RECORD SALES MONTHS IN JULY, AUGUST

Australia’s motor industry has now posted five months of record sales for 2017, with August the fourth successive month of record gains and the highest August outcome on record, according to the motor industry’s official statistical service, VFACTS. The August…

3D SCANNER TO IMPROVE TYRE SAFETY

A Finnish tyre manufacturer has developed new 3D scanning technology to help drivers easily assess the safety of their tyres. A study of the safety-related aspects of tyre use showed that 25 percent of tyre-related accidents occurred because the tyre’s…

5 THINGS TOP SALES PERFORMERS DO IN 2017

For the past 15 years I’ve worked in and with sales teams and it seems every team is the same: a mix of three groups of people is always evident: Group 1: The top performers, always always earning the big…

FIAT CHRYSLER JOINS BMW AUTONOMOUS DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will join the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye to develop a state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform. Delphi is also on board as a development partner and system integrator. The partners intend to jointly deploy a cooperation model to…

PETROL TOO EXPENSIVE IN CAIRNS

Cairns petrol stations make 38 percent more profit on fuel sales than the national average, according to an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report. ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims, said the reason was the lack of “vigorous and effective competitors”….

AHG HAS A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON THE FUTURE

Perth-based Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) has announced a drop in its annual net profit of 38.4 per cent. The fall was expected and comes as a result of the company’s restructures, as well as one-off costs associated with its refrigerated…

AUTOSPORTS GROUP BUYS BMW MELBOURNE

Autosports Group Limited Melbourne has bought BMW Group Australia’s factory-owned dealerships including BMW Melbourne, Mini Garage Melbourne and BMW Body Shop. The $22 million purchase will be completed in the final three months of the year under the proviso that…

OVERHAUL MARKETING STRATEGY: EXPERT

A digital marketing expert says Dealers need to overhaul their marketing and retailing strategies to focus solely on the customer. MediaDigitalX Managing Director, Simon Van Wyk, told the 2017 Mumbrella Automotive Marketing Summit last month that the car buying process…

NISSAN AUSTRALIA’S NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

Nissan Australia has replaced sacked former Chief Executive, Richard Emery, with a new Managing Director, Stephen Lester. Mr Emery was fired in late August following a poor sales performance that saw Nissan Australia’s market share fall by 12.3 per cent…

PRIUS TURNS TWENTY

It is 20 years since Toyota launched the Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle. Based on the Latin phrase meaning ‘to go before’, the Prius truly proved to be the forerunner to today’s surge of electric vehicles. We…