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Autofile: January issue is out now

Autofile’s January issue is out now

Records were notched up by the automotive industry last year. But what were some of the issues and talking points behind the headline figures? Industry experts give their views.

One of the country’s top economics consultancies has increased its five-year forecast for car sales. Info-metrics says a big part of the long-term lift is a change in predicted levels of net migration. 

The Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal wants changes made to CINs when vehicles overseas write-offs are sold here so “consumers’ ability to make informed decisions on purchases from traders” is improved.

After more than 10 years in the industry, Greg Hedgepeth admits he’ll always have cars in his blood. We profile the chief executive officer of Turners Group NZ.

Chelsea Herbert has become the first female to win an NZV8 race and it’s a fair bet this won’t be her last victory.

PLUS: In-depth coverage of 2017’s industry statistics, the Optimus IPO, latest on the planned merger between Trade Me and Motorcentral, and loads of pictures from the NZ Car of the Year Awards.

Click here to read January’s magazine

Autofile: December issue is out now

Autofile’s December issue is out now

Here’s a look at some of the industry movements and trends we’ve been following over the past month.

The Productivity Commission believes electric vehicles offer a great way of slashing harmful transport emissions and is coming up with ideas on achieving this. We get the views of industry associations on the way forward.

This issue’s profile is on John Moyes. He lifts the lid on the Moyes Motor Group and reveals who came up with the “opposite the big McDonald’s and beside the big Mount Wellington” campaign. He also takes stock of the industry’s future.

Executives from some of New Zealand’s top automotive brands and insurance companies have come together for the Financial Services Future-Proofing conference organised by the Financial Services Federation. Find out what issues were flagged up.

The Ministry of Transport has published its briefing document, for new minister Phil Twyford and his associates, and the government transport sector. Chief executive Peter Mersi says new technologies are transforming our world.

Organisations and businesses are backing the Motor Industry Association and VIA working closer in the future. Read their views in light of the memorandum of understanding being signed.

The Optimus Group answer’s Autofile’s questions on its initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, VIA’s end of year function provides a chance for its chief executive to talk about the changes that lie ahead, we cover a couple of industry golf events, motorsport and in-depth coverage of industry statistics.

Read the December issue of Autofile.

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Autofile: November issue, out now

Here’s a look at some of the industry movements we’ve been following over the past month. Two leading organisations in the automotive sector have ruled out a possible merger even though they are now formally working together more.

Simon Bridges, former Minister of Transport, describes his focus on electric vehicles as one part of the “big rational” for tackling climate change. “We gave it a good nudge and new direction.”

The Motor Industry Association has yet to decide if it will submit an application to access certain information from the Motor Vehicle Register.

Moyes Motor Group in Panmure is closing after three decades. Find out what the site can be used for in future as Auckland’s rumour mill goes into overdrive.

Plus: Regional report on Auckland, Malcolm Yorston at Tokyo Motor Show, great columnists, disputes and the best industry statistics section in town.

Read the November issue of Autofile 

Autofile: October issue, out now

We have all the information you need to know about changes in access to the Motor Vehicle Register in this month’s Autofile. The NZTA and industry organisations are warning car dealers to only use the system for legitimate purposes, and to be aware of changes to approvals at the end of October.

The Financial Services Federation is urging car dealers and finance providers to follow the law and guidelines when arranging customers’ loans following the release of a Commerce Commission report.

The full extent of the Labour Inspectorate’s investigation into 2 Cheap Cars has come to light with the Employment Relations Authority’s full determination of the case being published. Autofile gets behind the headlines.

David Hodge, managing director of Mazda Motors NZ, talks about his first six months in the hot seat, technological advances in the car sector and the World Of Wearable Arts.

Chris Carr, MD of transport company Carr & Haslam, lends his support to Ports of Auckland staying put, but “it sits as a restricted and constricted toy, beaten into submission by inept politicians”.

PLUS: Great pictures from the 50th anniversary of Turners Car Auctions and Frankfurt Motor Show, in-depth coverage of car industry statistics, disputes, movers and much more.

Read the October issue of Autofile

Autofile magazine September issue out now

Autofile’s September issue is out now. Here’s a look at some of the industry movements and trends we’ve been following over the past month.

Ports of Auckland Ltd has pledged to continue working with the automotive sector to mitigate the effects of continued congestion in vehicle imports

An industry organisation in Australia has criticised proposed legislation as likely to devastate the country’s specialist imports sector

Two car companies have been ordered to pay $65,000 in penalties by the ERA following an investigation by the labour inspectorate.

The NZTA is urging interested parties to apply for class authorisations to access the Motor Vehicle Register before they expire on October 31.

The Giltrap Group opens its new $40 million headquarters, including display space for performance and luxury car brands it represents.

