Industry News: Wicked campers ruled offensive

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Controversial campervan company Wicked has been forced to clean up its act.

The graffiti-styled paintwork is arguably offensive enough, but the submission of campers to the Classifications Office as seen an offence committed against the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993.

The vans were deemed objectionable, under the Act, making it illegal for anyone to own, possess or supply the vehicles – or cop a fine of up to $200,000. Continue reading “Wicked campers ruled offensive” »

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Industry News: I love Japan

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This story first appeared in the April issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

As you will read elsewhere in this magazine, AutoTalk – me specifically – visited our biggest source market last month as part of a contingent that included Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association management.

I am going to take the most selfish path here of mentioning a little of the lighter side of my trip, some observations, thoughts, and probably a travel snap or two. Continue reading “I love Japan” »

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Industry News: Weak Aussie inflation bumps up dollar

dollarNew Zealand’s dollar rose against the Australian yesterday after it posted its weakest inflation in seven years.

With the Australian Reserve Bank ready to make a rates decision later today, it could keep on going.

The kiwi dollar hit 90.2 Australian cents at 5pm yesterday, up from 88.9 cents before the inflation figures were released. Continue reading “Weak Aussie inflation bumps up dollar” »

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Industry News: Minicar madness drove efficiency data

esJapan’s unique minivehicles are a good option for those who aren’t sold on size.

Small 660cc engines, cheap to buy, lower regulatory costs and, of course, fuel efficiency make the vehicle popular.

It’s been said that the launch of Daihatsu’s Mira e:S in Japan in 2011 started an efficiency war – it delivered 3.3L/100km. Continue reading “Minicar madness drove efficiency data” »

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Industry News: Where there’s smoke

This story first appeared in the April issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Where there's smoke PicIn this case the purchaser bought a 2006 Mazda MPV for $11,600 from Zodiac Motor Company Limited

The purchaser lives in Palmerston North. He travelled to Auckland, inspected and agreed to buy the vehicle, signing a Vehicle Offer and Sale Agreement and a Consumer Information Notice, both of which described the vehicle as having an engine capacity of 2300cc. The vehicle had travelled almost 102,000kms at the time of sale.

It had been serviced by the trader, and a new warrant of fitness obtained for it before it was sold to the purchaser. Continue reading “Where there’s smoke” »

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Industry News: Risky rethink for Japan’s parts supply

10TOYAIMS32hrWhen Toyota pioneered the ‘Just in Time’ production philosophy, Japanese car manufacturers
thought it was a near-perfect, hyper-efficient system.

But after the massive earthquake five years ago crippled parts of the supply chain, the automotive foodchain simply fell apart.

Many companies are sticking with Just in Time, have been working hard to strike the right balance between efficiency and disaster proofing supply channels. Continue reading “Risky rethink for Japan’s parts supply” »

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Industry News: Engine imports hid meth worth millions

crystal-methCrate engines from California had a lot more under their rockers than forged piston.

A total of 13 engines, imported by Australian Jared Brown, contained crystal meth with a street value of A$60m (NZ$66m).

While he claimed to have been pushed into importing nearly 50kg of the drug by Mexicans, the judge said it was a crime of greed, not need, and that he had been working on a six-figure salary in Papua New Guinea. Continue reading “Engine imports hid meth worth millions” »

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Industry News: Strong ‘interest’

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This story first appeared in the April issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Hallikeri v Beacham Limited

In mid-2015, the purchasers ordered from the trader a 2016 model-year Range Rover Evoque for $93,310.

The purchasers paid the trader a deposit of $22,76.50 on May 15 and agreed to sell their Volvo car to the trader for $12,000. On June 25 the purchasers paid the trader a further $53,637.50 so that in total the purchasers have paid the trader a total of $88,400.

Despite the payments, the car was not delivered, and in November the trader promised to refund the purchasers the full amount paid by December 4 – a payment which at the February hearing had yet to be made. Continue reading “Strong ‘interest’” »

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