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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 matter with the Ministry for Primary Industries as part of the consultation process on the draft import health standard for vehicles.
The chief executive of the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) talks to Autofile about how a major restructure will ensure it’s “fit for purpose” for the future. David Vinsen says the plans being driven by its membership will see VIA formalise appointing a council, which will be mostly nominated and voted for by members.
New Zealand’s biggest seller of used vehicles is now trading at the “best-possible scenario” following Covid-19 alert levels three and four. Todd Hunter, of Turners Automotive Group, says recovery from the pandemic has been “better than thought” with the company “in a strong position to grow market share”.
Auckland-based driver Connor Adam is celebrating a month of firsts after dominating the Pirelli Porsche Cup Series on his debut in Taupo. It was the 21-year-old’s first race since lockdown, his first race in a 997 and the first full-weekend hat-trick of wins in his career.
The Motor Trade Association’s Tony Everett reveals its mediation and complaints team is being kept busy since New Zealand moved to Covid-19 level one, with many consumers more agitated and difficult than usual.
Todd Fuller, of AdTorque Edge, points to data that suggests carrying on advertising during a crisis, such as the coronavirus pandemic, is better for business than pulling back on promotions.
Neeraj Lala talks about taking over as chief executive officer of Toyota NZ from Alistair Davis. Plus: Advances for autonomous vehicles, Blackwells Mazda wins top award, Gulliver closes in New Zealand and in-depth industry statistics with insights from dealers.
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