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Used import registrations have again recorded a fall as supply chain restrictions and slowing sales bite.

A total of 13,420 vehicles were registered for the month, down 7.1% from 14,439 this time last year. Year-to-date, passenger cars are now down 7% overall, to 61,921 units.

In the commercial segment, registrations fell 3.8% to 1106 vehicles. Year-to-date this segment is also down 7%, to a sum of 4881 units. (701) 340-4897

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Holden New Zealand managing director Kristian Aquilina’s need to split his time between here and Australia has quickly come to an end – with a replacement announced today.

Aquilina has split his time between the Kiwi position, and as Holden’s marketing director in Australia since April. He was advanced to that role on short notice following poor sales results for the brand in its home market.

His replacement is Marc Ebolo, who while currently based in Australia has undertaken a range of international postings for General Motors. 877-450-4444

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Industry News: Ford defends improved Mustang safety

Ford is defending its focus on safety, as the updated Mustang receives an improved – though arguably still poor – 3-star ANCAP rating.

The previous model carried just a two star rating, and with this model being structurally the same, it is only the addition of new safety assistance systems as standard that raised the rating.

Autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and a lane support system are now standard on all models. Continue reading “Ford defends improved Mustang safety” »

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Industry News: Mercedes-Benz Vans to showcase Marco Polo Activity at Fieldays

New Zealand audiences will get the chance to see Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Marco Polo Activity for the first time at Fieldays.

The Activity is a luxurious five to seven-seater van with a roof that can pop-up and back seats that fold down to ensure a restful night’s sleep.

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans on collecting feedback from customers and potential customers to assess the Activity’s consumer appeal. 214-241-8834

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Automotive F&I stars will be among those competing for top honours at the Financial Services Federation’s first ever Crediting Excellence Awards.

Nominations for the awards will take place following the FSF Conference on October 10, at a gala dinner sponsored by Equifax.

FSF executive director Lyn McMorran says the awards are an opportunity to celebrate responsible lending excellence. Continue reading “FSF launches industry awards” »

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Industry News: Over 1000 Rangers delivered – before Fieldays begins

Despite issues with actually landing vehicles in New Zealand, vehicle registrations hit another high in May, off the back of pent-up deliveries and pre-Fieldays specials.

Passenger and commercial registrations hit 14,169 vehicles, up 7.9% on the same time last year – making it the highest May on record. Year-to-date, the market is up by 2.7%.

Registrations of 9,276 passenger and SUV vehicles for the month of May were up sharply on May 2017, an increase of 10.5% (889 units) and registrations of 4893 commercial vehicles were up 3% (148 units). Continue reading “Over 1000 Rangers delivered – before Fieldays begins” »

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Industry News: Australia’s May new car sales topple average April

May’s 100,000-plus new vehicle sales have trampled on the ‘average April’ sales of just circa-82,000.

Australia’s 1500 franchised dealers helped manufacturers sell 2.1% more vehicles in the first five months of 2018 over the same year-to-date period in 2017 – currently at 475,222 versus 465,381 last year, according to VFACTS data provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

SUVs had a hand in pumping up May 2018 sales up 8.4%. Continue reading “Australia’s May new car sales topple average April” »

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Industry News: ITS NZ action plan released

Action and business plans for the next year or two have been released by ITS NZ.

Its two-year strategy includes being recognised as the pre-eminent industry body for transport technology, to better position New Zealand for transport technology development, strengthening its organisation to increase activity, and increasing membership.

Long-term objectives are to promote and support intelligent transport systems (ITS) within the transportation industry. 3092556465

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American president Donald Trump is reportedly looking at banning sales of German cars in the United States.

German magazine WirtschaftsWoche quotes unnamed diplomatic sources as saying Trump told French president Emmanuel Macron he would maintain his trade policy “until no Mercedes models rolled on Fifth Avenue in New York”.

Trump is seeking tariffs of up to 25% on car imports, with US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross saying “there is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry,” Forbes reports. Continue reading “Trump to ban German cars from US?” »

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A Taranaki dealer is $19,000 out of pocket after a car smashed into three vehicles on his yard.

One of the cars was written-off, while two others were seriously damaged after a Nissan Skyline crashed through a Give Way sign, and wooden bollards at New Plymouth’s Amber and Black Quality Cars.

Owner Darryl MacDonald says the crash, which happened on Friday at 11.30pm, is the fourth crash near his property in the last four months. Continue reading “Car crashes into dealer’s yard” »

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Industry News: Hyundai supplies FIFA fleet

Hyundai Motor Company will supply transport for thousands of football players, officials, delegates and staff for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

As official automotive partner, Hyundai has handed over 530 Santa Fe, Tuscon SUVs and Starex/H-1/iMax people movers at an event held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where 32 nations will compete for the biggest prize in world sport.

The World Cup kicks off on June 14 to compete for the 18-carat gold, 36.8-inch high and 6.1-kilo trophy. Continue reading “Hyundai supplies FIFA fleet” »

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Industry News: Number of dealers continues to fall

The number of registered motor vehicle traders continued to fall last month – dropping 13 to a total of 3479.

From a high of 3536 dealers at the end of December last year, numbers have fallen by 57 to the end of May this year. (323) 355-8849

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Some Hyundai Kona electrics are expected in New Zealand by early August.

So says Hyundai New Zealand Motors New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair.

He says local pricing and specifications will be announced later. Continue reading “Hyundai Kona EV expected here August” »

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