Category: Latest News

The Catwalk: New car models due in 2018

Matt Linney Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:48

We’re more than half way through the 5th month of year, so you may be wondering where all the time went in between your new year’s resolution and today. Unlike your green smoothie cleanse, your friends may actually want to know about these pending car releases;

MEMBER ALERT 11/5: ACCC Briefing - Takata Airbags

MTA Member Alert Friday, 11 May 2018 14:22

Compulsory Takata Airbag Recall - ACCC briefing: What dealers and other automotive industries must know!

Key Points:

  • Briefing to be held 28th May 2018
  • Speakers include ACCC, Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Advisers to the Takata Task Force)
  • Interested parties should register below (Free)


Perth Apprentice assists in V8 podium finish

Matt Linney Friday, 11 May 2018 11:18

Automotive Institute of Technology (AIT)'s GTO Apprentice Joel Carrello was awarded MTAA Super’s Apprentice prize, providing him with the opportunity to join the Autobarn-Lowndes Racing Team during the Perth SuperSprint leg of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Series.

Kawasaki Z900RS ‘Café’ is a retro masterpiece

Matt Linney Tuesday, 08 May 2018 11:10

Paying homage to the Kawasaki Z1, the Z900RS Café is a svelte interpretation of a Café Racer that marks Kawasaki’s first product in the modern retro category. With an emphasis on smoothness, this may prove to be an instant classic.

MTA WA Divisional Manager Mark Curnow conducted a training night for “first responders” on Wednesday 2nd May, with the aim of educating emergency services on the specialised shut-down procedures for Electric Vehicles (EV) in the event of an accident.

The evening was held in the MTA WA’s Automotive Institute of Technology's advanced training workshop and allowed for detailed theoretical and practical demonstrations. [Photos at end of the article, full gallery is HERE]

The Motor Trade Association of WA has taken aim at the CCI WA over the fight to retain payroll tax exemptions for trainees and apprentices which the McGowan Government has announced they will scrap.

Important: IR Submissions to Support Members

Ron Ballucci 9233 9800 Wednesday, 02 May 2018 14:07

Foreword: Ron Ballucci, Industrial Relations Manager at the MTA WA has made submissions in response to;

  • (Federal – Applicable to Constitutional Corporations). This submission has been made collectively in consultation with fellow state Motor Trade bodies and should be viewed HERE
  • “MINISTERIAL REVIEW OF THE STATE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS SYSTEM” (State, applicable to Non-Constitutional Corporations) This submission has been made by Ron Ballucci personally on behalf of the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia and should be viewed HERE

These submissions have been made in the interest of our Federal and Regional Members to avoid paying additional costs to workers with the additional aim of a more consistent and rational State award scheme for small businesses in Western Australia. Further, the submissions call for caution with regard to alterations where evidence is insufficient to warrant such changes.
We urge members to read the submissions. If you are at all unclear as to how they affect you, please call Ron Ballucci directly on 08 9233 9800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The all-new facade of the Fletchers Smash Repairs (FSR) building was barely visible, given the large number of visitors covering every available patch of Kiln Street in Malaga for its grand opening on Friday the 27th of April. 

Where have our stars gone?

Matt Linney Friday, 27 April 2018 11:32

Some of the most respected car manufacturers are releasing models or variants that are receiving 3 or 4 star Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety ratings. We investigate the story behind the stars.

Western Australia has seen growth in the "Warehouse" style dealership sector over the past 3 years, with the promise of a large range of vehicles, fixed pricing and low "sales pressure". Often coupled with lower vehicle margins, these businesses typically earn profits through aftercare products including finance, insurance, warranties and accessories.

WhichCar motoring news have reported that Toyota Dealerships in New Zealand are implementing a similar strategy in their new car sales departments, whereby the dealerships become retail stores and offer "made to order" solutions with fixed prices and less inventory on hand. The article, written by David Bonnici, states that the rollout is part of Toyota's "Drive Happy" project.

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