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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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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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SUVs dominate as Australia sales slow

8 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Sales of SUVs continued to provide strong momentum to Australia's new car market last month, according to Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) VFACTS data.

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".

Australia slaps $10m fine on Ford over faulty automatic transmissions

26 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has been hit with a A$10m penalty in connection with dual clutch automatic transmissions fitted to several vehicle models sold in Australia and could still face class-action lawsuits from disgruntled current and former vehicle owners.

Australia sees Q1 sales growth

11 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A record March result of 106,988 sales delivered a strong 4.4% first quarter growth for the Australian new vehicle market according to the motor industry’s official statistical service VFACTS.

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".

New Toyota powertrain tech appears in redesigned Corolla

23 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New engine and transmission technology announced by Toyota in February will make its debut in the Corolla sold worldwide which, outside Europe, where it will be sold as the Auris, will feature a two-litre Dynamic Force direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine as well as new manual and CVT automatic transmissions.

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%.

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