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Following our blog post on the future of the Australian car manufacturing industry, General Motors has released important news today, confirming that Holden manufacturing plants in Australia are going to be shut down.
October registered the third highest number of used vehicles imported to New Zealand this year. It is expected that the unit barrier of 120,000 is going to be breached if those volumes remain constant. There are concerns over a possible “glut” of the Kiwi market, that can’t cope with more than 90,000-100,000 units imported a year. On the other hand, those figures show that the market is strong and confident and that there is a good stock available.
Figures recently released in a car industry report by the Allen Consulting Group show how the Australian automotive manufacturing industry could die in 2018. As a result, Australian economy would be AUD21.5 billion smaller.
A debate concerning subsides arose: should government continue to sustain the car manufacturing industry or not? Currently automotive manufacturing in Australia receives AUD500 million from the government, resulting in the Australian economy being AUD21.5 billion larger. Therefore, the report states that government funding is beneficial; however there are some that affirm taxpayer support should be cut from struggling industries.
ShipFromUK.com has been appointed as the official logistics provider for the 2014 Morgan Tour of New Zealand.
The ShipFromUK.com team attended the Motorhome and Caravan show on the 18th October 2013. Based in NEC Birmingham, the show featured the new touring caravan models for 2014. UK and European leading manufacturers, dealers and importers showcased their new offerings.
New Zealand is world-renowned for having the toughest biosecurity regulations and requires that every vehicle entering the country must be thoroughly inspected for any possible biosecurity contamination, both internally and externally.
A Structural Inspection is also completed on each vehicle on behalf of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). This includes inspection of the underside of the vehicle and all energy management areas on the vehicle.
The UK registers the fifth highest total of the year last month (September 2013) on used car imports to New Zealand. Market share has slightly increased from 3.0% to 3.2%.
UK used car imports to New Zealand registered the 3rd highest figure for the year in August 2013, with 263 units imported. UK is currently in the second place for used import passenger vehicles by country of export, following Japan (source: Autofile, issue 18). According to Auto Wholesale Ltd’s manager Brady Kennett, there has been an “influx of SUVs” from the UK, in particular Audi and Volkswagen. The current exchange rate between the pound and the dollar is very favourable for the New Zealand car market: vehicles from the UK are more affordable and people more willing to buy them.