Cars: Toyota increases market share to 20%

2014 Toyota Corolla ZR Levin front 3:4

Toyota New Zealand (TNZ) says it maintained its position as the number one new vehicle manufacturer in 2014 and increased its market share to 20%.

As New Zealand’s new car market increased an estimated 13% during 2014, TNZ increased its sales to 25,247 units across both passenger and commercial vehicles. Continue reading “Toyota increases market share to 20%” »

News: War of words brewing over Ute market leadership

2014 Ford Ranger #1

A war of words is brewing over the leadership of the Ute market in New Zealand.

Before 2014 was even over Toyota launched an advertising campaign pushing the ageing Hilux as the number 1 selling 4×4 utility in New Zealand, while Ford today have come out to claim the overall top sales spot formerly held by the Japanese manufacturer for 32 years. Continue reading “War of words brewing over Ute market leadership” »

Cars: Fewer large cars no barrier to safety says AA

2014 Mazda3 SP22 Limited front 3:4

While big cars didn’t dominate the ANCAP list for 2014, the range of small to medium vehicles with 5 star safety ratings continues to grow according to the New Zealand Automobile Association. Continue reading “Fewer large cars no barrier to safety says AA” »

News: ANCAP aligns protocols with Euro NCAP

2014 Hyundai Genesis front 3:4

From 2015, The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) will align its testing protocols with those of the European NCAP.

While the physical crash tests are close to identical, analysis of the resulting data is slightly different. From now, Euro NCAP results will be released in New Zealand and Australia without being reassessed by ANCAP, however they will still carry the ANCAP brand. Continue reading “ANCAP aligns protocols with Euro NCAP” »

News: Life saving helmet tech to connect cyclists with drivers


In a world first, Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will unveil a safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists for the first time ever at International CES in Las Vegas (January 6-9, 2015).

The latest accident data from Europe reveals about 50% of all cyclists killed in traffic have collided with a car.​

The technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that will establish 2-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo car drivers and cyclists and thereby avoid accidents. Continue reading “Life saving helmet tech to connect cyclists with drivers” »

News: The Dukes go car shopping

The latest ad to go viral is this one, showing the original stars of the Dukes of Hazzard in need of some new wheels.

America’s seems to be keen to help them out. Continue reading “The Dukes go car shopping” »

News: The 2014 NZ Car of the Year is also the people’s choice


Not only is the Mazda3 the New Zealand Car of the Year for 2014 as voted by the NZ Motoring Writer’s Guild, it has won the approval of the public.

Ahead of the NZ Car of the Year award announcement on December 4, the AA ran a social media campaign to ascertain out of all cars launched this year – which one would be the People’s Choice car of the year.

With 14% of the nearly 20,000 total votes, the Mazda3 won the People’s Choice – more than double the votes of its closest rival, the Honda Jazz. Continue reading “The 2014 NZ Car of the Year is also the people’s choice” »

News: NZ’s most awarded premium automotive brand

141222_BMW i3BMW says it is New Zealand’s most awarded new vehicle marque following the announcements of all major Car of the Year (COTY) and category winners for 2014.

The German manufacturer claimed nine COTY or category wins, outscoring both mainstream mass market brands and premium competitors in the process.

Awards were bestowed on the all-new BMW M3/M4 with four category wins, the X5 claimed three while the 4 Series received one. The brand new i3 was recognised with one overall COTY title. Continue reading “NZ’s most awarded premium automotive brand” »