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Autofile: February issue out now

Petrol companies are joining forces with energy providers to increase the number of EV charging stations in New Zealand. We take a closer look at the various projects to install chargers across the country.

Senior executive John Davies has tendered his resignation as president of Autohub (global) and managing director of Autohub New Zealand, and he shares some thoughts regarding the future of vehicle imports at Auckland’s ports.

The Takata recall was the biggest in history, affecting 19 car makers worldwide. We study the cause of the malfunctioning airbags and the fallout for the auto industry.

It’s a three-way fight to host the New Zealand Grand Prix between the Manfield, Hampton Downs and Pukekohe circuits, and the new AP4/AP4 ‘plus’ categories are set to revive the New Zealand Rally Championship.

January 2017 was another record-breaking month for new and used cars. We break down the statistics and analyse the latest market trends.

Read more in the latest issue of Autofile

Autofile – January Issue out now

With some of the highest levels of ownership in the world, 90 per cent of the total vehicle fleet in New Zealand is dominated by light vehicles. Autofile gives you an account of the Annual Fleet Statistics which were reported on by the Ministry of Transport at the end of 2015.

Last year was successful across the board, with record sales for new and commercial vehicles. We give you a run-down on what we managed to achieve, in terms of sales, for 2016.

Kiwi drivers continue to succeed at top levels in the motor industry, with promising Christchurch driver Marcus Armstrong winning two front-row starts and a race win at the 2017 Castrol Toyota Racing Series in Ruapuna.

We also give you a sneak peek into the Consumer Electronics Show which took place in Las Vegas in early January, with future predictions that autonomous vehicles could be all the rage on our roads, very soon.

Read more in the latest issue of Autofile.

Autofile: December issue out

A fine of $105,000 has been handed down to a car dealership for misleading the public.

Zodiac Motor Company claimed that the vehicles for sale at the dealership were AA appraised and that it was an AA appraised used-car dealership.


Autofile: November issue out

A joint delegation, representing the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry (IMVIA) and the Ministry of Transport (MoT), is currently in Japan hoping to find a solution to the problems relating to the radio frequency that Japan plans to base its Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) infrastructure on. Japan plans to use the 760 megahertz (MHz) frequency for its ITS technology, but that frequency is already being used by the telecommunications industry in New Zealand, and it is against the law for anyone else to operate on it. (more…)

Autofile: October issue out

The Motor Industry Association (MIA) says New Zealand’s used vehicle importing process is broken, after used vehicles were imported into the country with disabled passenger-side airbags. The NZTA is now urgently working to identify the vehicles which have been modified as a quick fix to the Takata airbag recall. Toyota New Zealand has identified more than 8,000 used imports with the disabled airbag, but MIA chief executive David Crawford says a further 7,500 vehicle are likely to have been imported into the country. (more…)

Autofile: September issue

The Motor Trade Association (MTA) says that newly introduced legislation surrounding water damaged vehicles do not go far enough. The new rules stipulate that flood-damaged vehicles will require a full replacement of all electronic and pyrotechnic safety components. However, MTA chief executive Craig Pomare questions whether vehicles of any type which have been written off, including those with water damage, should be sold in New Zealand at all. (more…)

Autofile: August issue out

The annual Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association dinner was again the catalyst for industry decision makers to get together and exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. Speaking at the event, Minister of Transport and Energy and Resources, Simon Bridges, said that the emergence of the autonomous vehicle was fundamentally upon us and the only thing hindering the process was “tricky regulatory issues” that the industry needs to iron out. (more…)

Autofile: July issue out

The classification of class MC vehicles has been demystified, following a recent technical bulletin released by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Autofile talks to the parties involved, and explores a list of vehicles currently classed as MC that may change to MA class. (more…)

Autofile: June issue out

The ITS revolution is most definitely coming to New Zealand. We look at the development of global technologies, from General Motors to tech giants such as Google and Apple, and examine what’s happening closer to home. We also round-up the latest developments on Japanese domestic vehicles being installed with the 760MHz frequency, which is banned in NZ. (more…)

Autofile: May issue out

Trade Me is taking a stand on statutory write-offs coming into New Zealand from Australia, demanding the information be added to listings. We spoke to all of the key industry layers, including the government, NZTA and the Motor Trade Association to gauge their responses. (more…)

Autofile – April issue

The New Zealand import industry is on alert, with Japanese vehicles being fitted with technology illegal in this country. ‘Connected’ cars are being built with satellite transmitters on a spectrum forbidden here. Unfortunately, no-one knows how many cars could be coming in and the industry is seeking a solution. (more…)