Act1989 is a complex piece of... More…

Vehicle market down in August

3rd September 2014

Australia’s new car market fell 5.5 per cent in August 2014, compared to August 2013, with 88,157 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold. Releasing the August 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said sales fell predominantly in the passenger car segment, with... More…

FCAI interim statement—PC report

26th August 2014

The FCAI welcomes the Australian Government’s comments, today, that they have no intention of allowing Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries’ old second-hand vehicles. The comments follow the release of the Productivity Commission’s final report for their... More…

Motor vehicle sales strong in July 2014

5th August 2014

Car sales were strong in July 2014, with Australians purchasing 89,867 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles—only 0.4 per cent or 368 cars less than the largest July on record (July 2013). Releasing the July 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said SUVs continue... More…

Consumers benefit from Australia’s competitive car market

2nd August 2014

Australia has a highly competitive new car market with 67 brands selling over 350 models. This high level of competition is benefiting consumers, with a vast majority of models sold in Australia for a cheaper price than other right-hand drive markets. These benefits are supported by new analysis... More…

ATV safety on farms

24th July 2014

This Farm Safety Week, the FCAI is reminding Australians that known safety practices and training help keep all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users safe when using their vehicles.  ATVs provide great benefits for farm owners/workers, allowing them to stand up for better visibility and dismount... More…

Road motorcycle sales strong in the first half of 2014

10th July 2014

Australians purchased 53,396 new motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and scooters in the first half of 2014, with road motorcycle purchases making up 40.6 per cent of these sales. While sales in the road motorcycle segment were up 2.2 per cent, total motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales were... More…

June 2014 vehicle sales bounce back

3rd July 2014

Australia’s new car market has bounced back from recent declines with new vehicle sales in June 2014 on par with June 2013 levels. Australian’s purchased 118,309 vehicles last month; only slightly less than the 118,758 sales recorded in June 2013. Releasing the June 2014 VFACTS... More…

FCAI disappointed with research report on light vehicle emissions standards

26th June 2014

The FCAI notes today’s release of the Climate Change Authority’s research report, Light vehicle emissions standards for Australia. Responding to the report, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said it is disappointing that the Climate Change Authority has not given appropriate recognition... More…

May 2014 new car sales figures

4th June 2014

Australia’s new car market fell 2.3 per cent in May 2014, when compared to May 2013; with 94,562 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold.  Releasing the VFACTS figures for May 2014, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said business purchases declined significantly in May,... More…

Government report demonstrates car industry commitment to reducing CO2 emissions

24th May 2014

Carbon emissions from new motor vehicles in Australia continue to decrease, with the national average for 2013 equal to 192 g/km—3.4 per cent lower than 2012 figures. This decline is highlighted in the National Transport Commission’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions from New Australian... More…

$900m cut undermines auto workers and business confidence

14th May 2014

The Australian Government has undermined the job security of tens of thousands of automotive manufacturing and supply chain workers with its plan to cut $900 million from the Automotive Transformation Scheme, at a time when Australia’s three domestic automotive manufacturers and their... More…

Reduced selling days impact new car sales in April

5th May 2014

New car sales were slow in April 2014 with Australians purchasing 80,710 new vehicles in what was a reduced selling month, owing to significant public holidays. The 80,710 sales represent a 5.2 per cent drop, when compared to April 2013 figures. Releasing the April 2014 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief... More…

Motorcycle sales off to a slow start in 2014

8th April 2014

Motorcycle sales were down 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, with sales in the off-road motorcycle and scooter segments taking a significant hit—9.4 and 16.3 per cent, respectively—compared to sales in the same period of 2013. Road motorcycle sales; however, were strong, with... More…

Car sales strong in March

3rd April 2014

Car sales were strong in March with Australian's purchasing 97,267 new motor vehicles. Releasing the VFACTS figures for March 2014, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said large cars were a popular choice in March 2014, with purchases of large passenger cars up 24.5 per cent, and large SUVs up 9.7... More…

Car sales down in February 2014

5th March 2014

Car sales declined in February 2014 with Australians buying 86,818 new vehicles; 3,400 (3.8 per cent) less than in February 2013. Australia’s mining and manufacturing states had large falls with Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria recording 12, 5.7 and 4.1 per cent decreases,... More…

Media Statement from Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Tony Weber

10th February 2014

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is saddened by news today that Toyota will cease motor vehicle manufacturing in Australia by the end 2017.  Our thoughts are with the workers and their families at this difficult time. This is a very sad day for Australia. More…

Slow start for 2014

5th February 2014

Australians bought 82,285 vehicles in January 2014, 3.7 per cent less than in January 2013. The Mazda3 was the top selling car, with 4,561 vehicles sold. This was a significant 36 per cent increase on January 2013 sales. The Mazda3 was followed by the Toyota Corolla (Australia’s top selling... More…

Productivity Commission position paper undermines auto manufacturing

31st January 2014

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is disappointed with today’s Productivity Commission position paper into Australia’s Automotive Manufacturing Industry. While the FCAI will review the Paper in full, including its recommendations, it is unsurprising to note that the PC... More…

2013 motorcycle sales

8th January 2014

  Australians bought 113,289 new motorcycles, ATVs and scooters in 2013. Road motorcycles were the most popular choice, with almost 39 per cent of buyers taking a road bike home. Around 34 per cent of buyers purchased an off-road bike, almost 19 per cent bought an ATV and around 8 per cent... More…

Toyota Corolla, Australia’s top selling car in record 2013 market

6th January 2014

Australians bought a record 1,136,227 cars in 2013. The most popular choice was the Toyota Corolla, with 43,498 sales (3.8 per cent of the market). The Corolla was followed by the Mazda3 (42,082), Toyota HiLux (39,931) Hyundai i30 (30,582) and Holden Commodore (27,766).  Toyota also... More…