Cheaper electric vehicles could increase uptake in Australia sooner than expected

Original article by
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 25-May-21

The transition towards electric vehicles will present significant challenges to the automotive sector, according to the Motor Trades Association of Australia, in what is its first major review of the sector in four years. The MTAA noted that current uptake of electric vehicles is low, but that this could change if new technologies bring about cheaper prices. The MTAA noted that there were 72,521 businesses operating across the automotive sector at the end of the 2019/20 financial year, while 96.6% of all automotive businesses are small and family-owned enterprises.

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MOTOR TRADES ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED

Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards 2019: Automotive and Airline Winners

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 25-Feb-20

The annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards were presented in Melbourne on 18 February. The automotive and airline categories included wins by first-time and past winners, as well as Qantas securing both domestic airline awards. Past award winner Lexus once again secured the Car Manufacturer of the Year award, taking its total to five award wins in the category. Mazda won its first Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Award in the new category of Major Car Manufacturer of the Year. Meanwhile, the three airline awards were presented to two winners. Qantas won both the Domestic Airline and Domestic Business Travel Airline categories in convincing fashion while Singapore Airlines put together another strong 12 months, winning the International Airline of the Year category for a sixth time.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, LEXUS AUSTRALIA, MAZDA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, SINGAPORE AIRLINES LIMITED

Sporting body prepares for life without Holden

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 19-Feb-20

Seven West Media CEO James Warburton says the impending demise of the Holden brand will have a big impact on the advertising market, adding that the car-maker also sponsors many big events. Meanwhile, Supercars CEO Sean Seamer says it had already been holding discussions with a number of car brands following General Motors’ decision in late 2019 to discontinue the Commodore. Warburton notes that there has been a shift in the focus of Supercars to the racing teams rather than the traditional Holden-Ford rivalry.

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SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, SUPERCARS, GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, GM HOLDEN LIMITED, FORD MOTOR COMPANY AUSTRALIA LIMITED

New car sales plummet as families curb spending

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian – Page: 2 : 7-Jan-20

Data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows that new car sales totalled 1,062,867 in 2019, which is 7.8 per cent lower than previously. Sales fell by 3.8 per cent year-on-year in December, to 84,239. FCAI CEO Tony Weber says the 2019 sales figures reflect a challenging year for the Australian economy, noting that the new car market was affected by factors such as falling house prices, low wages growth and a weaker Australian dollar. The Toyota HiLux was the top-selling vehicle for the year.

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FEDERAL CHAMBER OF AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES, TOYOTA MOTOR CREDIT CORPORATION

Lexus approaches near-perfect customer satisfaction

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 29-Oct-19

Lexus is the winner of Roy Morgan’s Car Manufacturer of the Month Award for August 2019, with a customer satisfaction rating of 97%. Lexus was followed by Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki, Land Rover, Subaru and Toyota, all of which had a customer satisfaction rating of 94%. Lexus has won seven straight monthly awards in 2019, securing the brand the annual customer satisfaction award. Lexus has now won five Car Manufacturer of the Year Awards since its inaugural win in 2014. It has maintained a satisfaction rating of between 94% and 98% over the past five and a half years. These satisfaction ratings are drawn from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from in-depth face-to-face interviews with over 50,000 Australians each year in their homes.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, LEXUS, KIA MOTORS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MERCEDES-BENZ AG, SUZUKI AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, LAND ROVER, SUBARU (AUST) PTY LTD, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION AUSTRALIA LIMITED

Lexus on top for car manufacturer satisfaction

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 18-Jul-19

New research from Roy Morgan shows that Lexus has emerged with market-leading customer satisfaction of 98% for the year to May 2019, up 4% points year-on-year. Lexus is just ahead of Volvo (up 5% points to 95%) and Isuzu UTE on 94%. Also in equal third position are Subaru, Mazda and Hyundai. Rounding out the top 10 are Audi, Toyota, Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai (all on 93%). Overall, satisfaction with car manufacturers was 92% in May, down from 93% in the same period in 2018. These are the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey of over 50,000 consumers conducted in the 12 months ended May 2019, including in-depth personal interviews with over 40,000 car drivers.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, LEXUS, VOLVO CAR CORPORATION, ISUZU UTE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SUBARU, MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED

AFL kicking goals as Toyota signs record $18.5m annual sponsorship deal

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian – Page: 21 & 24 : 15-Mar-19

Toyota has renewed its naming-rights sponsorship deal with the Australian Football League until 2023. The car-make will pay $18.5m a year to be the AFL’s major sponsor, compared with $16m annually under its current deal. As part of the new deal, Toyota will also become the AFL’s official community partner, as well as the official automotive partner of the women’s AFL competition. The AFL’s latest financial report shows that it boasted revenue of more than $200m from commercial operations in 2018, including sponsorship packages.

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AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE, TENNIS AUSTRALIA, KIA MOTORS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Satisfaction with car manufacturers improves

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 25-Jun-18

New research from Roy Morgan shows that in the 12 months to April 2018, the overall satisfaction with car manufacturers was 92.6%, up from 92.4% for the same period in 2017. These are the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey of over 50,000 consumers, including in-depth personal interviews with over 40,000 car drivers. Skoda currently has the highest level of customer satisfaction with 97.5%, followed by Isuzu UTE (96.4%), Suzuki (95.3%), Mazda (95.2%) and Subaru (95.1%). Over the last year, nine of the top performers increased their satisfaction rating. The biggest improver was Skoda (up 5.0% points), followed by Isuzu UTE (up 2.4% points), Land Rover (up 2.0% points), and Suzuki (up 1.9% points).

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, SKODA PTY LTD, ISUZU UTE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SUZUKI AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MAZDA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SUBARU (AUST) PTY LTD, LAND ROVER AUSTRALIA

Skoda vs Lexus – tight finish for car satisfaction award

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 12-Feb-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that Skoda had a customer satisfaction rating of 97.5% in the year to November 2017, an increase of 4.5% compared with the previous 12 months. Skoda was followed by Lexus on 97.1% (up 2.6%). Nine of the top 10 car brands for customer satisfaction showed improvement over the last 12 months, with the only exception being Isuzu UTE, which was down 0.4%. The two biggest improvers among the top 10 were Land Rover (up 5.5% to 95.4%) and Peugeot (up 5.4% to 95.2%). The winner of the 2017 Annual Roy Morgan Car Manufacturer Satisfaction Award will be announced later in February. Lexus has won this award for the past three years.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, SKODA AUTOMOBILOVA AS, LEXUS, ISUZU UTE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, LAND ROVER, PEUGEOT AUTOMOBILES AUSTRALIA

2.23 million Australians drive diesel fuel vehicles

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 5-Feb-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that 45% of Australians aged 18+ say they would seriously consider buying a diesel fuel vehicle, down from 50% two years ago. Meanwhile, 52% say they would consider buying a hybrid vehicle, ahead of electric vehicles (37%), and LPG vehicles (21%). Analysing Australians who mostly drive diesel fuel vehicles shows that 1.13 million reside in capital cities and 1.10 million in country areas, although the differing populations between the two means country Australians are 36% more likely to drive a diesel fuel vehicle than the average Australian. Nearly a third of Australia’s diesel fuel vehicles are driven by either semi/unskilled workers (18.3%) or skilled workers (14.4%), with both over-represented as drivers, while a further 22.5% are professionals/managers. Although farmers represent less than 2% of all diesel fuel vehicle drivers they are 185% more likely to drive a diesel fuel vehicle than the average Australian.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED