The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-17T05:09:11Z MindKits wins Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Hack My Van 2017, will take STEM workshops to schools across New Zealand 2017-08-17T05:09:11Z mindkits-wins-mercedes-benz-vans-hack-my-van-2017-will-take-stem-workshops-to-schools-across-new-zealand 17 August 2017 -- Melbourne. For the second year running, Mercedes-Benz Vans invited Australian and New Zealand based small businesses, start-ups, product developers, industrial designers, creative technologists, hustlers and hackers to put together a team of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers and pitch an innovative business idea using the Vito van as the canvas. Six finalists were selected to participate in Hack My Van 2017. From a silent disco for children to a mobile VR showroom, a commercial wellness van, and an all abilities childcare service, the judges saw a range of diverse and creative business ideas. Judges Dr. Kate Cornick (CEO, LaunchVic), Nick Crocker (Partner, Blackbird Ventures), Shane Delia (award winning chef and restaurateur), Megan Morton (Australia’s leading stylist), and Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand) assessed the ideas and selected MindKits Education Van as the winner who were presented with a brand new Mercedes-Benz Vito. The first runner up, HME Limited’s ThunderPods, received a $5,000 cash grant, and the second runner up, Ruby & Ollie’s Big Days Out, received a $2,500 cash grant provided by RedZed Lending Solutions. Diane Tarr Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand said, “We created this event because we know that when used creatively the Vito can be transformative for a small business. Once again this year the entries were extremely diverse, and we were so pleased to extend into New Zealand, with three of the six finalists - including our winner - traveling across the ditch to be part of the event.” “Congratulations to Tim and Fay from MindKits who are already providing such a valuable service to school children in New Zealand by delivering hands-on STEM learning experiences. We cannot wait to see them achieve their dreams of taking their workshops on the road to more kids and more schools.” MindKits was established in December 2008 after seeing a lack of support for New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. Co-founders Tim Carr and Fay Cobbett said,"Winning the Vito enables us to take our proven engaging STEM workshops and bring them to schools with fewer resources, independent of their wealth and status. For the business this opens a new chapter and an expanding market, with thanks to Mercedes-Benz Vans." | #hackmyvan ---- ends For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans,, +61 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character +61 487 328 738 | Images: About the Mercedes-Benz Vito Whether it‘s work or play, the Vito is purpose-designed to take care of your every need. It‘s a van built not just to fulfil the tasks it‘s set but make that all-important difference when it comes to flexibility, safety, economic efficiency and quality. This peace of mind is something you only get from a genuine commercial vehicle specialist. About MindKits MindKits was established in December 2008 by Tim Carr after seeing a lack of sites supporting New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. After working away Sundays tinkering Tim decided it was time there was a site that not only sold robotics kit, sensors and Arduinos but was a place for a community around robotics to grow and have somewhere to share ideas and learning. First public auction of the HSV GTS-R W1 2017-08-06T23:11:50Z first-public-auction-of-the-hsv-gts-r-w1 One of Australia’s leading automotive auctioneers, Manheim, is holding an evening prestige vehicle auction on Thursday, August 10 at 6.00pm. As part of the line up the undisputed king of modern Australian muscle has arrived – the HSV GTS-R W1. The fastest and most powerful production car ever built in Australia, this is the first time a HSV GTS-R W1 has been offered to the public via auction. As an instant collectable the W1 features a hand built 6.2lt Supercharged LS9 V8, producing a mind blowing 474kw of power and a staggering 815nm of torque. Also under the metal skin is SupaShock coil over suspension, adjustable bi-modal exhaust, and a close ration 6-speed manual transmission. The car will be sold with all delivery plastics still intact, for the buyer who is looking to protect their investment into the future. When announced earlier this year, the GTS-R W1 was an immediate sell-out and many owners are still waiting for their car to arrive. The Manheim Prestige Auction is providing an exclusive opportunity to buy this car at auction and beat the waiting list. The auction will commence at 6.00pm at Manheim, located at 4 Gordon Luck Avenue, Altona North. Members of the public are welcome to inspect the vehicles during the weekdays leading up to the auction. The auction is a regular event in the sales calendar in Melbourne and will kick off with over 90 late model prestige and exotic vehicles offered for sale to members of the public. All vehicles are listed on the website in the lead up to the auction, with detailed information, photographs and online catalogues available for viewing. Vehicles will also be available to purchase online with the auction ‘Simulcast’ live over the internet, allowing buyers to participate in the physical auction online. To find out more about this auction or the vehicles on offer, please call Jonathan Ciantar on 0400 717 712 or Aaron Lofts on 0478 307 148. Ends/.. For further information and images please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations | Mobile: +61 400 875 686 Email: Mercedes-Benz Vans teams up with Airbnb for the Australian launch of the Marco Polo ACTIVITY 2017-07-31T23:40:41Z mercedes-benz-vans-teams-up-with-airbnb-for-the-australian-launch-of-the-marco-polo-activity Tuesday 1st August, 2017. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia is partnering with Airbnb to give lucky adventurers an opportunity to spend a night on Cockatoo Island in the brand new Marco Polo ACTIVITY and wake up to priceless views of Sydney. Mercedes-Benz Vans will set up three brand new Marco Polo ACTIVITY vans on Cockatoo Island for three nights only from 10-12 August 2017. Nine adventurous couples will have the unique opportunity to book through Airbnb and experience a one night stay in the Marco Polo ACTIVITY with a perfect view of Sydney Harbour, for the small cost of the booking fee (AUD$15). The Marco Polo ACTIVITY is a luxurious five to seven seater van with a roof that can pop-up and back seats that fold down to ensure a wonderful night’s sleep. It gives you freedom to do whatever you want whenever, and more importantly, go wherever you want. Styled by Megan Morton, Australia’s leading stylist and celebrated author, guests will enjoy a modern glamping interior with a signature Morton touch. All guests will have a dedicated host on hand to assist with everything they might need to enjoy their stay, and will receive delicious hampers and breakfast provided by SONOMA. Diane Tarr, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand says the brand likes to do things a little differently. “The Marco Polo ACTIVITY combines the best of functionality, flexibility and recreational capabilities in one vehicle. Instead of a regular vehicle launch, we wanted to bring the spirit of the Marco Polo to life - the feeling of adventure, and the notion that with the Marco Polo ACTIVITY you can experience truly unique destinations. What better way to do this than to wake up with the most iconic view in the world - Sydney harbour. We’re truly excited to be collaborating with our agency partners, The Royals and Character, to create this once-in-a-lifetime experience on Airbnb.” Country Manager for Airbnb Australia and New Zealand Sam McDonagh added, “Airbnb connects people with unique travel experiences all around the world so they can belong anywhere. We are delighted to be teaming up with Mercedes-Benz Vans to bring this once-in-a-lifetime experience to a few lucky guests, offering them an opportunity to spend the night on the world heritage-listed Cockatoo Island and wake up to one of the most breathtaking views in the world.” The vans will be available to book on Airbnb from 12.00pm on Tuesday 1st August 2017 on a first-come first-serve basis. For your opportunity to spend the night in the Marco Polo ACTIVITY on Cockatoo Island, visit - ends - #GlampfireGetaways #MarcoPoloACTIVITY Images: For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans,, +61 (0) 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character,, +61 (0) 487 328 738 Follow Mercedes-Benz Vans on Facebook: Instagram: About the Marco Polo ACTIVITY The Marco Polo ACTIVITY’s seamless mix of functionality, flexibility and recreational capabilities means your daily driver can now also be your home away from home. A five to seven seater that comfortably sleeps up to four adults. It gives you freedom to do whatever you want whenever, and more importantly, wherever you want. Prestige Public Vehicle Auction – Rare Opportunity to Purchase Exclusive Luxury and Exotic Vehicles 2017-07-31T23:25:44Z prestige-public-vehicle-auction-rare-opportunity-to-purchase-exclusive-luxury-and-exotic-vehicles-3 One of Australia’s leading automotive auctioneers, Manheim, is holding an evening prestige vehicle auction on Thursday, August 10 at 6.00pm. The auction is a regular event in the sales calendar in Melbourne and will kick off with over 80 late model prestige and exotic vehicles offered for sale to members of the public. The auction has multiple feature vehicles from sports cars, luxury hatches to family sized cars. Some of the stand out vehicles include – A 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Coupe – a true supercar with low kms A 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Cabriolet – a two door convertible with just over 26,000 kms on the clock A 2011 Bentley Continental 3W Coupe – a sleek silver luxury model with great features A 2017 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition – 1 of only 10 in the country, with only 64 km showing A 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith – top of the range luxury model with prestige features    A 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena – a low km two door vehicle in bright yellow  With such a strong line up of magnificent vehicles on offer, we expect huge public interest in our prestige auction. The auction will feature a wide range of vehicles from prestigious brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Land Rover to name a few. Many of the vehicles are being sold on behalf of financiers and corporate fleets and include a number of highly sought after repossessions. Prospective buyers can view some short videos of featured cars on Manheim’s Facebook page. The auction will commence at 6.00pm at Manheim, located at 4 Gordon Luck Avenue, Altona North. Members of the public are welcome to inspect the vehicles during the weekdays leading up to the auction. All vehicles are listed on the website in the lead up to the auction, with detailed information, photographs and online catalogues available for viewing. Vehicles will also be available to purchase online with the auction ‘Simulcast’ live over the internet, allowing buyers to participate in the physical auction online. To find out more about this auction or the vehicles on offer, please call Jonathan Ciantar on 0400 717 712 or Aaron Lofts on 0478 307 148. Ends/.. For further information and images please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations | Mobile: +61 400 875 686 Email: About Manheim ( As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives. Manheim sells assets such as passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers, machinery, motorcycles, plant and equipment and written off vehicles in regular weekly and monthly auctions open to both trade and public buyers. Manheim works with dealers, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, local government, insurers, financiers, rental companies and fleet and leasing companies across Australia and New Zealand. Based in Melbourne, Manheim employs approximately 650 team members across all states in Australia and in New Zealand. For more information on the company, please visit – Skyfii Expands Global Footprint With Acquisition Of Wicoms 2017-07-26T04:40:00Z skyfii-expands-global-footprint-with-acquisition-of-wicoms SKYFII EXPANDS GLOBAL PRESENCE IN EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN RETAIL VERTICAL WITH ACQUISITION OF WICOMS WIRELESS PORTFOLIO OF CUSTOMERS Skyfii to acquire key assets of Wicoms Wireless that includes a portfolio of customers across Europe and North America Opportunity to upsell Skyfii’s ‘IO’ data analytics and marketing services to Wicoms’ existing customers Wicoms’ customer portfolio includes an operator of large format designer outlet malls located across nine countries Skyfii in advanced stages of negotiating a new multi-year revenue accretive deal with large format designer outlet mall operator to rollout Skyfii IO services to an initial 23 malls All scrip transaction for 3,800,000 new ordinary shares in Skyfii Limited (issued at $0.065 per share, valued at $247,000) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, July 26th, 2017 – Skyfii Limited (ASX: SKF) (Skyfii, or the Company), a data analytics and marketing services company, is pleased to announce significant global expansion in Europe and North America with the acquisition of key assets from Wicoms Wireless Ltd (‘Wicoms’). Wicoms is a provider of guest WiFi services and user analytics to the retail sector, with a portfolio of customers including a group of designer outlet malls under contract. In line with Skyfii’s stated plans to strategically expand its global footprint in 2017, the acquisition of Wicoms portfolio of customers will see the Company expand its international retail sector footprint within key overseas geographies of North America and Europe. The acquisition will enable Skyfii to leverage an existing revenue generating footprint and subsequently upsell the Wicoms’ retail mall customers with a greater level of data analytics and marketing services, than what is provisioned under Wicoms’ own technology platform. Based in the UK, Wicoms has grown its sizeable customer portfolio directly and through reseller arrangements over the past 9 years, that currently includes a group of designer outlet malls operating across nine countries. The Wicoms portfolio and the key assets being acquired by Skyfii has a profitable customer base, making this a revenue accretive deal for Skyfii. Wayne Arthur, Chief Executive Officer, Skyfii said “We are extremely pleased to be acquiring key assets from Wicoms including contracted revenues from a large retail footprint. This transaction brings a profitable asset onto the Skyfii balance sheet, and significant short term opportunity to grow the portfolio value through the upsell of Skyfii’s data analytics and marketing services. “The deal terms on the transaction are favourable, and will springboard our international retail sector growth across key geographies of Europe and North America.” Skyfii and Wicoms have agreed a transition plan and have already commenced a process to migrate and upgrade existing Wicoms customers to the Skyfii platform. This includes a new multi- year revenue accretive deal with a large format designer outlet mall operator which is in advanced stages of negotiation. Successful conclusion of negotiations with see Skyfii deploy its IO services across an initial 23 designer outlet malls, with the further potential to expand to a further 7 malls. The transaction will be completed using an all scrip consideration of 3,800,000 new Skyfii shares issued at $0.065 per share (‘Consideration Shares’), valued at $247,000. The Consideration Shares will be issued immediately, and will be subject to 12 month escrow provisions. ENDS About Wicoms Wicoms provides guest WiFi and analytics services across Europe and North America. Based in the UK, Wicoms began selling WiFi services in the UK to hotels, pubs and gyms before expanding to retail malls in continental Europe. About Skyfii Advancements in cloud, mobile technology and Wi-Fi systems have enabled bricks-and-mortar venues to become more competitive by better understanding the needs of their diverse types of visitors. Today, every smartphone is a chatterbox of information. The cloud-based Skyfii platform uses existing WiFi infrastructure, BLE beacon networks, door-to-people counters, video sources, web and social platforms to allow various types of venues to not only analyse behaviour of anonymous visitors, but also capture data from those who opt-in to free internet connectivity. In doing so, it converts the data into a critical sales and marketing tool that allows venues and their commercial tenants to deliver content that is catered to each visitor’s needs and interests. Skyfii offers a cloud-based solution in a subscription model consisting of three core ‘IO’ services: IO Connect: a data portal where data is collected (Data in) IO Insight: venue performance, customer behaviour and, loyalty & engagement (Insights out) IO Engage: targeted content delivery, automated marketing and monetization Skyfii also engages with clients to provide further revenue generating services such as Data Consulting Services (DCS) and Marketing Services (MS) arising from the insights gained from its three core services. Media contact: DEC PR E: P: +61 2 8014 5033 Australia’s Automotive Brand advertisers increase advertising expenditure by $47 million in 2017 financial year –SMI data 2017-07-24T23:59:53Z australia-s-automotive-brand-advertisers-increase-advertising-expenditure-by-47-million-in-2017-financial-year-smi-data AUSTRALIA’s Automotive Brand advertisers increased their advertising expenditure by $46.9 million in the 2017 financial year, new data from Standard Media Index (SMI) released today has revealed. SMI’s financial year 2017 advertising expenditure report revealed the top 10 product category movements over the corresponding period in FY 2016.  Automotive Brand remains the market’s largest product category by providing 11% of all financial year advertising. The Retail category was the only sector to show greater growth, with its total ad spend up $90.1 million to provide 9% of all advertising this FY. Unsurprisingly, the biggest fall in ad spend was recorded by the Government category following the huge spike in ad spend due to the Federal Election last year. The Food/Produce/Dairy and Media categories also declined in ad spend. (See chart next page) The Outdoor media sector had the highest percentage growth in ad spend from Automotive Brand advertisers in cinema, up 6% to $9.7 million. Radio only saw a slight increase of 1%, while auto brand advertisers reduced their ad spend in Newspapers (excluding digital) and Magazines (excluding digital). SMI: Auto Brand Category Reports Double Digital and Outdoor Growth Product Category Media Type FY-2017 $ Change on PCP* % Change on PCP* Auto Brand Television 341,527,374 1,590,108 0.5%   Digital 230,310,437 33,294,468 16.9%   Outdoor 81,100,560 20,123,593 33.0%   Radio 48,524,156 506,743 1.1%   Newspapers (excluding Digital) 30,954,281 -7,567,993 -19.6%   Magazines 10,295,353 -1,070,707 -9.4%   Cinema 9,698,513 551,147 6.0%   Other 479,327 -576,176 -54.6% Auto Brand Total   752,890,001 46,851,182 6.6% * Prior Corresponding Period           “The large increase in advertising investment by automotive brands could be the result of Holden and Toyota’s decision to end car manufacturing in Australia, which is seeing a lot of that spend being redirected into marketing,”  SMI AU/NZ Managing Director Jane Schulze said. “The fall in Government category ad spend also served to disguise continuing growth from other key product categories and shows the underlying strength of the advertising market. But in the first six months of the new financial year there will be yet more tough hurdles given the Rio Olympics and Census were held in that period last year which inflated the market with incremental spend.’ “Nonetheless we expect the market to continue exhibiting underlying growth due to increasing competition within certain segments and the continual product development on the media vendor side which produces even more ways to target potential purchasers.’’ Australia’s ad market will deliver its 5th consecutive year of record financial year ad spend in 2016/17 to reach in excess of $7.1 billion. The Australian market was back just 0.1% compared to FY 2016, however, when SMI collects late digital bookings at the end of this month, ad spend will reach yet another record. The SMI FY 2017 data also showed the fastest growing media sectors compared to the previous corresponding period of FY 2016. Digital programmatic exchanges recorded the biggest increase in ad spend of all sectors, jumping 67.3% to $338 million, followed Social Sites up 20.8% to $229 million and Posters/Billboards up 18% to $338 million. Other sectors to quickly grow ad spend in the year were Sporting Venues (up 12.8%), Search Affiliates (up 9.6%) and Street Furniture (up 6.1%). “The market was stronger in the first half of the financial year, with total ad spend up 1.2% to $3.7 billion, but suffered in the second half due to the backdrop of huge Federal Election ad spend at the same time in 2016, which saw ad spend decline by 1.6%,” Ms Schulze said. “Federal elections are like Olympic broadcasts from an advertising revenue perspective and are absolutely abnormal events, however the underlying result and the longer-term trends show that Australia’s Agency advertising market is set to deliver its fifth consecutive year of record financial year ad spend which underscores the strength of our market.” ends About Standard Media Index Standard Media Index (SMI) was established in 2009 in Sydney and has offices in New York, London and Madrid.  SMI partners with leading global media buying agencies to provide independent, accurate and timely advertising expenditure data to its clients to facilitate informed analysis of the media sector and product category expenditure. Data is sourced directly from advertising agencies’ billing systems and then aggregated to show the combined picture of media Agency ad spend across all major media, media sectors, 40 product categories and 126 Digital product categories.  It allows subscribers to monitor and analyse key data points that can be actioned to grow share and make better investment decisions. SMI provides the only clear picture on how ad dollars are being spent. Its Australian data covers more than 90% of all Agency spend and SMI works with media Agencies in more than 15 global markets. For further information contact: Jane Schulze                                                                                                       Rochelle Burbury SMI AU/NZ Managing Director                                                                  Third Avenue Consulting 0401 704 348                                                                                                      0408 774 577 FREE online seminar for parents about instructing a learner driver 2017-07-20T03:01:28Z free-online-seminar-for-parents-about-instructing-a-learner-driver Media release 20 July 2017: Teaching your kids how to drive and stay safe on the road doesn’t have to be a stressful or nerve-wracking experience – get advice from the experts on what to do to give your kids the best head start to safe driving with Navman’s FREE webinar on How to teach your kids to drive. This live presentation over the internet will help parents refresh their road rules so they don’t pass on any bad driving habits to their child and provide information to make the experience smoother for them and more valuable for their child. After all, the more hours you spend with your learner, the better more confident driver they will become plus you will spend the less money on driving instructors. How to teach your kids to drive webinar When: Wednesday 13 