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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.


COMMENT: How to make a small fortune building budget cars

13 Feb 2008 | just-auto.com editorial team

How do you make a small fortune building budget cars? Start with a large fortune. That’s a lesson that Indian company Tata may learn the hard way.


COMMENT: The real China and its illusory Western opportunity

20 Nov 2007 | just-auto.com editorial team

Globalisation means different things to different people. For optimists, it means a friendly worldwide sharing of goods, services, ideas and cultures. To America, it means the globalisation of American culture. To the multinational corporations, it means a chance to make a quick buck in new markets.


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July 2020 New Zealand vehicle sales surprisingly strong

4 Aug 2020 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association (MIA) said vehicle sales in July 2020 were "surprisingly strong".


June 2020 New Zealand sales still weak

2 Jul 2020 | Graeme Roberts

June 2020 new vehicle registrations in New Zealand were down 17.5% year on year to 11,514 units.


NZ May sales off 32% year on year

2 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

May 2020 new vehicle registrations in New Zealand were down 32% year on year to 8,313 units compared with 12,259 a year ago.


New Zealand sales plunge in April

5 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association said April 2020 registrations were down 90% (9,601 units) year on year, as expected, with 1,039 new vehicles sold compared to April 2019 with 10,640 sales. 


New Zealand sales tank in March

7 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association said March 2020 registrations were down 37.3% year on year with 8,317 new vehicles registered compared to March 2019's 13,271 sales. 


New Zealand new vehicle biz all but shuts down

25 Mar 2020 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association and Motor Trade Association said in a joint statement members would provide parts for and service and repair only vehicles used in the supply of essential services as the country enters a mandatory Level 4 lockdown.


Commercials sales remain weak in New Zealand

5 Mar 2020 | Graeme Roberts

A 14.4% year on year plunge in new commercial vehicle sales last month is concerning the local Motor Industry Association.


New Zealand "in prime position to develop hydrogen fuel network"

11 Feb 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The New Zealand Motor Industry Association - representing new car importers - said the proposed development of the country's first nationwide hydrogen refuelling network would provide an important step towards a low emissions transport sector.


New Zealand new vehicle sales start decade down

4 Feb 2020 | Graeme Roberts

January 2020 new vehicle registrations in New Zealand were down 6.2% year on year with 13,078 new vehicles registered, according to the Motor Industry Association (MIA).


NZ CO2 fleet emissions drop in 2019

28 Jan 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Average greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles sold in New Zealand in 2019 dropped at a significantly faster rate than in the previous five years, the Motor Industry Association said. 



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