SALES DOWN 3 PER CENT IN JULY

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has released the new vehicle sales figures for the month of July 2019. The industry reported 83,184 sales for the month, a 2.8 per cent decrease from July 2018. On a year to…

2020: THE BREAKTHROUGH YEAR FOR EVS?

Electric vehicles (EVs) will reach a ‘tipping point’ within the next two years, with emission regulations and price reductions expected to push them into the mainstream as early as next year. Transport and Environment (T&E), the European body for non-governmental…

WHEN CAR-MAKERS SNEEZED, RACING CAUGHT PNEUMONIA

Leading motor sport journalist, Mark (‘Foges’) Fogarty, in early August wrote a most insightful article in Auto Action magazine about sponsorship in motor racing. The premise of his critique was summed up in the introduction as “AA’s pernicious pundit remembers…

NEW MD FOR FIAT CHRYSLER AUSTRALIA

Auto maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has appointed its Indian arm head, Kevin Flynn, as chief of the company’s operations in Australia. Mr Flynn assumed his new position from August 1. The company stated that in addition to the new…

PEUGEOT AND CITROEN JOIN FORCES

In what is claimed as a world first, Peugeot and Citroen will join forces and operate dealerships under the one roof. The first such dealership opened in Sydney in July, with the aim to have 30 of the brands’ 33…

VOLVO RECALLS HALF A MILLION CARS

Volvo is recalling 507,000 vehicles globally due to the possibility of a fire risk identified within engines. The automaker said investigations identified that the plastic intake manifold within the engines may “melt and deform”, and in a worst-case scenario “a…

THREE-QUARTERS OF KIWIS CONSIDER GOING ELECTRIC NEXT

Nearly three-quarters of New Zealanders would consider going electric with their next vehicle purchase, according to a recent Trade Me survey. Head of Motors at Trade Me, Alan Clark, said over 1,300 New Zealanders took part in the survey, which…

DEALER SERVICE: MAKE A POINT – TELL A STORY!

In the latest of our series, thanks to legendary service advisor trainer, Lloyd Schiller, of LloydSchiller.com and Brooke Samples of Profit Blueprints, Brooke looks at the power of storytelling. Storytelling is in our DNA; for over 20,000 years humans have…

KIWI GROUP INVESTS IN AUSSIE CAR SHARING

New Zealand’s Turners Automotive Group is investing A$1 million into ASX-listed Collaborate Corporation, a tech-focused car-sharing and vehicle subscription business based in Australia. Turners will obtain a 12.13 per cent stake in the company and will appoint a director to…

MOTOINSIGHT SETS UP SHOP IN AUSTRALIA

Motoinsight, a leading provider of digital retailing solutions for the automotive industry, has continued its international growth, partnering with Genesis Motors to expand into the Australian market. Motoinsight now serves automakers in the US, Canada and Australia with its technology,…