Industry News: IMVIA confirms AGM dates

IMVIA-RGB-LogoThe Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association has officially confirmed the dates for its Annual General Meetings.

This year it is the turn of the South Island to host the national AGM.

The North Island AGM will be held in Auckland on May 26, while the South Island and national AGMs will be held the following day in Christchurch. Continue reading “IMVIA confirms AGM dates” »

Industry News: Sharper prices and interest-free finance on Forester

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Subaru has sharpened its retail pricing on the revised five model Forester-SUV range and is offering a five year interest free finance package on new models purchased until the end of June.

The price revisions have been assisted by the strength of the Kiwi dollar against the Japanese Yen, enabling the local distributor to negotiate a better buying price with the factory.

Lineartronic transmission has been introduced on the Forester 2.0 litre Diesel as part of the 2015 model year revisions, a manual model is no longer available. Continue reading “Sharper prices and interest-free finance on Forester” »

Industry News: Jucy takes out customer service award

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Kiwi-owned company JUCY Rentals has been named best in class for car rentals service in the first Reader’s Digest Quality Service Award Survey.

More than 1500 Kiwis nationwide were surveyed on their recent service experiences for the awards, the results of which were released today. The survey covered personalised experience, understanding of customers, simplicity of processes, reliability and satisfaction.

Judy chief executive Tim Alpe says the company is honoured to receive the gold award. Continue reading “Jucy takes out customer service award” »

Industry News: Dynamic shield Outlander launched

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After just two years in the market Mitsubishi has given the Outlander a comprehensive makeover even though the New Zealand distributor says that currently sales remain as strong as ever.

More than 70% of Outlanders are sold to fleet buyers, and while some people may not have been enamoured of the styling of the previous generation car, which will remain on the PHEV variant for the foreseeable future, the company says that sales were unaffected by the styling change and were greater than the previous generation.

However, the MY16 Outlander wears the new dynamic shield style which will become the design direction for future new products says Mitsubishi Motors. The new design was led by the Japanese manufacturer’s recently appointed design chief Tsunehiro Kunimoto, who joined Mitsubishi Motor Corporation in April 2014 after a 40 year career at Nissan. Continue reading “Dynamic shield Outlander launched” »

Industry News: Triton gunning for bigger sales and market share

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Mitsubishi Motors NZ (MMNZ) says it was New Zealand’s fastest-growing mainstream brand in 2014, and with Utes now accounting for 20% of all new vehicles, it predicts that sales of the all-new Triton will double to 2500 units in 2015.

One in five new vehicles sold in New Zealand is a ute, and MMNZ is aiming for 10% of the market in 2015 which it says should see around 25,000 units sold.

It has already wholesaled 900 units of the new Triton to its dealer network for delivery in the next three months. More than 116 units have been retailed since March 25 Continue reading “Triton gunning for bigger sales and market share” »

Industry News: Electric fleet day for Auckland next week

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Fleet managers will get the chance to hear more about – and try – electric and hybrid vehicles at an event in Auckland next week.

The Drive Electric Plug-In Fleet Day is being held on April 30 at the ASB Showgrounds.

Drive Electric is the new name for what was APEV – the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles. Continue reading “Electric fleet day for Auckland next week” »

Industry News: Initiative to collect refrigerant

Screen-Shot-2015-04-23-at-2.50Gas-supplier BOC – together with Recovery Trust and Patton Ltd is encouraging New Zealand businesses to think sustainably this year by safely disposing of their unwanted refrigerants.

Mechanical workshops and fleet operators are just some of the groups being trader

Jamie Burley, general manager, sales New Zealand, says the group is working to increase the number of regional collection points offered through the annual Refrigerant Recovery Program this year. Continue reading “Initiative to collect refrigerant” »

Industry News: Sydney storm opportunity for vehicle importers?

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New Zealand importers of damaged vehicles from Australia could be faced with another bumper opportunity in the next few weeks as New South Wales recovers from the recent storm.

Last year thousands of hail-damaged vehicles were auctioned by Manheim Australia following a severe storm in Brisbane which left vehicles which are now full of dents due to the massive hailstones.

Many of those “written off” vehicles made their way to New Zealand, and the latest round of bad weather could again see more damaged vehicles cross the Tasman Sea. Continue reading “Sydney storm opportunity for vehicle importers?” »

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