News: Mazda on track for 9000 sales in 2015

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Mazda New Zealand says it will sell 9000 units next year of which 1500 will come from the new Mazda2 light hatchback launched yesterday.

The company is bullish about its prospects for 2015 due to an arsenal of new models and a number of facelifts. It says the current vehicle replacement cycle is on track.

The new Mazda2 will be followed by the new compact CX-3 SUV, the new MX-5 roadster, as well as a refreshed CX-5, refreshed Mazda6, and a refreshed BT-50 Ute. Continue reading “Mazda on track for 9000 sales in 2015” »

News: Mazda expects ute slowdown in 2015

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Mazda New Zealand reckons the new Mazda2 will account for 1500 of the 9000 vehicles it has forecast to sell in 2015, but expects that demand from the rural sector for utes will cool off.

At the media launch of the Mazda2 yesterday the New Zealand distributor says it will finish 2014 with more than 8200 sales, of which more than 2500 were it’s CX-5 mid-size SUV.

Mazda New Zealand managing director Andrew Clearwater says Mazda has enjoyed a bouyant time thanks to the relatively robust economy in NZ, and he predicts this will continues while the current cash rate remains unchanged for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “Mazda expects ute slowdown in 2015” »

News: Mazda3 takes NZ Car of the Year

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Caption: Mazda’s Maria Tsao

Caption: Stella Stocks, Mazda NZ’s Maria Tsao and Liz Dobson

Caption: Stella Stocks, Mazda NZ’s Maria Tsao and Liz Dobson

The Mazda has claimed the New Zealand Car of the Year title – awarded by the Automobile Association and NZ Motoring Writers Guild – at an event in Auckland tonight.

The car beat nine other finalists to the take out the ultimate award – which is voted on by members of the guild and AA motoring experts.

NZMWG president Liz Dobson told AutoTalk choosing the top ten was a difficult task for the guild and the AA. Continue reading “Mazda3 takes NZ Car of the Year” »

News: Peugeot 308 takes out Autocar Car of the Year

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The Peugeot 308 has claimed the AMI Insurance NZ Autocar of the year award.

The 308 beat out 8 different class winners, who were announced last month. Read about those HERE

Autocar editor Kyle Cassidy says the 308 scores well across all the awards criteria. Continue reading “Peugeot 308 takes out Autocar Car of the Year” »

News: Euro brands record new sales milestones

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BMW has broken through the 2000 registration barrier in a year for the first time yet, and Volvo has passed the 400 mark as well, a month early, despite not launching any new product in 2015.

There were 212 new BMW vehicles registered in November, taking the brand’s year-to-date total to 2007 vehicles.

“This is the first time yet in the 31 year presence of BMW in New Zealand as a national sales company that more than 2000 registrations have been achieved in a calendar year,” says BMW Group New Zealand managing director Nina Englert. Continue reading “Euro brands record new sales milestones” »

News: Suzuki S-Cross sponsorship for shooting stars

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Promising young shooters across the Netball central zone are being given the opportunity to learn from NZ international netball representative Irene van Dyk with the launch of the Suzuki shooting clinics.

The clinics will be held across Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Taranaki and Wellington and will be led by van Dyk.

Supported by Suzuki New Zealand, van Dyk will be driving to the shooting clinics in a new white S-Cross 1.6 Ltd which has been livened up with bold graphics, topped off by her signature. Continue reading “Suzuki S-Cross sponsorship for shooting stars” »

Honda: Honda: 2014 Civic LN review

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Back in the day I was a composer for TV and games and things, and one of the first things you learn is that it’s not about you. Your music is not there to distract from the visuals, it’s there to support it. Sure, certain themes stand alone, but in the whole mix of elements of a TV show, computer game or film, your music supports the scene. If the audience notices your music, you might just have overdone it. In a metaphorical sense that’s what the Honda Civic LN does for your journey. Continue reading “Honda: 2014 Civic LN review” »

News: Unique guest of honour at Holden’s 60th party

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Caption: Holden New Zealand managing director Jeff Murray and Greg Murphy toast 60 years of local operation

It was a unique 47-year-old guest of honour which literally roared into Holden’s 60th birthday celebrations last night at Imperial Lane in Auckland.

As part of recognising 60 years of operation in New Zealand, Holden decided to restore a 1969 Holden Monaro GTS coupe which its says will be won by one “lucky bugger”.

The arrival of the Monaro driven by V8 supercar driver Greg Murphy into the Imperial Lane venue came at the conclusion of the welcome speech to assembled guests including dealers, customers, and media from Holden New Zealand managing director Jeff Murray. Continue reading “Unique guest of honour at Holden’s 60th party” »