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INDUSTRY WELCOMES PLANS FOR CLEANER EMISSIONS AND QUALITY FUEL

21st December 2016

The release of discussion papers seeking to improve the efficiency of light vehicles and vehicle emissions through better fuel standards was warmly welcomed yesterday by Australia’s vehicle industry and its representative peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). The... More…

KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE ON ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES (ATVs) THIS FESTIVE SEASON

15th December 2016

Make safety your first priority when children are out riding on ATVs during this Christmas holiday season. The ATV industry’s representative body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), is urging parents to watch and supervise younger riders as the festive season is often used... More…

DIVERSE INPUT TO EMISSIONS DEBATE WELCOME, SAYS INDUSTRY

12th December 2016

Australia’s peak vehicle industry body has welcomed the Australian Automobile Association’s latest contribution to the emissions discussion but expressed concern that it may serve to confuse or mislead consumers. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said that the AAA’s... More…

PRIVATE LCV SALES UP 10 PER CENT AS INDUSTRY PUSHES TOWARD RECORD

5th December 2016

The diversity and multi-purpose capability of light commercial vehicles has seen private sales in this segment rise 10 per cent during November 2016 compared with November 2015, as Australia’s new vehicle market charges toward a record sales year according to the industry’s VFACTS... More…

INDUSTRY THROWS ITS SUPPORT BEHIND CALL FOR ABOLISHING TARIFFS AND LCT

2nd December 2016

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has thrown its support behind the South Australian Treasurer’s call today (December 2) to abolish vehicle tariffs and remove the inequitable Luxury Car Tax. South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis announced that he would take his call... More…

STUNNING NEW SYDNEY VENUE FOR 2017 MOTORCYCLE SHOW

25th November 2016

The brand new $1.5 billion Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour will be the venue for next year’s Sydney Motorcycle Show. Tony Weber, Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), made the announcement at the opening of Melbourne... More…

INDUSTRY SUPPORTS ROADMAP FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLES

11th November 2016

Australia’s peak industry car body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, has welcomed the release today (November 11) of a new policy paper from the National Transport Commission which creates the “roadmap” for the roll-out of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems... More…

MARKET ON TARGET FOR A RECORD YEAR

4th November 2016

Australia’s new vehicle sales remain on target for a record year despite a slight dip during October when total sales reached 93,357, 1%  (964 vehicles) down on the same month in 2015. Passenger cars were the only segment to fall below October 2015 outcomes (down by 7.4%), with SUVs... More…

INDUSTRY EXPERT URGES ATV RIDERS TO WEAR HELMETS

12th October 2016

An engineering expert from the US providing evidence to a Coronial inquest into ATV fatalities in Hobart, Tasmania, has emphasised the safety importance of riders wearing helmets. Scott Kebschull, from US-based firm Dynamic Research Inc and regarded as one of the world’s leading researchers... More…

FCAI PRESIDENT URGES NATIONAL POLICY SETTING FOR C-ITS COHESION

11th October 2016

Australia must develop Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems policies which are in step with those going on elsewhere around the world or risk being isolated from all the remarkable benefits greater levels of connected and automated driving will bring to our everyday lives, the ITS World... More…

STRONG MOTORCYCLE SALES IN 2016

7th October 2016

The Australian motorcycle and ATV market grew strongly in the first three quarters of 2016, with the latest sales figures revealing a 5.5 per cent increase over the same period in 2015. Sales for the first three quarters of 2016 totalled 79,237. The Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of... More…

CAR SALES GROWTH FUELLED BY SUVS AND LIGHT COMMERCIALS

5th October 2016

Australia’s new car sales continued their steady growth during September with total sales of 102,696 vehicles, fuelled by continuing strong demand for SUVs and light commercial vehicles. Sales of SUVs during September were up by 6.8 per cent over the same month last year, and up 9.9 per... More…

FCAI BACKS COORDINATED APPROACH TO AUTOMATED VEHICLES

30th September 2016

Australia’s peak motor industry body has thrown its full support behind the need for a clear, government-mandated roadmap for the roll-out of automated vehicle technology. The Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Tony Weber, said that the report released by... More…

ATTITUDES TOWARD FARM SAFETY MUST CHANGE, SAYS FCAI

30th September 2016

Changes in user behaviour and operating practices are urgently needed to make Australian farms safer, particularly when using tractors, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and general machinery. The Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Tony Weber, said that the recently... More…

INDUSTRY REPORT REVEALS CHALLENGE AHEAD ON FUEL, EMISSIONS

23rd September 2016

  A report by independent Victorian-based research team ABMARC has revealed the challenges ahead for regulators as Australia continues the transition to more stringent levels of vehicle pollutant emissions and the introduction of a fuel consumption standard over the next decade and beyond.... More…

