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Overdrive News 16 October 2017

Overdrive Radio Program News – 16 October 2017 Ford’s new Business Plan Ford‘s new CEO, Jim Hackett, who took over in May, has recently outlined his business plan to investors. Key points include:       Ford intends to cut about $14 billion in costs over the next five years by slicing the amount of

Why people love cars and not public transport

Why people choose to drive rather than use public transport is a question that many people have an opinion on, usually about the cost and convenience.  But what does the research say? Dr Jennifer Kent, who is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Sydney, has being looking

First ‘handover/takeover’ trials

There are a lot of theories about what it will be like to have a world of all autonomous cars. But the changeover period is a critical issue. And this is not just the case of some vehicles being autonomous while others are not. What happens when drivers switch from one vehicle to another. The

New car purchases are more efficient on average but consumer preferences are changing

The average vehicle sold in Australia is getting better at reducing the amount of pollution they create for the energy they are producing.  But fewer Australians are choosing low emissions cars, according to a report released by the National Transport Commission. Every year since 2002 the average emission intensity figures have fallen, however this year’s result is

Car Sales

Having been behind last year’s sales for the first four months of the year new vehicle purchases in Australia have shown some encouraging results in May. Compared to last year sales, May 2017 volumes are up 6.4% although in year to date terms we are still nearly 1% behind. Toyota had a strong month but