29 June 2013

2013 Range Rover Pictures

Dressed in dinner suit

Fine detailing

Out and about with class

Land Rovers - Best off road vehicles by far

Interior tops too

26 June 2013

Jaguar SUV On The Way It Seems

No, no, not like this! Artist's impression fail.

Jaguar has talked about a model under the XF, the most likely you could call a 3 Series competitor. Such a model is described by Jaguar as crucial to the brand's future. However, I never understood how that would work. The 3 Series segment in Europe is a high volume one, including sizable fleet sales. You need big volumes to be cost effective and achieving that in a very competitive environment - against established popular models - is a big ask. Jaguar does not even have the production capacity to do it anyway. 

An SUV is the way to go, and Jaguar seem to be hinting that is what will happen before any smaller saloon model is attempted. It will be easier to make money on lower volumes that way. Of course, Jaguar should have done it years ago as I said here. Better late than never I suppose. 

It would share a platform with a Land Rover model, saving cost. As long as the model was more feline in style, the Jaguar would not directly compete with LR, but sporty SUVs of other makes. Win, win I say. 

Summary: Good to see common sense prevail, with a likely switch from smaller car to SUV as the planned move into higher volume territory.


Auto Bild suggestion better. 

25 June 2013

2006 Car Sales New Zealand By Model: Top 50

A series of articles on the top 50 models in New Zealand from 2001 to the present.


2006 Mazda 6

The top ten were made up 38% of a market slightly, which was down on 2005. For the second year running the mix of car brands by region stayed the same. The Corolla had moved very close to taking the number one spot, but the large GM Commodore wasn't going without a fight. The Ford Focus was now established as a model, slipped from its best ever position of 2005.


1 Holden Commodore 5375 -
Asian

2 Toyota Corolla 5297 -
33 models

3 Ford Falcon 4199 -
-

4 Mazda 6 2518 +1


5 Toyota Camry 2133 +2
USA

6 Suzuki Swift 2060 +5
10 Models

7 Ford Focus 1991 +10
-

8 Honda Jazz 1916 +6


9 Ford Territory 1906 -5
Europe

10 Toyota Yaris 1806 +8
7 Models

11 Ford Mondeo 1733 -3
-

12 Honda Accord 1729 -6


13 Honda Civic 1696 +15


14 Mazda 3 1691 -5


15 Daihatsu Sirion 1624 -2


16 Holden Viva 1456 na


17 Toyota RAV4 1145 +2


18 Mitsubishi Outlander 1137 na


19 VW Golf/Jetta 1086 +4


20 Hyundai Tucson 918 +7


21 Mitsubishi Lancer 881 -6


22 Hyundai Getz 838 +3


23 Toyota Prado 821 -3


24 Nissan Maxima 791 -8


25 Nissan Tiida 788 na









26 Mitsubishi 380 786



27 Holden Barina 757



28 Hyundai Santa Fe 723



29 Suzuki Grand Vitara 714



30 Hyundai Sonata 704



31 Subaru Impreza 639



32 Subaru Outback 593



33 Ford Fiesta 571



34 Honda CR-V 565



35 Peugeot 307 553



36 Subaru Legacy 543



37 Hyundai Sportage 519



38 Holden Astra 470



39 BMW 3 Series 453



40 Audi A4/S4 446



41 Nissan Pulsar 425



42 Hyundai Elantra 420



43 Peugeot 407 404



44 Mitsubishi Colt + 388



45 VW Passat 385



46 Kia Sorento 384



47 BMW 1Series 375



48 Holden Vectra 375



49 Mitsubishi Galant 370



50 Nissan X-Trail 370



Source: Thanks to LTSA

2006 Suzuki Swift

20 June 2013

Infiniti's Impossible Target


I wrote an article here about Infiniti's aim to take on the premium car world and I wished them well while suggesting it wouldn't be easy. I have since found out the idea was to sell 500,000 cars by 2017! No, really!! In 2012 170,000 were sold apparently. The USA nudged 120,000, China accounted for 12,500, Russia 9,200, Canada 8,000 and Korea 1,100. I'm unsure of any other large market for them.

How did the company expect to so easily take sales off established, respected marques? Had they consulted me, or even any member of the general public with scant knowledge of the industry and they could have been put right a long time ago. This was never going to happen. Well, now Infiniti have realised that. Amazing.

Now the plan is to expand sales profitably, whatever that leads to. The new forcast is if sales fail to reach 200,000 by that time, things will have gone terribly wrong. That sounds more reasonable, if a bit underwhelming.

2005 Car Sales New Zealand By Model: Top 50

A series of articles on the top 50 models in New Zealand from 2001 to the present.

2005 Mazda 3 

For 2005, the Corolla slipped into second, while the Falcon started its slide. The new Territory made up for that with a strong sales result. The Mazda 3 was establishing itself in the market, as was the Daihatsu Sirion on sharp pricing.


