TOYOTA has introduced the first multi-vehicle transporter to the territory.
The car carrier, based on a modified version of the compact Toyota Dyna series truck, is designed to carry three cars from the shipping pier to the storage depot and showrooms.
The car carrier is intended to speed Toyota's car transporting system and ensure the cars are delivered in the best condition possible.
John Haines, managing director of Crown Motors, said: ''It is purpose-built to reduce possible scratches and dents caused during transport and minimise the mileage prior to delivery to our customers.'' Only the driver, who could operate simple loading equipment, was needed on the carrier, he said.
Toyota is the largest selling car maker in Hong Kong, and claims to have a market share three times greater than its nearest rival.
An observer within the Hong Kong car industry said the territory's car dealing sector was still quite small, though, and this was shown by Toyota's car carrier being Hong Kong's first.
Only Toyota's relatively large operation justified using such a vehicle here, he said.