Industry News: Christchurch car imports up 23.5%


Increases in vehicle arrivals have helped offset losses of a significant dairy business for Christchurch’s Lyttleton Port.

Car imports were 23.5% higher than 2013.

Chief executive Peter Davie says the Port continues to have volume growth ahead of expectation. Continue reading “Christchurch car imports up 23.5%” »

Industry News: Audi reveals new R8


Audi has revealed its updated R8 supercar, ahead of its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show.

The headline power plant it a 5.2 FSI V10 engine with up to 449kW, capable of a 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. The car uses a space frame constructed of aluminium, with the car carrying a large amount of carbon fibre.

That construction means the car weighs in at a relatively-light 1454kg – up to 50kg lighter than its predecessor. Continue reading “Audi reveals new R8” »

Industry News: Sales static in Japan


Sales of vehicles over 1000cc in Japan moved little in December, down just slightly from the prior month.

According to analysis released by the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, the market hit 231,959 units (down from 239,207), were recorded for the month.

Top selling model for December was the Toyota Aqua, with 16,314 units sold, ahead of Toyota Prius with 10,587 delivered, and in third place, Honda Fit suffering the worst monthly sales since the new model was introduced in mid-2013, down to 8,772 units. Continue reading “Sales static in Japan” »

Industry News: Aqua tops 2014 in Japan


The Toyota Aqua – sold as the Prius C in New Zealand – is likely to be playing a large role in the New Zealand used import market in a few years time, having dominated the Japanese vehicle market in 2014.

The model led for most of the year, and recorded 233,209 units

In second was the Honda Fit, already a major import player, with 202,824 vehicles, followed by the Toyota Prius, which finished up with 183,614 units sold. Continue reading “Aqua tops 2014 in Japan” »

Industry News: Vehicles up in import value statistics


New Zealand’s trade balance – the cost of our imports against what we export – turned unexpectedly to a surplus in January, as the cost of importing oil dropped.

According to Statistics New Zealand, the surplus was $56 million in January, compared to a deficit of $195 million in December and a surplus of $285 million in January 2014.

This was despite a rise in vehicle imports – with the cost for cars and parts up 2% for the month to 470, and up 14% to $6.77 billion for the year. Continue reading “Vehicles up in import value statistics” »

Industry News: Update for Cruze


Holden has updated its Aussie-built small car, the Cruze.

The car gets a new face, with LED Daytime Running Lights, alongside a number of other weeks.

The Cruze Equipe benefits from new 17” alloy wheels and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal lamps. Continue reading “Update for Cruze” »

Industry News: Ford marking 25 years of Bash involvement


For New Zealand is marking 25 years of involvement in the charity Variety Trillian Bash.

The company is entering again this year, retiring their iconic 1963 Ford Zephyr, and replacing it with a 2015 Ford Falcon XR8.

“Ford was an integral part of getting the Bash going in New Zealand,” says regular Basher and Ford communications and government affairs manager, Tom Clancy, “It was, and is, a fantastic event to be a part of. We get to do what we love to do – drive – while helping Kiwi kids and communities throughout the country.” Continue reading “Ford marking 25 years of Bash involvement” »

Industry News: Mitsubishi exec says new Triton will double its sales

Triton2015-4xMitsubishi Motors New Zealand is predicting that the first all-new Triton ute in nine years will have a five-star safety rating, and will double its sales tally here.

The Triton and the L200 from which it was derived have been around since 1978, and this is the first full redesign of Triton in nine years.

Mitsubishi’s head of sales Daniel Cook says the new Triton ute has; a bigger tray capacity, a stronger body, a driver’s knee air bag, significantly greater torque than before, requires less frequent servicing, and it offers fuel economy from 7L/100km. Continue reading “Mitsubishi exec says new Triton will double its sales” »

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