Motor-vehicle industry drives retail spending in New Zealand

Retail spending in New Zealand in the December 2014 was driven by the motor-vehicle industry, with retail sales rising 3.4 percent.

“The motor-vehicle industry drove this quarter's increase, having the largest rises in both the sales volume and value," acting business indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

Luxury carmakers clock best-ever India sales in 2014

The Hindu Business Line

Riding on high demand that outstripped supply, luxury car manufacturers Audi and Mercedes-Benz have ended 2014 with best-ever sales in their history in India. German carmaker Audi sold 10,851 units in 2014, compared with 10,000 in 2013, it said in a statement. Audi India sold 3,044 units in the October-December quarter, posting a 17 per cent growth over the year-ago period when it sold 2,611 units.


After terrible year, Thailand's auto sector is expecting 2015 recovery


The Thai auto industry may have suffered a terrible year, with domestic sales plummeting by almost 40 percent during the first 10 months, but many believe the worst has passed and that 2015 will be a year of recovery.


India’s introduces pre-owned vehicles category

India's product search and comparison site has introduced a new category for pre-owned vehicles in its e-commerce site.

The new pre-owned Vehicles Store offers customers pre-owned cars and bikes from over 160 cities across India. The company said it has over 25,000 pre-owned vehicle listings from car dealers like Mahindra First Choice, classifieds sites like Carwale, Zigwheels,, Drivespark and hundreds of offline dealers and individuals.

Snapdeal, Hero MotoCorp tie up to sell two-wheelers online

The Hindu Business Line

E-commerce major Snapdeal and the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp are tying up to sell the latter’s products online.


Lamborghini’s sales in China in decline

Red Luxury

The ultra-luxury automobile market in China is expanding at a rapid pace. This trend, in turn, is greatly increasing the importance of the market in manufacturers’ marketing strategies. However, Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini’s performance has been the opposite. Over the past few years, Lamborghini’s Chinese sales fell from 320 vehicles in 2012 to 267 vehicles in 2013.


Tire shops thrive in India’s smaller cities, rural areas

Retail in Asia

Shops selling commercial vehicle and passenger car tires in smaller cities and villages are expected to thrive, buoyed by a younger population, rising purchasing power and higher consumer confidence, according to a recent research study conducted by GfK.

“Although smaller by comparison to the big cities, these markets still contribute to a considerable 10 percent or more of the country’s overall passenger cars and utility vehicles tire replacement volume,” said Anant Jain, Account Director for GfK in India.

Tesla in Alibaba tie-up to test mainland market


Carmaker Tesla became the third major company in recent weeks to set up an online-only business in China by announcing Tuesday it is partnering solely with Alibaba for its first foray into the mainland market.

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Warren Buffett buys new-car retail chain

The Wall Street Journal Online

Warren Buffet wants to sell your car. The billionaire investor on Thursday agreed to buy America's fifth-largest auto retailer and use it to launch a consolidation of the highly fragmented business.

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China fines Volkswagen affiliate USD40m for price-fixing

The Malaysian Insider

An affiliate of German carmaker Volkswagen has been fined more than USD40.5 million for price-fixing in China, authorities said Thursday, the latest company to be punished under a sweeping anti-monopoly crackdown. FAW-Volkswagen Sales Company, Ltd., a partnership between the Frankfurt-based firm and Chinese auto maker FAW, has...

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