Industry News: Unique guest of honour at Holden’s 60th party


Caption: Holden New Zealand managing director Jeff Murray and Greg Murphy toast 60 years of local operation

It was a unique 47-year-old guest of honour which literally roared into Holden’s 60th birthday celebrations last night at Imperial Lane in Auckland.

As part of recognising 60 years of operation in New Zealand, Holden decided to restore a 1969 Holden Monaro GTS coupe which its says will be won by one “lucky bugger”.

The arrival of the Monaro driven by V8 supercar driver Greg Murphy into the Imperial Lane venue came at the conclusion of the welcome speech to assembled guests including dealers, customers, and media from Holden New Zealand managing director Jeff Murray. Continue reading “Unique guest of honour at Holden’s 60th party” »

Industry News: 100,000th Holden Cruze rolls off the line at Elizabeth


The only small car built across the Tasman has celebrated a significant milestone this week with production of the 100,000th Holden Cruze at the company’s Elizabeth, South Australia plant.

The vehicle, a ‘Red Hot’ SRi Z-Series hatch, is destined for a Holden dealership in Canberra.

Holden executive director of manufacturing, Richard Phillips, says building the 100,000th Cruze was a great milestone for Holden and the Elizabeth plant. Continue reading “100,000th Holden Cruze rolls off the line at Elizabeth” »

Industry News: New $2m facility an investment in the West Coast

Screen-Shot-2014-11-27-at-10.43.04-amTai Poutini Polytechnic is set to start work in the new year on a $2 million purpose-built trades training facility in Greymouth – with automotive trades a key component.

Plans for the new 480 square metre, two storey Tainui Street building were approved this week by the polytechnic council, confirming the multi-million dollar investment in West Coast training facilities.

The new facility will include a three-bay workshop, offices and classroom space. It follows construction of a new engineering workshop at the Polytechnic’s Westport campus, which is due to open after Christmas. Continue reading “New $2m facility an investment in the West Coast” »

Industry News: Renew rego to July and save money

Vehicle owners shouldn’t renew their vehicle licences (‘ego’) for 12 months, in order to save money ahead of forthcoming reductions in ACC levies, consumer groups say.

The Automobile Association and Consumer NZ are both advising motorists whose vehicle licences need renewing before July 2015 to renew for a shorter period so that it expires shortly after 1 July.

From that date, annual motor vehicle licence levies will reduce by an average of 45% for most vehicles (except motorcycles, mopeds, trailers and caravans). Continue reading “Renew rego to July and save money” »

Industry News: Southern founders collect awards


The remaining three Christchurch-based recipients of the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association’s founder’s recognition awards have been acknowledged.

The Cantabrians were originally honoured at the IMVIA’s 25th celebrations in Auckland last month.

Yesterday at an IMVIA board meeting in Christchurch, the three Christchurch recipients collected their awards – Graeme Vicar, Donna Silvester and Martin Todd. Continue reading “Southern founders collect awards” »

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” »

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