Australian carmakers, businesses and fleet services are reeling from the Rudd government’s decision to overhaul fringe benefits tax this week.
Some fear that sales of locally-built cars will be hit hardest by the changes.
But, political point-scoring aside, it is actually only a change on 'reporting obligations'; drivers genuinely using their cars for work-related activity can still claim the same level of deduction, but now have to justify their claim through their records-keeping.
However, many are miffed. Speaking with TMR, Australian Automobile Association Executive Director Andrew McKellar said, “These changes are a tax on safety, as it discourages people from buying newer and safer vehicles."
The refreshed range comes with an updated price too, with the entry-level Expression starting from $20,990 plus on-road costs.
At the other end of the scale, the Megane RS 265 Trophy+ is priced from $51,640 plus on-road costs.
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In other news, the updated BMW 5 Series arrived in Australia this week with the cheaper starting price of $79,900 plus on-road costs.
A few weeks after a sales brochure was leaked online, the all-new Honda Jazz was revealed in overseas trim.
Mercedes-Benz revealed its new S 63 AMG, following the 'regular' model's debut earlier this year.
The “Association Against Speed Measuring Devices” (ASMD) is aiming to raise $300,000 in order to launch a High Court challenge against the validity of speed cameras and radars.
And that's... the week that was.