News: Ranger just holds lead against Hilux


There’s just 171 registrations keeping the Ford Ranger in front of the Toyota Hilux as the light commercial market heads into the final quarter of the year.

The Ford Ranger retained its position as the monthly top selling commercial model for September with 595 units sold (17% market share). The Toyota Hilux was the second best seller with 15% market share (526 units). This was followed by the Holden Colorado at 8% (280 units).

Year to date the Ford Ranger has retained the lead as the top selling commercial model with 16% market share (4435 units) followed by the Toyota Hilux, with 15% market share (4264 units). Continue reading “Ranger just holds lead against Hilux” »

News: Strongest new September sales yet

David Crawford

David Crawford

Registrations of 11,840 new vehicles for the month of September is the strongest September result yet, since the Motor Industry Association started collecting records in 1975.

The 39-year record for new vehicle sales in September suggests purchases of new vehicles were unimpeded by the election during the month, says MIA chief executive David Crawford.

Sales of 3458 new commercial vehicles was also the strongest September on record, while 8382 new passenger vehicles for the month was the strongest September result since 1986. Continue reading “Strongest new September sales yet” »

News: Corolla remains on top


September saw the perennial favourite Toyota model – Corolla – remain unchallenged for supremacy, but the Suzuki Swift has been kicked out of the top three passenger vehicles thanks to the arrival of another new Toyota passenger model.

Corolla was once again the top selling passenger model with 8% market share (629 units), followed by the Toyota Yaris on 4% (373 units) and the Holden Commodore on 3% (277 units).

The Corolla was also the top selling new vehicle model in September with 629 new registrations, followed by the Ford Ranger with 595, and the Toyota Hilux in 3rd with 526 registrations. Continue reading “Corolla remains on top” »

News: Target acquired for 308


It is a bit of a cliché to write that the last French car should strike fear into the heart of the Germans, heck Citroen even ran an advertising series based on the concept when it launched the C5.

But dang it, I am going to.

The company is quite up front about its target. When speaking to members of the engineering team in Peugeot’s home base of Sochaux, France, the question of what they were benchmarking came up, and they was a single word clear cut answer. Continue reading “Target acquired for 308” »

News: Challenge takes Mazda sponsorship to new heights

Malcolm-LawMazda New Zealand is teaming up with endurance runner Malcolm Law as he attempts one of New Zealand’s most ambitious challenges yet, the ‘High Five – 0 Challenge’.

Beginning February 7, 2015 Law will start his journey to scale 50 peaks in 50 days, the equivalent of 50 mountain marathons in as many days, in an effort to raise $250,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and to help create awareness around the issues surrounding depression and other mental health illnesses.

The ‘High Five-0 Challenge’ team will be supported with a branded Mazda BT-50 to transport the team throughout the challenge and help raise awareness as Malcolm undertakes his expedition through some of wildest parts of the country. Continue reading “Challenge takes Mazda sponsorship to new heights” »

News: Scooters alongside cars for Peugeot


Peugeot importer Sime Darby is giving dealers something else to get their teeth into – and to hopefully add to their bottom lines.

The company is entering the scooter market, focussing just on 50cc units for now, with four models set to hit showrooms soon.

“Instead of coming to Peugeot just for a car, we could be a total mobility solution,” says general manager Grant Smith. Continue reading “Scooters alongside cars for Peugeot” »

News: Peugeot history on show at museum


Car and SUV is on tour in France with Sime Darby Automobiles for the launch of the new Peugeot 308.

But we took a moment out to look at the brand’s past while in the town of Sochaux, the home of Peugeot’s design and engineering centre – as well at its biggest production plant.

‘L’Aventure Peugeot’ tells the history of the brand, from a beginning specialising in rolled steal – with products such as corsets and saw blades – through to its early motor vehicles, on to cutting edge concept cars. Continue reading “Peugeot history on show at museum” »

News: Dealer’s son wins maiden Toyota 86 race


Christchurch driver 14-year-old Marcus Armstrong has won his first Toyota Finance 86 Championship race.

The son of car dealership mogul Rick Armstrong charged through from sixth on the grid for the final race to lead and win, becoming the youngest driver yet to win a Toyota category race in New Zealand.

Armstrong took the lead after a multi-car incident with four laps to go and held out a hard-charging Ash Blewett to win. Continue reading “Dealer’s son wins maiden Toyota 86 race” »