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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 government restrictions came into force, surpassing the industry’s expectations. VIA explains why if the activity seen at alert levels two and three continues, it may lead to a shortage of stock and says consumer confidence remains a key factor moving forward.

Autofile reveals how members of the automotive industry are raising flags with the government after China and South Korea exported stink bugs to New Zealand during the past high-risk season. The information – obtained by the magazine via an Official Information Act request – comes as the MPI wants to get tougher in its approach to biosecurity risks posed by the insects.

Trade Me vows that car dealers will be unaffected by an overhaul to its classifieds operations, which has resulted in motors, jobs and property becoming one division. The online platform says the service it provides companies will remain the same following the “tough decision” to change its business structure. 

As the world’s focus grows on electric vehicles, Vector has pulled together a group of experts to suggest ways batteries can be used once they are no longer needed in cars.

The MTA’s Tony Everett explains why it’s essential to follow Covid-19 rules as customers return, and AdTorque Edge’s Todd Fuller details why data is becoming more crucial than ever for dealers. Plus: VIA’s Kit Wilkerson on the circular economy, chaos at MotorSport NZ and in-depth industry statistics with cars being sold.

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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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