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Wishing ATV riders safe and happy holidays

16th December 2015

Summer holidays are a great time for Australians to be active and enjoy the outdoors. In regional and rural areas, this can mean riding an age appropriate ATV. This holiday period, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is reminding ATV riders that known safety practices, training and... More…

Genuine is best for a safe holiday road trip

11th December 2015

As one of the year's busiest travel periods approaches, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is reminding holiday motorists to ensure their vehicle is in peak condition, and that pre-trip servicing includes the use of genuine replacement parts. The FCAI's Genuine Is Best... More…

Letter to the editor (AFR) - Used imports

9th December 2015

(This letter was published in the Australian Financial Review on Wednesday, 9 December 2015) I'm disappointed with the article "Why does a $23,000 Audi in Auckland cost $35,000 in Sydney?" (December 4) which neglected to highlight the serious safety and other consumer protection issues associated... More…

New car sales top 1 million in November

3rd December 2015

New car sales topped 1 million in November, with the 98,639 sales recorded in the month bringing the year‑to‑date (YTD) total to 1,055,792. YTD, new car sales are 3.9 per cent higher than those recorded in the same YTD period in 2014. The month’s 98,639 sales are 6.9 per cent higher... More…

NSW Coroner’s recommendations on ATV safety

1st December 2015

The FCAI welcomes the NSW Coroner’s recommendations on ATV safety and is pleased the Coroner has promoted a number of known safety measures that can have a positive impact on ATV safety, including the serious matters of children on adult-sized ATVs; the wearing of helmets; carrying... More…

Australia’s premier motorcycle industry event opens tomorrow

19th November 2015

The latest and greatest new bikes and eye-catching riding displays will be in Homebush from tomorrow until Sunday, as part of the 2015 Sydney Motorcycle Show.   The Show is the premier event for Australia’s motorcycle industry and is owned by the Federal Chamber of Automotive... More…

Toyota Australia confirms genuine is best

19th November 2015

  A Toyota Australia investigation into the supply of counterfeit brake pads purporting to be genuine, factory-certified parts has resulted in a locally-based online supplier undertaking a recall. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) applauds Toyota’s actions, which... More…

New car sales up 3.4 per cent in October

5th November 2015

New car sales in Australia were strong again last month, with Australians taking home 94,321 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles: 3.4 per cent more than in October 2014. Year-to-date sales are up 3.6 per cent, reaching 957,153. With just two months left of 2015, new car sales are... More…

FCAI welcomes Ministerial Forum on vehicle emissions

31st October 2015

The FCAI welcomes the establishment of a Ministerial Forum to undertake a whole-of-government approach to addressing vehicle emissions. “We are pleased the Australian Government is looking to industries to provide real-world information on the important issue of emissions reductions,”... More…

FCAI welcomes new helmet laws for ATV users

30th October 2015

Helmets help keep ATV users safer when riding. The FCAI is pleased that the QLD Government has recognised this by mandating the use of helmets for all ATV riders on public roads, from November 1. ATVs are useful pieces of farm equipment that, when used appropriately, help farmers carry out their... More…

Fake wheels fail the safety test

26th October 2015

A set of fake wheels on sale in Australia have been shown to dangerously disintegrate at just 50km/h in testing. The test was carried out by the Australian automotive industry and saw Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific and GM Holden team up to demonstrate to consumers the serious safety risks that... More…

The very real dangers of fake parts

26th October 2015

The results of the Genuine Is Best wheel test speak for themselves — fake parts can be dangerous. Of course, genuine parts aren’t just limited to wheels. From the windscreen and bonnet to the oil filter and brakes, every genuine part on a car or motorcycle has a role to play and they... More…

Road motorcycles continue to be a popular choice in 2015

8th October 2015

Road motorcycles continue to be a popular choice in 2015, with Australians purchasing 10,749 new road motorcycles in the third quarter of 2015—bringing the year-to-date total to 32,437. The 32,437 sales represent a 1.1 per cent increase of on YTD road motorcycles sales to September 2014.... More…

SUV Demand Continues to Drive Market in September 2015

5th October 2015

Sales of new motor vehicles in September continued the 2015 trend with growth up 6.8% compared to sales in September 2014. In total, Australians purchased 101,392 vehicles in September 2015, up 6,414 units compared to the previous September. Year to date new vehicle sales in 2015 now total... More…

