Cars have been the corner stone to Neil’s passion, beginning at pre-school age, through school but then pushed sideways while he studied accounting.
It was rekindled when he started contributing to magazines including Bushdriver and then when he started a motoring section in Perth’s The Western Mail.
He was then appointed as a finance writer for the evening Daily News, supplemented by writing its motoring column. He moved to The Sunday Times as finance editor and after a nine-year term, finally drove back into motoring when in 1998 he was asked to rebrand and restyle the newspaper’s motoring section, expanding it over 12 years from a two-page section to a 36-page lift-out.
In 2010 he was selected to join News Ltd’s national motoring group Carsguide and covered national and international events, launches, news conferences and Car of the Year awards until November 2014 when he moved into freelancing, working for The GoAuto, The West Australian, Western 4WDriver magazine, Bauer Media and as an online content writer for one of Australia’s biggest car groups.
He has involved himself in all aspects including motorsport where he has competed in everything from motocross to motorkhanas and rallies including Targa West and the ARC Forest Rally.
He loves all facets of the car industry, from design, manufacture, testing, marketing and even business structures and believes cars are one of the few high-volume consumables to combine a very high degree of engineering enlivened with an even higher degree of emotion from its consumers.
Latest articles by Neil Dowling
Vital truck performance indicators
Deloitte: Benchmark truck dealers show how strong productivity generate profits
AutoFlip expands to NZ
IDOM Innovations takes its online car-buying program linking private sellers to dealers to NZ
Used EV market improving
Cox: Average price movements soften as more EVs hit the Australian used vehicle market
Gasmak opens Ford mega-showroom
Big is best as Melbourne’s Western Ford creates $15 million, 4000 sq m centrepiece
Optimus buys NZ’s Auto Trader
Foray into automotive sales website a first for Optimus and follows buying Autopact
BYD shoots for market leadership
BYD opens in Mascot as it plans to add 30 more retail and service outlets in next 18 months
Inchcape NZ takes over LDV, SsangYong
New sales managers appointed as Inchcape NZ acquires LDV, SsangYong distributorship
Jeep changes leadership
Peffer steps in to head Jeep North America as Morison takes on performance parts arm
BYD opens in Auckland
Dealership chain Andrew Simms opens a purpose-built BYD showroom in North Shore
Auto industry gets thumbs down
Poor training blamed as sour customer experience report hits Australian automotive sector