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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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Planning For Recovery - The COVID-19 Recovery Playbook

The devastating impact of COVID-19 on the Australian economy is clearly evident (as called out in our COVID-19 SME Sentiment Tracker), particularly as a resurgence of the virus in Victoria sees the state reinstating strict lockdown measures. Looking to the future though, we are hopeful the latest outbreak will be controlled, allowing Australian businesses to shift their focus away from survival, and towards recovery.

Given the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, it is hard to fathom the current state of the economy. We have therefore compiled a list of metrics that can be used to evaluate and monitor the health of the economy. We are making this recovery playbook available as a public resource, and will be updating it on a regular basis (as new data becomes available). 

At a high level, some of the early signs of recovery we saw have now retreated, with consumer and business confidence heading back down. Some specific themes are explored below. 

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The Technologies That Are Shaping The Fleet Of The Future

The top three technologies shaping the future of fleet management to 2025 are 1) connectivity 2) automation and 3) electrification according to a recent survey of fleet management executives conducted by ACA Research.

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Exploring The 2019 Australian Car & Truck Parc

As we move into the second half of the year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics is starting to release more detail from its 2019 Motor Vehicle Census, letting us dig into the Australian car parc at a national, and state level.

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New Car Sales Mid-Year Update

As we move into the second half of 2019, it's a good point to reflect on YTD new car sales, assessing the overall health of the market, as well as seeing how recent trends are continuing to evolve.

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Will Holden be able to... hold-on?

Holden has been a key part of the Australian automotive industry since it launched the first all-Australian motor vehicle in the late 1940’s. The FX Holden was unveiled by Prime Minister Ben Chifley on the 29th of November 1948, with 18,000 people paying a deposit without even having seen one in person.

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Trends In The Commercial Van Market

With End Of Financial Year sales under way, many small business owners are considering bringing forward purchases to take advantage of instant asset write-offs. Given this increased level of activity, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at sales trends within the commercial van market.

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Is The Future Medium Duty?

41,426 new trucks were sold in 2018, finally breaking a long-standing record, and setting the industry on its way to deliver to the growing Australian freight task. This result was largely driven by the Heavy Duty segment, with the 14,326 trucks sold making up a third of the total volume, and putting HD up 21% on 2017.

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The changing nature of public transport

The launch of Uber in 2012 was a disruptive shift in the Australian transport market, and signalled a serious threat to the traditional taxi. Since Uber’s entry, other ride hailing companies have followed suit, and there are now a wide range of options available to the Australian consumer (Ola, Shofer, Shebah and DiDi to name a few).

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Replacing 'Australian-Made'

Welcome to our first 2019 blog post, which I'm using to reflect back on the changing nature of the Australian car parc. As we well know, 2018 was the first full year since the closure of the final local new car manufacturing plant by Holden, but how is that reflected in the car sales data.

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