Big milestone for Toyota hybrids
June 22, 2007, 9am. Toyota says production of its hybrids has topped one million. Of the 1,047,000 to the start of this month, 345,000 were sold in Japan and 702,000 overseas.
The Prius, launched in 1997, is the best seller at 758,000.
Toyota’s now aiming for a million a year, boosted by such newcomers as the Lexus LS600h L, (pictured).
Suzuki’s happy as May sales blossom
June 22, 2007, 9am. Suzuki is claiming a big win in last month’s heady new-vehicle sales.
The Wanganui-based company sold record numbers and captured its biggest-ever market share.
Industry-wide, it was the biggest May for 17 years, the 6344 cars registered almost 30 percent ahead of April.
However, it comes amidst warnings from several manufacturers that the rest of the year could be difficult.
New commercial-vehicle sales of 2051 were 18.5 percent higher than April.
Suzuki jumped to fifth place from ninth a year ago, taking 7.33 percent of the new car market, ahead of Mazda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Nissan.
At the front of the field, Toyota continues to stretch its lead over Ford in the total market, but in passenger cars Holden’s in a strong second place.
The top three models remain Holden Commodore, Toyota Corolla and Ford Falcon, in that order.
Online video puts brake on service cost
June 22, 2007, 9am.Saying that some motorists are paying 300 percent more than they need to have their brake discs and pads replaced, a large British parts supplier has produced a six minute online video to show how simple it is to do the job yourself.
Noted a spokesman: “It’s hardly rocket science to change your brakes.”