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” »

Rolls-Royce expands into South America for first time

October 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Rolls-Royce is really putting itself out there and after establishing a presence in the Chinese, Indian, and Russian markets, Rolls-Royce is now expanding into South America.

While Rolls-Royce has never officially sold cars in the continent, a number of private imports have made it through. But the announcement heralds in the first time in its history that Rolls-Royce will launch product in the South American market.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller is currently in South America to meet with potential dealers in Brazil and Chile. Two dealers have already been announced: the Via Italia Group in Brazil and Williamson Balfour Motors in Chile.

Speaking in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Muller said: “Brazil and Chile have seen impressive economic growth, with an increasing demand from discerning customers for pinnacle luxury products. Rolls-Royce is growing very successfully in a number of fast-growing emerging markets and it is therefore appropriate that we have a strong presence in Brazil and Chile.” Continue reading “Rolls-Royce expands into South America for first time” »

Kia sizes up record sales year in 2011

October 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Kia is on target to achieve a year of record sales both in New Zealand and globally as it continues to ship more vehicles to customers around the world.

With Kia sales increasing in growth markets like China (40.9% up in August) and the United States (up 37% in September), Kia Motors is on course to push past the 2 million vehicles sold in all markets in 2010. Global sales were already ahead by 13.8% at the end of August, reaching in excess of 1.6 million units. At the beginning of the year Kia said it hoped to achieve a 12% increase by the end of 2011 and it’s now clear that target will be reached, barring a major sales slump.

Whilst year-to-date sales of Kia vehicles here in New Zealand to the end September are 15% ahead of the same nine-month period last year, they could have been higher if the local company had been allocated more cars and light commercials.

“There is no doubt that our sales have been hampered by a shortage of key models, particularly during the beginning and middle part of the year, but supply issues are now starting to ease and we are hoping to end 2011 with a hiss and a roar and we’re looking forward to an even better 2012,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand. Continue reading “Kia sizes up record sales year in 2011” »

Chevrolet marks 100th birthday with record sales year

October 12th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It was 100 years ago that industrialist William C. Durant and Swiss-born race car driver Louis Chevrolet founded the Chevrolet car company. In the same year, 1911, the two men built Chevrolet’s first automobile in a rented garage near downtown Detroit.

Since then Chevrolet has gone on to build more than 209 million vehicles and enter the motoring markets of more than 140 countries. Annual sales for Chevrolet are around the 4.25 million unit mark. It’s been the expansion into global markets that has made Chevy the automotive monster it is today. Once it was mostly confined to the American continent, now it’s a global brand that sells more than 60% of its total production outside the U.S.

In 2010, Chevrolet had its best year ever with 4.26 million sales – a record that’s set to be broken in 2011 giving extra reason to celebrate the brand’s centenary.

“Like many of the strongest global brands, Chevrolet is founded in American values that are admired around the world”, said vice president for global marketing and strategy Chris Perry. Continue reading “Chevrolet marks 100th birthday with record sales year” »

BMW unleashes 6-Series Coupe into NZ market

October 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

BMW has released its new 6 Series Coupe in the NZ market with the sports-focused GT car slotting into the German car maker’s expanding model range.

Powering the BMW 650i is a 4.4-litre eight-cylinder engine which develops a maximum 300 kW and peak torque of 600 Nm.  It is partnered with an eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox as standard. Steering wheel paddles are included and M gearshift logic.

“The all-new BMW 6 Series Coupe is the perfect mix of performance and pleasure and over-delivers on all expectations,” said the Managing Director of BMW New Zealand, Mark Gilbert. The design of the Coupe epitomises BMW dynamism, as one only has to note the stance of the new model to understand its potential.  As anticipated, its all-round performance is exhilarating and the aural experience created by the optional M-Sport package featuring unique exhaust tuning has to be heard to be appreciated.

The new 6-Series has extra length and width over its predecessor and a 5-millimetre lower height to produce a low-slung and athletic design. Continue reading “BMW unleashes 6-Series Coupe into NZ market” »

Toyota Corolla takes back No.1 sales spot in NZ

October 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Toyota Corolla has taken back the number one sales spot on the NZ national sales charts, both for the month of September and year to date. The Corolla has faced stiff competition this year from the new 2011 Suzuki Swift and the pair have dueled it out for total sales supremacy.

Official data for the month of September shows Corolla outsold all other passenger and commercial vehicles, and Toyota’s Hilux ute took a strong second place. It was a very strong month for Toyota with four vehicles in the sales top 10 – the others being the Highlander SUV and the Hiace van.

Steve Prangnell, general manager Sales and Operations, said the sales figures reflect the full recovery of Toyota’s international supply chain, which slowed for several months after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. “To have Hilux at the top of the overall year to date table, and Corolla a strong second, is incredibly pleasing. It shows Kiwis trust the Toyota brand and keep turning to the vehicles they know and love.” Continue reading “Toyota Corolla takes back No.1 sales spot in NZ” »

SsangYong gains foothold in NZ market with sales increase

August 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

SsangYong Motor Company has increased its global sales by 53% for the first half of 2011 compared with the same period last year. The Korean carmaker sold a total of 55,873 vehicles in the period and is looking to build on the positive result.

SsangYong had its biggest manufacturing quarter in the second quarter of 2011, a growth of 45% over the corresponding period in 2010 and the highest quarterly sales volume achieved since the third quarter of 2007.  This coincides with SsangYong NZ’s biggest month ever for sales in June 2011 with nearly 70 vehicles sold nationwide.

SsangYong NZ General Manager Deon Cooper says this is a great sign for the SsangYong Brand globally.  “It demonstrates that SsangYong is moving ahead successfully under its new ownership and it means SsangYong NZ can get on with our plan of providing quality and affordable SUV’s and Utes to New Zealanders.”  Continue reading “SsangYong gains foothold in NZ market with sales increase” »

Ford Fiesta marks 35th Birthday with 15 million sales

August 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford’s Fiesta has had three years of success with a massive number of global sales but the last few years haven’t been the only important ones for the plucky little hatch.

The Fiesta’s history goes all the way back to 1976 when the very first Fiesta rolled off the production line. Since then it has gone on to sell 15 million units and demand is showing no signs of slowing. The Fiesta is currently Europe’s biggest selling small-car with production coming out of Cologne, Germany. It is also built in Nanjing, China, Rayong, Thailand, and Cuautitlàn, Mexico.

After thirty-five years, six generations and 15 million cars the Fiesta began from humble beginnings and is now a nameplate with true heritage and longevity. Continue reading “Ford Fiesta marks 35th Birthday with 15 million sales” »

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