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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News: C-Class Coupe to arrive mid-2016

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the C-Class Coupe in Germany which echoes the design philosophy of the larger S-Class Coupe.

It will arrive in New Zealand for sale in dealerships around mid-2016 according to the local distribution arm of the factory.

The svelte new Coupe is 15mm lower than the C-Class sedan and features a high beltline and frameless doors with free-standing exterior mirrors which Mercedes-Benz says underscores the vehicle’s sporty character. Continue reading “C-Class Coupe to arrive mid-2016” »

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News: Mazda funding buys pet food and emergency vehicle equipment

Assistance-dogs-3The Mazda Foundation supported by sales from the national dealer network has awarded its second round of funding for the year to deserving Kiwis.

Around 29 individuals, community groups and charities around New Zealand have received grants to the total value of nearly $75,000.

Grants handed out this round included two groups supporting those living with disabilities. Continue reading “Mazda funding buys pet food and emergency vehicle equipment” »

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News: New Audi A4 arrival in the first quarter of 2016

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Audi AG has opened the order book for the new A4 sedan and Avant in European markets, and it’s officially due in New Zealand in the first quarter of 2016.

Audi New Zealand marketing manager Fiona Woolley says the choice of petrol or diesel engines, and range of specification for the New Zealand bound A4 sedan and Avant models is yet to be confirmed by the importer.

According to Audi AG, the new A4 offers cutting-edge drive technologies and a wide range of infotainment and driver assistance systems in both midsize models. Continue reading “New Audi A4 arrival in the first quarter of 2016” »

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News: International stars confirmed for Leadfoot

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American actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey and Scottish rally star Alister McRae will attend the 2016 Leadfoot Festival.

Organiser and racing legend Rod Millen announced the star drivers at the events launch in Auckland last night.

Dempsey owns Dempsey Racing and has competed in prestigious pro-am events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race, and Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Dempsey Racing is presently racing two Porsche 911 GT America’s in the Tudor United Sports Car Series. Continue reading “International stars confirmed for Leadfoot” »

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News: Volvo holding XC90 under recall

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Volvo Cars New Zealand has actioned a recall on its new XC90 – affecting more cars that have not been delivered than already in customer hands.

The fault relates to a side trim panel that could affect the deployment of a curtain airbag to the third row seats. No incidents have been reported.

The 12 affected car owners are being notified in person and delivery of the the remaining 34 cars in transit and at dealerships has been temporarily suspended. Continue reading “Volvo holding XC90 under recall” »

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