THE YEAR OF REFORM FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

2021 is looking set to see an unprecedented level of regulatory reform to the Australian automotive new vehicle industry which will benefit new vehicle Dealers. These reforms have largely come about due to the advocacy and lobbying carried out at…

DO WE NEED A MOTOR SHOW?

Motor Shows are wonderful events for anyone who loves cars. Manufacturers use them to unveil and hype up concept cars, important new production models and innovations, and the public flocks to see these wonders of technology and horsepower. Yet it…

DIGITAL FOCUS OF NADA SHOW

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) held its 2021 Show online in February, and unsurprisingly, the focus was heavily tilted towards digital marketing and online activity. BDO’s Steve Le Bas, Partner – Head of Motor Retail, and Malcolm Thixton, Partner…

ASIC RELEASES DEFERRED SALES MODEL GUIDE

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released a draft of its regulatory guide to the deferred sales model of add-on insurance. It is not yet the completed article, but does provide an insight into the requirements that are…

SENATE COMMITTEE URGES ACCC TO EXPEDITE HOLDEN PROBE

The Senate Committee for Education and Employment has urged the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to expedite its investigations into the behaviour and actions of GM Holden. On 19 March, the Committee released its final report into the Relationship…

AADA ACHIEVES MOMENTOUS FRANCHISING REFORMS

AADA welcomes the Morrison Government’s landmark reforms to the automotive franchising landscape. On 12 March, the Government announced momentous reforms for the automotive industry, which will protect Dealers against the worst abuses by some car companies and bring a degree…

CAR BUYERS STILL FAVOUR DEALER MODEL: SURVEY

New car buyers still overwhelmingly favour interacting with Dealers, and are confident in the process of finding and buying a new car, according to new research undertaken on behalf of the AADA. Zing! Insights conducted an online survey of 500…

SERVICE AND REPAIR SHARING LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

On 24 March, the Morrison Government introduced legislation into the Parliament to establish a mandatory scheme for the sharing of motor vehicle service and repair information. The scheme will, for the first time, require car Manufacturers to make information about…

DATA SHARING LAW EXPECTED SOON

The Federal Government is understood to be close to releasing legislation regarding the mandatory sharing of service and repair information. Bodies such as the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) have been campaigning for the Federal Government to introduce a mandatory…

BUDGET RECOVERY MEASURES WELCOME

AADA welcomes October’s Federal Budget as an important step in driving the recovery in the automotive industry and the wider economy. “We hope the measures announced in the Budget will be a shot in the arm for the industry, which…