Western Leader : February 11th 2011
11 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 LOW OR NO DEPOSIT FINANCE AVAILABLE ALL TRADE INS ACCEPTED • OVER 250 VEHICLES FOR SALE ALL PRICES NOW HEAVILY REDUCED *SUBJECT TO FINANCE COMPANY CRITERIA AND APPROVAL, SPECIALS VALID FOR 7 DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION DISCOUNT CITY CARS PH: 827 6079 3017 GT NORTH RD, NEW LYNN 2007-02 TOYOTA COROLLA 16 avail, sedan, hatch, wagon, auto or manual, colour choice, f/opt, AA certified, serviced.Too many to list.Low low price. 2002 TOYOTA IST 5 avail, colour choice, auto, 5 door hatchback, ABS, SRS, serviced.Very very popular. 2003 MAZDA RX-8 4 avail, in auto or manual, 4 colours avail, all f/opt, ABS, SRS, CD, alloys, serviced, AA certified. 2001-03 HONDA STREAM 3 avail, f/opt, 7 seat, ABS, SRS, AA certified, serviced, colour choice. 2004 COLT PLUS 5 door auto, 1.5 litre, low kms, f/opt, ABS, SRS, serviced, AA certified 2002 VX SS COMMODORE 5.7 litre V8 Gen III, full black leather, low kms, NZ new, serviced, ABS, TCS, 4 x airbags, body kit, alloys, spoiler. 2003-01 BMW 3 SERIES Avail in sedan and hatchback, most models, f/opt, colour choice, 11 avail, AA certified, serviced, ABS,SRS, CD, alloys.Your choice. 2003-01 NISSAN LIBERTY 2 litre, 7 seat, f/opt, ABS, SRs, CD, serviced, AA certified, twin side sliding doors. 4 available. 2005 NISSAN TIIDA 7 avail in hatchback or sedan, colour choice, auto, AA certified, ABS, SRS, CD. 2003-01 LEGACY 7 avail in auto or manual, sedan or wagon, colour choice, 2 or 3 litre and turbo avail, f/opt, AWD, Serviced, AA certified. 2002-01 DION 7 SEAT 2 litre, 7 seat, f/opt, ABS, SRS, CD, colour choice, AA certified, ser viced. $66 P/W $66 P/W $106 P/W $56 P/W $76 P/W $99 P/W $59 P/W $79 P/W $52 P/W $73 P/W $52 P/W $9,995 $15,995 $8,495 $11,495 $14,995 $8,995 $10,995 $11,995 $7,995 From From $9,995 From From From From From From 2003-02 MAZDA MPV 8 avail, 7 seat, fully optioned, 2.3 or 3 litre V6 avail, elec doors avail, colour choice, f/opt, AA certified. Serviced. $73 P/W $10,999 From $7,995 From 3412457AD 3045 Great North Rd, New Lynn. Ph 826 3444. WOF$46.00 Oil and filter $12 0 .00 Full service from $19 9 .00 Get a WOF, service and wheel alignment for only $325.00 Book now and beat the rush Offer available on cash, EFTPOS and credit card sales only and cannot be used in conjunction w any other offer. Some vehicle exclusions apply, please see in-store for details. Available at Firestone New Lynn only. with Mem Dr Delta Ave Delta Ave Reid Rd Great North Rd d Find us here Mad Butch Dick Smith Electronics NorthWestern Toyota Advertising Feature Weekend Drive SUV popularity still growing Despite the rising cost of fuel, New Zealanders seem more committed to the idea of an SUV as their personal choice for transport than ever before, according to the Motor Trade Association (MTA). Analysis of the new car market over the last five years shows owners have taken to SUVs in steadily increasing numbers during that time, to the point where they now sit just behind small cars as the largest segment in the market. Sales in 2010 alone totalled almost 11,500 units, with Toyota's RAV4 and Highlander models battling out for the top spots with models like Mitsubishi's Outlander range. This growth, from 20 percent to 26 percent of overall new car sales in that time, is not really surprising says Ian Stronach, MTA Market- ing and Communications general manager. The trend towards SUVs is well established in overseas markets and has been for some time. We've basically just fol- lowed that growth in popularity here. As more models become available, it may well become the most popular class of vehicle on the market.'' What is surprising is that at least some of this growth appears to have come at the expense of smaller, and more fuel efficient vehicles. During 2010, the small car segment (typically under 1.5 litres) dropped from 29 percent to 27 percent of the new car market, with the light segment (typically 1.6 -- 2.0 litres) suffering an even larger reduction, falling from 20 percent to 17 percent. Fuel prices have tra- ditionally been a key fac- tor in vehicle choice, with a swing to smaller cars as prices increase. This time though, despite petrol increasing in price by around 20 percent during 2010, buyers have opted for SUVs at an ever greater rate, a vehicle type not generally associated with high levels of fuel efficiency. Stronach says, It may be that owners have become more resigned to higher fuel prices over the last few years and are making their decisions based on factors other than fuel efficiency. There has not been the large-scale shift to smaller cars that may have been expected, and it seems likely that lifestyle' factors are increasingly coming in to play.'' With vehicle weights from 1500kg, a high seating position that affords good visibility and with an air of ruggedness surrounding them, SUVs are often regarded by buyers as a safer' alternative to tra- ditional cars. Without doubt, this has been one of the factors that have seen SUVs increasingly favoured by those that still need larger carrying capacity, be it for lug- gage or passengers. Their design means people are increasingly passing over the tra- ditional big six' type car in favour of something that will meet their space requirements but at the same time is con- sidered by many to have a more sporting appeal. This is despite the fact that some SUVs are now only being offered with two-wheel drive capa- bility. Even though this most recent SUV surge has seen buyers migrat- ing' from almost all other segments of the market, it has been the large car segment (3.0 litres and above) that has been hardest hit. It has continued to shrink, and at just 12 percent, is now the smallest segment in the market; just half the level it was in 2004. Traditional favourites like Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon remain relatively popular within a reduced segment albeit at volumes that have virtually halved in the past five years.
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