CAMPAIGN SHOWS A CPD IS NOT THE ANSWER

8th September 2016

In an overturn incident, Crush Protection Devices (CPDs) fitted to All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can cause as many injuries as they may prevent. That’s the key message behind a new educational video released today (September 8) by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) on its ATV... More…

SUVs AND LIGHT COMMERCIALS LEAD CONTINUED MARKET GROWTH

7th September 2016

Sales of new motor vehicles for August 2016 continued the trend set earlier this year with an increase of 4.6 per cent over the August 2015 figures.  To date this year, Australians have purchased 784,380 new motor vehicles, up 3 per cent over the volume for the same period in 2015.... More…

AUSTRALIAN MARKET YIELDS AFFORDABLE CARS, SAYS UK MEDIA REPORT

2nd September 2016

An investigative report published yesterday (September 1) in the UK’s Auto Express, the online arm of the UK’s biggest-selling motoring weekly, again has confirmed that Australian cars are among the most affordable in the world. The Auto Express report entitled “Car running... More…

Fuel quality vital to the emissions debate, says FCAI

30th August 2016

A study commissioned by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) demonstrates the complexity of the vehicle emissions debate and has highlighted the need for high quality 95 RON petrol, says Australia’s peak motor industry body. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, which... More…

QLD GOVERNMENT AND ATV INDUSTRY JOIN FORCES WITH SAFETY FOCUS AT THE EKKA

12th August 2016

  Australia’s ATV industry and the Queensland Government’s WorkSafe agency has joined forces to provide a focus on quad bike safety at the state’s largest agricultural show, the Ekka (Royal Queensland Show) in Brisbane. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI),... More…

FCAI BACKS ACMA PLANS TO ALLOCATE 5.9 GHz BAND FOR INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

10th August 2016

Plans to establish a connected vehicle network, known as Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), across Australia have taken a significant step forward with the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s intention to allocate the 5.9 GHz band by early 2017.... More…

Vehicle sales on target for a record year in 2016

4th August 2016

A record-breaking year for Australia’s motor industry remains a likely prospect after the industry recorded its second-best July sales of 91,331. The July outcome, as recorded by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS, brings the 2016 year-to-date total to 689,471, or... More…

Victorian ATV subsidies should include helmets and training, says FCAI

25th July 2016

A more scientific approach is needed on ATV safety, and Victorian taxpayer money could be better spent on the strong promotion of known safety practices such as helmets and rider training says the Australia’s peak industry body representing ATV manufacturers. While the Federal Chamber of... More…

Motorcycle sales powering on with a 3.5 per cent market growth

11th July 2016

The Australian motorcycle and ATV market grew strongly in the first half of 2016, with the latest sales figures revealing a 3.5 per cent increase over the same period last year. The ongoing appeal of ATV and SxS (Side by Side) vehicles specifically for farm and agricultural use, but also... More…

Biggest month of sales in history steers toward a boom year

5th July 2016

A record month and a 2.2 per cent increase over the strong monthly result last year has steered Australia’s new car industry to its best first-half result ever. An industry record of 128,569 sales for June has boosted Australia’s half-yearly total to 598,140, 3.4 per cent above the... More…

SafeWork NSW quad bike strategy falls short

29th June 2016

A lack of evidence has hampered the NSW Government’s well-intended approach to improving quad bike safety standards across the state, says the peak body representing Australia’s ATV distributors. While generally supportive of SafeWork NSW’s new Quad Bike Safety Improvement... More…

Child pedestrian safety test shows genuine part comes out on top

24th June 2016

Impact tests comparing a genuine Holden aluminium bonnet with phoney imports have yielded a life-saving best score for the locally manufactured part. Adelaide University’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) recently conducted a head form test that simulates a frontal collision... More…

Industry throws support behind Qld quad bike safety effort

21st June 2016

The peak body representing Australia’s All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) distributors has thrown its support behind the Queensland Government’s new safety campaign and is encouraging other states and territories to take this progressive approach to rider education. The Federal Chamber of... More…

Industry sales growth continues in May

3rd June 2016

Australians bought 96,672 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in May 2016, 3345 (or 3.6 per cent more) than in May 2015. The strong start to the year has seen new car sales increase 3.8 per cent year-to-date. Releasing the May 2016 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said... More…

Chinese raid captures counterfeit car parts destined for Australia

30th May 2016

A massive haul of counterfeit Toyota car parts, a significant proportion of which was destined for sale in Australia, has been uncovered in Guangzhou City in south-east China in a raid conducted by Chinese police acting on information provided by Toyota Australia. Around 33,000 fake parts, with... More…

Industry takes proactive approach with new 5-Star ATV Safety Guide

9th May 2016

A key communications tool in the industry’s new safety strategy for All Terrain Vehicle riders has been released to raise awareness about staying safe on your ATV. The 5 Star Safe ATV User Guide will be available through all ATV dealerships, and can be viewed through the Federal Chamber of... More…