September 2017 Time: 7.30pm to 8.30pm (AEST) Registration: to register for the webinar click here Navman has teamed up with Safe Drive Training, who will have a qualified driving instructor and safety driving expert on hand to provide tips for parents and answer any questions they may have about teaching someone to drive. The lesson will cover all aspects of getting started – from the skills you’ll need to make sure the experience is safe including a road rules refresher, to how to ensure young drivers stay safe once they have a licence. “This is the second webinar we are holding to help parents who are guiding their kids behind the wheel - our first webinar last year was a wonderful success with many parents telling us that they found the advice very useful and even inspiring, said Wendy Hammond, Navman Australia and New Zealand. “Our webinar was developed following a survey we put out to our customers who had taught someone to drive, asking them if they would do it again. 30 per cent were reluctant or not sure they would give it another shot, so we thought we’d step in and help out, because driver safety, and creating better driving experiences are things we pride ourselves on at Navman,” she said. The webinar is open to anyone in Australia - all you need to participate is a computer with speakers or headphones so you can hear. You must register before-hand by visiting *Survey conducted by Lonergan Research asked 15,061 Navman customers who had taught someone to drive if they would do it again - September 2015 About Navman: Navman, a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of global positioning system (GPS) products, has more than 20 years experience in GPS, and as such is now widely recognised as a pioneer in portable, in-car satellite devices. Navman began life in New Zealand, specialising in marine electronics and even today software design and development is still undertaken there. Today the Navman brand is owned by MiTAC International, a leading worldwide maker of wireless communications products and one of Business Week’s top 100 Global IT companies. For more information, visit or For further information about Navman please contact: Georgina Grimekis The D’Arcy Partnership Telephone: +61 2 9281 2230 Email: Buy Subaru Used Car Parts in Melbourne to Repair Your Car 2017-07-18T04:14:55Z buy-subaru-used-car-parts-in-melbourne-to-repair-your-car Getting your car fixed up can be relatively cheap if you undertake the task yourself. Don’t spend your money on brand new parts when there is quality used parts available. The team at Atlas Car Removals salvage parts and re-condition them to sell at affordable prices. Here’s how to determine where to buy Subaru parts to repair your car.   Try Your Dealership If you’ve got a Subaru you can get in contact with your dealership and they will be happy to assist. If they haven’t got the part they will order it in for you. When you buy through them they will provide a warranty if you experience any problems. Whilst this is somewhat convenient and guarantees you’ll have a part in excellent condition, it’s a really expensive option. You don’t have to compromise on quality when looking at used Subaru parts in Melbourne. Sparing yourself the extra expense of purchasing new is unnecessary when you can get a second hand part in great condition.  Head Online Internet shopping is very popular and is another option when looking at purchasing a particular car part. You can search for it and find thousands of sellers to ensure you get the cheapest price. Whilst you can save big bucks on parts using this way you can’t be 100% sure about what you have bought. There’s no guarantee the part will do what it should. It could be damaged or in poor condition. Saving money on second-hand Subaru parts is a good idea; however, this should be done by compromising on quality.  Find a Reputable Used Parts Dealer If you want a reasonably priced and quality part for your car without the headaches that can come with online shopping try your local second-hand parts dealer. An experienced used parts dealer will have a large inventory that has a large range of parts. Having a record of all of their parts makes it easy for you to chase particular used Subaru parts in Melbourne. Unlike internet shopping, you know you are getting a great product as their knowledgeable technicians recondition the part before selling. Ring around to find the part you are after and pick up the part on the same day.  Buying brand new parts is expensive and when you can get a used part that does the same job it makes sense to opt for second hand. The internet can assist with your search for second-hand parts but doesn’t assure you of the state it’s in. Phone or visit your local auto parts dealer to check if they have the part. If you are looking for Second Hand Parts for Cars Total Car Removals will be able to assist you. Browse us online at Airbnb of electric cars leads the charge in Australia 2017-07-18T01:03:20Z airbnb-of-electric-cars-leads-the-charge-in-australia Sydney, 18/07/2017, You can only drive an electric car as far as its battery will take you, and ‘range anxiety’ and the lack of electric charging stations have been holding Australians back from taking up the technology. But not for much longer. Sydney start-up Everty is breaking down this barrier with a peer-to-peer electric vehicle charging network that lets you top up your electric car when you need it. Industry publication InsideEVs reported that Germany has a network of about 7,400 public electric car charging stations, one charger per 11,000 people. The USA has 16,000, one per 20,000 people. Yet a recent report, ‘The state of electric vehicles in Australia’, shows that Australia has just 470 public chargers, one per 50,000 people. That’s why the team behind Everty is opening up existing private chargers and parking spaces to other electric car drivers. “Most owners of electric vehicles have already installed a charger in their garage or driveway. With more than 4,000 electric cars on our roads, we can increase the amount of