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March 2018 - Global News

Australian EV Charging Company Opens Netherlands Headquarters

Electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure solutions developer, Tritium, has opened its European headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to support the global growth of its fast-charging solutions.

Tags: Australia, Global, The Netherlands, EV Charging Stations

March 2018 - Feature

Record Fleet Sales in New Zealand for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Commercial vehicle registrations in calendar-year 2017 were up 16.9% over 2016. Similarly, total retail sales in CY-2017 were the strongest in the history of auto sales in New Zealand, driven by strong demand for SUVs and pickups.

Tags: New Zealand, Holden, Global, State of Fleet Market Report

March 2018 - Global News

Australian SG Fleet Group Posts 18% Yearly Profit

Australian fleet-services firm SG Fleet Group recorded a net profit of $31.6 million for the 2017-18 financial year, continuing the company’s doubled-digit profit growth every six months since listing on the Australian stock exchange in 2015.

Tags: Australia, Global, SG Fleet

February 2018 - Global News

Toyota Australia Names New CEO

Toyota Australia has named Matthew Callachor as the company’s new CEO and president, after serving as the company’s vice president.

Tags: Toyota, Australia, Global

January 2018 - Global News

Toyota Unveils Three HiLux Variants for Australia

Toyota is bringing the HiLux to Australia in three variants: the Rogue, the Rugged, and the Rugged X.

Tags: Toyota, Australia, Light Commercial Vehicle

December 2017 - Global News

Fleet Purchases in Australia Bolster November Vehicle Sales

New vehicle sales in Australia surpassed one million in November 2017, which was bolstered partially by strong sales to businesses.

Tags: Toyota, New Vehicle Sales, Australia, Global

December 2017 - Global News

Mercedes-Benz Tests Autonomous S-Class in Australia

The car will journey from Sydney via Canberra and Albury to Melbourne, testing its ability to detect LED traffic signs, unique roadways, and wildlife.

Tags: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Australia

December 2017 - Global News

Ford Names New SUV to Australian Market

Short for “Endurance,” the Endura will be imported from Canada and is expected to be priced starting at $37,993.

Tags: Australia, Ford, Global, Ford Edge

November 2017 - Global News

Toyota Brings Mirai to Australia

Toyota did not provide a timetable for when the Mirai would hit the market in Australia, but a smaller, cheaper version of the car is rumored to be released in 2019.

Tags: Toyota, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Australia, Toyota Mirai

October 2017 - Feature

Strong Commercial Sales Drive Australian Fleet Market

Fleet sales are tracking at a record pace in 2017 reflecting the strength of the Australian economy and improved mining sector. SUV sales are hot with both consumers and fleets as OEMs introduce more new models into the market.

Tags: Australia, Global, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2017 - Global News

Toyota Australia Closes Melbourne Factory

The Melbourne factory's closure leaves 2,700 Toyota workers unemployed. The closing of Toyota's Altona plant has dropped Toyota's staff from 4,000 to 1,300 people in Australia, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Tags: Toyota, Australia, Ford, General Motors

September 2017 - Industry News

Renault Introducing Two EVs for Australian Fleets

Renault Australia will import two pure electric models to the country which will be sold directly to business and governmental organizations.

Tags: Renault, Australia, Global

September 2017 - Industry News

South Australia Pushes for Autonomous EV Shuttle Bus

Navya and the South Australian government are working together on the development of completely autonomous, all-electric shuttle buses in the region.

Tags: Australia, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2017 - Global News

New Zealand City to Launch EV Sharing Service

A city in New Zealand launched an electric car-sharing service that will grant the public access to a fleet of 100 vehicles available at 10 hubs.

Tags: Carsharing, New Zealand, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

September 2017 - Global News

Former Coca-Cola Fleet Manager Jailed for Receiving Corrupt Payments

Bryan Pereira was accused of conspiring with two executives at Orix Australia to receive kickbacks as a fleet manager for Coca-Cola Amatil.

Tags: Coca-Cola, Australia, Global, Crime

September 2017 - Global News

Toyota Ends Production of Aurion Sedan

Toyota Australia has ended production of its Aurion V-6 sedan as the automaker ends 54 years of manufacturing in the country this October.

Tags: Toyota, Vehicle Production, Australia, Global

August 2017 - Global News

Renault Launches Diesel SUV in Australia

Renault is adding a diesel variant for the Koleos SUV in Australia, bolstering the lineup of what is the automaker’s highest-selling vehicle in Australia, according to Motoring.

Tags: Renault, Australia, Global

July 2017 - Global News

Queensland Building 1,242-Mile EV Highway

The state of Queensland in Australia is preparing to implement one of the world’s longest electric vehicle highways.

