KPMG GLOBAL SURVEY PREDICTS CHANGE

KPMG released its 2018 Global Automotive Executive Survey in February, outlining key automotive trends around the world. One of its key findings was that 56 percent of executives believe physical retail outlets will be reduced by 30 to 50 percent…

DOWNWARD TREND IN UK DEALER SATISFACTION CONTINUES

The UK’s NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey Winter 2017/2018 has been released, articulating the level of satisfaction Dealers have with their franchise relationships. The survey was conducted in January 2018 and asked the views of franchised Dealers about their ongoing relationship…

55 YEARS IN CAR HEAVEN – JOHN CRENNAN

This article – apart from the segment on tips for the winners and losers in the Supercar Series for season 2018 – is a departure from our normal focus on Motor Sport. 10 December last year saw the completion of…

INDUSTRY REPORT FEATURE: AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND DISRUPTION

Today’s motor vehicles represent perhaps the most sophisticated technology owned by most consumers. Automotive technology is, however, on the cusp of greater change which could revolutionise not only transport but urban planning, government policy, work and society in general. The…

CAN I INTEREST YOU IN A SUBSCRIPTION?

Selling cars is a tough business – and it might get even tougher, with a generation of consumers more willing to see a vehicle as a service and the technology available to deliver on that promise. Several manufacturers have sniffed…

THE RISE OF THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming cheaper and more efficient, and their benefit to the environment can’t be overstated. To speed up the adoption of these vehicles, several nations have announced plans to ban the sale of non-electric vehicles, effectively putting…

ELECTRIC VEHICLES AT ELIZABETH PLANT?

Just months after Holden closed its doors, the UK billionaire who saved the Whyalla steelworks is looking to bring car manufacturing back to Adelaide’s northern suburbs. SA Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, said Sanjeev Gupta’s company, GFG Alliance, recently approached the State…

NORWAY: ELECTRIC AND HYBRID SALES TOP TRADITIONAL

Sales of electric and hybrid cars in Norway last year outpaced those running on fossil fuels, cementing the country’s position as a global leader in the push to restrict vehicle emissions. Norway, a major oil exporter, would seem an unlikely…

MANDATORY AUTOMATED BRAKING?

In the wake of research showing the technology can reduce rear-end crashes by 38 percent, VicRoads is mounting a campaign to make automated emergency braking standard for all Australian vehicles. Automated emergency braking, which is already being fitted into many…