Industry News: High altitude promo for Audi

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Audi New Zealand has capped off its involvement with the Audi Quattro Winter Games in Queenstown, by creating a mountaintop restaurant – with food delivered by their cars.

The ‘Quattro Bistro’ was held at the top of the Pisa Ranga in the Southern Alps.

Open for one day only during winter games, and set on an ice track, 20 lucky New Zealanders won a seat at the bistro through an Audi test drive competition, and were hosted by celebrity chef, Simon Gault, experiencing his specially designed menu for the event. Continue reading “High altitude promo for Audi” »

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Industry News: Import market slowing

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As predicted in AutoTalk over the last two months – the market for used imports is showing the early signs of cooling.

After months of double-digit growth, registrations of used imports were up a relatively-small 6.8% to August, to 12,061 units, against 11,290 for the same period last year.

The result follows a similar plunge in the growth of used import arrivals. Continue reading “Import market slowing” »

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Industry News: New Vitara guns for CX3 audience

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Suzuki New Zealand has the Mazda CX3 firmly in its gunsights as the main competitor for the new Vitara, in a market that is moving to small SUV in droves.

The company says it expects the Vitara will become it’s second biggest selling vehicle behind the Swift in the next twelve months.

It is targeting sales in excess of 1500 units and says it has no issue with supply from the Hungarian factory where the Vitara is produced. Continue reading “New Vitara guns for CX3 audience” »

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Industry News: Aussie sales up 3%

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The trend to SUVs we are seeing is even strong across the Tasman – with sales in the segment growing over 50% in August.

Overall, Australians bought 90,705 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles in August 2015, 2.9% more than in August 2014. The 90,705 vehicle sales brings the year-to-date total to 761,440, 3.2% more than the same YTD period in 2014.

August 2015 had the same number of selling days as August 2014 and this resulted in an increase of 98.1 vehicle sales per day. The August 2015 industry volume is down 1603 or 1.7% on July 2015 (92,308 vehicles). Continue reading “Aussie sales up 3%” »

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Industry News: Corolla returns to passenger lead

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Having been displaced in recent months, the Toyota Corolla was once again the top selling passenger model – but it was again usurped overall by the Ford Ranger.

Corolla lead passenger registrations for the month of August (621 vehicles) followed by the Toyota RAV4 (269 vehicles) and the Mazda 3 (240 vehicles).

The Ford Ranger remained the monthly top selling commercial vehicle model with 735 vehicles registered, followed by the Toyota Hilux with 543 vehicles and Holden Colorado with 285 vehicles. Continue reading “Corolla returns to passenger lead” »

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Industry News: Focus on growing to number three

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Ford New Zealand has high aspirations for its technology-laden new Focus, its aim is to climb to number three in the small car class within 12 months.

A new engine, a new face, a new dashboard centre stack, and more new technology features brings the 2016 Focus up to date with its competitors and Ford wants a larger piece of that market segment pie.

Managing director Corey Holter admits that Ford will never knock the Corolla off the top spot due to the volumes sold by Toyota to the daily rental companies. Continue reading “Focus on growing to number three” »

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Industry News: AIMVIA to meet with Japanese exporters

aimvialogo2The Australian cousin of the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association is to meet with the Japanese industry next month.

In its latest update, the Australian Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association says it has scheduled to meet with the Japan Used Motor Vehicle Exporters Association in October.

It has extended an invitation to members to also attend. Continue reading “AIMVIA to meet with Japanese exporters” »

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Industry News: Another 10% jump for new market

john_manley-xThe combined market for new vehicles has continued to defy an overall softening in the economy – with registrations up 10% in August.

New passenger car registrations of 7,752 vehicles in August were up 669 units (9.4%) on August 2014 sales of 7,083 vehicles, and was the strongest month of August since 1986.

Meanwhile, new commercial vehicle registrations of 3,440 vehicles in August were up 334 vehicles (10.8%) compared to August 2014. Continue reading “Another 10% jump for new market” »

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