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Toyota NZ CEO Alistair Davis on changing dealers to agencies

6 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The new vehicle distribution model is changing for Toyota and its dealer network. Toyota New Zealand will sell new vehicles to customers under an agency structure, with dealers being an agent for the Kiwi importer and distributor. This company blog interviewed CEO Alistair Davis about the changes, what the drive has been behind this shift for the brand in New Zealand, and what the changes mean for its customers.

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COMMENT: The real China and its illusory Western opportunity

20 Nov 2007 | editorial team

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Heat off NZ sales in winter darkness

17 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

It's the middle of southern hemisphere winter and the heat came off the New Zealand new vehicle market in June, according to the local Motor Industry Association (MIA).

New Zealand sales plunge after "significant" market softening

5 Jun 2019 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand new vehicle registrations fell 13.5% year on year to 12,259 units in May, indicating, the Motor Industry Association (MIA) said, "a significant softening of the vehicle market".

NZ sales an April record

3 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Though April 2019 New Zealand registration figures of 10,640 vehicles were up 2% on the same month in 2018, continuing the fluctuating monthly trend for 2019 year to date, April sales set a record, albeit by five units.

New Zealand March sales soften

5 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand's March 2019 new vehicle registration figures were down 5.4% year on year to 13,271 units.

NZ sees second best February sales on record

6 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

February 2019 new vehicle sales in New Zealand were up 1.5% year on year to 11,699 units registered, the second strongest February on record, according to the Motor Industry Association (MIA).

NZ sales start 2019 "soft"

5 Feb 2019 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in New Zealand started 2019 soft compared to a year ago, the Motor Industry Association said.

NZ sales set fifth consecutive record

10 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Despite "a softening market with ups and down during the year", 2018 was the fifth consecutive year of record new vehicle registrations in New Zealand, the Motor Industry Association (MIA) said.

November NZ sales "steady as she goes"

4 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Registration of 14,359 new vehicles in November were down 1.6% year on year but reflected a "steady as she goes market" in New Zealand, according to the Motor Industry Association.

Rentals give Toyota New Zealand sales an October boost

6 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

October 2018 registrations of 16,670 vehicles set a new monthly sales record in New Zealand after last June's 15,985.

Petrol prices and tax hit NZ September sales

2 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

September 2018 new vehicle registrations of 13,910 vehicles were down 4% year on year though, year to date, the market remained up 1% to 119,412, according to New Zealand's Motor Industry Association.

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