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The Recovery Playbook: Outbreaks risk derailing Australia's return to prosperity

April marked an important milestone for Australia, one year on from the main COVID outbreak of 2020. This allows for the comparison of a time of bleak outlook and uncertainty, with one where many economic indicators appear more in line with performance prior to the pandemic.

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VFACTS June 2021: A Strong Result, Or Starting To Slip?

June is an odd month when it comes to new car sales, with fleets bringing forward spending to take advantage of EOFY tax incentives, and consumers out hunting for bargains. Well publicised stock shortages make things more complicated this year, with some manufacturers likely to lose sales because they can’t deliver vehicles for 3, 6, or even 9 months.

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The 2021 AfMA Conference Recap

Steve, Bayee and I were very pleased to join a range of industry representatives at the 2021 Australasian Fleet Management Association conference in Melbourne in May. Bringing together fleet operators, OEMs, FMOs and a range of other suppliers to the sector, the conference provided a fantastic opportunity to hear from a range of industry experts, see some of the latest vehicles and technologies in action, and network (in person) with old and new acquaintances.

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VFACTS May 2021: Another Strong Result For New Vehicle Sales

VFACTS have just published the May 2021 new car sales figures, and they make for some pretty astounding reading, with more than 100,000 new vehicles sold over the past 31 days. This is particularly true when we consider the fact that in many cases, these are orders that won't be completed for 3, 6, or even 9 months. Unpacking the results, here are five key themes that highlight the extent of the recovery we've seen over the past 12 months.

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Economic Recovery and Capital Investment

The Australian economy has faced significant challenges over the past 12 months. Given this (and the reality of an ongoing global pandemic), it's very pleasing to see a level of positivity re-emerging in the Australian business community. According to the March edition of the ACA Research COVID-19 SME Monthly Tracker, half of SMEs expect Australian economic conditions to strengthen over the next three months. This stands in stark contrast to their expectations of the global economy, with just one in four SMEs expecting to see this level of recovery outside of Australia.

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The Evolution of The Australian Telematics Market

Corporate Fleets are split on telematics. While many of them are currently using or considering telematics systems, we can also see a growing cohort who have walked away from the technology. This tells us that the offering still isn't quite right, particularly when it comes to our smaller and mid-sized fleets. 

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Telematics in 2021: Is the reality living up to the promise?

Following on from the disruption of 2020, many businesses are conducting structural reviews into their fleet, seeking initiatives that can increase efficiency, and reduce costs. From our perspective, telematics systems, and the insights they provide should play a key role in this process, grounding decisions in verifiable business intelligence.

But are telematics living up to this ideal? As can be seen in the table below, the proportion of Corporate Fleets using telematics has declined since 2018, with only the largest (250+ vehicle) fleets increasing usage. Alongside this, our small and medium-sized Corporate Fleets have seen significant increases when it comes to former telematics users.

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The Growth of Chinese Vehicle Sales

Australia ended 2020 with over 100,000 fewer new vehicle sales than the year before. While this is understandable given the impact of COVID-19, we feel that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Australian new car sales (as at Feb '21) have now risen for the fourth consecutive month, with the market recording a 5% YoY jump in February off the back of almost 85,000 new vehicles sold. Encouragingly, this growth is almost entirely driven by consumers (YoY sales up 16%), as they regain the confidence to start spending on big-ticket items.

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Unpacking The Jan 2021 New Vehicle Sales Recovery

January 2021 saw the new year start with a bang, as almost 80,000 vehicles were sold off the back of further easing in COVID-19 restrictions, and the Australian economy returning to a more ‘normal’ business setting. Year on year, this resulted in double digit growth (up 11.1% vs. January 2020). While that appears strong at face value, does it hold true once we dig a little deeper.

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A Return To Normality?

November sees a number of changes to life in Australia, as Melbourne (and Victoria more broadly) returns to a greater semblance of normality. Anecdotal feedback suggests that we'll see that reflected in financial results over the next month, as Victorians take advantage of the opportunity to see friends, and relatives, visit cafes and restaurants, and generally enjoy an increased level of freedom.

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