Industry News: Turners drops Auctions name – continues retail charge

safe_imageTurners Auctions has dropped half of its name – cutting ‘Auctions’ as it continues to shift to being a retail, rather than wholesale driven company.

Chief executive Todd Hunter confirmed the change at the company’s annual general meeting, held in Auckland last week, noting the company’s shift in focus over the last year.

“The biggest change has been extending our focus from wholesale to retail customers and moving from a single channel business into a multi-channel business,” says Hunte. “For many years, our primary sales channel was through physical auction, primarily to wholesale customers.” Continue reading “Turners drops Auctions name – continues retail charge” »

Industry News: NZ leads world in passion for used cars

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Kiwis are passionate about driving, we love it. We are also a used car nation.

According to Nielsen’s global online survey of automotive purchase intent, 52% percent of Kiwi consumers plan to buy a car in the next two years – 42% intending to purchase a used vehicle and 10% likely to buy a new car.

Our appetite for used cars is stronger than in Europe, where 28% plan to buy used, Australia (24%) and contrasts even further with Asia-Pacific where only 7% plan to buy used. Continue reading “NZ leads world in passion for used cars” »

Industry News: Honda New Zealand supports student literacy and numeracy

hondalogo_1Honda New Zealand is working with 3P Learning to offer increased educational support for Kiwi students through sponsored eLearning licenses.

More than 1,100 children per year will receive learning assistance due to this new partnership.

Honda says it’s sponsorship of 3P Learning is for a three year period in order to achieve educational consistency and learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy. Continue reading “Honda New Zealand supports student literacy and numeracy” »

Industry News: No more Three-door Yaris from third quarter

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Toyota New Zealand will follow its sister company, Toyota Australia, in dropping the three-door Yaris hatchback from the facelift model line-up due to launch here in the third quarter.

The assistant general manager of sales and marketing for Toyota New Zealand, Neeraj Lala, told Autotalk that in light of the very low demand from fleets and government buyers the decision to axe the three-door Yaris hatch was a “no brainer.”

Lala says that as the generations of Yaris has evolved sales of the three-door variant have slipped back quite dramatically, and he says that local plans for a sporty three-door variant of the current generation were also scrapped by the product planning department because the demand was simply not there. Continue reading “No more Three-door Yaris from third quarter” »

Industry News: Auckland drivers warned of ANZAC road closures

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As the Grafton Gully cycleway project enters the final months of construction, the NZ Transport Agency reminds drivers of project-related closures of Wellesley Street East in central Auckland.

Wellesley Street East between Princes Street and the motorway ramps was closed earlier this month until next Monday 28 April to complete construction of the cycleway tunnel under the road near AUT and Auckland University.

There are full closures of both Wellesley Street East and the State Highway 1 (SH1) off-ramp, along with restricted movements from the SH16 off-ramp. Continue reading “Auckland drivers warned of ANZAC road closures” »

Industry News: More good news

Consumer confidence is tipped to keep the NZ economy on its current growth path, says the ANZ/Roy Morgan consumer confidence report.

“More households feel better off compared to a year ago (+13 versus +8 last month) – and that’s a good sign for spending,” says the ANZ.

“A high number of respondents still view it to be a great time to buy a major household item (a net balance of +47) – which is more good news for the vehicle and equipment sales industries – and the transport sector.” Continue reading “More good news” »

Industry News: Peugeot returns to Dakar in 2015

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After smashing the Pikes Peak Hill Climb record in 2013 with the 208 T16 hill climb car, Peugeot Sport, Red Bull and Total have again joined forces for another challenge: the 2015 Dakar Rally.

To take on the 10,000km rally, Team Peugeot Total has recruited Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres who will drive its new rally car, the 2008 DKR.

Team Team Peugeot Total says 2010 Dakar victor Carlos Sainz, brings extensive experience and car-development skills to the table, as well as the event’s five-time winner on two wheels, Cyril Despres, who has chosen Peugeot to kick off a new career on four wheels. Continue reading “Peugeot returns to Dakar in 2015” »

Industry News: Easter storm makes driving conditions hazardous

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The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads.

Winds have gusted up to 98kph on the Auckland Harbour Bridge, there are reports of surface flooding on some sections of the city’s motorway network, and there is debris on several rural roads in both regions.

“Our maintenance crews are keeping roads open, but people need to drive to the conditions – use their headlights, lower their speeds and increase their following distances – for safe travel,” says NZTA national journey manager, Kathryn Musgrave. Continue reading “Easter storm makes driving conditions hazardous” »

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