News: New Zealand-bound Mustangs roll down the line

RH-Drive-Production-Begins-lo-resThe first right-hand drive Ford Mustangs destined for New Zealand are in production at Flatrock Assembly Plant in Michigan, North America.

Meanwhile, the number of pre-sold New Mustangs in New Zealand has climbed to 425 from an initial order bank of 300 in May.

Ford New Zealand anticipated delivering the first shipment of cars to waiting customers in November and it has secured extra supply to meet the greater than expected demand. Continue reading “New Zealand-bound Mustangs roll down the line” »

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News: Volvo NZ goes further Cross Country

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Volvo Cars New Zealand is backing its pitch that the market is continuing to head towards SUVs, adding another crossover model to its range.

General manager Steve Kenchington noted the changing market in a statement last week, read his comments HERE .

The latest model for the brand is a Cross Country version of the V60, featuring all wheel drive and ground clearance increased 65mm compared to the V60. Hill Descent Control, which automatically keeps the car at a constant speed when driving down a hill, is standard, increasing capability in steep, low traction situations. Continue reading “Volvo NZ goes further Cross Country” »

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News: New Honda HR-V will mirror Jazz sales strategy

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Honda New Zealand says it will use the same strategy of offering multiple variants of the new HR-V, which proved extremely successful with the launch of the Jazz light hatchback.

There will be six HR-V variants available from Honda dealership when the car officially goes on sale on August 29. The two main models are the 1.8 S, and the 1.8 Sport, with sub models X and L, as well as Sport X and the Sport Plus.

The company is running at 120% ahead of 2014 sales according to Honda New Zealand product planning manager Peter Ashley, and the arrival of the HR-V is perfectly timed to take advantage of the growth in small SUV and crossovers. Continue reading “New Honda HR-V will mirror Jazz sales strategy” »

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News: Half of new car sales will be SUV – industry figures

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The New Zealand market demand for sport utility vehicles (SUV) is among the highest in the world with annual growth up to 44% according to latest industry figures.

Automotive industry experts expect the sales trend to continue with some predicting that SUV will equate to half of all new passenger cars sold within three years.

It is the fastest growing category within new passenger and commercial sales locally with growth at around 27% per annum for the past five years, and already represent 47% of the cars sold this year. Continue reading “Half of new car sales will be SUV – industry figures” »

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News: Arrival of MX-5 variants delayed by Aussie noise compliance

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Mazda New Zealand has solely launched a 1.5-litre GSX variant of its new MX-5 roadster here because the 2-litre Limited models have not yet complied with Australian drive-by noise regulations.

At the New Zealand media presentation, MX-5 programme manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto says Mazda has to wait until October for compliance to be granted for Australian drive-by noise regulations by the relevant authority there, before production can begin in Japan.

The new 1.5-litre six-speed manual MX-5 GSX model weighs just over a tonne at 1009kg, and it hits the road priced from $40,995. It is now available in New Zealand dealerships. Continue reading “Arrival of MX-5 variants delayed by Aussie noise compliance” »

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News: Industry sales sustainable at 100k says Mazda NZ boss

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Even though new car sales are starting to plateau, Mazda New Zealand managing director Andrew Clearwater believes that more than 100 to 130,000 units a year is sustainable.

“Private buyer confidence is high,” says Clearwater. “And with the growth in value of the residential housing market in Auckland, which is the region that accounts for 40% of new car sales, people can afford to finance a new vehicle.”

“New cars now offer very good value, the exchange rate is sitting where we think it should, and there is now the perception that with the current warranties on offer, buying a new car is much better value than buying a secondhand one,” says Clearwater. Continue reading “Industry sales sustainable at 100k says Mazda NZ boss” »

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