And Provident Insurance announces its intention to purchase Co-op Insurance NZ Ltd’s book.

We check out some Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal cases and keep you up to date with all the latest industry sales stats.

And much much more ….

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August issue – out now

It’s been nine months since the rules were changed for water-damaged write offs coming into New Zealand from Australia. There’s been no slowdown of vehicle imports from across the ditch since, so we look at what has changed, and talk to industry players about how they feel about the situation.  

The Ministry of Transport has released statistics that show Kiwis still value car ownership, and we’re one of the top 10 car owning countries in the world. We look at what the report contains and explain the numbers.

It’s relatively well known that New Zealand has one of the oldest light vehicle fleets in the developed world. We compare New Zealand’s emission standards with the rest of the world.

Plus, we feature all the latest monthly sales statistics, look in on a couple of motor vehicle dispute tribunal cases and much more.

Read here.

Autofile – July issue out now

Trade Me has announced plans to acquire Motorcental, pending Commerce Commission approval. We talk to the head of Trade Me Motors, Alan Clark, and director of Motorcentral Mena Eskander about what the two companies have to offer one another and what the acquisition means for Motorcentral going forward.

The Commerce Commission has finally published its Consumer Credit Fee Guidelines, which the Financial Services Federation says could push up interest rates. We take a look at how the finalised guidelines will affect fee collection for creditors and talk to industry insiders about what it means for interest rates.

The VIA recently held an industry function to launch its new brand, and inform the attendees of what the future may hold for the industry. 

The Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association have some advice for dealers regarding modified vehicles, whether they be imported new or used and the sort of thing to look out for.

Plus, we feature all the latest monthly sales statistics, look in on a couple of motor vehicle dispute tribunal cases and much more – enjoy the read. 

Read more here.

Autofile – June issue out now

The Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association held its AGMs in late May after posting their latest financial results. We spoke to chief executive David Vinsen about what’s next for the association, and what legislation could affect vehicle importers in 2018 and beyond.

New Zealand’s ageing, unsafe fleet is a growing concern, and the Automobile Association (AA) and New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) are both campaigning to raise awareness about the dangers of driving in unsafe cars. We asked the AA, NZTA and other insiders about what the auto industry can do to encourage Kiwis to purchase safer cars.

Alan Clark traded in his high-flying New York career to return home to New Zealand; now he’s the head of Trade Me Motors. We spoke with Clark about his extensive business background and his plans for Trade Me.

Plus, we feature all the monthly sales statistics, look in on a couple of motor vehicle dispute tribunal cases and much, much more – enjoy the read. 


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Autofile: May issue out now

In the May edition of Autofile, we look into the Forex collapse, where over 120 dealers were affected.

The Commerce Commission sends out letters to retailers reminding them of the fair trading act and sending out tips on how to avoid breaking the law. 

We catch up with the NZTA and find out what is happening with the Motor Vehicle Register. We also touch base with a variety of industry insiders to find out how they have found the process.

The IMVIA gives us an update on changes to the MVR, which include updated vehicle types – to keep up with changing technology.

We also pay respects to auto-industry icon, Bob McMillan who passed away at his home on May 1st.

This year also marked MTA’s centenary, which was highlighted with an event held in Wellington. The MTA100 was a big success and we find out more about what we can expect in the future, when it comes to vehicle technology. 

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Autofile – April issue out now

We look back at Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal cases between January 2012 and December 2016, and examine how we fare as an industry, with some surprising results.
Turners Group is expecting growth after a year of acquisitions and plans to list on the ASX later this year. We hear from CEO Todd Hunter about what’s next for the auto company.

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority report into EV batteries is released and we look at why batteries fail early and the best ways to extend battery life. Plus there’s a whole of life cost comparison between a petrol and electric vehicle.

March was the biggest month on record for used imports. We break down the statistics on registrations, unregistered stock makes, models and regions which had the hottest vehicle sales in March.

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Autofile: March issue out now

Europe is again reeling over another saga in the Volkswagen emissions scandal, as MIT researchers report an estimated 1200 people will die early as a result of excess emissions. We look at the scandal in its entirely since it broke in September 2015.

Dazzz Wiltshire joins Autofile as director and 50% shareholder of 4 Media, so we’ve included a bit on him and why he wants to stay connected to the industry.

In our regional report, we take a look at Northland in the midst of an economic upswing and talk to dealers in the area to get their local perspective.

A range of vehicles, from supercars to hatchbacks to EVs to concept cars, were on display at the Geneva Auto Show in March. We look at the best Switzerland has to offer.

It was another bumper February for used imports. We break down the latest vehicle statistics and analyse market trends across the country. 

Read the latest issue of Autofile here.