FCAI disappointed with promotion of inaccurate star rating for ATVs

1st October 2015

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and side-by-side vehicles (SSV) are highly-useful pieces of farm and recreation equipment that are used across Australia daily. These vehicles are not toys, they need to be used appropriately. The known safety practices and training currently promoted by the industry... More…

Small SUV sales boom in August 2015

3rd September 2015

  Australians bought 90,705 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in August 2015—2.9 per cent more than in August 2014. The 90,705 vehicle sales brings the year-to-date total to 761,440—3.2 per cent more than the same YTD period in 2014. Releasing the August 2015 new... More…

QLD Coroner’s recommendations on ATV safety

27th August 2015

The QLD Deputy State Coroner’s recommendations on ATV safety are strongly focussed on the promotion and take-up of known safety practices, which help keep ATV users safer when riding their vehicles. Welcoming Deputy State Coroner Lock’s recommendations, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber... More…

Mark Skaife joins Genuine Is Best

24th August 2015

Australian motorsport great Mark Skaife OAM has joined the call in raising awareness of the importance of using genuine parts in vehicle repairs with his appointment as the Genuine Is Best ambassador. The five-time Australian Touring Car champion and six-time Bathurst 1000 winner said it is... More…

New technology helping improve road safety

11th August 2015

Year-on-year improvements in vehicle technology are helping to improve the safety for Australians on national roads. Speaking about road safety in the lead up to the Senate Road Safety Inquiry public hearings in Canberra on Friday, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said new cars made for the... More…

FCAI welcomes Government consultation on 2030 emissions reductions targets

11th August 2015

New passenger cars, SUVs and light commercial vehicles contribute to only around 0.5 per cent of Australia’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions. While the contribution is low, vehicle manufacturers selling light vehicles in Australia are committed to developing and delivering new... More…

The growth of SUVs continues in another record month

5th August 2015

Australians continued their love affair with the versatile SUV last month, with 13.4 per cent more new SUVs driving out of dealerships than in July 2014. SUV sales accounted for over 35 per cent of the total new car market, which hit 92,308—the biggest July on record. The 92,308 sales are... More…

The real risk of fake car parts

29th July 2015

Brake failure, cracked wheels, catastrophic engine damage and misfiring airbags – these are just some of the serious issues that can stem from the use of counterfeit parts in car and motorcycle repairs and services. The risks of counterfeit parts were highlighted recently with the... More…

Driverless vehicles coming soon to Adelaide

21st July 2015

Driverless vehicles are no longer just a pipe dream, they’re developing at a rapid pace and could be on our roads sooner than you think. In Adelaide, the South Australian Government is making plans to hold a conference to discuss driverless vehicle technology and regulation. And they have... More…

Half-year 2015 motorcycle sales

7th July 2015

Australian farmers showed their love for ATVs in the first half of 2015, with 11,049 of the popular farm vehicles sold—11.3 per cent more than were sold in the first half of 2014. While ATVs grew in popularity, other areas of the Australian motorcycle market appeared to have slowed. The... More…

New car sales up 6.4% in June and 3.3% YTD

3rd July 2015

Australia’s 2015 new car market has topped half a million, with the 125,850 new cars sold in June 2015 bringing the 2015 year-to-date total to 578,427. The 125,850 sales represents a 6.4 per cent increase on June 2014 sales figures; and the 578,427 YTD sales are 3.3 per cent higher... More…

Repair concerns as long weekend sees more than 6000 vehicles in crashes

1st July 2015

Australia’s automotive industry has alerted motorists about the potential for sub-standard repairs and the use of non-genuine parts after it was revealed more than 6000 vehicles were involved in accidents over the recent Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Data supplied by insurance... More…

Light commercial vehicles dominate top five in May

3rd June 2015

Australians bought 93,327 new cars in May 2015—1.3 per cent less than in May 2014. Year-to-date, sales remain strong, with the 452,577 new car sales recorded for the January to May 2015 period representing a 2.5 per cent increase on figures recorded for the same year-to-date period in... More…

Genuine is best

1st June 2015

Australian motorists have a new resource at their fingertips with the website genuineisbest.com.au launching today. The website provides consumers with important information about keeping their vehicle safe through the use of genuine parts in collision and general repairs, and services. The... More…

Automotive Transformation Scheme

14th May 2015

The FCAI welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement, through the 2015–16 Budget, that there is no policy change to the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS). This follows Minister Ian Macfarlane’s announcement, in March 2015, that the Government is committed to maintain... More…

