News: Nissan and Volkswagen sell fewer Utes in 2016

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It was a mostly stellar year for all the 4×4 and 4×2 pickups in the top 15 light commercial table with only two brands selling fewer vehicles in 2016 than 2015.

Nissan and Volkswagen were the two brands which sold fewer light commercials in 2016 than the previous corresponding period, 53 fewer Navara and 152 less Amarok to be exact, according to figures received today from the Motor Industry Association.

The Ford Ranger dominated the New Zealand market selling 8478 units in 2015 an increase of 1660 units over 2015, while at number two on the list the Toyota Hilux increased its 2015 total by 566 to 6187 units for 2016. Continue reading “Nissan and Volkswagen sell fewer Utes in 2016” »

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News: More than 300,000 vehicle arrivals smashes previous record

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The strength of the New Zealand economy and business and consumer confidence is reflected by the record-breaking net arrivals of 306,904 new and used passenger and commercial vehicles in 2016.

This record figure compares to 290,782 net arrivals in 2015, and 273,204 net arrivals in 2014.

Arrivals of new and used passenger cars hit new records in 2016 with more than 263,714 units crossing New Zealand wharves, while new and used commercial vehicle numbers tallied 42,017 units. Continue reading “More than 300,000 vehicle arrivals smashes previous record” »

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News: Peace of mind when someone else has your vehicle

volvo-red-keyKiwi vehicle owners now have access to new technology designed to give owners peace of mind when entrusting their vehicle to other users.

Available on new Volvo 90 series models, the ‘Red Key’ activates autonomous safety functions on the vehicle to help ensure the car is driven responsibly when in the hands of valet parking staff, repair workshops or younger drivers.

When the car is driven with the ‘Red Key’, its top speed is limited, the adaptive cruise control function is programmed to maintain the maximum distance to the car in front, and the maximum volume from the audio system is reduced. Continue reading “Peace of mind when someone else has your vehicle” »

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News: North Shore Toyota gets diamond glow

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North Shore Toyota is just the second New Zealand dealership to gain Enviro-Mark Diamond certification, following closely in the footsteps of Hamilton’s Waikato Toyota.

Improved environmental management and coordination, better recycling and reduced power consumption helped elevate North Shore Toyota from Enviro-Mark Gold to Diamond level.

The installation of LED lighting at the Wairau Valley site in May has seen power usage drop 32,932 kWh in the six months to November, saving nearly $1000 a month. Continue reading “North Shore Toyota gets diamond glow” »

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News: Gull New Zealand selling to Caltex Australia

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Caltex Australia Limited is entering into an agreement to purchase Gull New Zealand for NZ$340 million.

The transaction will see Caltex acquire Gull’s Mount Maunganui import fuel terminal and retail operating assets.

Gull New Zealand general manager David Bodger told Auto Media Group today that the deal between the Australian family-owned Gull company and Caltex Australia is subject to approval from the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office (OIO) which he reckons will take the process through to May 2017. Continue reading “Gull New Zealand selling to Caltex Australia” »

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News: Avoid holiday delays by planning travel timing

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Planning ahead to choose the best time to go could avoid frustrating delays on the road this holiday season says the NZ Transport Agency.

It says motorists can do their bit by staggering their journeys outside of the busiest periods and checking the NZTA’s real-time traffic information services for the latest updates on highway conditions.

“Roads across Auckland and Northland are always busy at this time of year, and there are often incidents that cause delays,” says NZTA Auckland and Northland highway manager Brett Gliddon. Continue reading “Avoid holiday delays by planning travel timing” »

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News: Europe developing positioning engine for autonomous driving

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A three-year 5.4m EUR project called ESCAPE is kicking off, enabling the European Agency for global navigation satellite systems, GSA to exploit its Galileo system for automated driving.

By 2019, the ESCAPE consortium will finish the development of a positioning engine tailored to meet the safety requirements of road transport applications involving automation which have the potential to harm or damage people and goods.

The first mass-market GPS+Galileo chipset receiver with multi-frequency capability tailored for the automotive sector is a fundamental element of this innovative positioning device. Continue reading “Europe developing positioning engine for autonomous driving” »

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News: Iveco Truck’s rally team eye up double Dakar win

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A 4×4 Iveco Powerstar and two 4×4 Iveco Trakker rally trucks are heading to South America to defend the brands win in the 2016 Dakar Rally.

For the seventh consecutive year, Iveco will be the official sponsor of Team PETRONAS De Rooy Iveco and provide them with vehicles, engines and spare parts.

Dutchman Gerard De Rooy will lead the team with co-pilot Moi Torralardona in the Iveco Powerstar. Continue reading “Iveco Truck’s rally team eye up double Dakar win” »

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