Market up 7.2 per cent in a record April

4th May 2016

Sales of passenger cars, SUV and commercial vehicles across Australia hit a new April record of 87,571, 2.9 per cent above the previous best for that month set three years ago in another demonstration of the motor industry’s price-competitiveness. SUVs (up 7.1 per cent or 2,119 on April... More…

Confusion reigns around parallel car imports

21st April 2016

Australia’s competition watchdog today created more policy confusion around the parallel car imports debate and in doing so, contradicted previous announcements by the Minister. The Chief Executive of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Tony Weber, said the public statements made... More…

Australian automotive industry supports realistic mandated CO2 target

8th April 2016

The Australian automotive industry reaffirmed in its submission to the Federal Government’s Ministerial Forum on vehicle emissions its commitment to a mandated CO2 target that is relevant to Australia.  Welcoming the opportunity to work with the Government to consider ways to... More…

FCAI Response to Vehicle Emissions Discussion Paper

8th April 2016

A real and sustained reduction in vehicle emissions (both CO2 and pollutants) will only be achieved through an integrated approach that takes a whole-of-government approach to CO2 standards, vehicle pollutant emission standards, fuel quality standards and on-road vehicle operation.... More…

Positive start to 2016 for the Motorcycle and ATV Industry

7th April 2016

The motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and scooter market for the first quarter of 2016 was 1.6 per cent higher than the corresponding period in 2015.  These numbers include strong growth in off road (3.7 per cent), road (2.8 per cent) and ATV (2.7 per cent) segments of the market. ... More…

New Vehicle Sales Steady in March 2016

5th April 2016

Sales of new motor vehicles in March 2016 reached 104,512 units and year to date sales have passed the quarter million mark in 2016 with sales of 285,328. March 2016 sales are down slightly on March 2015 figures (0.5%) and year to date sales are up 2.8% on the same period in 2015.... More…

Australian automotive industry committed to reducing impacts of climate change

1st April 2016

Carbon emissions from new motor vehicles in Australia continue to decrease, with the national average for 2015 falling 1.9 per cent compared to 2014 figures. This decline is highlighted in the National Transport Commission’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity from New Australian Light... More…

New car sales up 6.7 per cent in February

3rd March 2016

Australians bought 96,443 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in February 2016, just over 6,000 (or 6.7 per cent more) than in February 2015. The strong start to the year has seen new car sales increase 4.8 per cent year-to-date. Releasing the February 2016 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief... More…

Clarification needed on alleged operator protective device mandate for ATVs

17th February 2016

The FCAI is calling for clarification following media reporting this morning that operator protective devices (OPDs, also known as Crush Protection Devices or CPDs) will become mandated on ATVs in Victoria. WorkSafe Victoria is quoted as saying that “While it will not be compulsory for... More…

CASR researchers urge ATV riders to follow known safety

12th February 2016

Researchers from The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) are urging ATV riders to undertake training, follow known safety practices and ensure their vehicle is appropriate for the task at hand. Welcoming the research report, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber... More…

FCAI welcomes consultation on reducing CO2 emissions in light vehicles

11th February 2016

The Australian light vehicle industry supports a mandated target for new cars which is tailored to the Australian market, taking into consideration consumer choice, consumer driving conditions, market fuel and infrastructure. While the CO2 contribution of annual sales of new passenger cars, SUVs... More…

Consumers sold a dud on personal imports

10th February 2016

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is extremely disappointed in the Australian Government’s announcement that it will allow personal imports of ‘near-new’ motor vehicles from 2018. “The FCAI has repeatedly called on the Government to carefully consider the... More…

Strong start for new car sales in 2016

3rd February 2016

New car sales have started strongly in 2016, with Australians buying 84,373 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in January 2016; 2.7 per cent more than in January 2015. Releasing the January 2016 VFACTS figures, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said consumers continue to be the... More…

Australian school-based apprentice of the year says genuine is best

29th January 2016

Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year, motorcycle technician Brenden Williamson, has endorsed the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Genuine is Best initiative, which highlights the safety, performance and durability benefits delivered by genuine replacement parts. Competing... More…

Australia’s motorcycle market steady in 2015

8th January 2016

Australia’s new motorcycle market was steady in 2015, with motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales reaching 108,711*—on par with 2014 figures.   Honda was the largest selling brand, holding 22.5 per cent of the total motorcycle, ATV and scooter market. In second place was Yamaha with... More…

New car sales reach record heights in 2015

6th January 2016

  Australia has a new car sales record with Australians buying 1,155,408 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in 2015. Vehicle sales in December 2015 totalled 99,616, up almost 3 per cent on December 2014 sales. The 1,155,408 sales are 1.7 per cent higher than the previous record... More…