David Blackhall awarded FCAI Life Membership

8th May 2015

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has recognised the significant and invaluable contribution David Blackhall has made to the Australian automotive industry by awarding him Life Membership of the Chamber. “FCAI Life Membership is a prestigious award given to members who... More…

FCAI participates in post-2020 greenhouse gas emissions target consultations

7th May 2015

The Australian automotive industry is committed to making a strong contribution to national efforts designed to reduce the impact of climate change. Over the past decade, CO2 emissions from new light vehicles have decreased by 22 per cent. With the increasing commitment by manufacturers to... More…

Australian automotive industry looks to the future at 2015 FCAI AGM

6th May 2015

The Australian automotive industry discussed its exciting future on Tuesday, when the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries held its Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner, in Melbourne. Discussing the current policy environment, emerging issues and future technologies, representatives from... More…

New car sales up 3.5% YTD

5th May 2015

New car sales rose 1.2 per cent in April 2015, with Australians buying 81,656 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles—946 more than in April 2014. Year-to-date, sales are up 3.5 per cent.   SUV sales rose 17 per cent, compared to April 2014, and light commercial sales rose 3.4... More…

FCAI response to AFR article on car prices

20th April 2015

The Australian Financial Review’s simplistic analysis of car prices across countries, as published on 17 April 2015 (Cheaper cars under import plan, p3), is misleading as it does not compare like vehicles; rather, it disregards specification levels and features and compares... More…

Carbon emissions from new motor vehicles continue to fall

18th April 2015

Carbon emissions from new motor vehicles in Australia continue to decrease, with the national average for 2014 falling 2.4 per cent compared to 2013 figures. This decline is highlighted in the National Transport Commission’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity from New Australian Light... More…

The Government’s misguided view on car imports will hurt Australian consumers

16th April 2015

The Australian Government’s complete disregard for the serious consequences that would flow from a plan to allow Australian consumers to personally import new motor vehicles is irresponsible and short-sighted.  Calling for the Government to carefully consider the facts before making a... More…

Off-road motorcycles a popular choice in 2015

9th April 2015

Australians showed their love for off-road motorcycling in the first quarter of 2015, with sales of off-road motorcycles up 2 per cent on first quarter 2015 figures. The 7,715 off-road bike sales represented just over 31 per cent of the total motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and scooter... More…

New car sales up 8% in March 2015

7th April 2015

Australia’s new car market was very strong in March 2015, with sales up 8 per cent on March 2014 figures. The total 105,054 sales is the largest March sales market ever recorded. The strong results coincide with the March 2015 release of CommSec’s Car Affordability Index, which found... More…

Staying safe on ATVs this Easter and school holidays

1st April 2015

As we approach the Easter break and with school holidays occurring or soon to commence around Australia, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is reminding Australians that known safety practices and training help keep all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users safe when using their vehicles.... More…

FCAI thanks retiring President Bob Graziano

19th March 2015

FCAI President and Chairman Bob Graziano has announced that he will retire as President and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited, effective 1 April 2015. Mr Graziano joined the FCAI Board in 2010, assuming the role of FCAI President in 2012. “We thank Mr Graziano for the leadership,... More…

FCAI welcomes Government announcement on Automotive Transformation Scheme

10th March 2015

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries welcomes Minister Macfarlane’s announcement of the Australian Government's commitment to maintain the Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) in its original form as legislated. FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said this commitment provides... More…

February new car market highest on record

4th March 2015

Australia has had its highest ever February new car sales result with Australians purchasing 90,424 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in February 2015. Sales figures for last month were 4.2 per cent higher than February 2014 figures. The 90,424 new car sales brings the... More…

SUVs a popular choice in January 2015

4th February 2015

Australia’s new car market has had a solid start to the year with new car purchases for January 2015 on par with January 2014 figures. This follows a strong sales year in 2014, with sales being the second highest ever. Australians bought 82,116 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial... More…

Road motorcycle sales finish strong in 2014

12th January 2015

Australia’s new motorcycle market ran a solid race in 2014, with total motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales reaching 111,599—only 2.2 per cent lower than 2013 figures. Road bike sales were strong, increasing 1.5 per cent compared to 2013 and accounting for 39.9 per cent of the total... More…

2014 new car sales results

6th January 2015

The Australian new car market has topped 1.1 million for only the third year ever, with Australians buying 1,113,224 new cars in 2014. The close race between last year’s top seller, the Toyota Corolla, and the Mazda3 came to an end with 422 more Australians taking home the Toyota... More…