1 Holden Commodore 5841 -
Asian

2 Toyota Corolla 5063 +1
33 models

3 Ford Falcon 4563 -1
-

4 Ford Territory 2414 +9


5 Mazda 6 2243 -
USA

6 Honda Accord 2232 -2
10 Models

7 Toyota Camry 2165 -
-

8 Ford Mondeo 2068 -2


9 Mazda 3 1806 +8
Europe

10 Holden Astra 1716 +4
7 Models

11 Suzuki Swift 1700 n/a
-

12 Nissan Pulsar 1641 -4


13 Daihatsu Sirion 1612 +13


14 Honda Jazz 1598 +5


15 Mitsubishi Lancer 1484 -5


16 Nissan Maxima 1407 -7


17 Ford Focus 1359 -1


18 Toyota Yaris 1475 -7


19 Toyota RAV4 1136 -4


20 Toyota Prado 1049 -


21 Mitsubishi Diamante 958 -9


22 Honda CR-V 912 +7


23 VW Golf/Jetta 875 +1


24 Ford Fiesta 804 +15


25 Hyundai Getz 787 -7









26 Subaru Impreza 782



27 Hyundai Tucson 777



28 Honda Civic 748



29 Mitsubishi Galant 608



30 Subaru Legacy 602



31 Holden Vectra 599



32 Hyundai Sonata 596



33 Peugeot 407 586



34 Mitsubishi Airtrek 582



35 Hyundai Elantra 573



36 Peugeot 307 562



37 Holden Barina 559



38 Subaru Outback 544



39 Holden Adventra 538



40 Nissan Primera 495



41 Toyota Highlander 459



42 Toyota Avensis 457



43 M-Benz C Class 455



44 BMW 1Series 447



45 Mitsubishi Colt 441



46 Nissan X-Trail 428



47 BMW 3 Series 414



48 Mitsubishi Pajero 413



49 Audi A4 401



50 Mitsubishi 380 384



Source: Thanks to LTSA

2005 Daihatsu Sirion

14 June 2013

2004 Car Sales New Zealand By Model: Top 50

A series of articles on the top 50 models in New Zealand from 2001 to the present.

Honda Accord Euro 2004

Leading model GM Commodore was up 350 units, but the Falcon fell 900 from 2003. This was a the start of a long fall for the blue oval model. The Corolla was up just over 500 sales, as it steadily closed in on the top spot. The Honda Accord did well climbing 20 places in two years, but fell away quickly after 2004. The Australian built Ford Territory SUV made a splash, despite coming without any desiel engines which are popular in that sort of vehicle.  

Asian brands retained their hold, due to undervalued currencies and a reputation for reliability. 


1 Holden Commodore 7,299 -
Asian

2 Ford Falcon 5,611 -
33 models

3 Toyota Corolla 4,902 -
Up 2

4 Honda Accord 2,628 +8


5 Mazda 6 2,316 -1
USA

6 Ford Mondeo 2,305 -
10 Models

7 Toyota Camry 1,961 -2
-

8 Nissan Pulsar 1,897 +6


9 Nissan Maxima 1,838 +1
Europe

10 Mitsubishi Lancer 1,803 -3
7 Models

11 Toyota Echo 1,556 +2
Down 2

12 Mitsubishi Diamante 1,485 -4


13 Ford Territory 1,392 na


14 Holden Astra 1,348 -5


15 Toyota Rav4 1,324 -4


16 Ford Focus 1,119 -


17 Mazda 3 1,119 +31


18 Hyundai Getz 1,100 +14


19 Honda Jazz 1,097 -4


20 Toyota Prado 1,065 -3


21 Holden Vectra 1,033 -3


22 Mitsubishi Colt 928 +15


23 Honda Civic 878 -4


24 VW Golf/Jetta 691 +2


25 Peugeot 307 668 -5









26 Daihatsu Sirion 651



27 Subaru Legacy 646



28 Subaru Outback 640



29 Honda CR-V 605



30 Toyota Avensis 598



31 Nissan X-Trail 566



32 M-Benz C-Class 533



33 Subaru Impreza 507



34 Nissan Primera 479



35 Hyundai Elantra 476



36 Mitsubishi Pajero 465



37 Mitsubishi Airtrek 463



38 Suzuki Grand Vitara 444



39 Ford Fiesta 438



40 Holden Barina 432



41 BMW 3 Series 426



42 Suzuki Liana 419



43 Audi A/S4 410



44 Daihutsu Charade 396



45 MINI Cooper 394



46 Nissan Micra 389



47 Toyota Highlander 384



48 Ford Explorer 364



49 BMW 5 Series 354



50 Mitsubishi Challenger 343



Data source: Thanks to LTSA NZ

Nissan Pulsar 2004