Industry News: ‘What we want from the new government’

This story first appeared in the August issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

From the election we can see that the government has a very narrow majority of one PICThey will likely have a tendency to be a protectionists and to be timid. We call on the new government to be bold, to implement the reform agenda of the Productivity Commission and the Harper Review has recommended and open up the parallel imports.

More directly, we would call on minster of small business Michael Morcormack to embrace a bold spirit of competition and reform for the small businesses. This could be created as part of the changes in these laws, and deregulation of the motor vehicle sector.

The Senate may also well be protectionist in these circumstances and likewise we call on them to consider the interest of all Australians, particulary the consumer who has a right to a broader choice and cheaper vehicles.
It is no longer 1996. It is a different world, technology and the market has moved on, and it is time for a different type of mindset that will allow us to be competitive in the future. Continue reading “‘What we want from the new government’” »

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Industry News: Improved car sales evident AP Eagers’ profit book

AP EagersDealer group AP Eagers has reported a record half year net profit before tax of $67.9 million from $59.5 million in 2015’s half year – up 14%.

The company says the result was due to improved car sales in New South Wales and South Australia countering a slowdown in Queensland as a result of low interest rates, especially relevant to the national new vehicle market.

Eagers acquired Toowoomba’s Crampton Automotive Group, Melbourne-based Birrell Motors Group and Townsville’s Tony Ireland Group in the last six months, and intends to leverage off the popularity of vehicle sales, especially luxury brands, by purchasing car dealerships around Australia. Continue reading “Improved car sales evident AP Eagers’ profit book” »

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Industry News: Online advertising spend reaches record $6.8 billion

online advertisingThe Australian online advertising market has again delivered robust double-digit growth led by automotive, increasing $1.6 billion to reach $6.8 billion for the full financial year ending June 30 – a 29.7% increase over the prior financial year and the fastest year-on-year growth over the last five years.

Motor vehicles remained relatively stable and account for the largest category share at 17% for the year.

“Another year of double-digit growth, driven by the continued rise of the mobile and video category, means that online advertising heads closer to half of all advertising spend,” said Vijay Solanki, chief executive of IAB Australia. He adds that automotive, real estate and FMCG lead the way as they have built capability across all digital platforms especially in mobile and video and they know how to use content, technology and data to help achieve their marketing goals efficiently. Continue reading “Online advertising spend reaches record $6.8 billion” »

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Industry News: Customers at the heart of Hino sales and service focus

This story first appeared in the August issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Greg Bleasel

Greg Bleasel

Hino conducted a survey to find out what is important to its customers. Consistency in pricing when visiting the dealership or service centre came out on top.

As a result, Hino has introduced fixed price minor servicing and slashed the price of service and maintenance parts. On average, service and maintenance parts have been reduced by 24%.

Fixed price minor servicing extends to all Euro 5-compliant Hino 300, 500 and 700 series vehicles. Continue reading “Customers at the heart of Hino sales and service focus” »

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Industry News: New sales manager for Maserati

Brent Jewell

Brent Jewell

Maserati has appointed a new national sales manager who will get to oversee the expected boost the brand will receive over the next year as it rolls out its first SUV – the Levante.

Brent Jewell has been appointed to the role for Australia and New Zealand.

“The role of national sales manager will be central to our growth in 2017 because it provides an essential bridge and point of contact for dealers and customers with Maserati,” explains Glen Sealey, chief operating officer of Maserati Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Continue reading “New sales manager for Maserati” »

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Industry News: Kia Motors Australia on the move

KIA-LOGOAfter more than a decade at its Homebush West base, Kia Motors Australia is on the move, upgrading its headquarters with new premises at Macquarie Park.

“With brand and quality recognition soaring, and sales growing at better than 20 per cent year-on-year, the move to new premises in an A-Grade commercial precinct is a clear reflection of brand qualities and performance,” KMAu chief operating officer Damien Meredith says.

KMAu will start operations from the new site at 67 Epping Rd, Macquarie Park, 2113, from Monday September 5. Continue reading “Kia Motors Australia on the move” »

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Industry News: Model S reaches battery limit

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Tesla has launched a new battery option – believed to be the biggest possible in its current format.

The new P100 option, for both the Model S and Model X, is a 100kWh battery, and can be ordered new or as an upgrade to existing P90 models. It gives a range of 614km in the S or 542 in the X by EU standards.

As part of the announcement call, founder Elon Musk indicated the option is the most capacity that can be put into the vehicles in the current battery format. Continue reading “Model S reaches battery limit” »

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Industry News: Rough desert conditions don’t bother Cat fleet

CT630LS Sand Dune Country

A fleet of four Cat Trucks has proven a robust choice for an earthmoving operator based in South Australia’s Strzelecki Desert.

The four CT630LS model Cat Trucks never see a sealed road and are often in a different applications day after day, from supporting construction to heavy machinery float work, and livestock haulage.

The Dunn’s Earthmoving fleet is based deep in the Strzelecki Desert, not far from Moomba, South Australia, and owner Neil Dunn reckons the Cat Trucks have easily won driver acceptance. Continue reading “Rough desert conditions don’t bother Cat fleet” »

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