Industry News: New BMW dealership for North Shore

Hendrik von Kuenheim and Patrick McKenna, at the new dealership location.

Hendrik von Kuenheim and Patrick McKenna, at the new dealership location.

The first sod has been turned on what will become the new home of Jerry Clayton BMW on Auckland’s North Shore.

“The new operation is scheduled to open in early 2017, so the coming months will see a hive of activity,” says Nina Englert, MD of BMW NZ.

“This is a very prominent position situated adjacent to the motorway, meaning enhanced ease of accessibility for enthusiasts visiting what will be an impressive new dealership facility.” Continue reading “New BMW dealership for North Shore” »

Industry News: “Business as usual” budget

David_Crawford_84It is ‘business as usual’ for the vehicle sales industry after the budget was presented yesterday, according to the head of the Motor Industry Association, David Crawford.

His comment aptly sums up a steady-as-she-goes budget which has been generally well received.

With annual economic growth forecast at a little under 3%, New Zealand is one of only a few countries in the world to be enjoying such a positive outlook. Continue reading ““Business as usual” budget” »

Industry News: Test drive turns into nightmare in the ocean

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XR6 Falcon similar to the one destroyed in the ocean at Oreti Beach

Every car salesperson’s worst nightmare came true for an Invercargill salesman waiting for his car to be returned – only to find it was stuck in the ocean at Oreti Beach.

Regent Car Court salesman Jared Bekhuis told Stuff a potential customer and his two friends took a $15,000 Ford Falcon XR6 for a 15-minute test drive on Tuesday.

He began to feel uneasy as 15 minutes ticked past, but colleagues told him not to worry about it until it had been more than an hour. Continue reading “Test drive turns into nightmare in the ocean” »

Industry News: NZ heads global summit on transport

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The annual summit of transport ministers from around the world will take place in Leipzig, Germany from May 27-29, under the presidency of New Zealand. The theme of the 2015 summit is ‘transport, trade and tourism’.

Transport ministers from all over the globe will gather in Leipzig for the two-and-a-half day annual summit to discuss the role of transport in a world of growing global trade and rapidly expanding tourism. They will be joined by more than 1000 participants from some 80 countries during the summit.

Transport ministers will discuss mitigating transport-related climate change impacts of trade and tourism. Continue reading “NZ heads global summit on transport” »

Industry News: Hilux aims to be number one ute in 2016

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Toyota will have a Hilux for every niche of the ute market when the all-new eighth generation model goes on sale at the end of the year.

By announcing this now – prior to the National Fieldays event next month, which attracts thousands of ute buyers with loads of promotional offers – it’s clear that Toyota NZ aims to stave off some compulsive ute buyers by dangling a tasty new Hilux on the horizon.

There will be a total of 21 models in the Hilux range, nine of them new, including five 2WD variants with the ground clearance of a 4WD. Continue reading “Hilux aims to be number one ute in 2016” »

Industry News: Takata airbag recall now biggest in history

takataJapanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp has announced it is doubling a recall of airbags to nearly 34 million vehicles in the USA, creating the largest automotive recall in American history.

The recall has also affected New Zealand, with Toyota, Nissan and Honda recalling thousands of vehicles here with potentially faulty airbags. (See also ‘Goldmine for dealers’)

The recall involves passenger and driver-side air bags in vehicles made by 11 automakers and expands on the 16.6 million vehicles called back for repairs for the same issue in previous regional and national recalls, and boosts the number of vehicles affected globally since 2008 to more than 53 million. Continue reading “Takata airbag recall now biggest in history” »

Industry News: Suzuki is top again for overall satisfaction

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Suzuki has prevailed again as the overall winner in this year’s Canstar Blue survey, being the only kiwi car distributor to receive a 5/5 for overall satisfaction.

“This year Suzuki has come out on top once again, securing the top prize for overall satisfaction for the second year in a row. It’s continuing to make small cars affordable and attractive to a wide audience and is to be commended for upholding its high standard for another year running,” says Canstar Blue head, Megan Doyle.

Meanwhile CanStar Blue has found differences in kiwis’ car-buying behaviour by region: Continue reading “Suzuki is top again for overall satisfaction” »

Industry News: Road rage common here – worse in Aussie

image003One third of kiwi drivers have experienced a road rage incident – but we’re not as bad as Aussie drivers.

Road rage is even more commonplace over the ditch, where 42% have experienced a road rage incident and 65% of Australians frequently get frustrated by other road users.

Other results from the Canstar Blue survey: Continue reading “Road rage common here – worse in Aussie” »

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