Nissan PIVO 3 concept to debut at Tokyo Show

November 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Tokyo Motor Show has become well known for having its share of wacky futuristic concepts and Nissan are making sure this reputation is upheld.

Nissan is taking its PIVO concept to the 2011 show in its third concept form. The first PIVO 1 was unveiled in 2005, the PIVO 2 in 2007 and now the PIVO 3.

The PIVO 3 is sticking to the same three-seat layout and central driving position as its predecessors but its styling has moved towards a more production-ready concept.

Francois Bancon, Nissan deputy divisional GM for product strategy, has said that Nissan is considering pushing ahead with the PIVO. “There is no decision to do this. We are now considering the next step of the EV after LEAF and Infiniti EV and an LCV EV. We are going to have many ways to propose to the market what seems radically different, it must be an EV signature [model], if you will.” Continue reading “Nissan PIVO 3 concept to debut at Tokyo Show” »

Mazda builds milestone 3 millionth Mazda3

June 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

After exactly seven years and ten months, Mazda has reached an important milestone in the production of its popular Mazda3 small car.

Recently, at Mazda’s Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, Japan, the three-millionth 3 rolled down the assembly line ready for transporting. The smiling-faced Mazda3 has been a success story for the Japanese carmaker and has proved the fastest-selling vehicle in Mazda’s current range. Global sales have been huge with over 1.1 million units have been sold in North America alone.

In addition to the Hofu plant, the Mazda3 is also built at the Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA) plant in Nanjing, China, and AutoAlliance in Thailand.

Next for the Mazda3 is a switch a new SkyActiv-powered engine shortly.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the Mazda3.

Mazda takes third in NZ new vehicle sales

March 10th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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Mazda New Zealand has moved above Holden to capture third place in the new vehicle sales market for the first time with its best ever February on record and a market share of 9.2% and 464 units sold. While the industry overall was down 38.5% compared to February 2008, Mazda’s market share for the month was up 1.5% on February 2008. Year to date market share stands at 8.4%.

Andrew Clearwater, managing director Mazda New Zealand, said to gain third spot was fantastic. “Considering the current economic climate and the overall downturn in the new car market we are delighted with the result and it clearly highlights the benefits of having a strong model lineup which is bringing strong favour with Kiwi buyers.”

“We are looking forward to launch of the all-new Mazda3 in May which will give sales a further boost. We’ve had some brilliant feedback from the New Zealand press who have seen the car and we expect it to be even more popular than its predecessor which has consistently been a top seller in its segment since it launched in 2003,” said Clearwater.

Toyota continues to lead the market in both passenger car and commercials with a combined market share of 16.5% (832) registrations for the month of February, Ford came in second place with 12.2% (620) registrations and Mazda got into third place with its 464 registrations just squeezing out Holden with 463. The Toyota Corolla remains as the top selling car followed by the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.