Industry News: Armstrong to expand Mt Wellington operation

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Armstrong Motor Group is set to expand its Mt Wellington branch of Auckland City Toyota.

The company has signed an agreement to expand over the site next door to its existing Mt Wellington dealership, effectively doubling the dealership’s stock-holding capability.

The expanded site will be operational from mid December 2014. Continue reading “Armstrong to expand Mt Wellington operation” »

Industry News: 25 years a significant milestone

davidvinsenThe chief executive of the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association has noted 25 years is a significant milestone for the association – particularly considering the numerous challenges the association has faced.

“At first, many people didn’t think we should even exist, let alone survive this long,” David Vinsen told the 420 strong crowd at the IMVIA’s 25th anniversary celebration held in Auckland last week.

“But there can be no doubt that we are now well established, and well respected, as the trusted voice of the used motor vehicle industry,” Vinsen said. Continue reading “25 years a significant milestone” »

Industry News: Association founders recognised

From left: Lloyd Wilson, Alistair Sheard, Phil Pacey, PJ Johnston, Rod Milner, Chris Stephenson and Graeme Macdonald.

From left: Lloyd Wilson, Alistair Sheard, Phil Pacey, PJ Johnston, Rod Milner, Chris Stephenson and Graeme Macdonald.

The founding members of the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association have been acknowledged as part of the association’s 25 year celebration, held in Auckland last Friday.

North Island chairman Graeme Macdonald and South Island chairman Lloyd Wilson were on stage to persent plaques to Rod Milner, PJ Johnston, Phil Pacey, Dick Gray, Alistair Sheard and Fred Lewis – who was represented by Chris Stephenson, national sales manager for Enterprise Cars.

Not present, but also acknowledged, were Neil Cottle, Graeme McVicar, Donna Silvester and Martin Todd. Continue reading “Association founders recognised” »

Industry News: Milner takes out supreme award

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Rod Milner was recognised at Friday’s Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association’s celebration of 25 years – both as a founder, and with a surprise Supreme Award for his work.

Milner has had a long career in the industry, including as managing director of Subaru in New Zealand, and as both a franchise and used import dealer.

He was one of the early proponents of the import trade, and was heavily targetted by investigations and campaigns around odometer winding – although ultimately cleared. Continue reading “Milner takes out supreme award” »

Industry News: Imports good for the nation: Williamson

williamsonFormer transport minister Maurice Williamson told attendees at Friday’s Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association 25 year celebration that the trade had been key to the economic well being of the country.

“You’ve done more, in my view, for the economic well being of this nation than just about anybody else,” Williamson said. “Take a bow.”

“This country was a place where Morrie 1000s and Triumph Herald’s came to die,” he said. “We had a fleet of crap cars.” Continue reading “Imports good for the nation: Williamson” »

Industry News: IMVIA chair’s ‘phantom’ speech

From left, Lloyd Wilson, Bev Purchase, Graeme Macdonald and Malcolm Yorston

From left, Lloyd Wilson, Bev Purchase, Graeme Macdonald and Malcolm Yorston

Due to time constraints on Friday evening, IMVIA North Island chair Graeme Macdonald’s speech had to be pulled from the IMVIA’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

So instead of hearing it, you get to read it. Here is what he intended saying:

We’ve celebrated tonight not only the longevity of an association that many thought, back in 1988, wouldn’t last out the year – but more importantly, recognised the people who refused to let the established system dictate their business models and repress what they saw as true Kiwi entrepreneurial spirit. Continue reading “IMVIA chair’s ‘phantom’ speech” »

Industry News: Now is still good time to buy: consumers

conconfHouseholds still feel better off financially compared to a year ago (+9 from +10 in September), in the latest ANZ/Roy Morgan consumer confidence survey.

This has consistently been in positive territory for a year now – the best run since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008.

And in good news for vehicle sales, consumers say it’s still a great time to buy a major household item, improving marginally to +40 from +38. Continue reading “Now is still good time to buy: consumers” »

Industry News: SUVs are 6 of 10 best cars in NZ

cotyA pack of SUVs dominate the top finalists for the 2014 New Zealand Car of the Year (COTY).

The NZ Automobile Association and NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild (NZMWG) will announce the Car of the Year at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland on December 4.

Members of the guild and AA judges who have driven the top 10 cars will independently rank each of them on a number of elements including value, design and quality – the best of which will become the 2014 New Zealand Car of the Year. Continue reading “SUVs are 6 of 10 best cars in NZ” »

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