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Peak body wants 'foolish' car import duty axed
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Peak body wants 'foolish' car import duty axed

The chief executive of lobby group and peak body for car companies in Australia has called on the federal government to scrap not just the luxury car tax (LCT), but also the five per cent import duty affecting some vehicles...


Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs
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Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs

Motoring club representative body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has released preliminary results from its real-world emissions and fuel economy testing program. The results have prompted the AAA to boldly question the relevance of globally-utilised lab testing as a methodology, plus the government emissions reduction regulations based upon these results, and by extension the honesty of car-maker claims in these areas...


FCAI lab tests reveal dangers of dodgy imitation wheels - UPDATE
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FCAI lab tests reveal dangers of dodgy imitation wheels - UPDATE

UPDATE: The FCAI has responded to concerns over the validity and purpose of these tests. This article has been updated to reflect these comments. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has revealed the potentially lethal flaws of imitation counterfeit alloy wheels in normal driving conditions...


FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia
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FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia

Australian motor industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has come out in support of the ‘coordinated’ approach to the rollout of autonomous vehicle technology. The announcement comes after a report released by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), argued a coordinated government roadmap is required before the country adopts driverless vehicle technology...


August 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed
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August 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales numbers, winners and losers detailed

New vehicles sales grew by a solid 4.6 per cent in August, keeping the market on track for an all-time annual record. VFACTS figures released this morning show that 94,909 new cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold last month, taking the year-to-date (YTD) figure to 784,380...


Counterfeit Toyota parts destined for Australia seized in Chinese raid
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Counterfeit Toyota parts destined for Australia seized in Chinese raid

Chinese police have seized more than $1 million worth of counterfeit Toyota car parts, many of which were destined for Australia. The stock was uncovered during a police raid in Guangzhou, south-east China. The raid was based on information provided by Toyota Australia...


Do grey imports pose dangers?: The risks you might face privately importing a new car - UPDATE
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Do grey imports pose dangers? The risks you might face privately importing a new car - UPDATE

Car industry "blind-sided" Parallel imports undermine consumer protection, says industry Car executives and FCAI speak out in anger, their arguments below Heavy hitters within the Australian new vehicle industry have unanimously slammed the government’s proposal to change the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars from 2018...


Government plans to allow parallel ‘grey’ imports from 2018
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Government plans to allow parallel ‘grey’ imports from 2018

Despite a recommendation to approve parallel imports being knocked back by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull only several months ago, the government now plans to allow the parallel/grey import of vehicles into Australia from 2018...


Aftermarket slams FCAI's exposé of dodgy wheels
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Aftermarket slams FCAI's exposé of dodgy wheels

The head of Australia’s automotive aftermarket peak body has attacked last week’s ‘fake wheel’ exposé conducted by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries with the backing of Mercedes-Benz and Holden. As we reported earlier this week, the FCAI filmed an imitation wheel imported via an online distributor, which failed to meet Australian standards, undergoing tests at Holden’s proving ground...


Dodgy imitation wheels potential killers, says peak body
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Dodgy imitation wheels potential killers, says peak body

Counterfeit wheels purchased online, and fitted in Australia, are often dangerously unsafe and fail to meet legal requirements, according to the movers behind a new industry campaign called ‘Genuine is Best’...


July 2015 car sales: Winners and losers
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July 2015 car sales: Winners and losers

New vehicle registrations continued their upward trajectory in July, growing 2.7 per cent over the same month in 2014. The July figures of 92,308 units take 2015’s cumulative annual total to 670,735, up 3.2 per cent. Monthly VFACTS figures show that July was business as usual: the swing to SUVs continues — these vehicles grew 13...


Industry body tips another big sales year in 2015, but stops short of record predictions
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Industry body tips another big sales year in 2015, but stops short of record predictions

Australia’s peak automotive industry body is confident Australians will once again buy in excess of 1.1 million new vehicles this year, but has stopped short of predicting a record sales tally after 2014’s total fell short of its initial forecast. Last January, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Tony Weber (pictured) predicted the market would hit 1...


Australians pay less for cars than buyers in other countries, says FCAI
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Australians pay less for cars than buyers in other countries, says FCAI

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) says the high level of competition in the Australian new vehicle market means that about 99 per cent of Australians pay less for cars here than they would for an equivalent vehicle overseas...


Budget 2014 : Automotive Transformation Scheme cuts will hurt workers, say politicians, industry
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Budget 2014 : Automotive Transformation Scheme cuts will hurt workers, say politicians, industry

The Federal Government’s decision to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the Automotive Transformation Scheme in its 2014 Budget has been criticised by politicians and local industry heavyweights. Treasurer Joe Hockey last night revealed the government would save $618.5 million over eight years by ending the ATS at the end of 2017, after Ford, Holden and Toyota have all ended local production...


2015 Melbourne motor show plans "advanced"
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2015 Melbourne motor show plans "advanced"

Plans for a “dynamic and interactive” motoring event in Melbourne in 2015 to replace the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) are at an “advanced stage”, according to its organisers...


Productivity Commission encourages government to end financial support of Australian automotive industry
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Productivity Commission encourages government to end financial support of Australian automotive industry

The Productivity Commission has encouraged the Federal Government to stop providing financial support to the Australian automotive industry. The Commission's intermediary position paper, released two months ahead of the final report due on March 31, contends “the policy rationales for specific assistance to automotive manufacturing are weak”, and insists “the community would benefit from the ending of assistance to automotive manufacturing”...


Australian new car sales record tipped to tumble in 2014
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Australian new car sales record tipped to tumble in 2014

Australian new car sales are again tipped to reach record levels this year, though the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is predicting only modest growth over 2013's benchmark. FCAI CEO Tony Weber expects 1.145 million new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles will be sold in Australia in 2014, representing a 0...


Fringe benefits tax rule changes officially scrapped
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Fringe benefits tax rule changes officially scrapped

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has deemed the car industry "back open in Australia" following confirmation that the Coalition Government will scrap the controversial fringe benefits tax (FBT) rule changes proposed by the previous government. Announced in July by then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the FBT changes were intended to save the government $1...


Australian automotive manufacturing industry exit to cost economy $21.5b
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Australian automotive manufacturing industry exit to cost economy $21.5b

Approximately $21.5 billion would be wiped from the Australian economy if the automotive manufacturing industry collapsed in 2018, according to research commissioned by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI)...


Industry mixed on $200m government support package announcement
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Industry mixed on $200m government support package announcement

Australia's peak national motoring organisation says the Federal Government's $200 million assistance package for the local car industry is an admission that its changes to the fringe benefits tax (FBT) rules were a mistake. Industry minister Kim Carr announced the support package yesterday aimed to increase sales of locally made cars, reaffirming the government’s belief that the automotive industry is “vital” to Australia’s economic future...