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Holden struggles as GM plans future models

25 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series looking at what's coming for GM's many brands and a couple of its Chinese joint ventures has so far covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC, Ch...


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...


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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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May Australia sales fall 8.1%

5 Jun 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said May new vehicle sales in Australia reached 92,561, a decrease of 8.1% year on year.


New Zealand sales plunge after "significant" market softening

5 Jun 2019 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand new vehicle registrations fell 13.5% year on year to 12,259 units in May, indicating, the Motor Industry Association (MIA) said, "a significant softening of the vehicle market".


Toyota Australia will use autonomous vehicles in new warehouse

22 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia together with Toyota Material Handling Australia and Toyota Fleet Management will be introducing a fleet of autonomous autopilot vehicles in its new Altona warehouse from the start of operations in 2020.


NZ sales an April record

3 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Though April 2019 New Zealand registration figures of 10,640 vehicles were up 2% on the same month in 2018, continuing the fluctuating monthly trend for 2019 year to date, April sales set a record, albeit by five units.


Demand takes Australian RHD RAM conversion operation to three shifts

11 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Demand for RAM Trucks in Australia and New Zealand means the local right hand drive conversion operation in Melbourne is moving to 24 hours a day, five days a week operation from 1 June 2019.


Australian March sales slip

5 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said new vehicle sales in Australia fell 7.1% to 99,442 vehicles during March.


New Zealand March sales soften

5 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand's March 2019 new vehicle registration figures were down 5.4% year on year to 13,271 units.


Toyota's [April Fools] new HiAce Convertible with pie warmer

1 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Amongst the various April Fools Day gag press releases - special mention to Jaguar Land Rover for its 'EV charge point 15 miles from the nearest road on the Scottish island of Skye' and Juice Technology's 'extended version of the wall-mounted Juice Charger 2 with an integrated juicer' - we particularly liked Toyota Australia's 'Pieace' - a convertible version of the popular Hiace van/people carrier complete with built-in pie warmer.


Toyota Australia to redevelop factory site for hydrogen refuelling

19 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia, with funding assistance from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has announced plans to build a A$7.4m hydrogen centre at its former car manufacturing plant in Altona in west Melbourne.


Australian sales dip in February

6 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Australia's Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) reported sales of 87,102 new vehicles during February 2019 down 9.3% year-on-year.



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