The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.
Utes or pick-ups, as they are known in the northern hemisphere, don't have the following they have in these southern climes...
As a dedicated SUV driver who likes the elevated seating position to do a little ‘over the hedge’ farming, the thought of picking up a loan Mitsubishi Triton from dealer Piako Motors, Morrinsville, and the prospect of a bone-shaking ride had left me with a lukewarm feeling.
No longer able to claim the coveted ‘most powerful in class’ tag for the Navara, Nissan has instead grabbed best-in-class fuel efficiency and power-to-weight ratio for its new NP300 Navara ute.
With the market for light trucks in New Zealand at around 20% of the total market for new vehicles, it’s no surprise the major vehicle manufacturers have large budgets to get their products in front of potential customers.