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EV charging: FCAI backs Infrastructure Australia

Australia's peak motoring body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has thrown its support behind an Infrastructure Australia report putting electric vehicle charge infrastructure on a list of high-priority projects for the nation...

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LNP backs calls for service data to be shared with independent repairers
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LNP backs calls for service data to be shared with independent repairers

The Liberal/National Party (LNP) has this morning released its consultation paper into the sharing of manufacturer vehicle service and repair information, backing the ACCC's calls to make it mandatory...


VFACTS: January 2019 sales wrap
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VFACTS: January 2019 sales wrap

Claimed new vehicle sales continued their downward trajectory in Australia over January, with the market down 7.4 per cent over the same month in 2018, to 88,851 units. This follows the trend from last year, when new vehicle sales went backwards for the first time in a few years after a strong start, and in which 10 of 12 months showed negative growth...


FCAI: 6 million vehicle checks made on Takata lookup tool
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FCAI: 6 million vehicle checks made on Takata lookup tool

Australia's Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has announced an average of 32,000 vehicles have been checked a day on its Takata recall lookup website, six months since it was launched. Tony Weber, chief executive for the FCAI said: "This is an excellent response to a major public safety campaign. We passed the six million inquiry mark at the weekend"...


Why Australia needs better quality fuel
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Why Australia needs better quality fuel

THE car industry has repeated calls for better quality fuel to be introduced across Australia -- to enable the introduction of new super-efficient engine technology. However, both the Federal Government and the petroleum industry have forecast that better quality fuel will lead to higher prices at the bowser, up by between 1 and 2 cents per litre...


Greater 'clarity' required around Australian emissions regulations - Hyundai
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Greater 'clarity' required around Australian emissions regulations - Hyundai

Hyundai has reinforced the need for new emissions regulations in Australia, suggesting the industry is eagerly waiting for a 'line in the sand' from the Federal Government on the issue. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the Hyundai Ioniq in Brisbane, Scott Nargar, manager of future mobility and government relations at Hyundai Australia, highlighted the importance of certainty surrounding emissions Down Under...


Takata: Queensland to issue defect notices for Alpha-equipped cars
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Takata: Queensland to issue defect notices for Alpha-equipped cars

The Queensland Government has announced that it will be issuing defect notices to owners of more than 2000 cars fitted with faulty 'alpha' Takata airbags. The defect notice will give owners 21 days to have their airbags replaced by the vehicle's manufacturer. If owners choose to take no action, their registrations will be cancelled...


Automotive advertisement code facing review amid road-safety lobbying
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Automotive advertisement code facing review amid road-safety lobbying

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has promised to review current automotive advertising standards, after complaints from a long-time road-safety activist. Harold Scruby, Pedestrian Council of Australia chief executive, recently raised concerns about Ford's latest Ranger Raptor campaign, which involves the pumped-up dual-cab running at high speed off-road...


$5 million Federal automotive engineer program announced
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$5 million Federal automotive engineer program announced

Australia's automotive industry has received a boost this week, with Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, announcing a $5 million investment to help graduate engineers kick-start their careers. While local manufacturing is no more, numerous vehicle manufacturers and other firms rely on Australian workers for automotive engineering, research and development, along with design...


Takata: Cars with alpha inflators will be un-registerable in South Australia
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Takata: Cars with alpha inflators will be un-registerable in South Australia

Owners of vehicles still fitted with the most dangerous 'alpha' Takata airbag inflators won't be able to register their car in South Australia from November 1. The move is the first of its kind in Australia, and will be enforced by the South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles...


Takata: FCAI website racks up 1.23 million registration checks
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Takata: FCAI website racks up 1.23 million registration checks

It appears the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) website dedicated to the Takata recall is resonating with motorists. Just a week after launch, it's racked up almost 780,000 visitors and more than 1.23 million registration checks. The website is part of a push by the industry to raise awareness about the huge number of Takata airbags still kicking around on Australian roads...


Takata: Nissan sends mechanics to Torres Strait Islands for recall
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Takata: Nissan sends mechanics to Torres Strait Islands for recall

The massive Takata recall has already forced manufacturers to take extraordinary measures, including targeted online advertising, multiple letters and door-knocking campaigns. The industry has even come together to create a website for concerned owners. According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), there are more than 19,500 vehicles with unchanged alpha inflators kicking about, while around 1...


VFACTS: July 2018 new vehicle sales
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VFACTS: July 2018 new vehicle sales

New vehicles in Australia fell 7.8 per cent in July over the same month last year, to 85,551 units. Every state and territory dipped, with the sole exception of Tasmania (up 5.9 per cent). The poor showing in July — generally a hangover month after June’s end-of-financial-year promotional campaigns — means the annual tally for 2018 is now 0...


Takata: FCAI campaign pushes owners to get their airbags fixed
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Takata: FCAI campaign pushes owners to get their airbags fixed

Industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), is calling on drivers to check if their vehicle is fitted with a potentially deadly Takata airbag inflator with a new scare campaign. According to the body, more than 19,500 of the worst 'alpha' inflators are still out on Australian roads, while more than 1...


Australia could become a 'dumping ground' for old engines: VW Australia boss
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Australia could become a 'dumping ground' for old engines: VW Australia boss

Volkswagen Australia managing director, Michael Bartsch, has called for Australia's fuel standards and emissions testing to be dragged into line with the latest European rules, lest we become a "dumping ground" for old engine technology...


Mercedes-Benz Australia CEO elected as FCAI president
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Mercedes-Benz Australia CEO elected as FCAI president

Horst von Sanden, Mercedes-Benz Australia CEO and managing director – pictured above talking with CarAdvice's Mike Costello – has been elected president of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), replacing Matt Callachor, Toyota Australia president, in the role. It should come as no surprise to hear what von Sanden will be targeting during his time in charge...


Greens propose 2030 sales ban on petrol and diesel cars
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Greens propose 2030 sales ban on petrol and diesel cars

The Greens have proposed aggressive measures to encourage electric vehicle adoption, including a heavier Luxury Car Tax on internal-combustion vehicles and free registration for battery-powered buyers, ahead of a total ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2030...


Stricter fuel standards set to bring cleaner cars to Aussie roads
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Stricter fuel standards set to bring cleaner cars to Aussie roads

A report from the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions has suggested adopting stricter fuel standards in Australia, including tighter controls on sulphur. Should they pass, proposed changes to the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 would make it easier for manufacturers to sell more efficient European cars reliant on higher-quality petrol than currently offered Down Under...


Top 10 growth brands for Australia in 2017
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Top 10 growth brands for Australia in 2017

The Australian new vehicle market scaled new heights in 2017, growing 0.9 per cent to 1,189,116 self-reported ‘sales’ for the year. According to VFACTS data supplied by the industry’s lobby group, called the FCAI, 42 car and commercial brands out of a field of 73 paid-up members (a notable absentee includes Tesla) recorded positive growth...


Australian car industry split over EV subsidies
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Australian car industry split over EV subsidies

Representative body for Australia’s motoring industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), says it will not necessarily lobby government to apply subsidies encouraging the take-up of zero emissions vehicles...