Industry News: Money to be made in Euro commercials

x1There is a gap in the market for European commercial vehicles in New Zealand according to one leading firm in the import trade.

Autohub’s general manager, Europe, Joe Barnett notes that with the current demand for commercials at an all time high, there is a distinct shortage of used stock in the sector.

“For years New Zealand has been starved of diesel light commercial vehicles, with very few options to buy used examples except from the domestic fleet, meaning price competition has been almost non-existent,” Barnett explains. Continue reading “Money to be made in Euro commercials” »

Industry News: Find the error – won!


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We had a huge response to our competition earlier in the week to spot the error in the newspaper advertisement, and most, got it right.

So what was incorrect? The advert stated the hybrid consumed 2L/Km of fuel – not the 2L/100Km BMW actually claims. That is quite a difference!

From the 60-plus entries, the three prizes are going to dealer staff in Northland , Auckland and Tauranga. They will get tickets to the NZ Classic Car Show at Ellerslie racecourse, being held on February 7-8. Continue reading “Find the error – won!” »

Industry News: Turners chair officially joins Dorchester board


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Former Turners Auctions chairman Michael Dossor was last week officially appointed to the board of the auction house’s new parent – Dorcester Pacific.

Antony Vriens also joined the board as an independent director, while Greg Peebles retired.

Michael Dossor has been chairman of Turners Auctions since 2003 having been involved with the company prior to its listing and separation from Turners & Growers Limited. Continue reading “Turners chair officially joins Dorchester board” »

Industry News: VTS returns after 10 years


image001A vehicle transport company has been started up again that last operated ten years ago.

It is Vehicle Transport Services (VTS) specialising in the bulk transport of vehicles around metro Auckland.

The business is being managed and operated by Neil Cammell and Wayne Henderson, who have both had extensive experience in the vehicle transportation industry for many years. Continue reading “VTS returns after 10 years” »

Industry News: Ranger powers ahead in Australia and New Zealand


The Ford Ranger is bringing in new buyers, setting an all-time sales record in Australia while passing the Toyota HiLux to become New Zealand’s most popular pickup.

In Australia Ranger is biting on the HiLux’s heels, while in New Zealand the Ranger knocked off the HiLux to become New Zealand’s new number one pickup in 2014.

In 2014, Ford sold 26,619 Rangers in Australia, delivering a number two spot behind the Toyota ute in the light truck segment, and closing the sales gap quickly. For the year, Ford Ranger sales were up 22% over 2013. Continue reading “Ranger powers ahead in Australia and New Zealand” »

Industry News: UDC not part of Esanda sale

Esanda84Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is considering the sale of its Australian vehicle and equipment finance business, Esanda, for approximately A$2 billion according to media reports.

But AutoTalk understands from its sources the bank’s New Zealand finance division – UDC Finance – is not on the block.

Esanda is one of Australia’s biggest vehicle finance provider, having $16.2 billion in loans and offering car loans, novated leases and motor insurance services to both personal and business customers.​ Continue reading “UDC not part of Esanda sale” »

Industry News: Dealer and distributor back Phoenix move


Kia Motors and its Wellington dealership, Brendan Foot Kia are backing a temporaru move for the Wellington Phoenix.

The move will see a unique sports stadium created at the Hutt Recreational Ground in Lower Hutt to host Phoenix A-League home football matches for local fans from mid-February through to March 2015, while its central city home ground is hosting the Cricket World Cup.

Over the four-week period, the ground will be transformed into the Brendan Foot Kia Hutt Rec, with temporary stands set up for up to 15,000 fans to experience the games. Continue reading “Dealer and distributor back Phoenix move” »

Industry News: Don’t jump to conclusions on road toll – University expert


A University of Canterbury expert has appealed for caution in finding answers to the jump in the holiday road toll.

Seventeen people died on the roads during the official Christmas holiday period, more than double those of the last two years. Transport engineering professor Alan Nicholson says commentators must be extremely careful when interpreting fatal collision counts for holiday periods.

Collision counts are inherently random and unpredictable, especially for fatal collisions during short periods, Professor Nicholson says. Continue reading “Don’t jump to conclusions on road toll – University expert” »

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