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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...


FCAI boss calls for "policy certainty"
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FCAI boss calls for "policy certainty"

There are renewed calls for clarity on automotive industry policy from both sides of government, with FCAI chief Tony Weber seeking answers from both sides of politics ahead of this year's federal election. “In this federal election year, both the importers and the local manufacturers are looking to the political parties to provide the policy certainty needed to maintain a competitive and innovative automotive industry in Australia,” said Weber at the announcement of total 2012 sales...


Criticism of local manufacturing 'empty': FCAI chief
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Criticism of local manufacturing 'empty': FCAI chief

The head of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Tony Weber, has criticised the general media for its reporting on the local industry, claiming that local manufacturing is competitive by today's standards. Speaking at the announcement that overall new-car sales reached a record 1...


Mazda3 extends sales lead as Honda fights back
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Mazda3 extends sales lead as Honda fights back

The Australian automotive industry continued its strong start to the year in February with new vehicle sales up more than five per cent compared with the same period in 2011. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 85,723 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in February 2012, up 6...


Australian automotive industry forecasts one million sales in 2012
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Australian automotive industry forecasts one million sales in 2012

Australia’s automotive industry heavyweights predict new vehicle sales will once again eclipse the magic one million mark in 2012. But Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Ian Chalmers admits the Australian-made Holden Commodore – the country’s most popular new car between 1996 and 2010, but beaten by the Mazda3 in 2011 – may never return to top spot, as new-car buyers continue to abandon traditional large family cars...


Automotive industry crucial to Australian economy: FCAI
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Automotive industry crucial to Australian economy: FCAI

Australia stands at a fork in the road and needs to invest in the nation’s ability to design, engineer and – most importantly – build vehicles if we are to remain a strong and diverse knowledge economy and a viable automotive manufacturer, according to the president of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI)...


Australian automotive industry body urges Government to re-think carbon tax
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Australian automotive industry body urges Government to re-think carbon tax

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry has urged the Federal Government to re-think its carbon tax plan and to work closer with the industry to develop revised legislation. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) says the initial carbon price of $23 per tonne will lead to increased costs to local automotive manufacturers of more than $30 million per year...


FCAI calls on Federal Government to tighten rules on cleaner car rebate
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FCAI calls on Federal Government to tighten rules on cleaner car rebate

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is calling on the Federal Government to tighten the requirements and increase the rebate on the Cleaner Car Rebate. The Cleaner Car Rebate - or cash-for-clunkers scheme as it's more affectionately known - would see individuals rewarded with $2000 if they trade in their pre-1995 vehicle for a new, greener vehicle...