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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 government. 

The Sapere Research Group recommends against relocation to Northport and suggests a new port at Manukau Harbour is a better option.

Dealers are being urged by the Motor Trade Association to get wise on vehicle safety ratings and what they mean to avoid accidentally misleading consumers. An online resource has been designed to explain how cars are ranked. We also explore how ANCAP works on its star ratings.

The Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) has unveiled its first board of directors and some of them share with Autofile their hopes for the new roles.

The appointments form part of revamping its structure following three years of budget deficits, with the directors overseeing governance and a council made up of 16 members being responsible for VIA’s strategy and direction.

The idea of offering subsidies for electric cars has split opinions among bosses at businesses that focus on such stock. We reveal the differing views of three EV dealers and how they want the government to encourage more people into zero-emission vehicles.

Dumping tyres will soon become a thing of the past under the Waste Minimisation Act. A product stewardship scheme will finally be introduced to recover resources from the more than 7.75 million passenger vehicle tyres thrown away every year and end illegal stockpiling.

Businesses are reminded to keep their websites fresh or risk missing out on potential sales, according to AdTorque Edge’s Tod Fuller. Dealers are encouraged to audit their online presence every two to three years to keep up with changing technologies and meet current consumer expectations.

Plus: Top award for Hawke’s Bay Honda, the AA on the ETS, VIA’s Kit Wilkerson on why mobility options need to be greener, Radiator magazine celebrates its centenary, Auckland’s newest race circuit gets ready to open and in-depth industry statistics.

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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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