Toyota on track for 24 years as NZ market leader

November 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota NZ had a big month in October with five of its models featuring in the top 10 highest selling vehicles for the month, and the company out selling any other make by over 1,000 vehicles.

Official data from NZTA shows that Corolla and Yaris totally dominated the market, finishing one and three for the month, both in the passenger market and overall. The updated Hilux led the commercial market and finished fourth overall.

Steve Prangnell, Toyota general manager Sales and Operations, says the release of a new model Yaris hatchback during October gave fresh impetus to sales of Corolla’s smaller stablemate as Yaris led the segment.

“Yaris wasn’t in the top 10 vehicle models for sales in September, so we are looking forward to customers around the country giving their verdict as stocks of the new hatchback begin to arrive. Yaris has also now broken in to the top 10 vehicles for the year to date, which is an impressive result.” Continue reading “Toyota on track for 24 years as NZ market leader” »

Law changes for licencing and alcohol limits for teens begin Aug 1st

July 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

August 1st marks an end to 15-year olds getting a learner drivers licence in NZ with the new legislation coming into force. The Land Transport Amendment Bill was passed earlier this year and its changes to the existing laws are about to begin.

From next week, you must be 16-years old to apply for a learner drivers licence and won’t be able to attain a full drivers licence until 17 and a half years old, at the earliest. If you are fifteen-years and have already sorted out getting your learner licence, then you will be able to keep it but will need to wait till you’re sixteen before applying for a restricted.

In a move that will prove more important for many teenage drivers, another change in the law that means there is now a zero-blood alcohol limit for drivers under-20. So if you’re under 20-years, and even on a full licence, you can’t drink any alcohol if you plan on driving. From August 1st, the days of finishing your drinking after a couple of beers because you have to drive – are over. Continue reading “Law changes for licencing and alcohol limits for teens begin Aug 1st” »