Toyota New Zealand Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Japan’s largest vehicle manufacturer.
Our head office and parts warehouse are located at the National Customer Centre in Palmerston North. We have a used vehicle refurbishment facility in Thames. In Auckland, there is a leased port facility and logistics hub, and sales office. New Toyota and Lexus vehicles are sourced from overseas manufacturing plants. Used vehicles are purchased from Japan and refurbished, along with ex-lease and ex-rental fleet vehicles, at our facility in Thames. We also source and supply Toyota and Lexus parts and accessories from both New Zealand and abroad.
Our primary sales channel is through our nationwide network of authorised Toyota and Lexus dealers. We also sell directly to national fleet buyers, including various rental car companies and government entities.
"As the brand which has nearly a quarter of all vehicles on New Zealand’s roads, Toyota takes its responsibilities to customers and the environment very seriously. With transport emissions accounting for nearly 20 per cent of all carbon output, we have a large influence on how New Zealand will progress to a zero-carbon economy. This will not happen quickly. The life cycle of a motor vehicle is often between 30 and 40 years, so a model Toyota starts planning now and introduces to the market in three or four years may not disappear from our roads until after 2050."
Alistair Davis, CEO, Toyota.
Alistair Davis joined Toyota New Zealand in 1979 with roles across most functions in the organisation over subsequent years. He was appointed General Manager in 1987 with responsibilities for Planning, Sales, Marketing and Customer Services. He was assigned to Toyota Motor Sales in Los Angeles from 2001-3, working on a variety of assignments, including the launch of the Scion brand in the USA before returning to New Zealand to assume the roles of Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. From 2008 Alistair has been Chief Executive Officer of Toyota New Zealand.
Toyota New Zealand is on a pathway to lowering vehicle and operational emissions by implementing a range of initiatives that deliver emissions challenges set by our global parent company.
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has a long-term plan to reduce emissions from its vehicle fleet and activities by 90 per cent by 2050. It set itself three emissions ‘Challenges’ in 2015, which we at Toyota New Zealand have adopted as part of our commitment to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Toyota aims to reduce CO2 emissions from new vehicles by 90 per cent by 2050 compared to 2010 levels. To achieve this, Toyota is continuing to develop next-generation vehicles with low or zero CO2 emissions (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, and fuel cell vehicles) and encourage their adoption.
TMC aims to have every model in the Toyota and Lexus line-up available worldwide as either a dedicated electrified model or with an electrified option by 2025.
In New Zealand, Toyota has a hybrid electric vehicle target of 30% of all new vehicle sales by 2020; this would amount to at least 9,000 self-charging hybrid electric vehicles each year from Toyota alone. Our target is constrained by the availability of hybrid and PHEV vehicles from Japan as TMC prioritises stock for other countries that have stricter CO2 emissions standards than New Zealand.
As many New Zealanders are familiar with buying imported second-hand vehicles, and because of the new vehicle stock constraints, Toyota NZ also sources used hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles from Japan.
Toyota aims to eliminate CO2 emissions in material and vehicle production stages. Toyota will improve vehicle eco-design aiming at zero CO2 emissions in all stages of a car’s life cycle. Toyota also aims to reduce the quantity of materials and number of parts used in vehicle production.
While around 99 per cent of a Toyota could be re-used, the complexity of modern vehicles and lack of a bespoke local recycling infrastructure mean cars sold by any company in New Zealand don’t achieve their full recycling potential. This is an important issue for our industry.
Toyota will cut CO2 emissions to zero at manufacturing plants. Toyota will continue introducing and developing low CO2 production technologies, energy efficiencies and promote the use of renewable energy and hydrogen.
Toyota New Zealand is a distributor of vehicles and parts sourced from overseas and has no local car manufacturing. However, we are committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our own operations and influencing our business partners up and down the value chain.
Most of our operational emissions come from freighting vehicles and parts to New Zealand ports. Therefore, any increase in volume sales means raised emissions. However, we anticipate an improvement in emissions intensity from our more efficient domestic vehicle logistics system.
Toyota New Zealand is CEMARS certified and the actions our business has already started taking demonstrate our commitment to lowering our greenhouse gas emissions and signal how seriously we take our responsibility to the environment.
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