New Zealand’s two automotive industry trade associations are merging.

The Motor Industry Assn., which represents importers and distributors of new cars and light- and heavy-commercial vehicles, and the Motorcycle Distributors Assn. are joining forces under the umbrella of the MIA.

Many of the issues being addressed by the two organizations are common and it makes sense to have just one association that includes all authorized distributors of every category of vehicle on New Zealand roads, MIA CEO Perry Kerr says.

“There have been significant changes in the New Zealand vehicle fleet over the last 20 years, with the demise of motor vehicle assembly following the opening up of the market to used vehicles from Japan,” he says.

One recent change is the increase in motorcycle sales.

“In the last three years, we have seen a significant shift back to motorcycle sales as the cost of fuel and commuter frustrations have increased,” Kerr says. “In fact, the number of bikes registered has almost tripled in the last three years. Moving to a combined organization is an important step forward to ensure the voice of the motorcycling industry is heard.”