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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 | 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 | 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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New Zealand sales surge sputters

4 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Months of year on year sales rises in New Zealand appear to have ended after the Motor Industry Association reported June sales down 8.2% to 15,172 vehicles though the result was nonetheless the second strongest for the month.

Promotions boost New Zealand May sales

6 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle registrations in New Zealand in May 2018 rose 7.9% year on year to 14,169 units.

New Zealand sales finally see a dip after strong run

2 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

After months of growth April new vehicle registrations in New Zealand dipped 2% year on year in April to of 10,423 units, reflecting the local Motor Industry Association said, "a stable market".

Toyota New Zealand completely revamps vehicle retailing

6 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota New Zealand (TNZ) is in the early days of a new Drive Happy project that has completely changed how it retails cars and how its dealers operate.

Grey imports cause Takata recall headaches in New Zealand

4 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association (MIA), representing new vehicle importers, has welcomed the government’s mandatory recall for at risk (alpha type) Takata airbag inflators but its response illustrates the problems that arise in a market where grey market imports match or exceed those imported 'officially'.

Commercials drive New Zealand March sales

3 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

March new vehicle registrations of 14,028 vehicles in New Zealand were up 1% year on year, reflecting, the local Motor Industry Association (MIA) said, "a stable market".

NZ sales dip in February

5 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

According to the country's Motor Industry Association (MIA), February new vehicle registrations of 11,531 vehicles in New Zealand were down 2% year on year, "reflecting a mature and stable market". Year to date sales rose 3%.

Nissan NZ's unique Leaf launch challenge

28 Feb 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan New Zealand is facing a challenge launching the redesigned Leaf in 2019 few, if any, other official importers worldwide have to deal with.

Stinky bugs keep car carriers out of New Zealand

14 Feb 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Stinky bugs reportedly have delayed four car carriers from unloading their wheeled cargo in New Zealand.

NZ enjoys fourth year of vehicle sales rise

23 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand new vehicle sales set a December record of 11,570 units thanks to "a continued robust tourism sector, which in turn drove healthy sales of rental vehicles", according to the Motor Industry Association.

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