Tags: Australia, Global, EV Charging Stations

July 2017 - Global News

Australia's Proposed Carbon Tax May Increase Vehicle Costs

The federal government of Australia has proposed implementing carbon-emission rules which may increase the price of country’s most popular cars by an estimated approximate of $4,000.

Tags: Carbon Footprint, Australia, Global, TCO

June 2017 - Global News

Volvo Autonomous Cars 'Confused' by Kangaroos

The autonomous vehicles Volvo is testing in Australia are having issues identifying kangaroos in the road.

Tags: Australia, Global, Autonomous Vehicles, Volvo S90

June 2017 - Global News

Holden's Astra Sportwagon Heading to Australia

Holden's Astra Sportwagon will be heading to Australia to join the Astra Hatch and Sedan as the manufacturer moves away from Australian manufacturing and toward becoming an import-only brand.

Tags: Australia, Global, Holden

June 2017 - Global News

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Coming to Australia

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be available in Australia before the end of 2017 as a flagship to the updated Grand Cherokee lineup.

Tags: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Australia, Global, FCA

May 2017 - Global News

Australian Police Fleets Test Kia Stinger

Kia Motors Australia is giving Australian police departments and government agencies an opportunity to trial the 2018 Kia Stinger to consider implementation into their fleets.

Tags: Australia, Global, Kia Stinger

April 2017 - Global News

Australasian Fleet Conference (AfMA) Detailed

The 2017 Australasian Fleet Conference & Exhibition will be held May 11-12, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Produced by the Australasian Fleet Management Assciation (AfMA), the two-day annual conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre and feature 20-plus speakers at 15 educational sessions. In addition, the Expo Hall will feature displays from 20-plus exhibitors.

Tags: Australia, New Zealand, Global, Conference

March 2017 - Global News

New Mobility Company Launches in Australia

Localift, a friend-to-friend ridesharing startup in Australia, is using the HERE Mobility on-Demand, a powerful and flexible toolkit for on-demand app developers, enabling them to build location-centric features into their apps and go to market quickly.

Tags: Australia, Global, Mobility, Mobile Apps, Startups

March 2017 - Global News

Latest Trends in the Australasian Fleet Market to be Examined

A contingent of Australasian fleet professionals, led by Mace Hartley, the executive director of the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA), will present a comprehensive review of the state of the Australasian fleet market at the 2017 Global Fleet Conference in Miami.

Tags: Australia, Global, Global Fleet Conference, AfMA

March 2017 - Global News

Future of Holden Commodore Makes Geneva Motor Show Debut

The next-generation Opel Insignia Grand Sport and Grand Tourer made their public debut on March 7, 2017 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, giving a first look at the future of the Holden Commodore.

Tags: Australia, Holden, Global, Holden Commodore, Opel

February 2017 - Global News

Study Reveals New Zealand Has Highest Vehicle Depreciation in the World

New Zealand has been ranked worst in a global survey for depreciation in cars, with a 54% decrease in value after 56,000 kms surpassing both the UK and the U.S. The country with the lowest percentage of passenger car depreciation is China.

Tags: Depreciation, Remarketing, New Zealand, Global

February 2017 - Feature

Market Snapshot: New Zealand Fleet Market

New Zealand's new vehicle market hit record numbers of registrations in January, according to the country's Motor Industry Association. The growth is attributed to a strong national economy, a robust car rental market driven by a vibrant tourism industry, and an ongoing influx of immigrants into the country who require transportation.

Tags: New Zealand, Global

February 2017 - Global News

Holden Launches 2017 Commodore Marking Last Year of Domestic Production

Holden launched the 2017 Commodore model, which marks its final year of being domestically manufacutured in Australia. The Holden Commodore has been built in Australia for the past 38 years.

Tags: Holden, Global, Holden Commodore

January 2017 - Global News

Toyota Moves Production of Australian Camry to Japan

Toyota is shifting production of the 2018 Camry for the Australian market to Japan, which will replace the locally-made Camry.

Tags: Toyota Camry, Vehicle Production, 2018-MY, Australia

January 2017 - Global News

Holden Adds Astra Sedan to Small Car Lineup

In 2017, Holden will launch the all-new Astra sedan. Astra sedan joins Astra hatch and Astra coupe siblings to expand Holden’s small-car lineup.

Tags: Australia, Holden Astra, Compact Cars, Holden

December 2016 - Global News

New Zealand Government Plans $6M EV Investment

The New Zealand government has vowed to invest $6 (US $4.2) million dollars annually to subsidize and promote electric vehicle adoption.