available charging stations dramatically and help electric car drivers who have on-street parking, or garages without power supply, to access charging stations in locations that are convenient for them,” says Carola Jonas, CEO of Everty. According to the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, in 2016 29% of all cars registered in Norway were electric. In Australia, sales of electric and hybrid vehicles were just 0.1% of all car sales in 2016, offering huge growth potential over the next few years. “‘The state of electric vehicles in Australia’ report found that 50% of survey participants are ‘aware of and would buy an electric car if they were in the market for a car’,” added Jonas. “That number gives us the confidence that people will buy more electric cars, especially when there is more choice in the market and as charging infrastructure becomes more accessible”. “Until then, we’ll help electric car owners with home chargers to rent out their parking space to others. This will be especially attractive to homeowners with rooftop solar who are not at home during the day and can’t use the energy from their panels themselves.” Electric cars make cities cleaner and improve the air quality for our future generations. John, who has listed his charger in Randwick, says: "I listed my electric car charger on the Everty network and got a booking soon after. The process was really easy and I look forward to more chargers becoming available soon." Images are available for download here: Manheim’s new tool to help with pre purchase car research 2017-06-19T22:58:19Z manheim-s-new-tool-to-help-with-pre-purchase-car-research One of Australia’s leading automotive auctioneers, Manheim, has launched a free tool to allow customers to find an estimated price on any vehicle they are looking at purchasing. Car Price Guide is a new feature designed to help customers research before buying at auction by providing an estimated sold price for each vehicle searched using the search functionality. This new tool gives customers the ability to narrow their search to a specific make and model of a car, the time frame and even the specific Manheim auction site to give them as much information on the right car before they make a purchase. The average price is calculated from actual prices of vehicles sold in Manheim public auctions since January 2016. The new Car Price Guide feature on the Manheim website allows our customers to feel more prepared before attending an auction so they can get the best deal on their new car. The best thing about this new feature is it is free for customers to use! Ends/.. For further information please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations Mobile: +61 400 875 686     Email: About Manheim ( As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives. Manheim sells assets such as passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers, machinery, motorcycles, plant and equipment and written off vehicles in regular weekly and monthly auctions open to both trade and public buyers. Manheim works with dealers, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, local government, insurers, financiers, rental companies and fleet and leasing companies across Australia and New Zealand. Based in Melbourne, Manheim employs approximately 650 team members across all states in Australia and in New Zealand. For more information on the company, please visit – Advantages of Fuel Cards by FLEETCOR 2017-05-26T13:51:07Z advantages-of-fuel-cards-by-fleetcor As a cost control and convenience solution, fuel cards by FLEETCOR are second to none. Provided by FLEETCOR's being an official partner of Shell, Shell fuel cards by FLEETCOR are accepted at Total, Esso and Avia fuel stations as well. Thus, you get access to all advantages of the system at more than 5,000 Shell stations in Germany and 22,000 of Shell and Shell partner filling stations across Europe. EuroShell card can offer an effective mean of cost control for businesses that are looking for smarter ways to fuel up their vehicles. ·         Manage your account online Fleet card allows you to manage and track spending across one or many different fuel cards online, giving consumers and business owners the power to keep a tally of monthly finances and adjust their expenses accordingly. Online account management can be done with a desktop computer or mobile device. ·         Convenient billing Recording your fuel purchases is just one advantage; convenient billing allows customers to easily pay and refill their fuel card account when necessary. ·         Purchasing control Fuel card for companies can give account and business owners the ability to control how individual drivers make their purchases in real time. Track and adjust fuel budgets accordingly, and optimize how your fleet's fuel is being purchased. ·         Reduced costs VAT refunds on fuel discounts, and special deals on fuel are available for fuel card users. ·         Convenient payments Feel the advantages of a most flexible cashless payment system which allows you to adjust in your online account even the range of products available for purchasing for each single fuel card. Besides, EuroShell fuel card insures all transactions are secured with a PIN code. FLEETCOR's fuel card system also comes with access to its special customer support center, which is available to answer any questions that customers may have about billing, fuel purchasing, areas of availability, and even opportunities for fuel station owners that want to connect with the FLEETCOR network. Key parking industry and transport planning discussion papers released by Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative 2017-05-23T02:13:53Z key-parking-industry-and-transport-planning-discussion-papers-released-by-australia-and-new-zealand-driverless-vehicle-initiative To coincide with its red-carpet presence at this year’s CeBIT Australia conference, the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) has released two key thought-leadership papers on parking and transport planning