Industry News: Road use surge reflects economic recovery

3Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says increases in vehicle travel and vehicle registrations reflect New Zealand’s economic recovery and growing population.

Total travel [measured in kilometres travelled] was flat between 2005 and 2012, but growth returned in 2013 with a 1.6% increase in total travel nationwide, and more recent data suggests larger increases are on the way.

Data collected by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) on State Highway usage from the first six months of 2014 suggests we will continue to see increases in travel demand. Continue reading “Road use surge reflects economic recovery” »

Industry News: Technology get dangerous vehicles and drivers off roads

nzpolicePolice are expanding its use of technology that automatically reads number plates and alerts officers to issues.

Assistant commissioner road policing Dave Cliff says Police is expanding its use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, which has already proven successful in removing high risk drivers, unsafe vehicles and criminals from the road.

The technology, which has been in use by Police since 2009 in five patrol vehicles, is widely used overseas, and is now being fitted in an additional 13 vehicles in the Police fleet. Continue reading “Technology get dangerous vehicles and drivers off roads” »

Industry News: Upgraded 86 now in Toyota dealerships

86-NZ-red-interior-July-2014Toyota has announced the arrival of the MY15 Toyota 86 and GT86 into dealerships, which receives upgrades and enhancements at no change to its recommended retail prices.

Toyota New Zealand product general manager Neeraj Lala says the MY15 cars have received a third round of enhancements since the vehicle was first introduced to the market.

“Toyota’s engineering division has continued to evolve key 86 performance attributes, delivering in the MY15 model a series of updates that will enhance the enthusiast driver’s ability to safely and confidently control the car as appropriate to the environment, whether that be on the road or the track,” says Lala Continue reading “Upgraded 86 now in Toyota dealerships” »

Industry News: Volkswagen profits from China growth

image101322_bThe German Volkswagen Group has reported an improved quarterly net profit thanks to growth in China and bigger profits within its Audi and Porsche division.

In the April to June quarter, the group’s net profit rose 12.5% to 3.2 billion euros ($A4.65 billion).

But the strong euro weighed on group sales, which declined 2% to around 51 billion euros, while operating profit dropped 3% to 3.3 billion euros reports AAP. Continue reading “Volkswagen profits from China growth” »

Industry News: Peugeot’s global sales grow 5.5%


Peugeot has announced a surge in profits for the first half of 2014 and believes new models in Australia and the introduction of LCV’s in New Zealand will see it’s earnings increase even further in the second half of 2014.

PSA Peugeot Citroen narrowed its first-half loss and posted the first positive contribution from its core auto division in three years, as the French carmaker’s recovery plan has started to take shape.

Peugeot says that the launch of the new Peugeot 308 in Australia later and New Zealand in the second half of 2014, and the introduction of light commercial vehicles in New Zealand should have a positive impact on the group’s second-half performance in the region. Continue reading “Peugeot’s global sales grow 5.5%” »

Industry News: Mercedes-Benz milks its fashion connection

Dame Trelise Cooper

Dame Trelise Cooper

Mercedes-Benz New Zealand will be an elite partner with 2014 New Zealand Fashion Week and it has recognised Dame Trelise Cooper as the inaugural New Zealand recipient of the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ award.

Cooper has been a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz since 2002. Her autumn / winter 2015 collection titled ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents Trelise Cooper’ premieres at Fashion Week.

As the ‘official automotive partner’, Mercedes-Benz is providing a fleet of official event vehicles comprising 12 all-new C-Classes. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz milks its fashion connection” »

Industry News: New Ferrari California T launched here


Ferrari has launched it’s “everyday-use” California T in New Zealand priced from $413,888.

Ferrari Australasia president Herbert Appleroth told Stuff.Co.NZ he expects a lot of interest in the new car, which he says is more of an everyday-use kind of Ferrari, with room for car seats or golf clubs in the back.

Appleroth says that demand always outstrips supply. Ferrari has reduced its production to 7000 cars per annum to maintain the brand’s exclusivity and residual values for owners. Continue reading “New Ferrari California T launched here” »

Industry News: Toyota remains the global No.1 in sales


More than five million buyers in the first six months of this year has seen Toyota retain its No. 1 position on the global sales charts.

The company says its on track to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year, which will be an industry milestone according to One Network News.

Toyota was followed by German-based Volkswagen Group in second place, recall-plagued USA-based General Motors placed third in the global rankings. Continue reading “Toyota remains the global No.1 in sales” »

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