Industry News: Mixed market for arrivals in January

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The number of vehicles arriving in NZ in January, was only 448 down on a year earlier, which could be explained by the timing of shipments.

However, there were a number of notables figures in the overall mix for January arrivals.

Reflecting the tourist boom being experienced by the country, the number of new buses being landed here continues to explode. Continue reading “Mixed market for arrivals in January” »

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Industry News: Bridges to buy EV; Still no support for rollout

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Transport and energy minister Simon Bridges opened Auckland’s newest rapid-charger for electric vehicles today – confirming he will soon be switching to such a vehicle.

The new station, based like the earlier Hobson street one at a Vector substation, is at the corner of Gillies Ave and Seccombes Road.

Vector management, members of the Auckland Energy Consumers Trust, and local MP David Seymour, were among guests. Continue reading “Bridges to buy EV; Still no support for rollout” »

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Industry News: TradeMe adds new tool to detection arsenal

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TradeMe has added a new tool to the range it uses to detect unregistered traders – and other concerning trades – selling through the site.

The Wellington-based firm has received clearance to access the NZTA Motor Vehicle Register, which head of trust and safety Jon Duffy told AutoTalk would be used across a number of enforcement issues.

The access was granted on January 28, and has been in use since the start of this month. Continue reading “TradeMe adds new tool to detection arsenal” »

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Industry News: John Spencer dies

Business magnate John Spencer, whose family interests extend into the motor industry, has passed away.

Spencer, was an heir to his grandfather’s Caxton paper empire. He took over the family business in 1981, but sold out later that decade to Carter Holt Harvey for some $300m.

The family partnered in 2007 with the Giltrap Group to form the current Hyundai New Zealand, a partnership that has extended into Renault and Isuzu ute distribution. Continue reading “John Spencer dies” »

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Industry News: Manheim delighted to sell ‘sh*tboxes’

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

Manheim delighted PicManheim Auctions has put together a collection of cheap, and in their own way, interesting, cars for a special auction later this month.

The company is taking a key role in the first New Zealand running of the ‘Shitbox Rally’, an Australian charity event that sees competitors raise money for charity by seeking sponsorship to buy a car and take a road trip in it.

This year the event comes here, with around 70 teams crossing the Tasman for a tour around the North Island, which will include special events and activities – all raising money and awareness for Cancer Research. Continue reading “Manheim delighted to sell ‘sh*tboxes’” »

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Industry News: NZ market ‘exceptional’ – AHG boss

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

NZ Market PICThe head of Australasia’s largest dealer group says 2014 was ‘exceptional’ for its New Zealand investments.

Speaking to AutoTalk.com.au, Automotive Holdings Group managing director Bronte Howson says the last year or so has seen a considerable raising of the company’s profile in the Kiwi market.

“The New Zealand market has been exceptional for us,” Howson tells AutoTalk.com.au Australian reporter Max Pichon.
“A lot of the uplift has been from our acquisition of the Davie Motors business in Manukau, where we’ve rebuilt the Holden dealership and added a Nissan franchise. Continue reading “NZ market ‘exceptional’ – AHG boss” »

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Industry News: Robertson Prestige opens in Palmerston North

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The Volskwagen and Audi brands have another new facility joining their ranks with the opening of Robertson Prestige in Palmerston North.

The showroom officially opened today, and follows the opening last month of the impressive Ebbett Prestige facility in Hamilton.

Robertson Prestige dealer principal Mike McCready says he is thrilled to be officially open the new facility. Continue reading “Robertson Prestige opens in Palmerston North” »

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Industry News: ‘Car imports rule change won’t hamper our sales’: AHG

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AHG LOGOAustralia’s largest automotive dealer group, Automotive Holdings Group (AHG), responded to yesterday’s announcement by noting that any laws that may be passed concerning parallel imports are unlikely to have any material impact to the company.

AHG notes that many volume brand models are cheaper in Australia than in the UK and Japan. “The majority of AHG’s franchises are in the volume category,” AHG notes.

“AHG understands there is significant political disquiet over the decision and it is not certain that the legislation will pass. Continue reading “‘Car imports rule change won’t hamper our sales’: AHG” »

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