IN BRIEF

MG growth curve

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

MG is look­ing for­ward to what will be one of the most sig­nif­i­cant years in the mar­que’s his­tory af­ter a record-break­ing 2012. Fig­ures by Bri­tain’s So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders show that MG sales grew by a stag­ger­ing 117 per cent in 2012, the fastest grow­ing Bri­tish au­to­mo­tive brand in Bri­tain. Ex­pect to see new models in New Zealand dur­ing 2013 too: the MG3 and MG5 as well as a diesel MG6. strate­gies are hold­ing back elec­tric ve­hi­cles, say the cars’ mak­ers. The Euro­pean Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion wants closer co­or­di­na­tion among all par­ties to de­liver sus­tain­able so­lu­tions to meet­ing de­mand for the new gen­er­a­tion of ve­hi­cles. It also wants stan­dard­ised charg­ing points across the con­ti­nent. The United States has over­taken Ger­many as the big­gest mar­ket for Mercedes-Benz. Last year, Amer­i­cans or­dered 274,100 new Mercedes-Benz models, a 12 per cent rise over the year be­fore. This com­pares with 261,100 sold in Ger­many, a de­cline of 1 per cent with the com­pany sell­ing a record 1.42 mil­lion ve­hi­cles world­wide. The United States may have the high­est den­sity of cars per per­son in the world but more and more Amer­i­cans are tak­ing the bus. A new study says that in­ter­city bus travel in the United States was up 7.5 per cent year on year with one ad­van­tage be­ing that it is cheaper than tak­ing a train or plane and you don’t have to deal with se­cu­rity queues as you do at air­ports.

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