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July 16 Midday News Round-up


Record half-year for Audi in NZ

Record half-year for Audi in NZ

July 16, 2007, Midday. Audi’s had its strongest six months ever in New Zealand, with a volume increase of 37 percent over the same period of 2006.

And the company says it has had the lead in the luxury market for the last 10 months.

Internationally, Audi sold half a million vehicles in the first half, up 9.8 percent over the same period in 2006.

The large Q7 SUV has been a bit of a hero for the company locally.
Since its launch last September, more than 260 have been sold.

Ethanol takes a knock

July 16, 2007, Midday. British research says ethanol-powered cars consume nearly 50 percent more fuel than diesels.

Automotive Industry Data also notes that when all inputs are considered, such as land, water and fertiliser, gasoline and diesel emit less CO2 than ethanol.

It notes that a US study by Stanford University suggests ethanol may also increase ozone levels.

SUVs still hanging in there

July 16, 2007, Midday. Wondering about how long SUV sales will continue to stack up?

The very latest US research says that demand is still holding now that customers have become used to the latest rounds of higher fuel prices.

However, there’s strong opinion that over a period of time buyers will move more into crossover-type vehicles.




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