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October issue out now

October issue out now

Autoterminal New Zealand Ltd (ATNZ) continues to trade and provide cars to dealers as liquidators pore over its books.

The south Auckland-based importer and wholesaler went into liquidation last month following a high court order for it to repay about $38.64m to IBC Japan Ltd.

As Autofile went to press on October 5, ATNZ’s liquidators had fielded interest from multiple parties with talks ongoing with a party over the sale. 

Uproar over proposed legislation for the government’s clean car policies has led the Motor Industry Association withdrawing its support for the clean car standard. And the start date for the clean car discount has been pushed back to April 1 with rebates for electric vehicles (EVs) continuing in the meantime. Plus: analysis on the way forward with the views of industry experts.

Vehicle inspectors are struggling to keep up with the backlog of work due to Covid-19 restrictions and staff shortages. The government’s decision to allow people to use WOFs and COFs that expired on or after July 21 until November 30 is adding to the problem. It’s affecting the compliance of used imports too.

Turners Automotive Group has won a high court battle against the former owners of Buy Right Cars after the relationship between the two parties collapsed following a takeover. Autofile gets behind the headlines to bring you the full story.

• Neeraj Lala, managing director of Toyota NZ, gives his views on the way forward for the car industry.

• VIA’s Kit Wilkerson explains why there is “absolute certainty” sticker prices will jump because of the clean car policies.

• State governments in Australia are introducing schemes to boost the uptake of EVs. What will their impact be on the New Zealand market?

• Tony Everett explains the importance of the MTA’s annual attitude survey of franchised dealers.

• Hayden Paddon on turning his focus to EV motorsport with his locally developed Hyundai Kona.

Plus: This issue of Autofile has gone up by four pages to 44 to provide you with in-depth, quality industry coverage. Check out our unrivalled statistics on the light fleet, new cars, movers, disputes and much more.

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The Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association has changed its policy to support the clean cars programme. Autofile reports on the reasons behind the decision, which has been welcomed by Michael Wood

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