opportunities from driverless vehicle technology. Ms Rita Excell, Executive Director from the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) said the transformational change predicted to come with the introduction of driverless vehicles would impact the lives every Australian, and transform city designs in the years ahead. Ms Excell said the introduction of driverless vehicles is approaching rapidly and would ultimately underpin the creation of entirely new city structure and architecture, making it critical to recognise this disruptive technology as a central element in future transport planning “Because most vehicles typically sit idle for 96% of the time it creates a lot of wasted parking spaces in the city, streets and homes. We can expect multi-storey carparks being transformed into community spaces, on-street parking becoming a walk or cycle lane, and home garages being used as green space or extra living area instead,” Ms Excell said. “Instead of annual insurance, registration and running costs, people will be able to book a vehicle to pick them up and take them to a specific location – which means they will still have the convenience of an on-call car, without ongoing costs and parking challenges,” she said. “We are already seeing an increasing number of people preferring mobility-as-a-service, which has seen the likes of Go Get and Car Next Door responding to commuter need for an alternative to owning your own vehicle. While the demand for mass public transit will continue, driverless vehicles offer significant cost advantages over public transport, especially for first and last mile services.” “Vehicles that valet park by themselves is the likely next step, where the driver leaves the vehicle to park itself using a map of a parking structure and external vehicle sensors to find a parking space, and then is summoned by a driver to be picked-up. Already today the technology that allows a driver to get out of the car and let the car drive into a space means that we don’t need as wide a space and with vehicles parking themselves more efficiently, and safely, parking-related crashes will become a thing of the past.” Future city planners won’t have to accommodate for large traffic volumes, as we see driverless vehicles migrate to the outskirts of city precincts and suburban parking stations when not in use,” Ms Excell said. “The major challenge facing urban and regional transport planners is that they normally rely on age-old quantitative data sets to inform future infrastructure investment, but that fails to recognise disruptive technologies like driverless vehicles,” she said. “What is needed is an integrated process that embraces a much larger view of mobility, and considers the changing transport options of users. A growing number of Australians are opting to not have a licence, and as we see a decline in car ownership, transport planners can learn from many other countries that have already embraced the Mobility as a Service concept as a step towards incorporating driverless vehicles into the transport mix.” The ADVI stand at the CeBIT event will allow delegates to view a state-of-the art driverless mobility pod from the UK-based RDM Group, as well as a Volvo fitted with autonomous vehicle technology which is being used in driverless vehicle trials across the country. To obtain a copy of either ADVI thought-leadership discussion paper, please go to For media interviews, contact Adam Thomson on 0430 420 120 or About the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) ADVI is the peak body that spans the wide ecosystem of driverless vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With a membership of 100 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for Government to collaborate with Industry and researchers, to position Australia and New Zealand amongst the world leaders in the development and deployment of driverless technology. ADVI’s education, advocacy and demonstration efforts help to inform and raise awareness, encourage community acceptance, and ensure understanding of the economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of driverless vehicles. Iconic Brabham, Dick Johnson and Tony Stewart race cars headline Lloyds auction 2017-05-16T06:54:51Z iconic-brabham-dick-johnson-and-tony-stewart-race-cars-headline-lloyds-auction From Brands Hatch to Bathurst to Terre Haute, the cars on offer in Lloyds Auctions first race car auction span decades and disciplines delivering a variety of iconic track cars for the enthusiast or collector to run, display, restore and enjoy. In the world of open wheel formula racing the name Brabham is revered world-wide with our own Jack Brabham taking three Formula One World Championships in the 1950s-60s and founding one of the most prolific race car manufacturers of all time. From the era of Brabham’s greatest success comes this 1966 Brabham BT18 Formula 3 race car fresh from a complete nut-and-bolt restoration having been dormant for 27 years before it landed in an Italian Count’s castle and offered seven years later at the Monaco Formula One auction in 2006. BT18 F2-25-66 to give this car its correct title, had a very busy life racing in period in the European and British F3 series, later moving across the Atlantic to race Formula C in the USA and was run by no less than Frank Williams himself. F2-25-66 comes with CAMS Certificate of Description and is ready to take on any racetrack in the world and is eligible for many different series worldwide. In the world of NASCAR the names Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon are royalty and comparable to the legends of Australian motorsport like Peter Brock and Dick Johnson, but whereas our Aussie legends would never have raced the same car the Beast Coil Combo car Lloyds Auctions is offering has significant racing history for both Stewart and Gordon. Featuring a Johnson V4 engine which has been milled down to ‘add lightness’, this midget car took a young Tony Stewart to numerous midget wins including his 1993 win at the Hut Hundred, while Jeff Gordon achieved