Tags: New Zealand, AfMA, Battery-Electric Vehicles

December 2016 - Global News

CEVA Appoints Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand

CEVA Logistics has announced the appointment of Carlos Velez Rodriguez as managing director for its Australia & New Zealand cluster.

Tags: Australia, New Zealand, CEVA Logistics

December 2016 - Global News

Nissan Australia Debuts Final Iteration of Patrol Y61 Wagon

Nissan Australia has presented its final iteration of its Patrol Y61 Wagon: The Legend Edition.

Tags: Nissan, Australia

December 2016 - Global News

Australia’s SG Fleet Acquires UK-based Contract Hire Provider

SG Fleet Group Limited has acquired Motiva Group Limited, a UK-based provider of contract hire, short-term rental and fleet management services. This follows the Fleet Hire acquisition, which was announced in August 2016.

Tags: Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, SG Fleet

December 2016 - Global News

Australasian Telematics Market to Grow to 1.1M Units by 2020

The number of fleet telematics systems in active use in Australia and New Zealand is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.0% from 0.5 million units in 2015 to 1.1 million by 2020.

Tags: TomTom, Geotab, Australia, New Zealand, MiX Telematics

November 2016 - Global News

New Zealand to Demonstrate Autonomous Car

Tauranga, New Zealand, is hosting a three-day national conference for the New Zealand Local Authority Traffic Institute – known as Trafinz, which will include a demonstration of a self-driving car — the first event of its kind in New Zealand.

Tags: Volvo, New Zealand, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2016 - Global News

Next-Generation Holden Commodore is Coming

Headlined by the V-6 flagship model, the imported Commodore boasts an all-wheel-drive system channeling 308 horsepower and 3274 inch-pounds force to the road, combined with adaptive suspension technology.

Tags: Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore

October 2016 - Global News

Holden Ends Manufacturing of Cruze in Australia

Australia's Holden has produced its final Cruze small car as part of its transition from manufacturing to becoming a design, engineering, and importing business.

Tags: Australia, Holden, Manufacturing, Holden Cruze

October 2016 - Feature

New Zealand Fleet Market Conditions for CY-2016

Despite economic headwinds dampening demand for its exports into China, auto sales in New Zealand during calendar-year 2015 hit an all-time record for commercial and retail vehicles. Sales continued to be strong in early 2016.

Tags: New Zealand, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016 - Feature

The State of the Australian Commercial Fleet Market

Although acquisition costs are a key factor for vehicle selection decisions, fleet application, fuel economy, CO2 emissions, safety, and overall TCO continue to play important roles in the purchase decision-making process.

Tags: Australia, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016 - Global News

AfMA Honors Top Australian Fleet Managers for 2016

The Australasian Fleet Management Association (AFMA) has named its top fleet managers during its 2016 AFMA Fleet Awards.

Tags: DHL, Australia, Awards, AfMA, CSIRO

September 2016 - Global News

New Zealand Launches Electric Vehicle Information Campaign

New Zealand has launched an electric vehicles information campaign to mark the start of International Drive Electric Week.

Tags: New Zealand, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Awareness Campaign

September 2016 - Global News

Commercial Vehicles Drive Rebound in Australian Sales

Commercial vehicle sales drove a rebound in Australian vehicle sales in August, which increased 4.6% over August 2015 figures, according to a report by the Australian Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Tags: Australia, Commercial Fleets, Retail Sales, Fleet Sales

September 2016 - Global News

Australian Researchers Need Fleet Manager Input for Safety Study

Postgraduate psychology students at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are studying the organization factors that influence work-related driving behavior and are asking Australian fleet managers for their help.

Tags: Research, Survey, Australia

August 2016 - Global News

Hino Australia Opens Dedicated In-House Customer Care Center

Hino Australia has opened a dedicated in-house care center, It is the first Hino distributor worldwide to offer such a facility.

Tags: Australia

August 2016 - Global News

Australian and New Zealand Fleet Telematics Deployment Expected to Reach 1.1M by 2020

The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Australia and New Zealand was 500,000 in Q4-2015. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16%, this number is expected to reach 1.1 million by 2020.

August 2016 - Global News

Australia's SG Fleet Acquires FMC

SG Fleet has acquired Solihull-based contract hire, fleet management and salary sacrifice specialist, Fleet Hire.

Tags: Australia, SG Fleet, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 2016 - Global News

Australians Get Glimpse of Hybrid Truck Technology

World-first hybrid truck technology from Adgero could help Australian road transport operators cut fuel consumption by up to 25% and reduce the trucking industry’s carbon footprint.

Tags: Emissions, Vehicle Testing, Australia, Hybrid Trucks



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