Industry News: Huge gain in Dorchester profit

dorchester161Dorchester Pacific, which has just succeeded in acquiring auction house Turners, has announced a huge jump in half-year profit.

The vehicle insurer and financier produced a net profit of $5.06 million in the six months to September 30, compared with $1.85 million for the same period in 2013.

CEO and executive director, Paul Byrnes, notes the result is ahead of forecast – and comes from an across the board performance. Continue reading “Huge gain in Dorchester profit” »

Industry News: Electric van heading south for eRally

Screen-Shot-2014-11-26-at-1.04.36-pmA team of University of Waikato engineering students will travel to Christchurch this week to showcase their electric van at New Zealand’s first electric vehicle efficiency rally.

The eRally event takes place on 30 November and is part of the larger Evolocity event run by the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV).

The Waikato University utility van was originally powered by a 1.3 litre petrol engine, which was replaced by an electric motor. Continue reading “Electric van heading south for eRally” »

Industry News: New MD to continue business transformation

Campbell-Jones_LRManheim has promoted its chief operating officer Campbell Jones to the new position of Manheim Australia and New Zealand managing director, effective December 1.

A 20-year Manheim veteran holding both state and national roles with responsibility for New Zealand, Jones says he has a deep understanding of the Kiwi market and will continue the company’s business transformation.

“We will continue our business transformation which includes investing in people, technology and facilities in order to better meet customer’s needs. Our aim is to add value at every step of the remarketing process,” he says. Continue reading “New MD to continue business transformation” »

Industry News: Milner wins national UDM Skoda Yeti agency

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Specialist used disability vehicle importer Rod Milner Motors has just been appointed as the primary New Zealand sales agent for the U Drive Mobility (UDM) Skoda Yeti.

Rod Milner Motors will be looking after the New Zealand wide sales, marketing and distribution of the UDM Skoda Yeti.

“This is a huge step for us in that we can now supply a full range of disability vehicles throughout NZ,” says Milner. Continue reading “Milner wins national UDM Skoda Yeti agency” »

Industry News: Five year time limits for new driver licences

licence-shadow-img5Changes to New Zealand’s Graduated Driver Licensing System aimed at improving the safety of novice drivers and motorcyclists are set to come into force next week, including the introduction of a five-year time limit on new learner and restricted car and motorcycling licences.

The changes to the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule mean that drivers or riders who obtain or renew their learner or restricted licence after 1 December 2014 and who haven’t moved on to the next licence stage within the following five years will need to pass another theory test to renew their licence after it expires.

NZ Transport Agency road safety director Ernst Zöllner says the changes will encourage novice drivers and motorcyclists to progress to a full licence within a reasonable timeframe. Continue reading “Five year time limits for new driver licences” »

Industry News: Twyford retains transport in Labour reshuffle

Phil+Twyford+New+Zealanders+Head+Polls+Vote+mE7YzPixze-lMP Phil Twyford has retained his transport portfolio, and also become the spokesperson for housing, in the Labour caucus reshuffle announced by opposition leader Andrew Little.

Twyford is now ranked fifth in the Labour caucus below , he has been a member of parliament since 2008 and currently is the Labour party MP for Te Atatu.

Prior to becoming a parliamentarian, Twyford was a former journalist and unionist, and he was also the founding executive director of Oxfam NZ a position he held from 1991 to 1999 and he was a director of advocacy for Oxfam International based in Washington DC from 1999 to 2003. Continue reading “Twyford retains transport in Labour reshuffle” »

Industry News: Skoda looking at dealer addition to boost sales

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Skoda New Zealand is considering the additional of another sole dealership to it’s existing network of seven dealers and twelve service agents throughout New Zealand as it chases more than 1000 retail sales in 2015.

At the media launch of the Octavia Scout 4×4 wagon today recently appointed Skoda New Zealand general manager Greg Leet says that there is scope for dealer growth in Auckland and Christchurch, and that he would also consider a multi-franchise regional dealer appointment which would best suit the line up offered by the mainstream Czech manufacturer.

The New Zealand distribution company which is part of the Giltrap Group has a robust sales strategy which is focussed on growing sales to more than 2000 units per annum by 2020. A new Fabia in 2015, an all-new Superb in 2016, and an all-new seven-seat SUV in 2017 will be part of its product arsenal. Continue reading “Skoda looking at dealer addition to boost sales” »

Industry News: Truck and trailer jumps F1 car, Seriously!

Formula one team Lotus have come up with a unique way to promote their partnership with sponsor EMC – jumping an F1 transporter truck over their race car.

The F1 car lives, the truck does not come off completely unscathed. Continue reading “Truck and trailer jumps F1 car, Seriously!” »

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