News: Better than a lottery win says classic Holden fan

Monaro-Giveaway-2-4Holden has announced the winner of the rebuilt 1969 HT Monaro GTS.

A panel of five automotive experts chose Richard Grey as the winner of the Monaro, which was rebuilt to mark Holden’s 60th year in New Zealand.

Grey was surprised at his home to find Holden ambassador Greg Murphy driving up in the Monaro. Continue reading “Better than a lottery win says classic Holden fan” »

News: Investing in people as well as buildings

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Wellington’s Gazley Motor Group, has invested more than $4 million in a new dealership to service Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the capital.

But group managing director Myles Gazley says investing in staff is just as, if not more important, than the buildings and service equipment.

Fiat Chrysler provides the Gazley Motor Group with the ability to meet a broad range of customer requirements but also a challenge. Continue reading “Investing in people as well as buildings” »

News: Mazda puts name on X-Factor

news-8-dec2Mazda New Zealand has signed a deal to partner with top-rating entertainment show The X-Factor for next year’s season.

Mazda will be an integral part of the show by contributing to the series winner’s prize package, providing a brand new car to drive away.

The winner will also receive a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand. Continue reading “Mazda puts name on X-Factor” »

News: Theft from cars down but commonsense still needed

The number of thefts from cars has dropped in the last decade but common sense is still needed by drivers says an automotive insurer.

More than one-third of Kiwis say they leave valuable possessions in their car that are vulnerable to opportunistic thieves, says an AA Insurance survey.

The 2014 AA Insurance Drivers Index, which interviewed 1,000 Kiwi drivers aged 18+ years online, found that 38% of respondents admitted they sometimes leave items such as laptops, iPods, GPS, bags or other valuables in their parked car. Continue reading “Theft from cars down but commonsense still needed” »

News: Intelligent safety systems now an aftermarket option

IDAS_Front_CC_RVEAdvances in safety systems have seen intelligent technologies added to new vehicles – such as lane departure warning and front collision warning.

A new system being launched by Retro Vehicle Enhancements – allows such technology to be added to all vehicles.

Such systems have been seen as such an improvement to safety that leading motoring bodies have been critical of vehicles launched without them. Continue reading “Intelligent safety systems now an aftermarket option” »

News: NZTA modernises crash analysis system

emergency_services_personnel_survey_the_scene_of_a_1358490156The New Zealand Transport Agency has selected Unisys to lead the modernisation of the national crash analysis system (CAS).

The new system will automate the input, sharing and analysis of critical data captured at road accident scenes to help identify patterns and hot spots.

Each year there are approximately 30,000 road crashes reported in New Zealand of which around 10,000 involve injuries. Continue reading “NZTA modernises crash analysis system” »

News: Subaru scores an ANCAP double-header

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Subaru has added two more 5-star Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety ratings to its line-up with both the Outback compact SUV and the Legacy joining the top ratings club.

ANCAP crash tested the 2015 Subaru Outback, the results of which also apply to the Legacy, which is built on the same platform.

The all-wheel-drive Outback compact SUV will be available for sale in New Zealand from February 2, 2015, and the all-wheel-drive Legacy sedan will launch here in April 2015. Continue reading “Subaru scores an ANCAP double-header” »

News: Official Cash Rate remains unchanged for now

featureThe Reserve Bank today left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 3.5% but its says that further increases will be expected next year as inflationary pressures increase.

The New Zealand distributors of new light commercial and passenger vehicles, as well as the used car and light commercial vehicle importers can breathe a sigh of relief for now, thanks to interest rates remaining unchanged but the Reserve Bank warns that the Kiwi dollar is overvalued.

Despite the fall in dairy prices which are expected to recover in 2015, it says New Zealand’s economic growth is running at an annual rate of around 3½% thanks to the momentum of domestic demand and the ongoing growth in consumption and construction activity. Continue reading “Official Cash Rate remains unchanged for now” »