Category: Feature

CONNECTIVITY IS THE NEW BLACK: SURVEY

As those who attended the AADA National Dealer Convention would be aware, connectivity and digitalisation have become the biggest drivers of the retail automotive business. This was confirmed by a recent global survey predicting that more than half the global…

ONE IN FOUR PRIVATELY SOLD USED CARS HAS BIG ISSUES

A report has found that nearly a quarter of used cars in Australia sold privately come with potentially serious hidden issues. The CarHistory.com.au report said almost a quarter of the used cars on the market that underwent a vehicle history…

BENCHMARKS – A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY

Retail motor dealerships must surely be the most analysed businesses of any industry sector. Benchmarks are the tool by which dealership performance is analysed ad nauseam, not only by Dealers themselves, but by manufacturers, financiers and, dare we say it,…

Audi takes on Tesla

Audi has, with the announcement it will release three models by 2020, signalled its intention to take on Tesla in the electric vehicle market. It will also form a new subsidiary to develop autonomous cars. The company openly admits its…

EMBRACING ANCAP IN THE SHOWROOM

We know those in the market for a new car look at price. In a consumer-driven, price-competitive market, everyone is out to save a dollar where they can. Price therefore stands as a constant element of all pathways to a…

CONSUMER SENTIMENT CONSOLIDATES

The Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment dipped one per cent in June, which represents a consolidation of gains made in May. The Index fell from 103.2 in May to 102.2 in June, after an 8.5 per cent surge…

FTG Motor Group expands its community influence

Selling cars is not rocket science – but, as with many endeavours, there is an art as well as a science to it. An holistic approach nets more in business and community goodwill, and it is this attitude that sees…

AUSTRALIA’S NEXT COP CARS

With the exit of Australian car manufacturers coming ever closer, the nation’s police forces will be forced to look elsewhere for their vehicles. Falcons or Commodores have long been used as police cars, so what will police drive once those…

NON-GENUINE COMMODORE HOODS – A RISK TO KIDS AND MECHANICS

Safety testing has found that steel aftermarket copies of Holden aluminium hoods do not protect children or mechanics as well as the originals. Research conducted by Adelaide University’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) found that the copies would have…

Aussie Volkswagen owners still waiting

The head of Volkswagen has apologised to shareholders regarding the emissions cheating scandal, but Australian owners of the group’s vehicles are still waiting for compensation, as  has been meted out to comparable drivers in the United States. Legal firm Maurice…