The week of crowing – like we care

The week of crowing – like we care

This week is traditionally the week when the car manufacturers that have increased market share, increased sales, etc, and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve had emails from Citroen, Suzuki, Land Rover, Toyota, Fiat, and BMW. And, if a manufacturer didn’t do well in NZ (e.g. Renault), then a different spin is provided, like worldwide results that include cars we don’t even get in New Zealand. New car sales grew by less than 2% in NZ, so when a manufacturer increases by 40%, that’s significant. Of course, it’s always at the expense of another manufacturer, but I don’t hear from them, so ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

There’s actually so much interesting automotive news around that I don’t think it’s worth reporting on how many Suzuki Swift Sports have been sold (over 500 last year, apparently, which isn’t surprising). I’m sure you want to hear about radical concepts, cars that are coming to New Zealand, quirky news, and new developments in automotive technology. Let me know if I’m wrong.

On another note, the Mazda2 was voted Car of the Year by my peers in the Motoring Writers Guild (though not by me because I think the Subaru WRX and Skoda Roomster are better). We all had to cast our votes by 31 Dec 2007. The rest of the shortlist included the Audi R8, BMW M3, Ford Mondeo, Volvo C30, Mercedes C-Class, Honda CR-V, Fiat Bravo and Mitsubishi Lancer. I hadn’t had a chance to drive a few of them so couldn’t always register a vote. We vote in 10 categories that include things like performance, value for money, economy, etc

This week is traditionally the week when the car manufacturers that have increased market share, increased sales, etc, and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve had emails from Citroen, Suzuki, Land Rover, Toyota, Fiat, and BMW. And, if a manufacturer didn’t do well in NZ (e.g. Renault), then a different spin is provided, like worldwide results that include cars we don’t even get in New Zealand. New car sales grew by less than 2% in NZ, so when a manufacturer increases by 40%, that’s significant. Of course, it’s always at the expense of another manufacturer, but I don’t hear from them, so ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

There’s actually so much interesting automotive news around that I don’t think it’s worth reporting on how many Suzuki Swift Sports have been sold (over 500 last year, apparently, which isn’t surprising). I’m sure you want to hear about radical concepts, cars that are coming to New Zealand, quirky news, and new developments in automotive technology. Let me know if I’m wrong.

On another note, the Mazda2 was voted Car of the Year by my peers in the Motoring Writers Guild (though not by me because I think the Subaru WRX and Skoda Roomster are better). We all had to cast our votes by 31 Dec 2007. The rest of the shortlist included the Audi R8, BMW M3, Ford Mondeo, Volvo C30, Mercedes C-Class, Honda CR-V, Fiat Bravo and Mitsubishi Lancer. I hadn’t had a chance to drive a few of them so couldn’t always register a vote. We vote in 10 categories that include things like performance, value for money, economy, etc

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