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May 23, 4pm News Round-up


Kia sponsors driver training centre

May 23, 2007, 4pm. Kia has become principal sponsor of the Auckland-based Road and Traffic Education Centre (RTEC) that provides a range of courses for companies, private drivers and those studying for a driver’s licence.

Kia will provide cars for training and work closely with RTEC to help make its programmes more widely available.

Although based at Ardmore airport in South Auckland, the centre provides training throughout New Zealand. Corporate clients include Solid Energy, Johnson & Johnson Pacific and Carter Holt Harvey.

Internet changes how we buy vehicles

May 23, 2007, 4pm. Almost 40 percent of all motor vehicle customers now go online before they buy a car, says Toyota New Zealand's chief operating officer, Alistair Davis.

He described it as one of the “significant trends” in the local motor industry and said the internet was revolutionising the way customers bought vehicles.

On the declining used vehicle market, Davis said this could be attributed to supply issues including a weakened Japanese market along with Russia and the Middle East out-bidding New Zealand dealers.

“This is combined with general demand for used imports in New Zealand declining as older vehicles are being imported, and a general shift of sentiment towards…New Zealand-new used vehicles.”





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