Story: Regional economies

Cheap imported cars

Cheap imported cars

Some regional economies changed in character when manufacturing plants closed. Car assembly had stopped in New Zealand by 1998. A new service industry developed – the import and sale of relatively cheap cars, often bought by dealers second-hand in Japan.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Regional economies - Regional economies, 1960 to 2000', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 August 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 11 Mar 2010