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News Round-up July 13


Merc adds mapping to light commercials

July 13, 2007, 5pm. Mercedes-Benz has introduced a factory GPS-based navigation system on its Sprinter and Vito light commercials and Viano MPV.

The Cockpit Management and Data System (Comand) can be used by either the driver or co-driver. It’s integrated into the dashboard and incorporates the radio and a DVD/CD player.

Two versions are available, one with a full colour map screen, the other with a basic point arrow and voice turn-by-turn advice.

Big month for new vehicle sales

July 13, 2007, 5pm. Manufacturers and dealers are celebrating their biggest May in 17 years; 6344 new cars were registered for a boost of almost 30 percent over April.

New commercial vehicle registrations jumped 19 percent to 2051.

Used car registrations fell 9.2 percent to 10,007. This was 2.5 percent lower than a year ago.

“The new vehicle market continues at a buoyant level in spite of indications of a softening economy,” said Perry Kerr, CEO of the Motor Industry Association.

Toyota continues to stretch its lead over Ford in the total market, but in passenger cars Holden holds a strong second place.

The top three models remain unchanged – in order, Holden Commodore, Toyota Corolla and Ford Falcon.

A steady month for fuel prices

July 13 2007, 5pm. June was the first time in more than eight months that petrol and diesel prices remained steady, at $1.57 per litre for 91 octane and $1.03 per litre for diesel in the main centres

“While the New Zealand exchange rate rose three cents against the US dollar in June, crude and refined product prices also increased and partially offset the currency gains,” noted the AA.

A year earlier, petrol prices were $1.71 per litre for 91 octane and $1.24 per litre for diesel.






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