Industry News: Milner takes out supreme award


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” »

Industry News: Holden confirms new boss

Kristian-2-LRHolden has announced a replacement for out going New Zealand managing director Jeff Murray, whose departure has already been reported by AutoTalk .

Kristian Aquilina will take over the reins of the iconic car brand in January 2015 and will also oversee Isuzu Trucks in New Zealand.

Aquilina is another rising young star in the automotive industry after beginning his career at General Motors Holden Australia (GMH) in 1997, and he’s excited by his greatest challenge to date. Continue reading “Holden confirms new boss” »

Industry News: Driverless Audi RS7 takes on race track


Audi will take a driverless Audi RS7 Sportback on a hot lap on the Hockenheim race track this Sunday, October 19, in the season finale of the German Touring Car Championship. In the process, it will be as fast as it would be with a professional race car driver at the wheel.

Already the driverless RS7 has been tested against a real driver and it won that race. Two Audi RS7 sedans completed hot laps around the track; one piloted by a human and the other one driving autonomously. The driverless car, called ‘Bobby,’ beat the human driver by five seconds, reaching speeds of up to 240km/hour.

The Audi RS7 piloted driving concept car will handle the Hockenheim track at racing speed. With the latest Audi developments on board, the technology demonstrator will drive to its physical limits with millimetre precision. Continue reading “Driverless Audi RS7 takes on race track” »

Industry News: Huge 25-year celebration tonight

imvia-letterheadMore than 420 members of the vehicle trade and supply chain will come together tonight to celebrate ‘slightly more’ than 25 years of the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association.

The black tie function has been organised in conjunction with Auto Media Group Limited, the publishers of AutoTalk, and managing editor Richard Edwards is excited with the response to the event.

“This event sold out, and then some,” says Edwards. “This will be one of the biggest social gatherings of automotive trade professionals ever, and is going to be a great night. Continue reading “Huge 25-year celebration tonight” »

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