MG growth curve
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.