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September issue out now

September issue out now

Industry organisations and service providers across the supply chain seem pleased about one thing – that the NZTA has made a decision on the way forward in regards to its conflicts of interest, which ends months of uncertainty. Autofile talks to some of the main players and examines the agency’s policy decision in detail.

Vehicles will fail their WOFs from next year unless compulsory recalls for alpha-type Takata airbags have been closed out by December 31. The systems in more than 64,000 of about 82,000 affected vehicles here have been replaced, but the NZTA – in making another big decision – says further action is needed to complete the process.

The MTA is calling for WOF testers’ powers to be extended so they can flag unsafe dangerous cars that shouldn’t be driven after failing inspections. “All too often, an inspector fails a vehicle and then watches the owner drive it away knowing it poses a serious risk,” says Graeme Swan, sector manager for repairs.

Dean Sheed, general manager of Audi NZ Zealand, has never regretted choosing an internship with Ford NZ and turning down a similar offer from IBM. He had just graduated at a time when big multi-national companies used to conduct recruitment drives at universities. He chats to Autofile about his career and the industry – past, present and future. 

VIA’s Kit Wilkerson has criticised proposals to reduce the environmental harm caused by cars. He says: “The stated justification for the government’s clean car policy is a dubious cost-benefit analysis, which is mostly unconvincing and – at times – outright disingenuous.”

Car-sharing operation Mevo has secured a government grant of $500,000 towards buying 100 EVs after securing co-funding from the low-emission vehicles contestable fund. The largest funding round so far will see 29 grant winners sharing $4.5 million.

Plus: We talk to Marcus Armstrong on his first race win at the Hungaroring in the “new” F3, the latest on Dermot Nottingham, new cars, disputes, great columnists and in-depth industry statistics – simply the best coverage around.

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The used-imports industry is gearing up for massive upheavals as the last phase of the ESC rule fast approaches. It means the end is nigh for the ever-popular Nissan Tiida and many Toyota Hiaces. Auto

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Autofile investigates how the NZTA has abdicated its regulatory role with consultants uncovering widespread failings. MartinJenkins has flagged senior managers and past boards’ lack of enforceme

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Three lead organisations in the automotive industry have heaped scorn on proposals to control what vehicles can be imported. The government’s “clean-car standard” would require impor

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The Financial Services Federation says products supplied to the automotive industry, such as PPI, shouldn’t be banned by the government. It’s also calling for the options paper on “c

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It’s crunch time for VIA. All options to secure its financial future are being investigated, including ways to increase funding, restructuring, a potential merger and even shutting up shop. 

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The automotive industry has responded to the NZTA’s investigation into tackling conflicts of interest across the used-imports supply chain. Autofile’s in-depth report looks into what VIA,

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In this issue of Autofile, we talk to people in the automotive industry working in Christchurch in the aftermath of March 15’s tragic loss of life and how it has affected businesses in the city.

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The NZTA’s failings are firmly under the microscope. VIA raises concerns about the way it operates to officials, such as the need to properly assess entry compliance, enforce legislation, police

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A global shipping company has slammed government action to prevent stink bugs invading New Zealand as “ineffective and inconsistent”. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean wants new biosecurity rules

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The Motor Industry Association expects at least two more export markets – China and South Korea – to face tough biosecurity requirements in the near future to stop stink bugs invading New

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