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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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Australian sales off 3% in June

4 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australian new vehicle sales fell 2.9% year on year in June, according to motor industry official statistical service VFACTS.

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.

SUV sales rise defies Australian market dip

6 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Sales of sport utility vehicles defied the overall market trend in Australia last month with three of the four SUV segments recording gains during May 2018 compared with the same month the previous year.

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.

Toyota Australia again books record SUV volume

5 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota's local unit said it was "riding the crest of Australia's wave of SUV popularity", selling an industry record of over 7,500 SUVs last month, reflecting the trend to this type of vehicle in Europe and the US.

Ateco launches RHD Ram 1500 in Australia

5 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's Ateco Group has completed its first Ram 1500 pickup truck right hand drive conversion at its dedicated 'production' line in Melbourne.

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.

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