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ANALYSIS - Holden's future under GM and Groupe PSA

5 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Over the last five years, GM has slipped from second place in Australia to its current fourth position. General Motors Holden fears that wit...

New Tucson helps Hyundai to outsell GM Holden

11 Mar 2016 | Glenn Brooks

How often do we hear of GM being humbled by Hyundai? That’s what’s been happening in Australia in recent weeks, as the Korean brand has over...

ANALYSIS - 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport

9 Mar 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Jaguar Land Rover had a record month for worldwide sales in January. Now comes news that February was even better, with a year on year gain...

ANALYSIS - 2016 Infiniti QX70 crossover coupé

2 Mar 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Can what we now call the QX70, the car that started life as the FX, really be almost eight years old? It’s still selling strongly too, deliv...

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Australian sales remain on the up in 2018

5 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's new vehicle sales grew 6.1% year on year in the first two months of 2018, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

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%.

Australian government orders 2.7m vehicle Takata airbag recall, NZ MIA asks for help

1 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's assistant minister to the treasurer, Michael Sukkar, has issued a compulsory recall for all 2.7m vehicles on the country's roads with defective Takata airbags, following an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) safety investigation.

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.

Australia 2018 sales off to a strong start

21 Feb 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Motor vehicle sales across Australia got off to a strong start in 2018 with record breaking sales in January, according to the local trade association.

Toyota Australia develops three new Hilux variants

21 Feb 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Although theirs are actually built in Thailand (ours in Europe come from South Africa), Toyota Australia claims three new 'halo' HiLux variants due out Down Under next April "have a strong Aussie accent due to an extensive development program carried out by the company's Melbourne based designers and engineers".

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 sales start 2018 with a record

7 Feb 2018 | Graeme Roberts

January new vehicle registrations of 14,834 set another New Zealand record.

Australia 2017 sales another record

23 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's motor industry has achieved another record year of sales in 2017, according to official statistical service, VFACTS. The industry posted a record December result to reach a 12 month total of 1,189,116 units, an increase of 0.9% over 2016. This was the fourth record in five years.

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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