It is getting harder to find good people willing and able to step into governance roles in rural co-operatives, says Farmlands Co-operative chairman Lachie Johnstone.
It will market to rural Kiwis the luxury vehicles, including high performance and self-charging variants in cars and SUVs.
Paul Carroll, senior general manager of Lexus New Zealand, says the brand partnership is a natural fit for his company.
“Many Farmlands shareholders buy SUVs for a dual role as farm vehicles and cars for personal use. Farmers are working tirelessly to improve the environmental impact of their operations, so driving high-end low emission vehicles to and from the nearest town supports these efforts.”
He says Lexus is known for brave design, imaginative technology, premium quality materials and a driving experience that suits NZ rural roads.
Peter Reidie, chief executive of Farmlands Co-operative, says Lexus is a natural extension of the co-op’s partnership with Toyota formed in 2017.
“Farmlands Co-operative has 66,000 shareholders; our new agreement with Lexus ensures shareholders have a full range of vehicles to choose from, on and off the farm.”
Farmlands shareholders are now offered exclusive pricing on Lexus range, including a four-year warranty and service plan.
The partnership will run four years.