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DOMINION'S MOTOR FLEET.

Remarkable Recent Growth.

AUCKLAND PIONEERS' MODERN TRANSPORT.

If all the iimior cars and lm>cs. vans, lorries trucks, ami motor cyclcs in the country Mopped running to-morrow, New Zealand would have idle on her hands a lleet of about 1(30.000 motor vehicles of all types. A hundred sraraires in Auckland, some with an acre or >o of tloor space, and a few thousand in the rest of the country as well, would be closed down, and a whole army of workers would be thrown out of employment. Petrol smoke would cease to issue from 160,000 exhaust pipes, and the insignificant side-line that the petrol business enjoys in supplying benzine to proprietors of milking machine plants and tailors in the dry-cleaning trade would become the mainstay of the oil companies. Yet most of the automobiles in New Zealand began running ]e-ss than five years ago, and probably in another five years or so most of them will be off the road. Just twenty-nine years next November have been needed to bring this position about. The first motor vehicle in the colony was brought to Auckland in November, 189S, by Messrs. George Henning and W.M. Service. It was a three-wheeler (motor tricycle) from the Continent, and the cost was a little more than £100. New Zealand's road system at that time could not boast of a highway of 6SOJ miles, which now extends from Waipapakauri, in the far North, to Wellington. That of 627 miles miles from Picton to the Bluff was a difficult route, and one on which the motorist of to-day would scarcely travel for pleasure. The longest run that the motor tricycle made was to Papakura and back, and its best speed was rather less than 25 miles an hour. Treasures of Motordom. Three years later the quaint vehicle was sold to owners in the Wairarapa, and, if it still exists, should deserve a place among the treasures of some New Zealand museum. Auckland al.-o claims the credit for having the first two motor cycles in the Dominion. They were brought here by Mr. P. R. Skeates in October, 1901. Heavy and cumbersome, without springs, they were harder to ride than the average plough-horse. Gradually the fleet of ears and trucks increased, until it was estimated early in 1925 that there were 60,000 in New Zealand; but a census taken on March 31, 1925, when the Motor Vehicles Act made registration compulsory, showed that the total was nearly SO.OO'i. There were also nearly 20,000 motor cycles.

lii 1925 the importation of motor vehicles reached a record, with a total value of £4,141,351. There V vts been a falling-oft in imports since then, and although 23,034 motor vehicles were imported last year, as against 22,321 for 1025, the total Mrfue for the twelve months ending on December 31 last was 3.652,771, Auckland's share being .£080.239.

Motor Vehicles, Passenger, other than Buses

Five Months <-ndcd Year 102",. Year 1926. May 31, 1027. Country of Origin. No. Value. No. Value. No. Value. £ £ £ I'nited Kingdom 2752 790.7."7 2176 517.358 93G 19S.4SS Canada 551U 959,053 352S 474.029 1147 10b.730 Australia 1 10<» — — — — Austria 1 150 — — — — Belgium 9 4.257 S 3x27 — — Franco ...... 109 33 r IOS 121 15,210 IS .">34 Germany — — 1 HO — — Italy ........ 01 15,701 253 42.5>30 12< K..42S U.S.A. 6 80S 1,231,099 9759 1.570.04 a 201 l 354.5CS Totals 15,408 3,040.205 15.576 2,G27,070 42 3o 1 ,"2b Chesses for Passenger Vehicles, other than Bute*: 1* i\ c ! t. "1. - f 1 klc* 3 W'ar 1925. Year 1920. M..v „I. HOT. Country of Origin. No. Value. No. Value. N<«. Y.iluc. £ £ i I'nited Kingdom 100 27.1wil ISO 3>.92> l:.l ("a na<ia 27U7 220>27 30t>l 293.044 1"3 -."'-1 Belgium 1 325 2 G2G l'ranoa ...... If. 310s 15 3207 5 1173 177 27.220 s;. 13,30* 0«. Io.SSA U.S.A. 350 632 102.972 <• 3 1~ Totals .... 3257 34P.556 4551 453.105 "7>« 1.3 Lorries, Tracks, Vans, and Buses, and Chasses for wmr: Five Mur.ttf ended Year 1925. Year 1920. Mav 31, l°-7. 1 ..unt 17- of Origin. No. Value. No. Value. N \ £ £ - I'nited Kingdom 535 245.00S .5.53 220,112 < anada 1031 104,457 754 70.015 3~' * -'7 Belgium 1 3«v, 11 3095 l'ranec 34 599.1 47 10.076 - "■> Italy 4 10*0 22 742> ' J -- l* I s -A 12S8 327,902 1313 291,273 i • > Totals 3406 751,530 2706 G02.599 1" 757 Note. The \allies shown represent the current domes'.> > countries of expert, plus lu j>er cent. The iui]"Tts into Auckland were: — 1 'iili'd Year 1 *.*25. \ rAT H>V,. '\< .. : :<_'7. *"• Value. No. Value. V Value--1 £ Motor \ehicles. Passenger, other tliun Buses 4251 737.315 394S G52.7 3J ] -V>i"7 Chassos for Passenger Vehicles other than Buses 1025 80.753 1304 110 304 t Lorries, Trucks, Vans, and Buses. and Chassis lor s amc 1305 256.245 1035 217,190 2 - "

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DOMINION'S MOTOR FLEET., Auckland Star, Volume LVIII, Issue 158, 7 July 1927, Supplement

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DOMINION'S MOTOR FLEET. Auckland Star, Volume LVIII, Issue 158, 7 July 1927, Supplement

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