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December issue out now

December issue out now

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. Autofile talks to experts about what’s in store and provides a technical guide to the changes.

Conflicts of interest and how businesses deal with them will feature strongly when the NZTA considers applications from entry-certification and border-inspection operators. Autofile investigates what the process is all about. 

It’s not quite a case of planes, trains and automobiles, but Tom Peck – president of Suzuki NZ – does have more “toys” at his disposable than heads of other marques. He talks about how he got into the industry and where to from here.

The cost of importing cars will climb if Ports of Auckland closes, according to a report by the NZIER, while VIA is holding a special general meeting in February to change is constitution as part of plans to secure its financial future.

Electric vehicles were under the spotlight at Tokyo Motor Show, but manufacturers are keeping cards close to their chests when it comes to specifications as competition ramps up.

Heat-treatment facilities developed by ATL landed a major honour at the NZ Biosecurity Awards, all the action from Protecta’s and Provident’s golf days, and Todd Fuller talks about how dealers can nurture digital leads for better returns.

Plus: The MTA’s Tony Everett on clean cars, VIA’s Kit Wilkerson looks into the billions invested in driverless future and in-depth industry statistics. Autofile – first with the news that matters.

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New Zealand’s car industry is facing years in the doldrums with sales tipped to take longer to recover from Covid-19 than the GFC.  The MIA’s David Crawford warns it will take abou

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Three leading automotive industry organisations reveal their relief at talk of moving Ports of Auckland’s freight operations to Northland being scotched by a report commissioned by the governmen

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The Motor Industry Association is seeking clarity about the possibility of new cars being dismantled on arrival in New Zealand to ensure no stink bugs hitch-hike across the border. It has raised the m

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Car dealers are bracing for demand to outstrip stock after a brisk return to business following the Covid-19 shutdown. Sales and enquiries are already up to about 60 per cent of the levels seen before

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How are dealers coping with the Covid-19 crisis? What do they have to do to operate under alert level three? What action will traders face if they flout the law? And what are our industry associations

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March 2020 will be remembered as the month New Zealand united in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic. In this issue of Autofile magazine, we report on the “fight to keep the doors open&r

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Holden dealers will be individually discussing compensation packages, but the Motor Trade Association understands the level of these “at face value is fair”. Tony Everett, dealer sector ma

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Trade Me Motors says all car dealers could have offshore listings on the website if a pilot scheme is a success and there’s a demand for such a service. It has launched a trial for 200 listings

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The industry will feel the full impact of electronic stability control (ESC) rule on the market by mid-2020, predicts Greg Hedgepeth, chief executive officer of Turners Cars. “End-users looking

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