four Crown track records in this car. Resplendent in its Stewart Crystal Pepsi livery, this Beast has undergone a nut-and-bolt restoration and is period correct down to its stickers. A blunt instrument of speed piloted by names like Stewart, Gordon and Andretti shows what an incredible car this is and one that is unequalled anywhere in the world. While Dick Johnson is synonymous with racing Fords at Bathurst this Holden Torana LJ is a different chapter of Johnson’s life in racing before he became a household name. Believed to be one of two XU-1 Toranas Johnson raced, this car was set up as a sports sedan before Johnson passed it onto a friend in 1999. This Torana, stamped ALJ 10879B comes with a letter of verification from Dick Johnson Racing signed by Dick himself attesting to the provenance of this car and is sure to appeal to any true enthusiast or investor who can see the massive potential of a Dick Johnson Holden race car. To view the collection or bid online, visit ENDS HelloCars launches $49 Valet Test Drive 2017-05-09T22:29:16Z hellocars-launches-49-valet-test-drive Sydney May 10 2017: After a hugely successful launch in Sydney, Australian start up HelloCars has launched an Australian-first – a $49 Valet Test Drive, making test driving a car easier than ever. One of HelloCars’ experienced customer service specialists will come to your door in the Sydney Metro area, at a time that suits you to accompany you for a half-hour test drive – giving customers a chance to see how the car will suit their lifestyle. “The standard 10-minute test drive you get at a dealership, or through a private sale, is too short and artificial to get much useful information about the car you’re considering buying,” HelloCars Director Paul Higgins said. “We wanted our customers to be able to find out how the car will fit into their lifestyle – is there enough room for the baby seat? Does it fit in the garage? How does it work for the whole family?” he said. HelloCars Director Michael Higgins said test driving a car can be a time-consuming and artificial experience – waiting at the dealership then driving around with a sales person on unfamiliar roads. “Most people don’t realise when they buy a car they’ve had a typical test drive in, they’re subsidising all the other people who go on test drives in the price they pay for the car. We wanted people to have a transparent, obligation-free transaction with us and know that there are no hidden costs and that they’re getting real value for money with half an hour’s drive in their neighbourhood,” he said. HelloCars takes all the hassle out of buying a used-car, is guaranteed to be cheaper than a dealer and your car will be delivered right to your door wherever you are in Australia. The reaction to HelloCars Sydney launch last year showed there was a big gap in the market for a more transparent and better value way of buying used cars that was also a great experience for customers. Roy Morgan recently released a major state of the nation report with a focus on the automotive industry and found that Australians are increasingly wanting to buy cars completely online – citing 2025 as a “tipping point” where most people will be transacting online. HelloCars also recently announced its expansion and now offers delivery Australia-wide.   ENDS  ABOUT HELLOCARS HelloCars is a Sydney-based start-up which gives Australians a safer, more convenient and better-value way to buy and sell used cars, without the hassle.   Being a technology-driven business means HelloCars can sell cars for a highly competitive upfront price, guaranteed to be better than any dealer. You can buy a used car with HelloCars securely knowing you have a seven-day, 500km money back guarantee, a minimum three-month warranty and it will be delivered right to your door HelloCars has been selected as a Westpac Business of Tomorrow 2017.           GTHO Falcon brings half-million dollar hammer price for Lloyds Auctions at Shepparton 2017-05-03T01:34:14Z gtho-falcon-brings-half-million-dollar-hammer-price-for-lloyds-auctions-at-shepparton Proving that prices for Aussie muscle cars are continuing to climb are the sterling final results from Lloyds Auctions ‘Classic, Muscle and Barn Find’ auction held at the Shepparton Motor Museum over the weekend, headlined by a 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III which soared to reach a final sale price of $500,000. The Monza Green XY Falcon GTHO offered was subject to rapid bids early on levelling out at under half a million dollars before one of several phone bidders stepped up to become the new owner of this unrestored example of Australia’s most desirable muscle car ever produced. Built in 1971 with Light Saddle interior trim this matching numbers Phase III featured the legendary 351ci Cleveland V8 and four-speed gearbox with the classic five-slot wheels setting off what is the most collectable and iconic Australian muscle car ever. Further proof that Aussie muscle cars are the new collectable were results of $201,000 for a fully restored 1969 Ford Falcon XW GTHO Phase I in Grecian Gold with a black interior and a staggering $225,000 for a genuine E38 ‘big tank’ Valiant Charger, a car which with the help of triple Weber carburettors cranked out 280hp in the early 1970s and took the fight to the mighty Ford GTHO. Other results include a 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 with 428ci Cobra Jet V8 engine which had undergone a nut-and-bolt restoration was passed in at $170k with negotiations continuing and a gorgeous 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL which pulled an impressive $185,000. An RPO83 Ford XA GT Falcon sedan in Wild Violet, the spiritual successor to the Phase III and thus commonly referred to as the ‘Phase IV’, sold for $150,000 while at the other end of the spectrum a ‘barn find’ Ford Falcon XB sedan was hammered down for $7100, and from the red corner a Holden Torana SLR 5000 sedan sold for $96,000. Details of upcoming auctions are available on the Lloyds website. To view the collection or bid online, visit