Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
40 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 news 3978624AA McKenzie Motors South End Queen St Masterton 06 378 61 34 • A/H 06 378 24 82 NZ'S Best Value New Van Nz's Best Warranty • 2.4L Engine • 5 Speed Manual • 5520 Litres Cargo Space • 10.4Lts/100kms Mitsubishi L300 LWB Priced at only $25,990 4359972AA drive away Brits' best on display If your drive is British, all roads lead to Tren- tham Memorial Park on Saturday for the big annual British Car Day. There ll be 400-plus cars, ranging from Austin 7s to Rolls Royces, all gathered to support the Wellington Free Ambulance Ser- vice, which now also covers Wairarapa. That makes this a Wairarapa event, which as usual is expected to attract a number of cars from this side of the hill. You don t have to be a member of any club, just turn up in your Brit, pay your $5 and join the display. Spectators also pay $5, with all profits going to the ambulance service. Google it before you go -- entry is off Barton Road. Intriguing shift in preferences for car buying Sport utility vehicles trump large cars in new car sales data. Sport utility vehicles (SUV) have become the most popular vehicle in New Zealand s new car market. Figures released by the New Zealand Transport Agency show that with sales of 18,684 vehicles in 2011, SUVs now enjoy a 29 per cent share of the market -- up from 16,326 units and 26 per cent share in 2010. Overall that represents a 14 per cent increase in sales in a market that was only up by 3 per cent last year. The result is that models such as the Toyota Highlander, Holden Captiva, Ford Territory, Kia Spor- tage and Hyundai Santa Fe, among others, all experienced good volume growth in 2011. A written release from the Motor Trade Association said that, as it has for some time now, the majority of the growth in SUV sales has come at the expense of the traditional large car segment, which, at just 9 per cent, is now the smallest in the market. In 2006 SUVs and large cars together made up 38 per cent of all passenger car sales, the same proportion as they did last year, only now in significantly different ratios. Since 2006 large cars have fallen from 17 per cent of the mar- ket, while SUVs have grown from 21 per cent, the release said. Association marketing and communications general manager Ian Stronach said the shift in buyer preference is intriguing -- especially at a time of rising fuel costs and an increasing focus on environmental issues. More buyers than ever obvi- ously feel that SUVs represent a better option in this regard, but SUVs generally are at the heavier end of the scale and are not usually renowned for their fuel economy. The shift in the performance of the major segments of the passen- ger vehicle market gives further rise to the suggestion that a range of factors, both rational and emotional, are now involved in the buying process. Not surprisingly, light cars, typically 1.6 to 2.0 litres, continue to find favour and are up from 17 per cent to 19 per cent of the mar- ket. Sales of small -- typically less than 1.5 litres -- cars, those most associated with fuel efficiency, continue to decline, however, and this segment, the market s second biggest, now accounts for 27 per cent of the market compared to 29 per cent in 2009. Mr Stronach said the trends are not unique to New Zealand, with many overseas markets experi- encing similar changes. Lifestyle demands and the perceived advantages of SUVs means that they will continue to dominate markets for the foresee- able future. Stand-out rodders make hill run By KEVIN BALL Three variations on a Ford Model A theme, spotted during a street rodders visit to Magoos late last month. The Over The Hill run from Wellington brought 30 immaculately restored American cars over the Rimutakas to Martinborough and Masterton. Among them were three totally different Model As, two of them built by the same man, New Zealand Hot Rod Association president Daryl Gates. His two were WEKRUZ , a 1928 two-seater, and a startlingly pink 1928 Tudor. The third Model A on show was was a fabulous 1929 Ford Phaeton. Another stand-out among the visitors was a canary yellow 1959 Chevrolet El Camino, complete with electrically operated rear deck cover.
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