Industry News: Name change for Giltrap City Toyota as new owner steps in

Rick Armstrong

Rick Armstrong

Armstrong Motor Group founder Rick Armstrong says he has had his eye on the Auckland market for some time, as the company finally confirmed publicly the purchase of Giltrap Toyota.

That name is now gone – replaced with the new moniker of Auckland City Toyota.

The Wellington-headquartered firm has this month taken ownership of the Great North Road and Mt Wellington Toyota Dealerships from Sir Colin Giltraps’ Giltrap Group. The yards ate the number two and three best performing Toyota operations in NZ. Continue reading “Name change for Giltrap City Toyota as new owner steps in” »

Industry News: Unregistered trading on the rise

17D81720-AD05-4A88-BA45-57F1900A491CThe Registrar of Motor Vehicle Traders – part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – has warned unregistered trading is on the rise, highlighting four recent prosecutions for the issue.

The ministry’s has prosecuted four people in just over a month for operating motor vehicle trading businesses without being registered.

Karla Flood, manager of the Registry Integrity and Enforcement team, says the prosecutions are a reminder to the motor vehicle trade that enforcement action will be taken for those that don’t abide by the rules. Continue reading “Unregistered trading on the rise” »

Industry News: Smartphone app rewards good drivers with lower premiums

SmartDriver_HomeSafer drivers can benefit from lower insurance premiums based on their individual driving performance – thanks to a free smartphone app offered by Tower.

‘SmartDriver’ monitors and assesses an individual’s driving behaviour based on 250 km of travel. Drivers who score well can then gain a discount on motor premiums of up to 20%.

Tower chief executive officer David Hancock says the insurance industry does not have a reputation for innovation, but Tower is committed to delivering relevant products and better value to customers. Continue reading “Smartphone app rewards good drivers with lower premiums” »

Industry News: Nissan drops the price on 370Z

Untitled1Nissan has significantly reduced the retail price on both the manual and automatic versions of its 370Z sports car.

The 370Z coupe with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission has a new list price of $59,990 a reduction of $16,710, while the 370Z coupe with 7-speed automatic with M-Mode has a new list price of $63,495, a reduction of $15,205.

Nissan says the 370Z contains a superior level of performance, specification and sophistication and now offers even greater value for money. Continue reading “Nissan drops the price on 370Z” »

Industry News: Australians visit local import trade

David Vinsen

David Vinsen

A small delegation comprised of members of the Australian automotive trade have come to New Zealand on a fact-finding mission, as discussion continues about the opening up of their own market.

Hosted by the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, the group of delegates, which included importers, compliance shop operators and representatives of the supply chain, visited a compliance shop, a Transport Service Delivery Agent, and attended a dinner function with the associations executive and other industry members.

“A delegation of Australian business people visited us to look at the local compliance model,” says association chief executive David Vinsen. “Discussions will be ongoing regarding changes to their used import regulations.” Continue reading “Australians visit local import trade” »

Industry News: Cars, LEGO, and MOTAT live


MOTAT has an Easter weekend of fun planned with the launch of the newest holiday experience ‘Car Crazy’, as well as four exciting days of LEGO fun and MOTAT will be live on the third Sunday of the school holidays.

From 18 April – 4 May 2014, MOTAT says it has carloads of fun interactive activities planned for the whole family to enjoy which include ‘Screamin Motors’, ‘Slot-Car Madness’ , ‘Jet Racer’ and the MOTAT ‘Walk Of Fame’. It will be an essential day out for motor heads and their families these school holidays.

‘Screamin Motors’ will test peoples skills with a range of arcade style racing games set up so visitors can compete and challenge one another, competing to be the ultimate winner. Kids will also have a chance to play with slot-car sets in ‘Slot-Car Madness’ and then visit the ‘Jet Racer’ activity to build-your-own experience whereby visitors will design and build their very own balloon powered Jet Racer car – tracks will be available for visitors to race to see who can go further and faster. Continue reading “Cars, LEGO, and MOTAT live” »

Industry News: Griffiths Equipment announces management change

Tim Paterson

Tim Paterson

Well known automotive aftermarket industry executive Bruce Walker has retired from his role as National sales manager for Griffiths Equipment.

After more than twenty years in the role, Walker is retiring to return to his native Christchurch.

Griffiths Equipment has named another of it’s executive team, Tim Paterson, as his successor. Continue reading “Griffiths Equipment announces management change” »

Industry News: Australia again calls car salesmen ‘the lowest of the low’

Once again – as they have been for 30 years – car salesmen are ranked as the lowest of the low in professional occupations in Australia.

Car salesmen are at the very bottom of Roy Morgan Research’s annual survey, having only a 3% approval rating – down 1% on last year.

It’s become almost a national sport to deride the auto industry’s front men and women – often described as the ‘white shoe and gold chain brigade’. Continue reading “Australia again calls car salesmen ‘the lowest of the low’” »

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